Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Simon Kernick – The Debt (Audio)

Title: The Debt

Author: Simon Kernick

Narrator: Burn Gorman

Publisher: with Random House

First Published: 2006

Running time: 36 min 28 sec

Format: Audio Book (short story)

Rating: 8/10

Boxer, Billy, needs to pay off his errant cousin’s vast gambling debts to local loan shark, Jim ‘The Crim’ Sneddon. However, he’s short and is forced at gunpoint to use his pride and joy, a brand new BMW 7 Series to make up the total. He is determined to get it back. But, to do so he has to fight his way past Jim ‘The Crim’s’ goons, an errant MP and a Slovakian hostess.

I was very pleasantly surprised to find this one narrated by Burn Gorman (none other than Torchwood's very own Owen Harper!) and his voice was perfectly suited to this tale of
London crime bosses. The writing was tight, the action came thick and fast, and there was a great deal of wit and dark humour - perfect for an audio short. This was definitely the best of the four I downloaded from BMW.


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