Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama

  • by M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, Clive Mantle, Clare Grogan, Geraldine Somerville, Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.
Step forward Alex Cartwright (Andrew Scott), MI5 Chief Counter Terrorism Officer who must find out the truth. But it’s easier said than done, as he discovers that whoever ordered the assassination has covered their tracks very well indeed. Along with Ellen Townsend, his trusted second-in-command, Cartwright finds himself embroiled in a race against time which leads him into the murky heart of Westminster...and beyond.
From the pen of renowned screenwriter and novelist M J Arlidge, featuring an established British cast and with an exclusively-composed musical score, Six Degrees of Assassination is truly a thriller not to be missed.

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What the Critics Say

"Arlidge is a strong new voice in thriller crime fiction. Brave, fearless, and quite terrifying." (Judy Finnegan on Eeny Meeny, selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club)

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Customer Reviews

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Political Brain-Beating Hackjob

It started off so promising....but then it became a political hack job instead. Some interesting facts it taught me:

1. Conservative, white, males are evil (obviously) and must be kept in check by the higher intellect of the left (obviously).
2. If a Muslim wearing a suicide vest yells Allah Akbar and then sets it off while standing right next to you, it's probably not his fault and had nothing to do with his beliefs - he's actually being forced to do it - by (get this) an evil, white, conservative guy (Obviously). So don't judge.
3. The US intelligence community is equal parts crooked and inept, fortunately the SAS is there to defend democracy throughout the world.
4. The US military needs the SAS to protect them on account of their "lack of battle experience". (Double Obviously...the "Delta Forces" just ain't hard like the SAS just can't hang with ya'll.")
5. While not judging Islamic suicide bombers, you really need to watch out for military veterans, those guys murder innocent people right and left. If someone's been murdered, that's where you need to look first...the guy's that put their lives on the line to protect your freedoms really just want to murder you.

I'm sure there are countless more gems in there but i stopped listening after a couple of chapters. Funny thing, I'm not even a conservative - I just enjoy actual story-telling, sans the political agenda and ready-made (totally unfounded) stereotyping.

No but I mean besides that...bravo. Totally brilliant.
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- Jay

Music to much

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, as is. With improvements, Yes


How could the performance have been better?

Music was overpowering & extremely annoying! Terrific story & speaking characters vere excellent. Take away the music & you have a 5 star.


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- Alan G Symons

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-24-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios