• The Chosen Dead

  • Coroner Jenny Cooper, Book 5
  • By: Matthew Hall
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (177 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates…. An unlikely suicide or a deadly conspiracy? When Bristol Coroner Jenny Cooper investigates the fatal plunge of a man from a motorway bridge, she little suspects that it has any connection with the sudden death of a friend’s thirteen year old daughter from a deadly strain of meningitis. But as Jenny pieces together the dead man’s last days, she’s drawn into a mystery whose dark ripples stretch across continents and back through decades.

In an investigation which will take her into the sinister realms of unbridled human ambition and corrupt scientific endeavour, Jenny is soon forced to risk the love and lives of those closest to her, as a deadly race to uncover the truth begins….

©2013 M. R. Hall (P)2013 Pan Macmillan

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In depth to the terrifying

Finding all the Jenny novels steeped in immaculate research, i enjoy. This hit a bit too close to home as the covid 19 ravages the world population. so on that note, it was a scary read. Still I’m always grateful that he makes Jenny Cooper human and vulnerable. As well as intelligent. It keeps her story from being a cozy and puts it right up there with the best of mystery thrillers.

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Jenny finally has her act together

The appeal of Jenny Cooper’s story is; she an underdog. This anxiety and anger ridden character is most relatable when she’s losing it. Now that she’s gotten a reign on her emotions, her character isn’t as compelling. I must say, I preferred Jenny when she was a mess. Still a decent story,

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  • MJ
  • 10-01-21

Extremely creepy…

…ESPECIALLY with all that’s happening now! Still, another great read and excellent narration. Thank you for another excellent contribution!

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Biological Warfare

The biology is misinformed and I disliked the theme. Normally I like the Coroner Cooper books.

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Coroner Jenny Cooper’s inexplicable adventure!

Both author Matthew Hall and narrator Sian Thomas are a perfect combination. As Coroner Jenny Cooper takes on her next case, this flawless, complexellent thriller, there are numerous twisty turns, surprises. The ending, though, is a bit over-the-top and too drawn out. Sian Thomas proves again why she has always been a favorite narrative performer of mine. I paid $9.93 (I save my cherished credits for pricier audiobooks).

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It is so droll you may die while reading it!!

morbid curiosity is the only reason I finished this book. I read the first four because they were included (luckily), but I regret paying anything for this depressive boredom

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Jenny fights the good fight

I enjoy this series. This one has a very interesting subject matter, chemical warfare. As always Jenny won't be stopped by anyone to uncover the truth all while battling her own demon's. I look forward to the next book.

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Ole Jenny Cooper does it again!

these books have the perfect balance of action, character development, mystery and love to keep you hooked and reading more. thank you M.R. Hall!

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Another stand alone. Very good.
Our, Coroner, Superwoman pulls at one loose thread too many and we're off - you will have made a pot of coffee. or poured a wine - before starting this. Once started this book will keep you listening to the smashing end.

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Disappointing

I have read books 1- 4 of Jenny Cooper Coroner series and have enjoyed them all except this. It involved the most unlikely adventures for a responsible person or coroner. It read more like a Famous Five or Secret Seven amateur detective investigation. I found it way too incredulous to suspend disbelief. I will buy the next book in the series in the hope that this is an aberration. This book is unworthy of both the author and the protagonist, Ms Cooper.

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  • Pathfollow
  • 05-10-20

Wonderful narrator

Listened to this with hardly a break. Believable characters, the story takes you with it right from the start. The narrator was so engaging and pleasant to listen to - lovely voice great performance

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-20

Gripping

Great series but this book is quite scary to listen to during the COVID 19 pandemic given the actions of government agencies and other parties interested in only covering their own backs. At times became distracted thinking of what is happening in the here and now and the story itself. Thoroughly recommend it

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  • Roo B
  • 03-27-20

Great listen!

Really enjoying M.R.Hall’s
Coroner series, especially this one. Highly recommended. Best read in sequential order!

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  • The Glamizon
  • 02-14-20

Addictive.

I have just binged on this entire series. The Coroner proved to be little addictive xx

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  • Ellie
  • 07-26-18

Great series

Lovely flawed characters are so likeable, interesting murder mysteries. Highly recommend this series for an easy enjoyable listen.

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  • Anna ricketts
  • 04-29-18

Excellent.

It reminds us of what Goverments are really made of where ever in the world

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  • Janet
  • 01-17-18

Brilliant

This is a brilliant intelligent thriller, offering complex believable characters and excellent plotting around contemporary issues. The narration by Sian Thomas is superb - she really inhabits the characters, making each one distinct and credible. It's an excellent combination of pacy writing and vivid narration.

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  • Louisa
  • 09-25-13

Another ripping yarn

I love this series and this is no exception - a very good story, brilliantly narrated by Sian Thomas. Jenny Cooper is a coroner and this time she investigates an apparent suicide. With that as a hook you can imagine how determined she is to find out why the young man committed suicide - if he did. The plot is a little bit exaggerated although there is an interesting explanation by the author of the background to the book. If you have read the others in the series this is an excellent addition, but if you have not I absolutely recommend that you start at the beginning of the series - all of which are very good listens.

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  • Johnny G
  • 04-24-13

Excellent Book

This, another book in the Coroner series, is well up to his previous books. Jenny Cooper, the Coroner, is a no nonsense character who gives her all for the unfortunate victims. The characters are believable, the plots are always good. One of the most standout features of the series though, apart from the writing, is that Sian Thomas has, in my mind the perfect voice for the character. How many times are books let down by whiny voices. Not in this case. Roll on the next Coroner book.

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  • Gaynor C.
  • 10-04-22

Loose Cannon!

Oh dear. Such a ridiculous storyline. Disappointing compared to earlier books.
Jenny is a detective, judge and jury. Obnoxious at times,
as usual family and relationships come last. Rein her in and make her more likeable then maybe that would be more believable.

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  • Micky
  • 03-07-22

The coroner

I love all these stores. Mostly because the writer seems to understand some readers need reminders about each character they introduce and the part they play, which helps readers like me keep up with the story as if I am watching the movies.
Descriptive as well as excellent plorsable plots

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  • Clemens
  • 06-06-16

As expected

A solid installment in the Jenny Cooper series. Good research into the topic of genotyping and biological weapons underlines the book. The finish is a bit loose and one wonders for a while what happened to Allison. But in the end Jenny ends up at her bedside and leaves the listener wanting to get the next installment. Also, as usual, a fine performance of narrator....