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Six Degrees of Assassination

Written by: M J Arlidge
Narrated by: Andrew Scott,Freema Agyeman,Hermione Norris,Clive Mantle,Clare Grogan,Geraldine Somerville,Julian Rhind-Tutt
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  • 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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Episodes
  • Jan 9 2000

    In this shocking episode, Alex and Ellen think they've finally identified those responsible for the Prime Minister's death.

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    31 mins
  • Jan 9 2000

    With deception at every corner and danger in the shadows, MI5's Alex Cartwright and Ellen Townsend seem further from the truth than ever. Who can they trust as they continue to unpick a web of political intrigue that appears to span the world?

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    32 mins
  • Jan 9 2000

    MI5 Chief Counter Terrorism Officer, Alex Cartwright and his partner Ellen Townsend, come a step closer to exposing corruption at the heart of the establishment — and identifying the true killers of John Campbell, Britain's Prime Minister.

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    32 mins

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  • 04-09-20

You had me at Andrew Scott

He's such an excellent actor, and now I know he is a wonderful voice actor as well. The man just totally commits. Check his portrayal of Moriarty in "Sherlock", along side Benedict Cumberbatch. 6 Degrees of Assassination is an above-average political thriller, well worth a listen.

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  • Monica R
  • 01-09-20

Pretty good

I would’ve liked each story to roll into the other meaning watch one episode was complete it would automatically played the next episode. However there were two whole minutes of credits and music at the end that was not necessary… It made it like it was a television show and not a book.

Now to the story, the story read well, It had a nice flow and kept me intrigued. There are 10 episodes and each episode was about 28 minutes long. I listen to this series to and from work and completed it at home as I could not put it down. I really wanted to know what happened; it had a nice Plot twist. However I wish the characters were developed a bit more. Each individuals backstory seemed very shallow. Listening to this book was like taking a 28 minutes or a 45 minute break from my monotonous day to ride in the twisties (Motorcycle reference ) or immerse myself into something different, yet very enjoyable.

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  • Kelly Creason
  • 06-09-20

Very good MI5 story

I love anything MI5 or MI6 related, but I chose this because of Andrew Scott. The story was winding enough to keep my interest, and I was surprised at the end. I listened while I cleaned my house! It made the work fly by!

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  • Laura Maguire
  • 29-07-22

British Crime Show in my Ears

Easy listen, interesting enough, I always think I'm smart enough to figure out who the culprit is, but I guess not. It kept me guessing until the end. Also, Andrew Scott could read a car manual and I'd be in rapture.

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  • M.S.
  • 15-06-22

Season 2 please!

I loved this show, I couldn't stop listening! Fantastic in all aspects. Please make the next one asap.

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  • D
  • 31-01-22

Flipping Awesome!

What's not to like...this podcast had everything from brilliant actors, to suspense, drama, & action. I didn't know if I would like it, but I've never seen Andrew Scott portray a role, that I didn't like, so I took a chance. Beyond worth it. I'm definitely at a loss to say what a phenomenal production this actually was. I look forward to many more classy audible books such as this one. Top drawer. Well worth a credit or a listen, if you have an Audible membership.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-09-22

Would have preferred to watch it

The story’s not bad. One problem I had was as much as I love Freema she just doesn’t sound like a badass. The problems with Andrew’s family were pretty cliché and don’t get resolved. All in all not bad but not great.

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  • Peter
  • 13-09-22

Can't do it - can't finish it, it's horrible.

characters are totally inconsistent and unbelievable. dialogue makes me want to nauseating. Bla Bla.

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  • MamaBear
  • 21-11-21

Great performances!

Andrew Scott (Sherlock) Freema Agyeman (Dr. Who) Clare Grogan (Red Dwarf) - this cast is a Who’s Who of favorites from BBC productions. With a cast like this one, the plot is almost superfluous. Almost. ;-)

Luckily, this episodic thriller delivers both a superb cast, and a well paced thriller and mystery.

I suspected the final culprit, but I missed the motive. That’s all I’m going to say, because I’d hate to spoil it for anyone.

If you like espionage or political thrillers, this is a *must listen.*

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  • Lizbeth
  • 22-10-21

W-why is it out of order

What? How can that even happen…..random words to fill space screw your fifteen words

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • JSR
  • 17-04-19

Ludicrous.

A script from the wank bank of The Guardian - dastardly Tories, strong Left of Centre women, shadowy American corporations, Security Service plots, principled Muslims, villainous rogue CIA agents. Combine all that with performances straight out of the IKEA Method School of Acting. Andrew Scott has all the animation of a kitchen chopping block. Audible must pay big money because they get big "names" onboard but the end product is dire. I can't believe I wasted a credit on this drivel.

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • The Ghost in the Shadows
  • 05-08-19

Poor man's rip off of the 24 TV series.

How has the creator of 24 not sued for plagiarism. This is a blatant rip off.

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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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  • Jeanette NORMAN
  • 15-05-19

l simply cannot recommend this PLAY

* could not listen as this PLAY had too much going on altogether
* no idea of the plot
* Audible Books is simply this for me BOOKS with a narrater - my preference is to hold a book to read but circumstances preclude this pleasure these days
* Pleased it was a feebly

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-21

Easy listen

Quick paced, listened in one sitting.. loved the characters and the actors readings. Took one chapter to sort out who was who but after that thoughly enjoyed it.

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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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  • 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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  • Catz
  • 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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-06-21

Feels a bit like a table reading

The plot was good but as a listener, you could feel the segregation of delivery.

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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.