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To Die For

Narrated by: Rachel Bavidge
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (211 ratings)

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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of To Die For by Alice Clark-Platts, read by Rachel Bavidge.

In an empty car park, Ryan James sits in his car contemplating death. He has set up a hose pipe that is pouring carbon monoxide into the car, and his deciding whether or not to close the last window and end it all. Finally, he gets a text and decides to end his life.

Detective Martin is called to the scene the next day. At first she is convinced it is a simple suicide but as she looks deeper into the boy's life and his relationships she begins to wonder if someone else was involved.

Also available in the DI Erica Martin series in audio: Bitter Fruits and The Taken.

©2016 Alice Clark-Platts (P)2016 Penguin AudioBooks

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Brilliant new author!

Can't wait to find a full length novel by this new author. Great writing and tantalising story line. Very well read too.

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great short story

listened to this via audible. great short story well read. good plot would like to see more from this author

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Good job it was free.

Very weak and very short story. Not really worth bothering with.
Narrator did a reasonable job but she was working with poor material.

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Good short story but slightly pointless?

I have to admit I was totally gripped throughout but it fizzled away when it just seemed like listening to a short episode of Midsummer Murder - slightly inconclusive and may have been better as an actual novel.

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absolutely brilliant.

Great story and characters. Well written. Gripping till the end. Can't wait for more from this author.

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Odd little book

Strange little story, feels like there should've been much more to it and I found the reading of it distracting, the different accents etc

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Lacks pace; short and boring

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I didn't enjoy the story at all.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Surprise. It's sudden and feels unfinished.

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

Good narrator with excellent character voices.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

Strange little short. Didn't warm to the central police characters who seemed unnatural and contrived. Other characters were undeveloped and no sense of drama or tension. All in all, an unpleasant subject matter (teenage suicide) handled without empathy.

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Good story shame about the bad language.

Good story but a shame about the swearing. A tale about brothers, envy, girls and police work.

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  • 14-04-18

A new experience

Haven’t listened to a short story before and really loved it. This hooked me in from the start and there were a few spine tingling moments. Definitely recommended.
Going to try another Alice Clark-Platts book. The Geordie context and accents was an added bonus for this Gateshead lass!

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Over too quickly

Good plot and narration. Voice was well paced and diction clear. Will look out for more books read by this narrator. Only thing I didn't like was the swearing.

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  • Lisa
  • 12-05-17

It's like getting only the first 2 chapters of a book

I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and the story appeared to be the beginning of a great detective novel and then it's just over. Only a beginning. No middle. No end.

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  • 20-03-17

thats it?

i feel like the story was just getting started and then it was over?! i feel like only a quarter of a book as written...

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  • Praneeth
  • 19-06-17

A short story with a stellar ending!

The characters buildup was very good for a short one hour story line. I would have personally preferred a longer version but all the same this book address teen life at school about bullying.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-01-17

To die for

Excellent book with understanding of people's nature. Enjoyed listening to this book. Will definitely follow this author

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  • Tooth Fairy
  • 15-06-17

Not so gripping or chilling.

according to the description the story is a gripping chilling Thriller. I did not find it gripping or chilling or a thriller. The performance was fantastic comma the story just did not keep my attention. I have no problems listening to two other books in between the short 11 chapter story.

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  • Laura Anderson
  • 12-06-17

Upsetting

This book was just unsettling and seemed basic and undeveloped. I kept waiting for a twist but there was none, it was just a basic story about upsetting events, would not recommend.

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  • Diego Garcia
  • 19-04-17

WTF

i think i waisted my time on this book the narrator lost me a few times and I had to go back and listen

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  • Nana x 3
  • 07-02-17

*Death by Bullying*

Ryan was barely 18 yr. old. He was good looking, popular, and likeable, yet he chose to end his own life. Why? This is the story of the dark undercurrents that run deep in our society, where the domineering seek to control, and destroy others for the feelings of power it weilds. This was a good read, but left me feeling as if the book ended in the middle of a chapter.

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  • Marina Roberti
  • 31-01-20

Not bad, but left a lot to be desired

good story, good narration. underdeveloped characters, and too many unanswered questions. the potential was there. just glad the story was only .74 cents.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-11-19

Great book

I loved this short story! It was a good look at what went on behind doors! Very well described!!