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Publisher's Summary

Nominated in Best Female Narrator at the Audie Awards 2020. 

She must fight to prove herself...before it's too late.

DCI Jane Tennison came through the ranks the hard way, opposed and resented at every step by her male colleagues. 

When a prostitute is found murdered in her bedsit, the Metropolitan police set to work finding the perpetrator of this brutal attack. DNA samples lead them straight to known criminal George Marlow. The police think they've found their man, but things are not quite what they seem....

Desperate to remove all doubt around her suspect, Tennison struggles to make the charges stick. And then a second body turns up. 

With the team against her, DCI Jane Tennison is in a race against time to catch a dangerous criminal ­- and prove she's just as tough as any man.

Baseded on the award-winning TV series starring Helen Mirren, the complete and unabridged Prime Suspect trilogy is now available for the first time in audio.

©2019 Lynda La Plante (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

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Lynda La Plante at her best

I loved this audio book. A gripping narrative that will keep you on the edge of your seat from the first sentence to the last. The narrator was also wonderful and complemented the content perfectly.

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What a tense thriller

The story was incredible. However, the narrator is the best I’ve ever heard on Audible. I have listened to many Audible books. I hope the next two in the trilogy are read by the same person. Kudos to Audible for finding a narrator who not only reads the novel but makes it come to life. Thank you Audible!!

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Love this series!

I really like the Jane Seymore series. All the books are excellent. I watched this series on BBC. I love the Jane Seymour character!

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Police procedural, yea, but do much more!

Tennison! She's not always likeable, but she's exactly what she needs to be to solve the most heinous of crimes. The writing is whip-cracking fast and on-point, and this narration is excellent. La Plante is at here peak here, if you love British mysteries that aren't cozy, set in an environment that is far from comfortable, then this book is for you.

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Highly Recommend

Having already been a fan of the 90s television series, I already knew it was a good story, but it was equally as entertaining listening on audiobook. Rachel Atkins’ narration is outstanding, one of the best I’ve ever heard. Her ability to transform instantly into the different characters, flawlessly mastering a variety of accents, made me feel like I was listening to a full cast of actors. She seemed to be channeling Helen Mirren perfectly as well, which was a treat. Can’t wait to enjoy the next audiobook in the series!

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Prime Suspect

#njoyed this book, a bit slow in the beginning but enjoyed it. The narration was good.

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Strong Women Rock

I watched the PBS mystery with Helen Mirren but didnt remember that much about the plot. I need to go back and watch it again. The whole time I listened, I could see Mirren's face. I love strong women characters, and Tennison is strong but also insecure enough, angry enough, to be thoroughly believable. She's a woman fighting her way through a man's world, taking scalps along the way. I did get tired of her live in boy friends self pity and egocentricity but alls well that ends well. I definitely have to listen to the rest of the books!

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  • 10-09-20

Inappropriate narration

Being from the north east I would find it inexplicable if all the characters in Vera had cockney accents,I therefore struggled with all the residents of London having Yorkshire accents. I realise this is probably a petty point but once it had bugged me I couldn't listen without noticing it and eventually gave up on the book. I don't intend this to be a criticism of the narrator I just don't think she was right for this book.

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  • Clara B
  • 08-13-20

Very good

The narrator has done an excellent job with the narration! She manages to do all the different characters, a lot of them male, and really bring them to life. She does actually sound like Helen Mirren as Tennison! Brilliant.

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  • Bronty
  • 09-12-20

Great!

Loved this, totally brought the visual of the story to life. Fantastic narration, I would have liked all of Lynda’s books to have had the same narrator. Will go to the second in the series now.

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  • Steph H
  • 06-14-20

A Master at Work

Lynda la Plant is called the queen of crime drama and she definitely deserves that title. Her writing is so detailed, the characters incredibly well written and rounded out.

I know this story so well from watching it on tele, but to get to listen to the book gives you much more chance to take in the nuances portrayed.

Highly recommended.

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  • 07-30-20

Excellent!

As good if not even better than the original TV show. I was able to picture the actors playing the parts & the narrator brought all of the characters to life.

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  • Sadie
  • 06-29-20

Jane Tennison, we love you!!

Absolutly brilliant. I found myself seeing Helen Mirren and Tom Bell images throughout my listening. The narrator was excellent, bringing emotion and suspense to the book. Thank you

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  • ClaireL
  • 05-22-20

Fantastic performance by Rachel Atkins

Listening to the audio book was like watching the series; Rachel Atkins’ performance was brilliant.
Really enjoyed it.

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  • Ruby Sapphire
  • 04-16-20

Prime Listening

Liked the story. Rachel Atkins captured the chacter of DI Tennison well (if a little shrieky at times).

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  • Nicola McIlwraith
  • 10-22-19

Fantastic !!

A very well Narrated story, the reader was brilliant at differentiating between the different characters. I was gripped from start to finish . This is definitely a must for audible and Lynda la plante fans. It does not disappoint !!

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  • Cait Whitson
  • 01-16-22

Overall very good

A few things that I had to question as feasible - such as having fake painters (police) in place at a location the police did not yet know about
But overall a good romp and a good reader …would recommend

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  • alan riles
  • 12-04-21

works regardless of the medium!

Jane Tennison - what a creation by the prolific Lynda la Plante!
I guess we are all conditioned by Helen Mirren's brilliant portrayal of an ambitious, talented and all too human Jane Tennison in the medium of the TV series. This first of the accompanying books, read or listened too, does not disappoint.
Lynda's acting and theatrical background perhaps contribute to the multi-media success, which not all authors manage to succeed at.
A good example of the crime genre transcending the limits imposed by highbrow critics!

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  • 11-14-21

It's 1990 & this police woman is not wanted

Jane Tennison is a tough female detective who is not wanted because of her sex. She fights for the position of a colleague who died and eventually wins the respect of the male dominated team.

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  • Martine H
  • 10-26-21

Average at best

From the start the tone was angry and the language and characters quite obtuse. I only made it to chapter 6. The protagonist is not a likeable person and the other characters are much the same. The story is one that’s been told a thousand times and was boring. La Plante needs to be more current as this seemed a little behind the times. Lacked humour, depth, any likeable characters and the story was average at best. Left me feeling irritated and a little offended by the language which was really aggressive and over used. This felt like a production line novel for a paycheck for all involved in its publication. I’m happy I didn’t pay for it. Thanks Audible Plus!