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The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery (Multicast Drama)

An Audible Original Drama
By: LJ Ross
Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Publisher's 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

You can also listen to Jonathan Keeble narrating the unabridged version of the story here.
©2018 LJ Ross (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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This should be book 1

Although I already knew the outcome I enjoyed the storyline. Im not convinced about the style of production. If you have not heard Holy Island I recommend you listen to The Infirmary 1st. I have enjoyed all the DCI Ryan series.

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Why all the sound effects?

The story could stand on its own without all the extra bells and literal whistles

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awful

what is with the multiple voices reading the audiobooks these days? it sounds like a very poor BBC play - five minutes in and I’m done! waste of my time and money. such a shame as I’d really enjoyed the rest of the series

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A Really Sleepless Listen

A little confession is that I sometimes use Audible books to help me drift into sleep after a busy shift at the hospital. But no sleep with this one! The set up was so interesting and the characters and performances especially the Northumberland accents grabbed my attention immediately so I sacrificed my slumbers and had to listen. I was surprised by some of the description of the torture scenes but this made the excellent dramatisation by Michael Eaton remain true to the book and allowed me insight into the serial killer’s modus operandi.
A hero emerged at the end and we all need heroes in our lives. One I want to hear more of about him and his wingman and the other characters too through another Audible drama and or even see that stocky handsome educated policeman on TV sometime. In the meantime I will look forward to another LJ Ross book. And I will get more sleep through other means. Thank you.

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what a disappointment

I found this book both disturbing and distressing. THE background sound effects irritated me from start to finish and I found the murder scenes far too detailed and disturbing. I could not wait to finish this book

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  • cay
  • 08-11-2018

This was terrible

What a terrible waste of time. Nothing at all like expected.enjoyed all previous books by Ross but not this one won't try anymore.

What a pity waited a long time for this book to appear. So disappointed
C Stephens

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  • barbara
  • 29-12-2018

The Infirmary

Wow, what a story, so glad I got it as it made the whole DCI Ryan series seem even more real. I have grown to love them and will continue to enjoy them, always eagerly waiting for the next. The Narration was excellent, a bit of getting used to the action and background noises, but loved it by the end. Thank you to all.

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  • Amie Friend
  • 17-11-2018

Too Much!

I always enjoy the DCI Ryan books by LJ Ross. Their usual narrator, Jonathan Keeble, makes them easy to listen to and does a great job distinguishing the characters from one another. But this radio-like drama was just too much. Between the cheesy dramatic music, background voices, noises and sound effects, I could not get through the 2nd chapter and gave up - which is why I didn't rate the story. If you are used to plain and simple audiobooks and not overacted, over-dubbed dramas, I can't recommend this.

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  • Pamela
  • 17-05-2019

Ensemble cast only first of mistakes<br />

I am not confusing this review with a critique of Ms Ross' writing.

instead this about the horrible awful no good production. The voices of the ensemble rarely sounded as if they were in the same room or even car. The 'background' sound effects were jarring and distracting. The ambient music was usually inappropriate and often ran over the dialogue. It was a cacophony not an ensemble.

Badly done Audible

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  • Fran
  • 17-04-2019

Wonderful!!

I loved each and every moment of this Audible Book. The actors were matched well with the characters. The sound effects were great! Like listening to a radio show from the 1920's I would think. So, how cool to know why out great grandparents loved their radio soaps.

Thanks for an awesome book and experience. I have read all her books and this was a great prequel to rhem.

And for those who didn't like it because of all the sound effects, try it again, in different circumstances. :)

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  • wjw
  • 07-04-2019

Difficulty holding my attention

This one could not keep or hold my attention. Actually I fell asleep while listening to the book

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  • pat
  • 10-03-2019

dont bother

its not much of a mystery if you can see the plot lines coming a mile away. melodramatic & boring.

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  • Judy Muller
  • 29-01-2019

Excellent !!!

could not stop listening until finished, keep tissues handy. All the narrators also were excellent. if you listened to this one 1st, go back& start Holly Island. I hope there will be more in this series. please keep series alive, 11 not enough. Thank you LJ Ross

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  • Tina L.
  • 21-01-2019

fantastic

loved the characters being played by real actors. this is like listening to a t.v. show. I loved it!

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  • JJ
  • 16-01-2019

Radio Drama

I immensely enjoyed listening to the other LJ Ross books on audio as narrated by Jonathan Keeble. Unfortunately this story has an ensemble cast and, because of its various narrators, background sound effects, and overly dramatized music and direction, it's not at all enjoyable. Gory details are glorified rather than clever writing with bits of humorous dialogue. The voices thoughtfully created by Keeble's entertaining narration is sorely missed. I'd skip this title if you listened to the other books in the series. In fact, I'd skip it altogether.

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  • Blossom
  • 11-01-2019

Another masterpiece from my favourite author

I did find it strange listening on audible to the very beginning of all the books; I keep wondering how this came about. However not to be disappointed, this once again kept me spellbound and even brought me to tears at the end. Now just waiting for the next brilliant read!

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  • Salter
  • 08-11-2018

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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  • SandraL
  • 09-11-2018

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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  • Aleta Shaw
  • 08-11-2018

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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  • Zippycat
  • 14-11-2018

The Infirmary

I was looking forward to this book and though the narrators were fine I didn’t like all the background noise. Much preferred the rest of the Ryan books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-2018

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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  • Timi
  • 09-11-2018

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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  • judy
  • 15-11-2018

Background music and sounds too loud

I was looking forward to listening to this but when it started the music was so loud I could not hear what was being said. I listened for about an hour and gave up which is a shame as she is a good writer

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  • maureen
  • 08-11-2018

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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  • Judith Lennon
  • 09-11-2018

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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  • N Simon C
  • 08-11-2018

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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