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Summary

In November 2014 Arla Macleod bludgeoned her mother, father and sister to death with a hammer.

Now incarcerated at a medium-security mental-health institution, Arla will speak to no one but Scott King, an investigative journalist, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an Internet sensation.

King finds himself immersed in an increasingly complex case, interviewing five witnesses and Arla herself as he questions whether Arla's responsibility for the massacre was a diminished as her legal team made out.

©2017 Matt Wesolowski (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Repetitive interruptions

Good story, scared me at times as I listen at bedtime 😱 but a shame about the podcast interruptions. Spoiled the listening as really annoying and unnecessary. Shame as a good story

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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An absolutely brilliant writer. Stunned.

Would you listen to Hydra again? Why?

As soon as I had finished I went back to the beginning and replayed it over the next few days. It's so poetic, yet real, and thrilling and so shockingly sad. My heart broke.

What did you like best about this story?

Arla. Arla. Arla.

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

This is the most wonderful audio experience.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes.

Any additional comments?

I loved it so much.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Wonderfully written and utterly heartbreaking. A must read!

Absolutely incredible. Gripping, fascinating to the end. One of those books you can’t put down and left me feeling emotionally drained and more than a little indignant. Beautifully crafted blending reality with fiction seamlessly. I think I might have just found my new favourite author...

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Very disappointing

I couldn’t finish this. I’m a big fan of true crime podcasts and this felt incredibly staged and over acted to the extent that I just didn’t believe it. A shame. Not recommended.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Infuriating!

Wouldn't have left any stars but the app only let me give a minimum of 2 for each area. Couldn't make it through the first chapter, the way this is read, with a 'narrator' interrupting, is exceptionally irritating. Definitely does not make a good audio book. Awful.

17 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Innovative, interesting

A great performance, really enjoyed this listen. Not only was the story interesting and credible, the innovative format set this apart. Using the Six Stories podcast as a vehicle to deliver the narrative made this a creative approach. The actors voicing the characters were great - emotive and nuanced performances from all. In particular, the role of Arla was performed with sympathetic empathy. The writing is skilful , loved the descriptions of food and use of metaphor throughout. The shift of focus to each of the stories, telling the story from different viewpoints provides a 360 view of the McLeod massacre. The trolling of host Scott King, initially considered a consequence of the podcasts, a diversion from the main story perhaps, leads the listener to the final conclusion of the story. Highly recommended!

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Perfect for audio

I’ve never found a book more suitable for audio, I can hardly imagine it as a paper book! Great choice to have different actors voice different parts.

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Disappointed

I really enjoyed Six Stories, but this time I gave up after less than 2 hours. The actress is really good, but the story takes SO long to take off! And being just the two characters, it becomes repetitive and you wish he stopped interrupting and she got to the point.

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Not my thing<br />

Personally I didn't enjoy this book at all. Gave up after a couple of hours.

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Unexpectedly satisfying

Great voice acting, and with a few twists thrown in, this book is well worth a listen.