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Publisher's Summary

Seventeen stories from the gritty crime series created by Danny Brocklehurst, starring Hugo Speer as Manchester detective John Stone.

This collection brings together series 1 to 4 of this intelligent detective drama, tackling morally ambiguous, complex and challenging subjects. DCI Stone and his team investigate a series of brutal murders and missing person cases, among other grisly crimes.

Starring Hugo Speer as DCI John Stone, Craig Cheetham as DI Mike Tanner and Deborah McAndrew as DS Sue Kelly.

Directed by Nadia Molinari, Stefan Escreet, Charlotte Riches and Pauline Harris.

Episode guide:

'Mary Shane' by Danny Brocklehurst: Stone is investigating the high-profile case of a missing teenage girl when 80-year-old Mary Shane confesses to murdering three people 60 years earlier.

'The Ties That Bind' by Damian Wayling: A body dredged up from a lake implicates an ex-police officer and a respected headteacher.

'Dead Fishes' by Chloe Moss: A young man with Down syndrome admits to killing his mother.

'God’s Witness' by Danny Brocklehurst: A woman witnesses the murder of a young boy by a notorious gang.

'The Deserved Dead' by Danny Brocklehurst: Stone and his team investigate the brutal murder of a known sex offender.

'Collateral Damage' by Martin Jameson: Stone investigates the death of Gary Taylor, a veteran of the Iraq War suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

'The Bridge' by Cath Staincliffe: When university student Matt falls to his death from a railway bridge, Stone and his team embark on a murder investigation.

'The Night' by James Rye: Stone investigates the sexual assault of the wife of one of his team and uncovers a dark secret.

'Sleep Tight' by Cath Staincliffe: Two-year-old Brianna disappears one night from her family home.

'Demons' by Martin Jameson: A young man, Emir, is fatally stabbed in a Manchester street in front of his twin brother, Jamal.

'Taken' by Richard Monks: A man of Polish descent is attacked in the lead-up to local elections.

'One of Our Own' by Danny Brocklehurst: A fellow police officer is found critically injured on the notorious Marinduque Estate.

'Something to Do' by Martin Jameson: A young boy is discovered badly injured and left for dead.

'Blood' by Vivienne Harvey: DCI Stone gets in the ring to investigate the murder of a promising young thai kick boxer.

'Heart of Darkness' by Gurpreet Bhatti: A schoolgirl's body is found in a park in the poor part of town.

'Mother Love' by Richard Monks: Jean fights to defend her son, Matthew, after he is arrested for downloading child pornography.

©2018 Danny Brocklehurst (P)2018 BBC Digital Audio

What listeners say about Stone: The Complete Series 1-4

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Gritty and hard-hitting

A brilliantly written and dramatised no nonsense, police procedural series with great characters throughout. Also it doesnt shy from any sensitive issues plaguing UK and tackles them headon.

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Gritty. Grisly. Gruesome. Real. Heart-wrenching.

Stellar performances from an all star cast. Glad it was audio. Not sure I would have been able to handle video of some of the subject matter dealt with in this series. DCI Stone is wonderful character. I enjoyed making the journey with him, even when I wanted to tap him on the head for being an ass at times. I highly recommend this series to any fan of police procedurals with powerful story lines and lots of heart!

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Surprised more people in US haven’t heard these !

I took a chance on this and loved it! It’s 4 stories radio dramas and it’s honestly the best series I’ve ever heard !
Stone is a realistic detective you quickly start to love ! There are sound effects , music etc it’s very much like listening to a play ! I listen while walking my dogs and this was much more fun than a normal book !
I got chills at Times bc of the suspense etc !
Very dramatically acted out !
You get 4 short stores w same detective ! I esp liked the one w the Down syndrome actor ! I’ll buy everything this man produces! It’s that good !

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Great entertainment

I enjoy BBC full cast radio dramas. This is very enjoyable. So enjoyable I preordered the next offering. I had a little difficulty with some of the full cockney accents but not enough to obscure the meaning or detract from the story.

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amazing!!!

I was so sad when I got the end of this amazing series! I want more!!!!!!

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Great cast

It’s the cast that makes this series entertaining. The writing is mediocre and the stories are a dime a dozen, but the acting makes it worth listening to. The ending is highly unsatisfying, which doesn’t help

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Good, strong storyline in every episode

I loved it and got the next set right after!
Believable stories made this hold well for me all the thru. Only a couple of actors could've been switched for better. Despite that this was worth the buy.

