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Summary

Introducing a new multicast drama by LJ Ross, the author of the international number one best-selling series the DCI Ryan mysteries. 

There's a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to 'catch me if you can'. 

As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined. 

This Audible Original drama stars Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express, Jekyll & Hyde, Snatched), Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster, Les Misérables), Hermione Norris (Spooks, Cold Feet) and Kevin Whately (Lewis, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet) and is a prequel to the DCI Ryan series.

Starring: Alun Armstrong, Rachel Atkins, Tom Bateman, Mark Bazeley, Anna Bolton, Bertie Carvel, Stephen Critchlow, Vicki Davids, Reece Dinsdale, Harriet Ghost, Frances Jeater, Jack Lloyd, Dean Logan, Daniel Matthew Lemon, Roger May, Hermione Norris, Kate Okello, Colleen Prendergast, Shaun Prendergast, Nicholas Rowe, David Seddon, Marlene Sidaway, Tom Slatter, Fiona Victory, Lauren Waine, Kevin Whately and Hannah Wood

Audible member reviews

“I was going to listen to a bit whilst I swept and cleaned the floors and then I had work to do that just couldn't wait any more. I am now the proud owner of the cleanest floor in the UK, and possibly the world! I just couldn't stop, it's a totally gripping and absorbing dramatisation. It was fascinating listening, especially as a long standing fan of LJ Ross' DCI Ryan series, and the idea of giving listeners the back story to how the team came together is inspired. A standing ovation for The Infirmary.” – Melanie, Audible member

“If, like me, you are a DCI Ryan fan then you will already know what this story is about. If you haven't yet met DCI Ryan and his crew then you are in for a treat as this starts the series off in the most chilling of ways. I could feel the goose bumps rising, my skin crawling as you got that absolute detachment, especially from Bertie Carvel as he divulged the killer's thoughts to the listener. With all the thrills and spills of your favourite DCI Ryan novels, brought to life by a stellar cast, this book will hook you from the action filled opening, through the story's dark and chilling heart, to its sad but inevitable conclusion.” – Jen, Audible member

“If you haven't read any DCI Ryan before, you are in for such a treat, and if you have, you are going to LOVE how this brings those much-loved characters completely to life. This Audible Original takes us back to the beginning, and we come to understand how and why Ryan ended up on Holy Island in Book One. With the cast of wonderful characters: Frank, Denise, Jack and the return of Arthur Griegson (superbly played by Alun Armstrong - one of my favourite actors), Ryan is hunting down The Hacker - the killer that has haunted him throughout the series so far. Bertie Carvel stood out for me: a fantastic, spine-chilling performance as the serial killer that has turned Newcastle into a ghost town. Oh, my skin crawled! So many great performances, and I was thrilled to hear genuine North East actors and accents which, along with the music and sound effects, brought authenticity to the whole story. Wonderful stuff.” – Nicky, Audible member

©2018 LJ Ross (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Salter
  • Herefordshire, UK
  • 08-11-18

Excellent DCI Ryan mystery....

Having enjoyed the Ryan Series thus far I was a little hesitant when I heard that we were straying away from the norm (and brilliance of Jonathan Keeble's narration), and venturing into an audio drama.
I must admit this surpassed my expectations. The actors played their parts superbly, and as Ryan fans will know, this story filled in a major part of the backstory to the series. This means, however, that fans will know how this particular story pans out (in a general sense), but this doesn't detract at all from the enjoyment of the story. It had me gripped right from the word go, and ended up listening right through in one sitting..(a rare occurrence for me!).
I can't recommend this and indeed the rest of the series enough. In fact those new to this series may benefit from listening to The Infirmary first.
I'm looking forward to the continuation of the series, and hope that we can enjoy more Audible drama's interspersed within the main body of the series that is beautifully narrated by Jonathan Keeble.

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L J at her best

this had me gripped from start to end. I loved the actors who played their various parts and the story came to life through them. well done LJ

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Amazing

I have read all of L J Ross's DCI Ryan books so far (except The Hermitage and I'm waiting for the audio version to come out) and when I heard about this one I was so excited. Then when I read the blurb I was a bit apprehensive. No Jonathan Keeble!! How can you have a Ryan book without Jonathan? He's an amazing narrator. Nevertheless I pre-ordered and when it landed in my library yesterday I couldn't wait to listen.

There was no need to be concerned. The book is AMAZING!

This book is a prequel to all the rest, and I knew how it would end, that didn't detract from the story. For anyone new to Ryan this would be a great place to start, and the story ends where Holy Island begins - and you will fall in love with Ryan!. For anyone who has read the other DCI Ryan books this is a must-listen.

It is a quality production. Many of the cast are household names - Tom Bateman as Ross, Kevin Whately as Phillips, and Bertie Carvel was absolutely chilling when speaking the killer's inner thoughts! The dialogue felt completely natural and the story moves along at a good pace. Hermione Norris's narration was also impeccable. I could listen to her all day! In fact I did! Nothing much got done yesterday so that I could give all my attention to this!

