Friday, 8 May 2015

Audiobook Review: Amok by Sebastian Fitzek

Title: Amok
Author: Sebastian Fitzek
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Narrators: Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, Peter Firth, Brendan Coyle, Hugh Skinner
Running Time: 8 hours 7 minutes
Publisher: Audible Studios
Publication Date: 8th May 2015
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
This was to be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience for her to carry on and she yearned for one last drink to raise a toast to oblivion. Her morbid plans are interrupted and she is called in to negotiate a gruesome hostage situation at a radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game.
While the show is on air, he calls people from the phonebook at random. If they pick up the phone with a certain slogan, a hostage is set free. If they don't, then the hostage is unceremoniously shot. The man threatens to continue playing this game until his fiancée arrives at the studio. The only problem is that his fiancée died several months ago....
AMOK is a gripping audiodrama and tense psychological hostage thriller set in a Berlin Radio Station, from the internationally renowned author of the best-selling Audible Original Drama The Child.

My Thoughts
Having already listened, and reviewed one of Sebastian Fitzek books, The Child, when I got the chance to review Amok I did not hesitate. I loved The Child and could not wait to see what Sebastian had in store with Amok. The minute I began listening to Amok my heart was beating so hard and so fast. I was both excited and nervous about what I was going to hear but eager to delve into the book. I don't want to say too much about the book itself as the synopsis gives you enough detail about what is going on in the pages, and I really don't want to reveal something accidentally.

The Plot
Amok is told with enough details to give you all the relevant information, but also withholds a lot of information until it is just the right time to reveal the secrets, the lies, and the shocking bits you did not pick up on. I loved how Amok keeps you in suspense, and you only know things as it's revealed, piece by piece, clue by clue. Right up to the end I never really knew what was the truth and what was a lie. The ending wasn't something that I expected, and I did like how the small pieces from side stories that made this work as a whole, were all answered. One of the main side stories is regarding Ira and when she finally gets the answers she was desperate to have I was shocked, just as much as she was.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Amok and I can't wait to see what other books of Sebastian's get made into audiobooks. Amok was an unputdownable story, and each night I had to listen to Amok for 'just another half an hour' before I could go asleep. So as you can imagine this lead to a lot of late nights and sleepy mornings.

The Narration
Like The Child, Amok is a dramatised audiobook and once again I loved how it played. Each character had their own voice and personality that really fit with the story. The blend of voices really works well for this story and it made it easy to pick out who was talking without having to be told.

Final Verdict
Amok was a great 'read' and I really enjoyed listening to it. This is another must 'read' by Sebastian.

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