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.


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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Would you consider the audio edition of Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama to be better than the print version?

There is no print version - this is written for audible as a drama and this is a great concept. I look forward to more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the actors in this drama perform really well. It's the kind of standard you would expect from the BBC.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I enjoy a multi character drama as a change from a book narrated by only one actor. It brings more realism to the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The drama worked towards an exciting denouement. It built the tension all the way up to the end.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to Audible commissioning more specially written dramas to add to its library of audio books.

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- Steve Anderson

A thriller that left me on the edge of my seat...

Where does Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd say it was quite suspenseful and believeable. Compared to the thrillers I've listened to, Six Degrees begins with a typical thriller-esque beginning: the assassination of a beloved political leader. It is immediately assumed that terrorists are responsible ... but by the end of it, the criminal masterminds seem to have been based closer to home than one would have expected.

What other book might you compare Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama to, and why?

I'd compare it to Gone Girl--the twist in the end, although not unexpected, is well-timed and well-delivered.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

I think Ellen and Sandra were brilliant and believable.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Terrorists aren't the only suspects...

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the insight into British politics!

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- Devaki Khanna

Book Details

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