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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (795 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mick Herron Narrator: Anna Bentinck Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN:
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When a man with a gun breaks into her school, nursery teacher Louise Kennedy knows there's not likely to be a happy ending...But Jaime isn't there on a homicidal whim, and he's as scared as the hostages he's taken.

While an armed police presence builds up outside, he'll only talk to Ben Whistler, an MI6 accountant who worked with his lover, Miro. Miro's apparently gone on the run, along with a huge sum of money. Jaime doesn't believe Miro's a thief - though he certainly had secrets.

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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timothy McCluskey | 1/17/2014

    " I read Foner as part of an organizing seminar some 15 years ago. As a Northern, I was fascinated to learn a different perspective of the Civil War and its aftermath. Yes, it is true that the 'victors write the history.' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 11/21/2013

    " Foner is probably America's most accomplished social historian, and this book is a major reason why. The discussion of what actually happened during Reconstruction is fascinating and necessary, but my favorite part was about the rise of the "liberal reformers," who put their notions of respectability and class interest ahead of following through with the Civil War. There was a lot familiar there, sadly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 9/29/2013

    " This book by Eric Foner was much more of an investment to read than I expected, but well worth it. While it is not a fast flowing narrative, I will give it 5/5 stars due to the comprehensive coverage of an important, underrated subject matter. He is very detailed in the blow by blow accounts of what happened and didn't happen in the years 1863-1877, showing how the different constituencies of each region in the South and North had competing goals and incentives throughout the period and the worked together when it suited their own needs, and competed when it didn't. This meant that the make up of the political parties, especially the Republicans, could change from state to state, geographic region to geographical region, and over time. For the former slaves, this meant they were at the mercy of political alignments focused on various economic issues. And unfortunately for them, there were few groups in the country that saw personal economic benefits of a newly freed class of workers. A few saw benefits of a new voting bloc, and very few saw altruistic motives for helping them. Foner's analysis of regional politics shows the vast differences of issues and action in places such as Louisiana with a large former free black society and sugar economy, versus the upcountry Carolinas with smaller farms and a large poor white population, versus the cotton belt counties that were plantation dominated. He also did a great service tracking the progress of specific issues such as the development of education in the south where it is easy to see how the institutions of the 20th Century were established. Many times I thought while reading, "so these are the events that will lead to a landmark Supreme Court decision 80 years in the future." We're now how many generations out of Reconstruction? And we're still untangling the mess, even if it was inevitable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merilee | 9/5/2013

    " WAAAAAAY too much detail. Recommend reading his shorter version. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 8/20/2013

    " I began this book a number of years ago. Having read and been moved by "Freedom Road" by Howard Fast, I felt compelled to learn more about Reconstruction. After a long hiatus, I returned to the book about 2 months ago. In the unraveling of Reconstruction and the period that followed it, there are startling parallels to waning years of the civil rights movement and the decades since. Like "Freedom Road", Foner's book makes my blood boil knowing what might have been and what was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dew22 | 8/7/2013

    " Still the best synthesis of modern history on the topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 10/31/2011

    " One of the most thoughtful, comprehensive history books I have ever read. Vital to understanding U.S. history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Kaib | 5/8/2011

    " A must read for anyone who's interested in the Civil War or the 14th Amendment. Foner is also also an amazing storyteller who treats everyone as an actor - from slave to president. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 3/11/2010

    " Good book; very interesting. Although times it was a little dull, it gave great insight into the years of Reconstruction. I had to read it for my graduate seminar class so it wasn't my first pick but was glad to have read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Kallan | 2/15/2010

    " Very good book detailing the period of Reconstruction and the reasons for its failure; it was a particularly melancholy read for me given the author's detailed description of post-civil War America and the promises to the Freedmen ultimately left unfulfilled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannette Varkal | 12/16/2009

    " This is serious history of the Reconstruction of the South both during and after the Civil War. Very informative and explains why our country is the way we see it today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 7/17/2009

    " Tight and clever and totally absorbing. Couldn't wait to find out how all the loose ends were tied up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 9/23/2008

    " Great read, thriller with mystery. WARNING: Don't read the back of the book or let anyone tell you anything about it...Spoilers are likely and would be a shame. "

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About the Author

Mick Herron was born in Newcastle, England, and has a degree in English from Balliol College, Oxford. He is the author of the Slough House series, as well as a mystery series set in Oxford.

About the Narrator

Anna Bentinck is a British actress who trained at Arts Educational Schools and has worked extensively for BBC Radio. Winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has provided voices for many audiobooks and such animated series as 64 Zoo Lane. Her film credits include Alice in Wonderland and To the Devil a Daughter.