Passenger 23

  • by Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, Robert Glenister, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Sian Phillips
  • 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Performance

Publisher's Summary

A gripping psychological thriller set on high seas. A transatlantic crossing that becomes a nightmare. With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.
Please note: This title contains explicit language.

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Really Interesting stuff!!!

This is not going to be for everybody by any means. Its not a run of the mill thriller and it is quite uncomfortable at some points but this is just that kind of story and if you do enjoy cruise ships then this may give you pause for thought!!
I listened to this all the way through in one session and am glad I did. I would say it was more along the lines of a horror/ mystery type of drama and on the whole I loved it. If you relish something a little different and you like something to keep you guessing then give it a go. The production, narration and acting is very sound . Out of the three productions that Sebastian Fitzek has written this has been the one I have enjoyed the most. For me it left a few things unanswered but I definitely believe its worth a credit although it may have put me off cruises for life.................but I would guess that is a plus for Sebastian Fitzek.
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- lynsey

Should have a trigger warning

Would you try another book written by Sebastian Fitzek or narrated by the narrators?

The acting was not at fault. I would not pick up or listen to another book by Sebastian Fitzek any time soon. I like a good crime novel, but I don't like graphic descriptions of crime.


What was most disappointing about Sebastian Fitzek’s story?

I loved listening to Six Degrees of Assassination and made the mistake of assuming Passenger 23 would be similar. It's not. From that viewpoint the mistake is mine as although both are Audible dramas, they're by different writers.

The only thing I can liken it to is the last book of the Silence of the Lambs trilogy where they dine on a living man's brain. That was sickening, yet I felt obliged to read to the end. This too was sickening, but I don't feel obliged to get my money's worth by continuing to listen. I wish I had read the reviews instead of assuming it'd be as good as Six Degrees of Assassination because the descriptions left me utterly nauseated. A warning of 'explicit language' is not good enough, Audible. For those who have experienced abuse this is genuinely triggering and there should be some sort of warning, or it should at least be implied in the description.


Did the narrators do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

What I heard was a good standard of acting, but I did not listen for long.


What character would you cut from Passenger 23?

I'd cut the author, personally, but... please, Audible, could you not include some sort of warning so that I, and others who have experienced the life-long effects of abuse, can choose to avoid it?


Any additional comments?

Yuk yuk yuk. Thanks for that, Audible :-(

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- Sandy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-12-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios