• Prime Suspect

  • Prime Suspect, Book 1
  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (237 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nominated in Best Female Narrator at the Audie Awards 2020. 

She must fight to prove herself...before it's too late.

DCI Jane Tennison came through the ranks the hard way, opposed and resented at every step by her male colleagues. 

When a prostitute is found murdered in her bedsit, the Metropolitan police set to work finding the perpetrator of this brutal attack. DNA samples lead them straight to known criminal George Marlow. The police think they've found their man, but things are not quite what they seem....

Desperate to remove all doubt around her suspect, Tennison struggles to make the charges stick. And then a second body turns up. 

With the team against her, DCI Jane Tennison is in a race against time to catch a dangerous criminal ­- and prove she's just as tough as any man.

Baseded on the award-winning TV series starring Helen Mirren, the complete and unabridged Prime Suspect trilogy is now available for the first time in audio.

©2019 Lynda La Plante (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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Lynda La Plante at her best

I loved this audio book. A gripping narrative that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first sentence to the last. The narrator was also wonderful and complemented the content perfectly.

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What a tense thriller

The story was incredible. However, the narrator is the best I’ve ever heard on Audible. I have listened to many Audible books. I hope the next two in the trilogy are read by the same person. Kudos to Audible for finding a narrator who not only reads the novel but makes it come to life. Thank you Audible!!

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Love this series!

I really like the Jane Seymore series. All the books are excellent. I watched this series on BBC. I love the Jane Seymour character!

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Impossible to control Volume

I enjoyed the story, as it kept my attention throughout.
However, the narrator would swing from whispering to full on screaming, nearly every other character. It was impossible to control the volume. If you wanted to hear what the whispering characters were saying, you would be blasted with screaming 2 seconds later. Then, back to whispering. By the end, I had a major migraine and vowed never to listen to anything with this narrator ever again.

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If you think there’s politics in your workplace…

Other reviewers have already described this quite well. My contribution: Jane’s womanism in a manly job overshadows the procedural plot by a big margin. Double sources of tension, quite effective.

I know firsthand how far the gender preference pendulum has swung in 30 years. Diversity and “me-too” politics have put straight white males at the back of the promotion line and front of the convenient villain line. Don’t think this book inspires nostalgia but it was written in a distinctly different time.

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struggled to continue

I guess I started with a later series and maybe this is why I have some issues with this female detective. Tennison is so selfish and self absorbed that it's sometimes I just wanted to close the app and remove the story from my library! Given the preview of "Prime Suspect #2" not sure if I'll get thru it... we'll see.. be prepared .

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Had a hard time to going forward!

I gave up. Slow moving and I lost interest. Narration is spot-on though. I like Lynda La Plante, but this one was one just not for me.

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Police procedural, yea, but so much more!

Tennison! She's not always likeable, but she's exactly what she needs to be to solve the most heinous of crimes. The writing is whip-cracking fast and on-point, and this narration is excellent. La Plante is at here peak here, if you love British mysteries that aren't cozy, set in an environment that is far from comfortable, then this book is for you.

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Highly Recommend

Having already been a fan of the 90s television series, I already knew it was a good story, but it was equally as entertaining listening on audiobook. Rachel Atkins’ narration is outstanding, one of the best I’ve ever heard. Her ability to transform instantly into the different characters, flawlessly mastering a variety of accents, made me feel like I was listening to a full cast of actors. She seemed to be channeling Helen Mirren perfectly as well, which was a treat. Can’t wait to enjoy the next audiobook in the series!

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Prime Suspect

#njoyed this book, a bit slow in the beginning but enjoyed it. The narration was good.

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  • 10-09-20

Inappropriate narration

Being from the north east I would find it inexplicable if all the characters in Vera had cockney accents,I therefore struggled with all the residents of London having Yorkshire accents. I realise this is probably a petty point but once it had bugged me I couldn't listen without noticing it and eventually gave up on the book. I don't intend this to be a criticism of the narrator I just don't think she was right for this book.

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  • Clara B
  • 08-13-20

Very good

The narrator has done an excellent job with the narration! She manages to do all the different characters, a lot of them male, and really bring them to life. She does actually sound like Helen Mirren as Tennison! Brilliant.

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  • Bronty
  • 09-12-20

Great!

Loved this, totally brought the visual of the story to life. Fantastic narration, I would have liked all of Lynda’s books to have had the same narrator. Will go to the second in the series now.

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  • Steph H
  • 06-14-20

A Master at Work

Lynda la Plant is called the queen of crime drama and she definitely deserves that title. Her writing is so detailed, the characters incredibly well written and rounded out.

I know this story so well from watching it on tele, but to get to listen to the book gives you much more chance to take in the nuances portrayed.

Highly recommended.

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  • Helen Povall
  • 07-30-20

Excellent!

As good if not even better than the original TV show. I was able to picture the actors playing the parts & the narrator brought all of the characters to life.

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  • Sadie
  • 06-29-20

Jane Tennison, we love you!!

Absolutly brilliant. I found myself seeing Helen Mirren and Tom Bell images throughout my listening. The narrator was excellent, bringing emotion and suspense to the book. Thank you

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  • ClaireL
  • 05-22-20

Fantastic performance by Rachel Atkins

Listening to the audio book was like watching the series; Rachel Atkins’ performance was brilliant.
Really enjoyed it.

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  • Ruby Sapphire
  • 04-16-20

Prime Listening

Liked the story. Rachel Atkins captured the chacter of DI Tennison well (if a little shrieky at times).

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  • Nicola McIlwraith
  • 10-22-19

Fantastic !!

A very well Narrated story, the reader was brilliant at differentiating between the different characters. I was gripped from start to finish . This is definitely a must for audible and Lynda la plante fans. It does not disappoint !!

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  • 08-08-22

Rubbish

Very disappointed with this audible story. Basically the story is garbage and after a short while I couldn’t stand listening to the narrator.
I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Philip
  • 02-25-22

A cop story with a female perspective

Quite dated by todays standard of ‘Line of Duty’ and the like plus a plethora of Scandinavian cop stories but fitting and novel in it’s time and selection for a television series. Well read by a great narrator with the ability to create credible characters and sense of who they are but the story perhaps doesn’t have the befuddling power of those around now. One almost felt disappointed it turned out the way it did.

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  • Martine H
  • 10-26-21

Average at best

From the start the tone was angry and the language and characters quite obtuse. I only made it to chapter 6. The protagonist is not a likeable person and the other characters are much the same. The story is one that’s been told a thousand times and was boring. La Plante needs to be more current as this seemed a little behind the times. Lacked humour, depth, any likeable characters and the story was average at best. Left me feeling irritated and a little offended by the language which was really aggressive and over used. This felt like a production line novel for a paycheck for all involved in its publication. I’m happy I didn’t pay for it. Thanks Audible Plus!

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  • milorad topic
  • 07-01-22

A good listen

Honestly the narrator of this story really lives inside the Jane Tennison character and reminds me of Helen Merrin in the TV series. Well done 👍🏾

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  • Angela McDonald
  • 05-29-22

prime suspect

I had seen the TV series and found that good tie in to the first one.
The narrator sounded like the actress Helen Mirren who played Jane Tennison in the TV series.

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  • Jill O'Connor
  • 05-23-22

Good easy listen

Fun, realistic characters. An entertaining, easy listen with a simple plot. I loved the narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-16-22

Really enjoyed

This was as good as you get from Ruth Rendall. I enjoyed the T V series plenty of actions to keep you interested. Good narration.

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  • alan riles
  • 12-04-21

works regardless of the medium!

Jane Tennison - what a creation by the prolific Lynda la Plante!
I guess we are all conditioned by Helen Mirren's brilliant portrayal of an ambitious, talented and all too human Jane Tennison in the medium of the TV series. This first of the accompanying books, read or listened too, does not disappoint.
Lynda's acting and theatrical background perhaps contribute to the multi-media success, which not all authors manage to succeed at.
A good example of the crime genre transcending the limits imposed by highbrow critics!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-14-21

It's 1990 & this police woman is not wanted

Jane Tennison is a tough female detective who is not wanted because of her sex. She fights for the position of a colleague who died and eventually wins the respect of the male dominated team.