The Infirmary
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

The Infirmary Details

TitleThe Infirmary
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 8th, 2018
PublisherAudible Studios
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime

The Infirmary Review

  • Petra
    January 1, 1970
    The Infirmary is the prequel to the exciting DCI Ryan mystery series. In it, we discover what happened prior to Ryan's sabbatical on Holy Island and how he met the serial killer known as The Hacker. If you've never read any of these, this is a great place to start, as it provides an introduction to the entire team working with Ryan. Having already read books 1 - 8, I knew how this was going to end, but it didn't distract at all from my enjoyment of it. There was still plenty of suspense, and mee The Infirmary is the prequel to the exciting DCI Ryan mystery series. In it, we discover what happened prior to Ryan's sabbatical on Holy Island and how he met the serial killer known as The Hacker. If you've never read any of these, this is a great place to start, as it provides an introduction to the entire team working with Ryan. Having already read books 1 - 8, I knew how this was going to end, but it didn't distract at all from my enjoyment of it. There was still plenty of suspense, and meeting all the familiar characters at the pre-Holy-Island stage was really interesting. I was hesitant when I started listening to this because all the other books were narrated by Jonathan Keeble, my serious narrator crush. This, however, is an audible original drama production with numerous well-known names taking over the characters that Jonathan Keeble brought to life for me. It took me a while to adjust to that, and if I'm honest, hearing the very familiar voice of Kevin Whately as Frank was weird at first, but he was excellent, and the production on the whole was brilliant. I didn't even mind the music and sound effects. At one stage, a phone rang, and it was totally creeping me out. This really was like a movie playing in your head. There was just one female character that wasn't convincing me. But overall, a great way to spend 6 hours listening to a gripping story with realistic dialogue and characters I love. Now I'm desperately waiting for the release of book 9 on audio to get my Jonathan Keeble fix.
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  • Cathy Ryan
    January 1, 1970
    The Infirmary is a prequel, filling in DCI Ryan’s backstory pre Holy Island, and how he came to be taking a sabbatical at the start of the series. Even though anyone who is familiar with the books will know how this ends, it doesn’t detract from the impact of the drama in any way. If you’re new to the DCI Ryan series this would be a good place to start to get to know the characters and the origins of the team. DCI Ryan and his good friend DS Frank Phillips of the Northumbria police force are fis The Infirmary is a prequel, filling in DCI Ryan’s backstory pre Holy Island, and how he came to be taking a sabbatical at the start of the series. Even though anyone who is familiar with the books will know how this ends, it doesn’t detract from the impact of the drama in any way. If you’re new to the DCI Ryan series this would be a good place to start to get to know the characters and the origins of the team. DCI Ryan and his good friend DS Frank Phillips of the Northumbria police force are fishing on their day off when they’re called in by Chief Superintendent Arthur Gregson. He’s just had word that John Dobbs, the prime suspect in a murder case, has jumped off the Tyne Bridge while being approached by two police officers. The SIO in charge of the case, Sharon Cooper, is unable to be contacted. Her tracker is showing she’s at home and her car is parked outside. Ryan has a bad feeling as he and Phillips race to Cooper’s house. What they find there signals the beginning of a manhunt for a chilling serial killer, who manages to stay one step ahead of the police.Ryan, Phillips, DS MacKenzie and the team pick up the investigation in a darkly action packed and haunting chase.The Infirmary is a brilliant production. Tom Bateman as Ryan and Kevin Whately as Frank Phillips are perfectly cast and capture the nuances of the characters superbly. Mark Bazeley—the killer, Bertie Carvel—the killer’s inner dialogue, both of whom are enough to make the blood run cold. Hermione Norris as the narrator, and the rest of the cast are all excellent and bring the story to life. The suspense is palpable and the pace is just right throughout. And, although the story is harrowing with the most terrifying and brutal villain, much is left to the imagination. LJ Ross has done a great job giving an insight into, and greater understanding of, Ryan’s personality before the nightmare events that sent him to Holy Island, showing how those events influenced the person he became. He’s totally focussed on his job and is determined to catch the killer.I enjoy audiobooks very much and this dramatised version works very effectively, taking audio to a new level, with appropriate background sounds and multiple voices giving a great sense of imagery, I could picture the story unfolding easily. At six and half hours listening time it’s a more concise story than the books but compelling nevertheless with realistic dialogue, a very well crafted and written plot.