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Tracks: Series 1 and 2

Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
4 out of 5 stars (243 ratings)
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Summary

Tracks

A plane crash. 

A dead father.

A buried secret. 

A passenger with a missing heart. 

When Dr Helen Ash witnesses the brutal and disturbing crash of the plane that is carrying her father, the incident sets her on an investigation into a dark conspiracy. Florian Chauvin was flying to Wales to tell his daughter something important, but his plane fell out of the sky. In the aftermath of the crash, Helen discovers that one of the passengers doesn't seem to have a heart.

What was Florian coming to tell Helen? Who was he travelling with? And why did his plane crash?

A major conspiracy thriller about life, death and the human brain, starring Romola Garai. Tracks became the most successful drama series launched by Radio 4 in 2016.

Tracks: Strata

Snowdonia, 1980.

It’s the dawn of a new decade and the future is coming.

But in the wilds of Snowdonia, the ancient history of the landscape is hard to escape.

Rachel Turner is looking for fossils with her four year-old son, Joe. But when a freak earthquake shakes the land beneath their feet, Joe vanishes. With the help of two locals, Rachel embarks on a desperate search to find her son. But as darkness descends, the secrets hidden in the ancient forests of the mountain are uncovered.

A prequel to the first series, Series 2 is set 36 years before the events that rocked the life of Helen Ash.

Cast of Tracks

Helen………………..Romola Garai

Freddy……………….Jonathan Forbes

Michael……………...Alex Beckett

Rosie………………..Susan Jameson

Florian……………….Sean Baker

K……………………...Rafay Asfi

Fisker Lee…………..Kenneth Cranham

Other parts played by Suzanne Packer, Richard Nichols, Caroline Berry, Alexandria Riley, Matthew Gravelle, Claire Cage, Richard Mitchley, Pauline McLynn, Paul Courtenay Hyu, Leo Wan, Ruth Lloyd, Tristan Sturrock, Jaimi Barbakoff, John Norton, Paul Copley, Rhodri Meilir, Sam Rix, Nabil Elouahabi, Liz Sutherland and Matilda le Fleming.

Written by Matthew Broughton

Directed by James Robinson, Helen Perry and Abigail le Fleming. 

Original music by Stu Barker

A BBC Cymru Wales Production

Cast of Tracks: Strata

Rachel ………………Fiona O’Shaughnessy

Ifan…………………...Kai Owen

Sam………………….Robert Pugh

Afa……………………Betsan Llwyd

Charlotte…………….Shelly Rees

Ronny………………...Dafydd Emyr

Written by Matthew Broughton

Directed by James Robinson

A BBC Cymru Wales Production

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd

Critic reviews

"One of the best dramas - on television or radio - currently on offer." (Radio Times)

"Instantly compelling." (Guardian)

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Had me gripped from start to finish,

Wow this audio did not disappoint, it keeps you guessing as you follow hellen through each chapter. Just when you think you have worked it out it spins your idea on its head.

I listened to it in the car and found my self staying sat in my car at home till the chapter ended I was that gripped.

The actors did an amazing job and makes you feel like your part of the story.

This is a must listen for any audible listener and well worth the money.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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A Gem Of A Find

I decided to give this one a try because I had a free credit and often like to look for new dramas and saw it. What a gem. This series could have quite easily been shown on Sky Atlantic it is that good. Acting is top draw, sound design and music selections ar stella and the pacing is perfect.

I must also credit Audible because when I initially downloaded it, the entirety of series two was missing. I wrote to them explaining this and now it's all here - the joys of cloud computing.

Anyone who likes conspiricy dramas will eat this one up. Now, if you don't mind, I have to make tracks because I want to listen all over again.

33 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Truly brilliant.... One of the most intriguing...

... fantastic thrillers that I've ever heard! Great sound stages as well. Looking forward to the next.... Please...!

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Brilliant

Really gripping audio book. How the original listeners would of waited a week in-between episodes I’ll never know.

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Breathless Acting That Gets a Bit Bonkers!

This is certainly an interesting find, it's a very well acted sci-fi drama with a gorgeous soundscape - I'd listen to it again just to hear the screaming jet engines that play such a big part of it! Romola Garai who plays Helen is to be particularly commended for a succession of stressed scenes, screams and acting groggy as she come round from her character's latest mistreatment. The storyline in series 1 is fairly bonkers but I think original and interesting enough to keep most people entertained.

Series 2 which is actually a much shorter two-episode prequel to Series 1 had similar quality sound and acting and a vaguely equivalent level of bonkersness. Anyone who wants to listen to it first can forward to 1 hour 34minutes and 30 Seconds to go to listen to it safely without risking hearing anything to spoil the first series. I wouldn't particularly advise it, the real value is in series 1.

I'm not as sold on it as many others seem to be though i can see much of the attraction.


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Don't Bother!

This audio book was boring I was losing the will finish it but I did but only because i paid for it. The main character in the story got on my last nerves her pathetic whinging and whinging almost drove me to drink. Don't bother!

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Amazing! Loved it!

Such a fantastic series I absolutely loved it! This has to be one of the best radio series ever written.

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Maybe the future

Thought provoking drama, nice little twist in an albeit short second series, but it compliments the first nicly, in the first, just when you think you've worked it out, along comes another twist that sends you of (Track) pardon the pun, narrated superbly by the cast, I'd recommend bed and lights off to send you into some future world that just might happen, enjoy!

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Well performed but the story was just silly

The dialogues were delivered by a fantastic cast in an excellent production, but I didn't like the story. Maybe because this particular type of science fiction does not appeal to me, I found the plot silly and pointless.

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Brilliant 👍

Great storyline, great acting/voices and good sound effects.
The only negative I can think of is the credits after each chapter.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful