A gripping audiobook is the perfect way to make a boring commute that bit more exciting. Here is our selection of the best crime and thriller audiobooks.

 

A Nearly Normal Family by M. T. Edvardsson, read by Richard Armitage, Emily Watson and Georgia Maguire

Part One: The Father

Part Two: The Daughter

Part Three: The Mother

A Nearly Normal Family is the must-read thriller that everyone is talking about this summer. Told from three different perspectives – father, mother and daughter – this psychological thriller asks: ‘what would you do if your child was suspected of murder?’ The three sections of the book are read by different narrators – Richard Armitage, who has starred in Hannibal, The Hobbit and Spooks, award-winning actress Emily Watson and Georgia Maguire – bringing to life each character’s story.

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Dead at First Sight by Peter James, read by Daniel Weyman ‚Äč

Dead at First Sight is the fifteenth book in award-winning author Peter James’s Roy Grace series. This gripping read sees Detective Superintendent Roy Grace assigned to a suicide case in Brighton which may not be what it seems. As he investigates further he is drawn into the cruel world of a global empire built on internet scams, and the empire must be protected at all costs, even at the cost of a life. The audiobook is read by Daniel Weyman who has appeared in Gentleman Jack, Silent Witness and Foyles War.

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Redemption by David Baldacci, read by Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy

Redemption is the fifth book in David Baldacci’s Amos Decker series, and sees the memory man returning to his hometown to commemorate the birthday of his daughter Molly, who was brutally murdered along with his wife and brother-in-law. While in town, he is tracked down by Meryl Hawkins, the first man he ever arrested for homicide more than twelve years ago. Meryl has always maintained his innocence, so could Decker have made a fatal mistake? The novel sees Amos reunited with his former partner Mary Lancaster, a partnership that is thrillingly brought to life in the audiobook by narrators Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy.

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Absolute Proof by Peter James, read by Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville, star of Downton Abbey and the Paddington films, reads this explosive thriller from Peter James. Investigative reporter Ross Hunter receives a call which will change his life – a man is claiming that he’s been given absolute proof of God’s existence, and he wants Ross’s help to get the story taken seriously. The stakes are high for religious organisations around the world, can Ross survive long enough to present the evidence? The audiobook includes additional content where Peter James discusses the inspiration behind the book.

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Double Kiss by Ronnie O' Sullivan, read by Nick Moran


Frankie James thought his troubles were behind him. He’s busy running his Soho Club and his brother’s finally out of prison. When the goddaughter of London's fiercest gangster, Tommy Riley, goes missing in Ibiza, Tommy knows that Frankie is the only man for the job. If Frankie agrees to help find Tanya, he’ll be thrown into a world of danger again. But if he doesn’t, Tommy could destroy him. Double Kiss is the fast-paced, gripping sequel to Framed, by snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan. The audiobook is read by Nick Moran, best known for his role as Eddie the card sharp in Guy Ritchie’s British crime comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

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Last Bus To Woodstock by Colin Dexter, read by Samuel West

Last Bus to Woodstock is the novel that began Colin Dexter's phenomenally successful Inspector Morse series, famously brought to life by John Thaw in the popular TV series.

The death of Sylvia Kaye figured dramatically in Thursday afternoon's edition of the Oxford Mail. By Friday evening Inspector Morse had informed the nation that the police were looking for a dangerous man. But as the obvious leads fade into twilight and darkness, Morse becomes more and more convinced that passion holds the key.

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The Fact of a Body, written and read by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

An examination of the criminal justice system in the United States, the nature of crime, and her own experience of abuse, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s The Fact of a Body is a true crime story like no other. The audiobook is read by the author herself, lending an even more personal angle to this true account.

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