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    If you are a fan of the DCI Ryan series then this book really is an absolute must read. Even if you haven’t, this is a great book to start the series off with, with it actually being the prequel.There is an event that happens in Ryan’s past that the author touches on in the series and this has been something I have been dying to read about. Well the author did not disappoint. My goodness what an absolute roller coaster of a read!Ryan and Phillips make great partners and I love the banter between If you are a fan of the DCI Ryan series then this book really is an absolute must read. Even if you haven’t, this is a great book to start the series off with, with it actually being the prequel.There is an event that happens in Ryan’s past that the author touches on in the series and this has been something I have been dying to read about. Well the author did not disappoint. My goodness what an absolute roller coaster of a read!Ryan and Phillips make great partners and I love the banter between both. There is something about the pair that just make them so endearing as characters. I know that probably sounds weird but it’s like Columbo or Poirot and Hastings, they have become much loved characters.This is very much a cat and mouse story and the tension builds the closer the police get to the killer. I could feel my heart pounding the closer to the end that I got and the build up of emotions grew stronger and was a bit of an emotional wreck by the end.The Infirmary is an absolute belter of a read. I had so many expectations with this novel and the author went above and beyond. I really can’t recommend this series highly enough. One of the best prequels, in fact, this is the best prequel I have ever read. Brilliant!My thanks to the author for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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  • Zoé-lee O'farrell
    January 1, 1970
    OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG What a bloody production!!! Before I rave about the story, I really do have to gush about the production of this audiobook. This is how every audiobook should be done, with multiple people. I mean flipping heck, I really can not tell you how epic this was! The minute details, where you have people walking in the background, answering the phone, running in the street all added to the story. I loved Hermione Norris narrating this, as the tempo and the threat of the book increas OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG What a bloody production!!! Before I rave about the story, I really do have to gush about the production of this audiobook. This is how every audiobook should be done, with multiple people. I mean flipping heck, I really can not tell you how epic this was! The minute details, where you have people walking in the background, answering the phone, running in the street all added to the story. I loved Hermione Norris narrating this, as the tempo and the threat of the book increased, so did her narration just like it would if you were reading the book by yourself. The panic knowing what was happening, it was there, the fear of what might happen, it was there. My god it was just epic (I have said that already!)But no matter the production (which was epic) if the storyline was rubbish then what is the point. But guess what….it was NOT rubbish, yup you got it, word of the post, it was EPIC! I am new to the series and DCI Ryan and his team, but I read a review by Jen (read it here) and I knew my next credit from audible was going on this book! I am now a huge fan of DCI Ryan, and I am glad I had this book before I delved into the series. I learned of the man, some of his history and his fierce determination to get to the truth. He works so hard to solve the killings before another victim turns up, but will he be too late? Working with people lying to him, minimal clues, I came to the same discovery he did, especially when it came to the sad demise of one of the victims. I played detective alongside Ryan, recently moving from London, in a position which a lot of people resent him for. Set in Newcastle, there is a killer on the loose, and the scenes where it is about him and his victim were chilling, more so with the distorted voice! It was shocking, it was terrifying and it was just so damn good! Listening to this was like it is on the TV but you just couldn’t see the picture. This production demands your attention, as Ross flies you through Newcastle, as Ryan and the killer play cat and mouse. The killer is one slippery and smooth character, and Bertie Carvel perfectly voiced the internal thoughts of the killer, I love this actor anyway, but now listening to him it gave me chills. Too many!!! I keep getting distracted by talking about the production and not the story, I can only apologise! Because to be honest they go hand in hand, the storyline was epic, the killer on the loose was scary as hell, how was he getting to the victims, and when one is way way way too close to home, well things go a bit crazy. The story itself is addictive, and if I was reading this, I would pick this up and no way would I put it down until I finished it. Unfortunately, I could not listen to it in one sitting, but every opportunity I got I was listening. I love the writing of Ms Ross, which is why I am so excited about starting this series. I have been sucked into his world.As I said, this is my introduction to the series, I was hooked, captivated and excited by it all. This will easily be a series I fall in love with and DCI Ryan, well is it too early to have a crush? (Sorry for the rambles, not quite sure how to make a succinct review of this without just brain dumping everything! Hope it made some sense!!)
