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But then, so does Louise, so do the other hostages, and so do some of those on the outside - those who'd much rather that Jaime was silenced.
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By Lloyd on 08-14-08
Don't judge this book by its title
I'm still trying to figure out what this book has to do with "reconstruction". It didn't follow the premise of its first chapter, in which people who view a crime being committed can't quite remember in exacting detail the specifics of the crime. It may have something to do with the process of "reconstructing" Iraq, but this doesn't take place until well into the second half of the book. I think the best title would have been "Are you the lady?", the line spoken by the unfortunate teenager who kidnaps 4 people inside a suburban London nursery school. Overall, I liked the book, and the author is very clever with some of his wordplay. The characters are believable, and you care about them. You even know some of them from your own personal life, like Judy, the angry frump who sees the whole world as being out to make her life miserable. The narrator did a nice job of lending individual substance and voicing to make each character come alive, though her veddy English accent was hard to decipher sometimes. I can see some people buying this book expecting it to be about something other than what it really is - a nice modern day, softball spy novel, sort of what you'd get if Tom Clancy meets Janet Evanovich - and being disapponted.
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By Leila on 03-11-14
Tricky story, satisfyingly surprising
What made the experience of listening to Reconstruction the most enjoyable?
The story builds slowly in a mundane setting. It doesn't hit you over the head with car chases and standoffs. It deals with ordinary people, with mundane concerns and delivers a series of twists as the layers are peeled back.
Have you listened to any of Anna Bentinck’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Anna Bentinck reading Mick Herron is about as good as it gets.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes and I have listened to it many times since.
Any additional comments?
Listen to it. Let the story take over and be patient. It feels like nothing is happening at the beginning.
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By Patsy on 05-07-18
have really enjoyed Mick Heron's Slough house series but this effort was a major disappointment. nearly lost the will to live. story Soooo slow then fast 'unsatisfactory'. finish .
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By White rose on 06-28-18
We got there in the end
I'll listen to anything by the brilliant Mick Herron. This story didn't disappoint but was (deliberately) long and drawn out to match the action in the nursery school - over 12 hours! My problem was with the narration. Anna Bentinck reads well enough (though I was wishing all the time for Sean Barrett's voice) but there was an intense variation in sound. I had to go back frequently to hear what was being whispered or else turn down the sound when a man was making his presence felt. Almost all the male characters sounded alike, apart of course from Jaime. I usually listen more than once to Mick Herron's spy stories but this one won't get a second chance.