I still love the original audio books narrated by Jonathan Keeble but it would also be great to have a few more of these multi-cast versions too.

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superb!

the writing of this production is breath catching, literally !
the music scared me witless !!
I literally could not stop listening to this, horrifically good and would make an amazing television series.

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A captivating audio drama

The Infirmary, the newest release in the fantastic DCI Ryan series takes us back in time to before the Holy Island (book 1) events occurred. This prequel to the series gives us an insight into the early days of the team and the backstory of its members. It’s captivating for all who are familiar with the series, while for others it’s a brilliant introduction to DCI Ryan, his crew and their gripping cases.
Audible releasing a dramatized version of the story is also a first for any LJ Ross book: it veers away from the traditionally narrated set up with a multicast drama. I was really impressed by how incredibly well it worked! I would close my eyes, listen to the story and picture everything like a TV show in my head. (Note to self: don’t do that while driving and listening to it in the car.)
All in all, it’s another fascinating story and a must-listen-to audiobook for the fans of the DCI Ryan mysteries. LJ Ross never disappoints!

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LJ Ross is a wonderful storyteller.

I loved this book. this is the first audio book I've listened too. listened to it in a oner. my living room has been crying out for a spring clean for months. Today I went into every corner as I listened to this on my phone. I really hope they use these actors to make a DCI Ryan TV SERIES.

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My first Audio book

I have listened to this book on and off all day,
Brilliant script and story line written as a prequel
It gives you the answers to questions you had between the main character and his enemy from other books, with a complete flow,that takes you very naturally in the the first of the Original books Holy Island
It actually doesn’t feel like you are reading a prequel that was written after the other books, but has the real feel of the true beginning of the books.
It has made me want to read holy Island again, not many books do that for me once I have read them that’s normally it for me.
But not this time, I can’t wait to start again.
Well Done.
I have recommended it to my friends hubby who has read all her books as well ,and family who are enjoying the books.
As I have a holiday home In Northumberland i absolutely love reading these books , I can’t wait for Longstone as I can see it from my window.
Thank you LJ Ross as your writing has made me fall in love with reading all over again.

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A Fantastic prequel story, with a stellar cast

The pre-order had landed with a thud (well, a ding actually) in my library. I downloaded and already listening within minutes...my other books can wait. Why? Because I'll always give a new Ross my immediate attention. This didn't disappoint.
What a fantastic listen! Of course, like many, long-time readers of DCI Ryan's adventures, I knew the ending but that didn't diminish the journey there.
A more succinct story than her previous novels, this is a lead-in story to the first novel proper, Holy Island, and we see the origins of Ryan, and his new crew, at his new posting in the North East and the case he lands in with one of Ross' most enigmatic and horrible killers. Brilliant storytelling and characters, it is fast paced, builds up to a brilliant conclusion, intelligent and emotional.
Excellent narration, (acting even!) by all the cast, with famous names from tv crime drama, makes this above your average audiobook. I can handle audio dramas and this was an extremely well polished, engaging one. I swear I was panting and sweating along with Ryan by the end.
Loved it and highly recommended to regular fans and newbies.

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excellent

Loved this book. Narration excellent. Couldn't wait for next chapter. Music added to creepiness. Can't wait for the next one!

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Drama format works

I very nearly gave up on this recording very early on as it was immediately obvious that we would know the ending as the story is set before the Holy Island series of books. However the performances of the actors were excellent and I really liked that it was like listening to a play. Because we knew the ending, there was very little suspense but the author filled in the information prior to the other books. Overall enjoyable.

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  • Melissa
  • 13-11-18

Great book – a little over produced dramatization.

A classic DCI Ryan! The narrators Were fabulous, however I felt the background and ambient Sounds were ever so slightly intrusive. It could be me and I am just not used to the format.

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  • Gillian M.
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I absolutely enjoyed listening to this book. It really explained why DCI Ryan went to Holy Island. The actors who portrayed the different characters and narrated the book made it come alive, for 6 hours and 29 minutes it literally transported into me into DCI Ryan's world. For fans of LJ Ross's this is a must.

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  • Ginny Barnhill
  • 09-11-18

Good verses Evil - Neither ever truly wins

Tears spilled. Heart pounded. Characters live. Suspense ruled.

I did have to wait to complete reading/listening to the last hour or so until daylight. The Infirmary performed in a multicast audiobook is a stunning retro to a time when radio was King, and the mind was free to provide the images.

I’ve audibly read every story in the DCI Ryan series. All of them are worthy of a more than one read; like watching a favorite movie over and over. But The Infirmary succeeds on another intellectual plane. LJ Ross is a gift as well as gifted.

I’m thrilled to have read The Infirmary, and sad to have reached The End.