My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer.
Robert Stern, a successful defence attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon, a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.
Robert’s surprise turns into horror when he and Carina find human remains in a cellar the boy has led them to. The remains of a man whose head has been split with an axe 15 years ago – just like Simon claimed he had. Things go from bad to worse within hours when Stern discovers more dead bodies, the investigating police officer Engler starts to chase him as a suspect in the murder cases, and his own past comes to haunt him. Stern’s friend and former criminal Andi Borchert (Stephen Marcus) is the only one to believe Stern and Carina. Hunted by the police, and led by Simon’s memories, they start to investigate shady sub cultures of Berlin, and soon discover things that more gruesome than anything they could have imagined…
This was my second Sebastian Fitzek audible dramatisation.
A ten-year-old child confessing to murder was a fascinating way to start a book. I was gripped by the psychological tension throughout the story and found I wanted to listen and listen. It was a crime and psychological thriller with a fascinating plot. The whole cast of actors with accompanying sound effects made this another brilliant production.
This drama was based on the novel by German author Sebastian Fitzek who also wrote Amok – click here to read my review.
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.
This was a new experience for me. I’ve enjoyed audiobooks before but have never experienced anything like this. Instead of one voice reading the book it was a whole cast – a top-quality FABULOUS cast – who brought the characters to life in a new and exciting way. This production, or should I say drama, with a whole cast of actors plus accompanying sound effects was one a whole new level of entertainment.
This drama was based on the novel, Amok by German author Sebastian Fitzek, and was the first Audible drama I listened to and loved every minute of it. I have since listened to The Child which was written by the same author. Review to follow.
The tension is constantly maintained at an almost unbearable level with twists coming thick and fast making this a truly captivating experience.