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

Shame - could have been so much better

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The plot line was not predictable, it was full of excitement and twists and the ending was a surprise. A good 'listen to'. Boring it wasn't.


Who was your favorite character and why?

The female deputy prime minister. Fascinating depiction of a woman fighting the establishment of male public school MPs, and it is quite a fight. Inspiring.


How could the performance have been better?

The cod accents were excruciating to listen to. Why were.they used? As actors were performing the roles, the Russian and East European parts could have been taken easily by 'native' speakers.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were several moments that were truly surprising or made me jump. Literally. Some sections were quite shocking.


Any additional comments?

There were far too many cringe worthy cliches and at times I wondered how the actors could have said them with a straight face. Great acting cast, because it gave me the giggles.

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- Christine

Thin story but I enjoyed the 'Radio 4 drama' style

I expected more of this from the reviews I'd read about. I enjoyed the acting, I enjoyed the drama recording (very like BBC's Radio 4 plays).

The story, however, was pretty one-dimensional (and, in parts, laughably predictable) despite the author's efforts to send us down various 'whodunnit' blind alleys.

I listened right to the end out of curiosity rather than caring about 'who *really* did it'.

(We listened to this on a car journey and were forever turning the volume up and down! At times, it's hard to hear what is being said, at times it's very loud.)
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- Lulu

Book Details

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