We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Burning Audiobook

The Burning: A Novel

Regular Price:$13.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

The Burning Man. It’s the name the media has given a brutal murderer who has beaten four young women to death before setting their bodies ablaze in secluded areas of London’s parks. And now there’s a fifth.

Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious detective constable, keen to make her mark on the murder task force. Her male colleagues believe Maeve’s empathy clouds her judgment, but the more she learns about the latest victim, Rebecca Haworth, from her grieving friends and family, the more determined Maeve becomes to bring her murderer to justice. But how do you catch a killer no one has seen when so much of the evidence has gone up in smoke?

Maeve’s frenetic hunt for a killer in The Burning, Jane Casey’s series debut, is a gripping introduction to one of the most engaging crime fiction characters in recent memory.

©2011 Jane Casey (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (982 )
5 star
 (371)
4 star
 (407)
3 star
 (164)
2 star
 (25)
1 star
 (15)
Overall
4.1 (888 )
5 star
 (333)
4 star
 (360)
3 star
 (155)
2 star
 (27)
1 star
 (13)
Story
4.3 (888 )
5 star
 (433)
4 star
 (304)
3 star
 (113)
2 star
 (25)
1 star
 (13)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Ruth Nielsen 04-21-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    228
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    105
    39
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    7
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Better than I expected! Close to a 5 🌟"

    After reading some of the less flattering reviews I wasn't sure what I would get- but it was much better than the reviews led me to expect. I thought Maeve was a great new character and I've already purchased the next book in the series. some people criticized the narrator and that baffles me as well - I thought the narrator did a great job and I had no trouble following different characters. Though I'm often not a fan of switching points of view in this book I thought it worked well. I'm tempted to give it 5 stars just to raise the overall average. if there was something in between 4 and 5 star rating that's where I would put it. Couldn't stop listening. A great find in my opinion!

    37 of 38 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 12-16-14
    J-9 Cary, NC, United States 12-16-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    278
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    337
    132
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    64
    7
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Glad I listened to this one last"

    I'm really glad that I listened to this book in the Maeve Kerrigan series last because had I listened to it first, I don't think I would have listened to the other books in this series, which are VERY good.

    I found Louise to be very annoying in this book and the last hour of the book which is mostly a letter from Louise simply needed to finish!

    I don't think this book is critical to Maeve Kerrigan series if you are interested in reading or listening to these books. All of the other books in the series are much better and maybe that is because of the interaction of Josh Derwent. He's a bugger and I love him! He adds to the story.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
  •  
    C. Hartmann D.C. & St. Croix 02-01-15
    C. Hartmann D.C. & St. Croix 02-01-15

    Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science

    HELPFUL VOTES
    694
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    455
    54
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    82
    11
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What is Better than Book 1 in a Series You Like ??"

    Jane Casey has done something difficult. . .successfully created a character who follows in the footsteps of Jane Tennison (Prime Suspect) and Anna Travis while establishing her own identity. The plots are clever, the dialogue smart and the narration superb. If you enjoy British police procedurals this is a wonderful series !

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kristin natick, MA, United States 04-22-15
    Kristin natick, MA, United States 04-22-15 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Engrossing: well-written and well-read"

    I really enjoyed this book; it was predictable in terms of the culprit, but the structure of the book with changing narrators worked well in creating a suspenseful denouement and strong character creation. The narrator is excellent. Can't wait for the next in the series!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ms. 04-01-15
    Ms. 04-01-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    50
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    95
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disappointing"
    What aspect of Sarah Coomes’s performance would you have changed?

    It must really be a challenge to distinguish so many English accents as well as the different ages and characters of everyone in this book. Coombes makes a brave job of it, but some character's voices sound cartoonish, sometimes it's hard to tell who's speaking in a conversation where both voices sound quite similar. There are also times when the character is thinking the words, but it's hard to understand that except in retrospect.


    Did The Burning inspire you to do anything?

    This is a ridiculous question.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some interesting characters and events, and I did listen all the way through. The romantic relationships are incompletely drawn. A couple of characters (no spoilers here- don't worry) do not seem consistent--their personalities seem to shift to fit the needs of the plot. I was disappointed in the book as a whole. To me, it seems that the murderer is transparently easy to guess very early on. The last hour or so is eye-rollingly trite and tedious. The combination of an over-long letter and some supposed newspaper accounts try to do what should have been accomplished in the main part of the book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Martha 01-06-13
    Martha 01-06-13 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    412
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    156
    36
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    62
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Predictable Plot, Annoying Narrator"

    This is not one of the better detective stories I have listened to recently. The plot is fairly predictable, nothing very interesting. It's a standard whodunnit. I do not like the deliberately misleading introduction of Louise (if you listen to/read it, you'll understand what I mean). It's immature and lacks imagination on the writer's part. There is nothing here that makes me want to continue listening if this should become a series.

    What I enjoyed least about this book is the narrator. The chair she is sitting in often creaks noticeably in the background. She has a bad habit of sucking in air between her teeth. Sometimes it could be appropriate to the dialogue, but at other times it's just annoying. Her portrayal of male characters is very distracting as her voice becomes extremely harsh-sounding and nasal. Right around the beginning of the second half it is obvious that she has a rather bad head cold and at times her voice becomes so scratchy that it I found myself actually clearing MY throat! I wanted to yell at her to take a drink of water! When this happens, I don't understand why they don't just stop recording and wait a few days for the reader to get better instead of pushing them until they are hoarse. Things like this are distracting to me and really detract from the listening experience. A narrator should be unobtrusive, in my opinion.

    I wish I had saved the credit, but it isn't the worst I've listened to. It's just....meh. Save your credit unless you're desperate for Britcrime and have listened to everything else.

    28 of 32 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 03-16-16
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 03-16-16 Member Since 2013

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

    HELPFUL VOTES
    333
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    214
    134
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    27
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Thorough story- full of mystery"

    I really liked this book & the way the author presented the plot. it was chucked full of psychological suspense & it kept my interest throughout. it had plenty of winding police involvement & i liked the way the characters were kept straight in the presentation in this book. Now on to the next Casey book. Satisfied reader

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    MGWysham Maryland 10-26-15
    MGWysham Maryland 10-26-15 Member Since 2015

    bookaddict

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A New Author to Follow!"

    This is the first Jane Casey book I've read, but it will not be my last. Her characters have depth and humor, two traits I look for. The story was interesting, as it contained two mysteries in one. My only criticism was the extensive monologuing by the villain towards the end. It seemed a less than stellar way to wrap things up.
    I absolutely loved the narrator, and hope she narrates the other Casey books.
    Now I have to try not to speak in an English accent all day. ;-)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Wayne Matthews, NC 03-14-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 03-14-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    8380
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1525
    1088
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    259
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Yesterday's Audible Daily Deal!"

    The Burning is a police procedural about a serial killer who burned his victim's bodies and a copycat who killed her best friend using the same technique. It is set in London, England. It is an excellent novel that is well narrated.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-12-12
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 08-12-12 Member Since 2012

    I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    374
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    401
    153
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    23
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good story, nice beach read."

    A good solid listen even if you figured it out in the first 2 chapters. Excellent narration for an enjoyable story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.