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Six Degrees of Assassination

Written by: M J Arlidge
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (88 ratings)

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Follow Andrew Scott (BAFTA-winner, Sherlock, James Bond: Spectre) and Freema Agyeman (Sense8, Doctor Who) as they race against time to solve this multi-layered political thriller. 

On a sullen, cloudy July day, ten years since 7/7, the 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 from the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest. 

So starts this thrilling, action-packed drama series which defies expectations at every turn. Can two of MI5's finest agents unpick a web of deceit and identify who is responsible, when organised crime syndicates, corrupt government officials and international interests conspire to keep the truth hidden? 

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What listeners say about Six Degrees of Assassination

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Great story well narrated , great production job

well narrated story and well written script with exceptional production job and marvelous job by the narrators

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story was gud could have been better

story was gud I wanted something more but I am way story had it limitations performance was gud

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Dramatization a class apart

For a listener, this Audible production is a picturisation of a drama unfolding in front of his or her eyes. Carefully chosen actors, casting, scripting, superior digital recording and editing, make this a great audiobook.

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a great listen. though number of characters were a bit difficult to keep track of

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very interesting.

very interesting. loved every bit of it. full of twist and turns. surprising ending. amazing

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Gripping, with many twists. Beautifully narrated

Gripping story, with many twists and turns, and an unexpected end. Beautifully narrated with all sound effects.

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Very gripping story till the end.

Loved it. Infact all episodes. Very well told story. Liked all characters. Unlike other audio books where there is a single voice. This was listening to a movie on radio.

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Enjoyed the audible.

Narrative was excellent. Enjoyed. Story was gripping. Background noise 👍. In starting, nos of episodes were looking like lot, but story narrative keep the pace in story.

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1st time listener to an audio play & it's awesome!

Loved it! This is my first time listening to an audible play and never thought would get this exciting. Story is good and performance is way too good. Will be a full time subscriber for this kind of play.

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Excellent and Gripping Plot

A fantastic and gripping assassination plot that keeps one hooked on listening to the next episode until the climax. Although there seemed to be more than required characters that were sometimes confusing as to who's speaking, the plot and the subsequent investigation was very much focussed. At one point, it was unpredictable who was the mastermind behind the assassination with each of the suspected characters having their own motive. The author has brought in a twist in the last two episodes where the entire investigation takes a turn. The narration is one amongst the best with a very good vocabulary and voice modulation that was apt to the situation. Overall, a very good listening experience in a political thriller.

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  • SM, Somerset
  • 24-02-18

I WAS HOOKED!

What made the experience of listening to Six Degrees of Assassination the most enjoyable?

It was a great plot, right from the beginning I was hooked. I downloaded this as an afterthought but it was extremely enjoyable. More like this please!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the political intrigue and the fast moving plot.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

many actors in this one

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

the ending was good, kept you guessing right up to the end

Any additional comments?

This is the first one of these I have listened too, hopefully Audible will be doing a lot more like it!

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  • Richard Brooks
  • 15-02-18

Very strong narrative drive, would listen again

What made the experience of listening to Six Degrees of Assassination the most enjoyable?

The political premise was thought-provoking and topical and the narrative pacing was absolutely top-notch.

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

There isn't a book, it's an full-cast audio drama - it's very hard to imagine the same level of action being conveyed by an audiobook.

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

Probably the domesticity of the relationship between the two leads, as well as one of the character's fear of being deported.

Any additional comments?

Worth listening to. The production has it's faults, but as an example of pacey TV style plotting for audio it's hard to beat. It certainly succeeds as a thriller and you don't anticipate the twist.

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  • Benedict Gillick
  • 23-09-19

Truly Awful. Totally Predictable.

