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A Dying Breed

Lu par : Jonathan Keeble
Série : William Carver, Volume 1
Durée : 12 h et 53 min

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A debut novel in the vein of Greene and le Carré, A Dying Breed is a brilliant and gripping story of the politics of news reporting, intrigue and blood set between the dark halls of Whitehall, the shadowy corridors of the BBC and the perilous streets of Kabul, in the shadowy le Carré-esque world of foreign correspondents reporting from war zones around the world.

Carver, an old BBC hack, is warned off a story when a bomb goes off, killing a local official in Kabul, but his instincts tell him something isn't quite right, and he won't give up until he finds the truth. A junior producer sent out from London to control him is kidnapped, and as the story unravels it looks like there's collusion between the local consul, Whitehall and someone in the BBC to ensure the real story never sees the light of day.

©2016 Peter Hanington (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

Critiques

"A tremendous novel - shot-through with great authenticity and insider knowledge - wholly compelling and shrewdly wise." (William Boyd)
"A Dying Breed is a deeply insightful, humane, funny and furious novel. This is both a timely reflection on how Britain does business and a belting good read." (A. L. Kennedy)
"A compelling read, and a great insider's view of life in broadcast journalism. I'm disappointed I am not to feature in the book: it is a brilliant read." (Evan Davis)
"Buy this book. Find a quiet place. Switch off your phone and devour it. Hanington's ability to wrap a story around the ghosts of truth is superb. He spins his tale with a true writer's gift. I loved every minute in this book's company." (Fi Glover, BBC Radio 4 presenter)
"Peter is that rare commodity in the journalistic fraternity...a natural storyteller. You really want to turn the pages. And that's what matters." (John Humphrys)
"A deeply intelligent, beautifully constructed story." (Will Gompertz, BBC arts editor)
"All journalists seem to think they can write great novels about journalism and 99% of those who try make a hash of it. Hanington is in the 1%. Having created believable characters caught up in the hell that is Afghanistan, he weaves a story that manages to excite, appall and instruct in equal measure. And it reveals one of the trade's most important differences: the chasm that exists between horizontal journalism and vertical journalism." (Roy Greenslade, Guardian and Evening Standard columnist and commentator)
"A Dying Breed is a gripping, fast-moving tale of shifting loyalties and creeping betrayal.... Hanington connects the inner-workings and skullduggery of the BBC's London headquarters to the quiet, menacing stillness of the deserts of Central Asia, where the story turns dramatically and violently in a heartbeat and builds to its tempestuous, thrilling conclusion.... A page turner from the first line - and full of insights, some chilling, some hilariously well-observed - into the murky worlds of the war on terror, the secret intelligence services, and the mainstream British news media." (Allan Little, former BBC foreign correspondent and chair of the Edinburgh International Book Festival)

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  • Julie
  • 04/06/2016

A gripping story, I just could not put it away.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book because it portrays the middle east as a complicated area with cultural and economic aspects that perhaps we westerners are not capable of understanding. We seem arrogant when we try to manage or make what we call improvement to Afghanistan when we have little in common historically,culturally and spiritually.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dying Breed?

The Afghanistan Warlord,has a story and a point of view that is understandable, that while it
doesn't make him a sympathetic person or justify his activities, I could see that he too has a
humanity. For example the Warlord was concerned about a young relative that he was helping. When the young man was killed, the Warlord wanted to know how and by whom.

The Americans and English thought that the Warlord had economic issues the Warlord was
trying to advance. The Americans and the English and the Warlord were working at cross purposes.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Keeble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have heard his name before, but I can't remember anything of his that I have listened to
before. He is excellent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I had a very difficult tine, setting this book aside,so I get ready for work, sleep or other duties. I still finished it in 2 days.

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  • Paula
  • 22/01/2017

A Good Romp with Journalists in Afghanistan. . .

If you like to follow journalists (real or fictionalized) on their adventures around the world, you will enjoy this book. It is set for the most part in Afghanistan and London -- places where journalists ply their trade as troop-embedded witnesses to the longest war in history; and where their bosses make decisions about what makes news while embedded behind ornate desks in big offices. This book has a great deal of horrific brutality in its story; and also provides a glimpse of the lonely life that must be that of journalists sent to cover conflicts in other nations. Lots of alcohol, lots of competition, lots of missed opportunities for relationships, families and ethical purpose.