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  • Lorraine
    January 1, 1970
    I was so looking forward to reading this prequel of DCI Ryan Mysteries. L.J. Ross’ The Infirmary (DCI Ryan #11) illustrates the so very human side of DCI Ryan as he finds himself the lead investigator of a horrific serial killer case that paralyzes the city of Newcastle in Northumbria, England in 2014. The author through her excellent descriptive narrative states how DCI Ryan attacks this case, analyzes the ‘perp’, his actions, what ‘skills’ he must have to commit these devastating murders, and I was so looking forward to reading this prequel of DCI Ryan Mysteries. L.J. Ross’ The Infirmary (DCI Ryan #11) illustrates the so very human side of DCI Ryan as he finds himself the lead investigator of a horrific serial killer case that paralyzes the city of Newcastle in Northumbria, England in 2014. The author through her excellent descriptive narrative states how DCI Ryan attacks this case, analyzes the ‘perp’, his actions, what ‘skills’ he must have to commit these devastating murders, and how DCI Ryan eventually approaches the suspect. I was completely drawn into the investigation. I felt as though I was ‘running’ with DCI Ryan as he chased the suspect. As I knew the outcome from reading the other novels, I found myself almost hiding my eyes from the words that were printed as the book drew to a close. These characters are so real to me! Beautifully done even with the extreme violence and suffering. Congratulations, Ms. Ross! 5 stars.
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  • Margaret Wakeling
    January 1, 1970
    Very disappointing. There are 11 other books in the series which I enjoyed then we suddenly get a prequel, what’s the point? I already knew what happened to the characters so there was little suspense just irritation. It should be put as No 1 of the series so that any new readers can start at the beginning. I feel as though I’ve been cheated!
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  • Melanie Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    I knew I didn't have time to listen to The Infirmary in its entirety today. 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. I feel like I need to go to DCIRA, (Detective Chief Inspector Ryan Anonymous), and I'm sure it would be a huge group and very supportive. I knew I didn't have time to listen to The Infirmary in its entirety today. 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. I feel like I need to go to DCIRA, (Detective Chief Inspector Ryan Anonymous), and I'm sure it would be a huge group and very supportive. It was fascinating listening, especially as a long standing fan of LJ Ross' DCI Ryan series, I was familiar with the characters. I knew what had happened to Natalie Ryan, but that doesn't in any way impinge on the enjoyment. I spent the entire time on the edge of my seat, (figuratively, as I was actually standing up cleaning the floor, but I've told you that already). It also meant I knew the identity of The Hacker, but finding out how DCI Ryan figured it out was brilliant. By some bizarre coincidence, Ryan is the exact double of my 3rd husband, (just don't mention that to my 2nd), and I look forward to telling him that when I meet him, (my 3rd husband that is, not Ryan). The idea of giving listeners the back story to how the team came together, is inspired. I know them all so much better now, their motivations, their aspirations and what drives them. The Infirmary is the perfect example of what happens when you mix together an author of the highest calibre with first rate actors. A heavenly combination of realistic dialogue, nerve jangling circumstances and Oscar-worthy performances. I still cannot understand why we haven't seen this series on the TV, it would be sublime. There can be no doubt that LJ Ross is a writer par excellence. I get such pleasure from reading and listening to anything she writes, (really, her notes to the milkman are breath taking), and this is the kind of high calibre drama we should be enjoying on our TV. In the meantime, I can only guide you towards buying this superb and unrivalled, emotional and exciting piece of work by the much lauded and luminescent LJ Ross. It is an awe inspiring and amazing listen that will stay with you in your heart and generally enhance and improve your literary life. 5 big, fat gold stars from me, a couple of "Oh, wows" and a standing ovation for The Infirmary. Buy it as soon as you can; you can thank me later.
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  • Bexar Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Good prequel. Nice to see background to some of the charcters. Well writte.
  • Craig Gillan
    January 1, 1970
    Having never listened to an audio book before I wasn’t sure what to expect, it took a wee while to get used to it but the narrator and actors who play Ryan and the rest of the characters are fantastic and the story flows smoothly. Brilliant prequel to the series and great storyline as always from LJ Ross.
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  • Donna ~ The Romance Cover
    January 1, 1970
    I must admit I was a bit hesitant to listen to this one. Having just devoured eight audible books by this author my mind was attuned to the dulcet tones of Jonathan Keeble and his many accents for each of the characters. Initially, I did find it hard to correlate the narrator's voice to each character. I had to really concentrate in the first instance until I mentally adjusted. I loved the sound effects, the production as a whole and it really felt like I was listening to a TV programme in the b I must admit I was a bit hesitant to listen to this one. Having just devoured eight audible books by this author my mind was attuned to the dulcet tones of Jonathan Keeble and his many accents for each of the characters. Initially, I did find it hard to correlate the narrator's voice to each character. I had to really concentrate in the first instance until I mentally adjusted. I loved the sound effects, the production as a whole and it really felt like I was listening to a TV programme in the background. I did find though that Kevin Whately has such a recognisable voice that I found it hard to associate him to anyone other than Lewis in a police officer capacity. The story however was compelling, addictive and totally unputdownable. I really wanted to understand what had happened to DCI Ryan before book one started and this was the cherry on top. If I was starting this series, I would read this book FIRST!! If, like me, you read them in publication order there are some spoilers throughout the series that would take away some of the suspense of this one.
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  • Sherrie
    January 1, 1970
    A good story as always, although i did find it a bit strange reading a prequel after reading 10 books that follow on. It was almost as if i,d read it before, as i knew exactly what woul happen to the characters. A bit of deja vue which I'm not sure about.
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  • Sandra Ryles
    January 1, 1970
    I do not normally write reviews, but this was simply the best.Living in the North East I know the places mentioned in the book, including the Victoria Tunnel, and I felt as if I was walking in DCI Ryan's shoes as I have experienced the darkness and the blast walls which LJ Ross described perfectly.
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  • Mrs. Moira McGeough
    January 1, 1970
    Having read the whole series to date I did wonder how I would find the prequel. After all we knew what would happen from references in earlier books. I needn't have worried, it was just as gripping as all the others with the added advantage of introducing the other characters at the start of their working relationship. This book would be a good place for new comers to the series to start, but if you have read the later books don't let this put you off.
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  • S.P. Aruna
    January 1, 1970
    Oops, I made a boo boo. this is an audio-book and I have the print version. Hence no rating.Will have to get back to this
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    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.There is a killer on the streets of Newcastle. So far they have claimed one victim, a young woman who has been murdered in the most brutal of ways. The Police think they already have their man, but do they? It is only after the killer claims a second victim, throwing the current 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.There is a killer on the streets of Newcastle. So far they have claimed one victim, a young woman who has been murdered in the most brutal of ways. The Police think they already have their man, but do they? It is only after the killer claims a second victim, throwing the current investigation into a truly dark realm, that DCI Ryan and his team are called in to take over. This is a murderer unlike any they have seen, someone clearly so dark in mind that what they do to their victims is horrific, torturous. With an investigation already underway, Ryan, DS Frank Phillips and DI Denise MacKenzie need to sort through the facts that they know and eliminate a growing list of suspects to stop someone who is fast becoming the most notorious killer in Newcastle.Now, if you know the series, you will know there are some things, including the killer's moniker, that I have left out of that description. The reason is that I think, if you are new to the series there are things better left unsaid so that you can discover them for yourself, just as we did when reading Holy Island. This audiobook can easily be listened to as a standalone, or as the first in the series as at this stage the relationships are all new, the future of Ryan and his team undecided and anything can happen. It gives good grounding before heading into the written series as to how Ryan came to be on Holy Island in the first place, although bear in mind that if this is the first 'book' you engage with, there will be elements of Holy Island which will not be as big a surprise when you do read it.If it were me, I'd read Holy Island first and then come back to The Infirmary so that you can fill in the gaps and understand Ryan better, once you've already got to know him. There are subtle differences in his character between the two stories which make perfect sense when you know why, and LJ Ross has managed to find a subtlety in creating Ryan's personality in this audiobook which means that, at heart, he is the same person we all know and love, but yet to face some of the horrors, and beauty, which will come to frame and shape his life moving forward. It's very hard to explain but when you listen, you'll understand what I mean.What I loved about this story was the way in which the story balanced the line between the darkness, as this is quite probably the darkest story to date in the series, and the need to keep the core of the violence off the page. The portrayal of the murderer, both by the 'killer narrator', Bertie Carvel, and the killer himself, Mark Bazeley, was absolutely chilling. I could feel the goosebumps rising, my skin crawling as you got that absolute detachment, especially from Bertie Carvel as he divulged the killer's thoughts to the listener. You are never given the full force or description of the violence that is inflicted, but you are given enough to let you form your own ideas and for your mind to take it as far as you are comfortable.Now, this really is a star studded affair. Featuring Tom Bateman as DCI Ryan and Kevin Whately as Frank Phillips, you are sure of a stunning performance. For me they both captured the characters perfectly, Whately especially making a brilliant Frank. Alun Armstrong was almost unrecognisable as Gregson but again a superb performance, and fantastic narration by Hermione Norris throughout the book, all of them keeping listeners on the hook from beginning to end. I don't think I could imagine a better cast for this to be fair and can only hope that there are more audio productions in the future to reunite (most of) them again.It is so hard to review this audiobook without giving things away. 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.The pacing is perfect, the tension, at times, taking you to the very edge of your seat and the sense of menace ... Off the charts. I already knew how this book would end but still, the way in which the drama built up, the way I got to reconnect with characters I already loved in brand new ways, I couldn't help but wish that the ending could be different. That Frank or Ryan could make the connections just that little bit sooner, act that little bit differently. But then, if they had, the rest of the journey wouldn't be the same now would it?Imagine a world where Ryan never went to Holy Island ... Perhaps, never met Anna?Fans of the series are going to love this and for those yet to fall in love with Ryan then do yourself a favour and give this a go. You will not be disappointed. I loved it.
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  • Juliet Bookliterati
    January 1, 1970
    The Infirmary is the prequel to L J Ross’s DCI Ryan series that begins with Holy Island. If you are new to this fabulous series then you can start with this book, and if you have read the series up to date this is a look back to the case that changed Ryan’s life. In Holy Island we first learn that DCI Ryan is on a sabbatical after a harrowing case that continues to effect him. The Hacker is a murderer who gives him nightmares, after it became personal, and it is this case that is the centre of T The Infirmary is the prequel to L J Ross’s DCI Ryan series that begins with Holy Island. If you are new to this fabulous series then you can start with this book, and if you have read the series up to date this is a look back to the case that changed Ryan’s life. In Holy Island we first learn that DCI Ryan is on a sabbatical after a harrowing case that continues to effect him. The Hacker is a murderer who gives him nightmares, after it became personal, and it is this case that is the centre of The Infirmary. If you have read the books you know how this investigation develops and how it ends, but this in no way effected my enjoyment of the book.L.J Ross is a wonderful writer, and her characters are believable and honest. My favourite relationship is between Ryan and Philips, their interaction and dialogue is natural and Philips brings in some wonderful Geordie humour and colloquialisms. Ryan maybe younger than his Sergeant, but there is a respect, both professionally and personally, that also extends to the rest of his team. It was interesting to learn more about other recurring characters like Denise MacKenzie and Constable Jack Lowerson as well.The plot of the book is fast paced, gripping and dark in parts and even tough I knew where it was going I couldn’t put this book down. The murders are grisly and shocking in their manner, making this a chilling but compelling crime thriller. As the book raced towards it’s thrilling conclusion I found my tummy flipping and heart racing in apprehension of what I knew was to come; almost as if I could stop it happening if I didn’t read the end of the book (like Joey from Friends hiding Little Women in the freezer so he doesn’t have to read about Beth dying) but I did devour it in one sitting.It is no secret that I have become a huge fan of L.J Ross’s DCI Ryan series, and maybe a bit in love with Ryan himself, and The Infirmary is another hit for me. There is a verisimilitude in her writing in both the story and the characters that make the books such a pleasure to read. This book is a riveting, shocking and a brutal read in parts and this is what makes this another outstanding read in this superb crime series.Please note this book is a prequel, I have seen a few reviews on Amazon giving allow rating as they didn’t realise this even though it is well advertised. I find this very unfair on the author as it is not reflective of her writing but of people not reading the book information properly.
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  • Phyllis Shuttle
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic!I thoroughly enjoyed the infirmary, in fact I was so upset when I had finished it. I brought me to tears in places but a wonderful read.
  • Rod
    January 1, 1970
    The prequel to the DCI Ryan Mysteries another top read having read all of the series it was good to have the look back to how it all started
  • Ken Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Prequel??I have never liked prequels (Star Wars etc.) having thought that they were just a way of making money once the ''Hero'' has been established but I will reconsider my views, this one makes sense all I have to do now is rearrange my list so that this book becomes the first then I shall read them all again with more insight into my favourite team of detectives..
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  • tom cave
    January 1, 1970
    Best book yet.The RVI Infirmary is a familiar place to thousands of people and keeping the storyline between the hospital and the University held my interest. And a nice touch near the end when the story went down the old tunnel systems.
  • Elise
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent Worth the wait .. high paced and unstoppable.. I have read all 10 this year and now this !!! We need more DCI RYAN
  • Shell Baker
    January 1, 1970
    OMFG this has to be the best audio book I have ever listened to…...I am very fussy when it's comes to audio books the narrator voice has to fit the characters. This audio has has totally blown me away I cannot begin to tell you how good it is, not only do we have different narrators for the characters but we also have background noise like the phones in the office ringing and every time Ryan’s phone rang I actually thought it was mine having the same ring tone lol Oh and not forgetting the creep OMFG this has to be the best audio book I have ever listened to…...I am very fussy when it's comes to audio books the narrator voice has to fit the characters. This audio has has totally blown me away I cannot begin to tell you how good it is, not only do we have different narrators for the characters but we also have background noise like the phones in the office ringing and every time Ryan’s phone rang I actually thought it was mine having the same ring tone lol Oh and not forgetting the creepy killer scenes OMG very very eryI have before that this series would make a brilliant TV show and this audio is simply the best making you feel part of the investigation. I have always said that this series would make a brilliant TV show now I think that even more. Close your eyes for a second while watching your favourite programme and just listen to the words…..This is exactly what The Infirmary is like. watching a thriller without the TV, you will know what I mean when you listen to it. Not only have the nattortors brought this story to life but LJ Ross needs to gives herself a pat on the back with the story. This is the best one in the series so far…..well that’s what I think anyway. I was hooked from the very first chapter, I must admit I am a big fan of DCI Ryan and I love him even more now. For those of you who have read this series we get to learn more about Ryan and how he started on Holy Island when we follow him on a catch me if you can investigation when the chief inspector goes missing.This is one hell of an engaging story, once you start it you won't be able to stop it is utterly addictive.Not forgetting that The Infirmary is the prequel to the DCI Ryan Mysteries series and is a brilliant place to start for those of you who haven't read it yet with only six hours to listening time I cannot recommend it enough giving it all the stars.
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  • Sandra Leivesley
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Simon
    January 1, 1970
    The pre-order had landed with a thud (well, a ding actually) in my library. I downloaded and already listening within minutes...my other books can wait. Why? Because I'll always give a new Ross my immediate attention. This didn't disappoint. What a fantastic listen! Of course, like many, long-time readers of DCI Ryan's adventures, I knew the ending but that didn't diminish the journey there. A more succinct story than her previous novels, this is a lead-in story to the first novel proper, Holy I The pre-order had landed with a thud (well, a ding actually) in my library. I downloaded and already listening within minutes...my other books can wait. Why? Because I'll always give a new Ross my immediate attention. This didn't disappoint. What a fantastic listen! Of course, like many, long-time readers of DCI Ryan's adventures, I knew the ending but that didn't diminish the journey there. A more succinct story than her previous novels, this is a lead-in story to the first novel proper, Holy Island, and we see the origins of Ryan, and his new crew, at his new posting in the North East and the case he lands in with one of Ross' most enigmatic and horrible killers. Brilliant storytelling and characters, it is fast paced, builds up to a brilliant conclusion, intelligent and emotional. Excellent narration, (acting even!) by all the cast, with famous names from tv crime drama, makes this above your average audiobook. I can handle audio dramas and this was an extremely well polished, engaging one. I swear I was panting and sweating along with Ryan by the end.Loved it and highly recommended to regular fans and newbies.
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  • Timea
    January 1, 1970
    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 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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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    I have read and mainly enjoyed all the Ryan series by LJRoss but I am afraid I would rather this one had not been written. The descriptive violence of the Hacker to his victims was just too awful. More like a gory horror plot. Too much gratuitous violence for me as a woman. A notable top-class surgeon/consultant planning and performing this kind of violence is just too mind-blowingly against the principles of someone trained in the medical profession. A true horror story. Several times throughou I have read and mainly enjoyed all the Ryan series by LJRoss but I am afraid I would rather this one had not been written. The descriptive violence of the Hacker to his victims was just too awful. More like a gory horror plot. Too much gratuitous violence for me as a woman. A notable top-class surgeon/consultant planning and performing this kind of violence is just too mind-blowingly against the principles of someone trained in the medical profession. A true horror story. Several times throughout the book the victims were described as young with dark hair and yet Ryan didn't consider once that his sister might be sought out by the killer? No, I didn't enjoy this book at all. If it had been the first one in the series I wouldn't have continued with the rest; so thank goodness it wasn't!
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  • Elisa
    January 1, 1970
    Well, longtime readers know how it ends so where is the suspense... I was surprised that, even if I knew the big, devastating blow that was coming, I was still turning the pages. It's so much fun to see the characters as they were before we met them (alas, no Anna), including a smoking Frank and a not-so-nice Ryan. There isn't as much humor as we are used to, but the dialogues were still funny sometimes. I also loved the nods to future events, like Mac thinking that she hopes she'd fight if she Well, longtime readers know how it ends so where is the suspense... I was surprised that, even if I knew the big, devastating blow that was coming, I was still turning the pages. It's so much fun to see the characters as they were before we met them (alas, no Anna), including a smoking Frank and a not-so-nice Ryan. There isn't as much humor as we are used to, but the dialogues were still funny sometimes. I also loved the nods to future events, like Mac thinking that she hopes she'd fight if she was ever in the hands of a psycho-killer. Not bad!
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  • M R B Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Currently just 40% through. Developing into a good detective story but disappointed that this, #11 in the series, actually goes back in time to before "Holy Island", which was #1? DCI Ryan is a bit more 'abrupt' than he was in the other books. Obviously mellowed with age!Finished the book and realised early on it was the story of how his sister was murdered. As such some of the suspense was lost on me. Good to have some back story to the other ten books though. Where does Laycock come in? Have I Currently just 40% through. Developing into a good detective story but disappointed that this, #11 in the series, actually goes back in time to before "Holy Island", which was #1? DCI Ryan is a bit more 'abrupt' than he was in the other books. Obviously mellowed with age!Finished the book and realised early on it was the story of how his sister was murdered. As such some of the suspense was lost on me. Good to have some back story to the other ten books though. Where does Laycock come in? Have I forgotten something.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely love the DCI Ryan books and eagerly await the next installment.The characters are so well rounded and credible and despite being quite shocking at time humour is woven in.This book is a prequel to the other 10 books in the series and it was great to learn more about the characters to understand them in greater depth. I imagine it must have been one of the most difficult to write.Looking forward to book 12 in April.
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    I've put this one aside because I'm not sure I can stand to read it. It's a prequel to the rest of the series, so for one thing I know quite a bit about how it will end. It's quite an enjoyable series even though it often deals with serial killers (not my favorite subgenre to say the least), so if you haven't read the rest of the books this could be a good one to start with.
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