Looking for something interesting, stimulating, something with subtext, possibly an intelligent take on modern political machinations or investigative techniques. Forget it, this labourious wallow in clichéd shite should not have been written let alone dramatised. The writer, if they could be called one, has clearly, almost, grown up watching CSI etc. and thinks that it is true to life and true story telling. I downloaded this (granted, it was free) hoping for a realistic or, at least intelligent, take on the real motivations behind an assassination and a long attempt to apprehend whoever did it (e.g.. "Evil Has a Name") but this dross was wasn't even close. Every cliché written is in use with not a single line of original work anywhere in both the narrative and the dialogue; every single character is a one dimensional cartoon from the same cliché stable, from the lead male detective with family problems to the butch but so much better female detective to the nasty politicians right through to the bad guys ( Russians, Middle Eastern types, nationalists) and the gun-play! this is set in London, England and yet everyone has a gun and kills on a whim with not a jot of remorse. The worst part is that it is so completely obvious who commissioned it and why inside the first five minutes, in fact as soon as they speak. I listened to the whole thing (admittedly I had to put it on 1.3 times speed) in the hope that the first half was the set-up and the second half was going to stray into something more serious or realistic but alas, no such luck. Boring, predictable and tedious right through.

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  • Mr
  • 14-02-18

Predictable, but well made.

The story was, it has to be said, very predictable. All the characters were pretty 2d, the narrative is very linear and unsophisticated, and the script is quite hackneyed.

It is, however, very well performed, with some excellent voice actors and a great sound effects department.

I am glad I didn't pay for it though...

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  • Susan
  • 15-07-19

Excellent!! Gripping drama

Great performances by the actors. Gripping plot with unexpected twists and turns. Thoroughly enjoyed the compelling drama and binge listened to the episodes as I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next.

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  • ian t.
  • 14-07-19

a+++

a great story , I was hooked from the beginning , I will return to this again

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  • Ad
  • 09-04-19

surprisingly exciting

for an audible freebie this audiobook was surprisingly exciting. storyline a bit far fetched but well performed.

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  • Mr D. Sanderson
  • 24-07-19

Dear me

Clunky, clichéd, wasted some good actors. Nothing more to say to reach the word limit

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  • Smidge
  • 16-02-18

Disappointing but great performance

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The people chosen to perform were mostly pretty good. I’ve a bit of a soft spot for the characters Andrew Scott plays so I may be a bit biased but overall I thought everyone was realistic and it was easy to place yourself within the story and ‘see’ what was happening.

Any additional comments?

It felt like the story just ran round in circles a lot and finished up with a highly predictable ending. It felt quite disjointed at times too, almost as if the author couldn’t decide where the story was going. It was difficult to follow just how many culprits there were too and found myself rather confused by the end.

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  • mitchell bell
  • 21-07-19

Absolutely fantastic

What a ride. So well acted, certainly not just narrated. Twists, turns, shocks and surprises. Not felt as impressed by a audio book in a long time!

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  • Toni Stocks
  • 24-08-20

excellent

I loved listening to this however hearing who were playing the parts at the end of each episode was annoying but all in all it was a great story

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  • nixstar
  • 18-04-20

Awesome drama.

As a newbie to audible this is a fantastic drama from the beginning to end.

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  • BeatrixBalazar
  • 10-03-20

Best Ever

This was the best audio to date. Thrilling, fast paced, accompanied by adrenaline pumping music. While the storyline was nothing new it kept you on edge until the very end.

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  • Elvira Galuppo
  • 04-07-20

Great Listen

Thoroughly enjoyed it ! The production was fantastic, not too long, an easy listen and Andrew Scott is fantastic

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  • Cathy-Lee
  • 16-06-20

action

loved it. I could listen to Andrew Scott all day and the story was fast paced and thrilling

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-04-20

Exceptional

A great story with plenty of twists and a stellar cast. Look forward to hearing more from this author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-03-20

I just wish it was longer

Well written, modern and well performed the only shortfall was it's length and the fact that it isn't the first part in an ongoing series.

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  • Cathy Johnson
  • 08-02-20

Plot is a bit sketchy

I only downloaded this because of Andrew Scott. The researcher(s) could have done a better job, a glaring mistake is that the Chinese ambassador is speaking Cantonese - it's common knowledge that the official language of China is Mandarin, it shouldn't be that hard to find someone who can tell the difference. Also, a foreign national would never get the clearance for interpreting for the PM of the UK. Otherwise it is a OK production

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  • K
  • 21-01-20

A gripping tale

Had to tear myself away from binge listening to this one. excellent story backed by some great actors

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-12-19

great short story..

loved listening in the car... but wish it would have flowed into the next epp automatically. also at times there was too much reverb in the background. great actors