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Publisher's Summary

Introducing a new multicast drama by L. J. 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 L. J. Ross (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

What listeners say about The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery (Multicast Drama)

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Absolutely mesmerizing

A throwback to old time radio. All the negative reviews just don’t understand what an audio theatre production is.
Highly entertaining and if you understand audio theatre, you will be captivated.

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torture scenes too much for me

I love a great mystery novel, and procedural mystery novels. I believe I can handle a lot when it comes to gritty. However, the cast approach and the prolonged torture scenes really spoiled it for me. Otherwise, well done story and performance if you have the stomach for it.

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WOW, RIVETING STORY

This was an unexpected find, once I started listening to this book I could not stop...The characters the angst the drama wow.
With the full cast you could close your eyes and be transported to the story, Loved it, even thought when listening to the girls I did feel their anguish a bit too real.

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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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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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Too graphic.

Violence against women in this story is over the top! Almost feels that it’s written on purpose to stimulate deviant men. Not a fan. Can’t even rate it.

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good performance but predictable plot

loved actors and their performance, but the plot was too simple. also i'm not a big fan of gory details, which were plenty

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Not to my taste

Performances seemed over-dramatic. Main characters were difficult to like. Story was predictable. Serial murders including dismemberment don’t appeal to me. My advice: choose some other way to spend your time.

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DCI Ryan's Past Explored

This radio-type performance explores DCI Ryan's past before Book 1 of the series. If you enjoy this series, then be sure to listen to this. It fills in gaps and answers questions that may not be covered in Holy Island.

The cast did a very nice job in their performances.

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  • JJ
  • 01-16-19

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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  • Salter
  • 11-08-18

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
  • 11-09-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-19

Violence against women

Horrible, lingering scenes of graphic torture and ritualistic violence against women. I thought that we had moved on from stylised violence against women as entertainment. Truly unpleasant.

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  • Graham
  • 12-13-18

Cringing

I’m not one to do reviews, this is my first, despite having listened to all of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books, many of the Harry Bosch series and all of the excellent ‘Cabin Pressure’ series, amongst many others. Unfortunately, this comes nowhere near any of them. It was like listening to a radio thriller back in the 1940’s, with silly details verbalised by the actor, rather than explained by the narrator. “Eyes...opening.....must....get....out.....oh....the....pain”, etc. I very nearly gave up on this on several occasions, as I found the dialogue cringing but, as with all of us crime readers, I did want to know how it all ends. Glad I stayed with it, as the conclusion is good, but there are so many better listens out there, in my opinion.

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  • Aleta Shaw
  • 11-08-18

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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  • conor Aylward
  • 06-22-19

it had a high tut rating. at least one every 2 min

I don't know if it is lj ross or the director/script editor who is to blame, but the cliches; literary, voiceover, regional, gender, class, mental health all got regular clunking appearances. I felt angry at myself for having continued with it, but i needed some background filler while I worked. don't waste your money or time.

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  • Timi
  • 11-09-18

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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  • EGM
  • 02-11-19

A cheap thrill, forgettable in the extreme.

I’m glad I got this prequel for free so I could check out the saga before plunging into it, what a disappointment. The plot is so cliché I knew who the killer was before I was even half-way through it. The use of first-person narration to communicate the suffering of the victims and the viciousness of the killer reads more like an attempt to provide self-gratification material to disturbed individuals. The nice touches of local colour and police procedure are totally wasted here.

The cast are talented and nice to listen to, but their work is spoiled by the annoyingly mournful tone of the narrator, so overdone it irritated me to the point of distraction. Though she was not nearly as irritating as the loud music and sound effects, which made words unintelligible at certain points.

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  • judy
  • 11-15-18

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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  • HelenD
  • 11-08-18

GREAT STORY, but.....

Having listened to all of the Ryan books in order you can appreciate my anticipation of the new book. I get that the story is based before Holy Island but the way it is narrated, I feel like I am listening to a radio play. you can pick out Norris, Wheatley etc. this version does not feel like a Ryan book. if Ryan was played by the usual narrator then I feel I could gel with the story more instead of getting distracted by 'Lewis' ,the woman narrating Denise makes her sound older than the character is, I keep getting this vision of Mrs Brown's cousin in my head when Denise character materialises.lol

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  • Annette Hart
  • 12-15-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-18

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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  • Debra
  • 11-29-18

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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  • Jean
  • 12-05-18

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
  • 11-08-18

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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  • Jackie
  • 09-24-22

Loved it!!

Loved it. It was like an old radio show. I loved it. I really like most of the actors already, so enjoyed it immensely. Good story line. Was very easy to follow. Would love to see more like this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-22

Brilliant

Merges elements of story and play, graphic, punchy, will definitely read this author again

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-22

Great dramatisation

Sound effects and different actors voices added great drama to the story telling! Very well done.

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  • shirley K.
  • 08-13-22

Excellent and compelling

an exciting listen. Loved the multi voices and sound effects. Some of the female voices however were hard to hear and had to keep adjusting the volume. Apart from this a very enjoyable experience

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-22

Fantastic Listen

This is the first book I have listened to of DCI Ryan and I am going back to read them all in order now.Having listened to this one I can only say WOW fantastic and all the narrators made it like a movie in your mind. 10/10 thank you L.J.Ross.