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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.

13 of 15 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...

12 of 14 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.

14 of 17 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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Poor

It does pain me to write a bad review when I see everyone else has rated this book so highly. It makes think that there is something I missed.

I appreciate its always good to find new ways to tell a story and make it more interesting to a wider audience, but why reinvent the wheel when you can just tell the story as it is?

This just felt like a TV documentary but without the pictures. It had nothing to hold it together, it was disjointed, the narrators sounded disinterested and after an hour I had to give up.

I will enjoy returning this book, but that is all.

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Just as good as the first, if not better

I took a punt on the first in the series, and bought Hydra when I was halfway through 'Six Stories' (the first in the series) as I enjoyed it that much. Pls see my other review for more about the style, however, to surmise: the multiple narrators and podcast-interview format works very well.

I liked this story more than the first but still some characters grate, some are likeable and others loathsome... and that's life.

I would just say that as it has the same actors I *wouldn't* listen to one after the other as their voices reminded me of the characters from the first, having made such an impression. Having another audiobook in between would've been wise but I was eager to hear this instalment.

I hope there are more in the pipeline from Matt Wesolowski & audible.

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This is now one of my favourite books ever!

Wow this book is brilliant from start to finish. The story and the narration. This came up as a recommendation from Audible which I thought I'd give a go and so glad I did! I went on to buy the first Six Stories book by this author which is also brilliant, although this has the edge for me personally. I am now waiting in anticipation for Matt Wesolowski's third book (due out in November I believe)! Highly recommended if you like a good mystery with a distinctly creepy edge!

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Gripping and scary

Clever and genuinely scary, I finished this quickly as I was keen to know what happened next. I liked the format of the radio show, although it involved a bit of repetition here and there to tie in with that format. The really scary thing of course is what can be achieved by those who use social media for negative purposes, and there is currently a view that this had a significant impact on Trumps success. Or is that just what we’d prefer to believe?

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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!