In all, the characters were very well done and the narration terrific. A good story!

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  • Craig
  • 30/04/2016

Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene Return

It has been a long time since I read or listened to a novel that conjures a sense of waning Empire (British). The foci of this novel is a not-quite-burntout BBC radio journalist (of the old school). He stumbles upon a plot to extract profit in a war-torn region through nefarious means. Since the plotters are Brits, and he is BBC, there is tension revolving around which side of the politico-economic coin each character resides.

A great deal of classic literature written by Conrad, Greene, W. Somerset Maugham, and George Orwell (Burma years) expose' similar themes. Peter Hanington reawakens our questions about Empire, contemporarily known as "economic interests," by setting us in the heart of a former minor (but failed) jewel in the crown, Afghanistan.

This is not an "in your face" dissertation of capitalism run-amok. It is a story, well-told, of opportunism and malefactors that do the bidding of corporations.

I give this novel two Khyber Rifles up!

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  • lendod
  • 01/01/2017

Worth the listen

Good story good guys win bad guys lose. Well read story flowed ended as it should

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  • Zara Altair
  • 26/12/2016

A Dying Breed

Couldn't stop listening. A one-day marathon. In from the beginning.
Exceptional reading performance.
Political thriller in the world of broadcasting.

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  • Dex
  • 23/12/2016

one of the best recorded books

I have listened to over 100 recorded books and this is one of my new favorites. great story and excellent narration.

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  • antonio
  • 22/12/2016

Excellent first book : a star is born !

What a pleasure to discover Peter Hannington, a BBC reporter with a talent for story telling with a Le Carre-esque feel to the plot ! This is a fast-moving story of investigative journalists who find themselves in the mist of murders and complex political conspiracies. Set in Afghanistan and London, the book is off to a slow start, but then the plot accelerates in different directions and so do the tension and the reader’s interest. It is very well written with compelling characters and a real insight into the country.
The narration by Jonathan Keeble is outstanding and truly adds value to the story.

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  • J
  • 31/08/2016

Undying Breed Of Writing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

To a friend who loves the writing of certain authors, this would be like discovering Graham Greene at his best is still with us. Totally unexpected. Despite the many rave reviews for other contemporary writers who work in "spy-espionage-intrigue," I honestly thought writing with this depth of character and love of language was gone. So...to the lover of Greene, Le Carre, and Cruz Smith at their finest, this is for you.

What did you like best about this story?

I like all kinds of stories, but in this, no one was left behind. It was Chekov's Gun done beautifully.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favorite?

See my answer above. Every character was believable and loved - as much as we hated them. Jonathan Keeble was perfectly matched to the text. I loved listening. He gave the book a fantastic performance.

Who was the most memorable character of A Dying Breed and why?

William Carver went from despicable to heroic. The rogue Afghan commander was terrifically complex. The housekeeper for the British Embassy... I found them all memorable. I know how that sounds...

Any additional comments?

Two things: when the story became exciting, the narrator became excited and it was sometimes difficult to stay in the narrative dream. Also, the British black ops "villain" was a bit too thinly drawn when compared to all the other characters.
I debated putting up a review for a few weeks, but I find I still feel strongly this is a very remarkable audio book.

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  • S. McDonald
  • 09/05/2016

Engaging!

A really great listen; engaging, with plenty of characters you could picture in your head while cheering or cursing them.
I felt like this was a good story set in Afghanistan, rather than a mediocre story dressed up in a foreign locale. I look forward to listening to other stories by the author.

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  • christopher
  • 26/05/2017

Disappointing

When I started this book I was impressed. Comparisons with Le Carre et al were of course overdone, but it was promising. All of the characters were tightly drawn, the "dateline" motif served as a novel segue from one action scene to another, the portrayal of Kabul appeared knowlegible and plausible and I was almost at the stage where I cared what happened to the protaganists. And then it all began to fall apart. Motivation became increasingly lame. Characters in a novel can be flawed - indeed they have to be if they are to be realistic. But when they are so flawed as to forfeit your sympathy then they become humdrum, pedestrian, irritating even. So no, I didn't finish the book. It would give me no pleasure to do so. Mr. Hanington is fast out of the blocks but needs to develop stamina.

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