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

Most Helpful

Good Original Drama Pity About the "Music"

Wonderful to see original contemporary drama being produced by/for audible. Excellent sharp political thriller with some fine actors. Only problem is the way over the top music used to emphasize the dramatic moments, too loud too obvious. I think if you are going to buy such audio you don't need this jarring background to underline the dramatic "bits". Good idea for original work but some more subtlety in production please.
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- lynn

Great story, interesting but confusing performance

This is a great story, with suspicion and twists. I don't understand the "6 degrees" part of the title; the "assassination" part is obvious.

It is a drama, not a "book." As others have said, it is like listening to a movie with the images turned off. That's the point. It is less like an embellished book and more like a diminished movie. In books, the author tells you who is speaking and what they are doing. In movies, you can see what they are doing, and usually you can tell who is who by their looks. In this you imagine what they are doing, which did work well to some degree, but the voices didn't work.

I could not tell the characters apart, and could not remember their roles. Their names didn't help as they were used infrequently. I kept swearing at it, "who the blank is that?" There is a whole list of performers, but I couldn't distinguish one from another. Honestly, I have heard better, more distinct voices from single readers than these. There were maybe 2 voices that sounded as if they were over 40, as I would expect the PM's wife, and the MPs to be, as well as the police. All the others sounded like 20-somethings trying to be tough. Like your top investigative agent is 23? I don't think so.

There are books where I couldn't remember who was who, and I find that bothersome like maybe there are too many characters, or they aren't fleshed enough.

Others have raved over this kind of drama; maybe it's just me.
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- Trudy Owens

Book Details

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