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Fantastic

Everything about this was fabulous! The storylines the characters the actors playing characters were all spot on and so well done! After this 1-4 series I feel I know John Stone and what he is like what his life is like. He isn't a super cop a no fault man. He is a man who loves his job maybe too much..he can't leave work at work. Having been married to a cop I know what this is like.
Going right on to the next set of this great radio series. It's so colorful it's so multidimensional I can SEE the action see the players as if I was watching this on a screen live action.

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Top notch

Excellent production of the John Stone series. The stories were exciting and well acted. Loved it!

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it was okay.

some of the stories was really good, but over all I found it to be okay.

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  • Mark Renny
  • 06-14-18

Will definitely listen to again.

The production values that have gone into this series must have been high. Why Hugo Speer isn't a bigger star is beyond me as his performance here encapsulates so many facets of a person who is moral yet amoral; flawed yet deeply caring; an upholder of the law who wishes to see a truer sense of justice where he feels the system fails, yet is unable to do so.

This audio title represents real value for money - and really should transfer to TV. All of the actors, major and minor, involved give a fantastic audio rendition. This is one of those rare audios where you can really believe everything that you are hearing. The sound mix is good too for headphone wearers.

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  • J. B. Connor
  • 07-02-18

Very Good

Great performances and good stories. Really enjoyed it. Only negative thing ... no introduction or way of knowing what each story was called . Felt rushed inbetween the chapters and like something was missing!

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  • r Baker
  • 07-12-18

brilliant

loved it really good stories to listen too, stories are real to life must listen too

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-27-18

Unremarkable police procedural.

I really struggled with this one and eventually gave up after 10 of the 17 episodes.
It’s full of stereotypes (both within the police and the public characters) and some of the stories are clumsily constructed. Much of the dialogues comes from the do-it-yourself book of crime writing, eg: “shouldn’t you be out there catching who did this and not questioning me. I’m not the criminal here!” This particular quote is paraphrased in more than one episode.
Everybody the police talk to is angry and confrontational (which gets really boring when it happens multiple times in each episode), and Stone himself seem to be incapable of making a sensible, rational decision in either his professional or personal life. Quite how he became a police inspector beggars belief. He would have been rooted out and sent on his way at the first stage of the recruitment process!
My two main gripes were an episode that presented us with a fake child abduction (Shannon Matthews immediately sprung to mind), and an episode where an officer was allowed to investigate a sexual assault on his own wife! Yeah, like that would really happen!
There’s also an effort to present Stone as some sort of vigilante who is prepared to dispense his own idea of justice - even if it compromises the outcome of a case.
Very disappointing all round.

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  • janice
  • 07-09-18

Great crime series

Great individual stories with same key characters. Loved it. Cast were superb especially Hugo Speer.

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  • Dr
  • 04-10-19

Stone is not a character I can feel good about

I didn’t like the characters, the story or the dramatisation
I only kept going in the hope it would get better. Flawed detectives are all very well but there’s usually something that you can see as a redeeming factor but not here. I wish I hadn’t bought the second series

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  • Julia
  • 06-21-18

Great listening

Enjoyable series ... Sounded very much like Sean Bean. ................ .......... ........ .......... ........ ....

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  • 06-24-18

well performed

I think the best thing about this other than the vocal talent is the originality of the stories and the variety. it is good value because lots of episodes although some easier to get through than others. well written great cast worth listening to

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  • Hannah Kaye
  • 03-20-19

Brilliant cast and stories!

Dear God, do I have a fictional type. Give me a surly, alcoholic, depressed police detective and I am all in. I cannot wait for the next series <3 Hugo Speer is amazing, and so is the rest of the cast! Just brilliant!

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  • Jamtart
  • 06-25-18

Great series

A really excellent police drama depicting the rough side of Manchester. One big complaint- there is no cast listing and that is down to Audible to correct.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 12-24-20

Too gritty for me

I’ve read most of ep one but it just became more and more depressing so I’ve given up. If that means I’m a whimp well so be it. I stopped at the peodephile episode.

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  • Ariaan
  • 08-30-20

Stone

The BBC production is brilliant. By the end of the series I became fully emerged withheld characters in the series - enjoyed this immensely.