Recently I wanted to try something different when it comes to audiobooks and was in the mood for a mystery/thriller. I was poking around on audible and saw that they did radio drama presentations. These have a full cast and there are sound effects in the audiobook. Amok by Sebastian Fitzek was the book that jumped out at me as having great reviews and a synopsis that sounded interesting. A man decides to take people at a radio station hostage because he believes his fiance is still alive even though the police has told him she is dead. Now he is trying to get answers, by taking hostage people at this radio station, and playing a deadly game live on the air. Ira Samin woke up this morning with no intention of being alive by the end of the day but then she gets called into work to negotiate this hostage situation. This is a mystery thriller with many moments of great reveals and a presentation that creates nail-biting tension.
I really liked this a lot. I was really close to giving this a 5 rating because I enjoyed it so much. I decided to only give it a 4 for now and maybe revisit the idea of upgrading it in the future. I did this because I am not sure if the actual book is worthy of a 5 or if the presentation really added that much. I just loved the presentation of this book. All of the vocal actors were so good and the sounds were mixed so well. Never was the background noise more powerful than the narrator. The small pauses during tense scenes, more than likely at chapter breaks, was used so great. The music added during these scenes added so much to the atmosphere. One thing to note is that I had to listen to this on 1x because the experience was much better than way. So if you are an audiobook listener that listens to audiobooks fast, you might have to slow down for this one, and that could annoy you.
Fitzek does a great job of delivering answers in a slow and methodical way. I find that the best thrillers have the best pacing and this one was paced tremendously. I really felt like I was just listening to a movie being played on my television. I thought this was the perfect book to do an audio presentation of because of the radio element in the storyline. I really want to try more Fitzek books and see if this is just a one-off. If he delivers in other books, this German author might be my new favorite thriller writer. Looking forward to giving him another try.
If you want to try something a little different in presentation, check out this drama presentation of Amok. I think this is the type of thing that can really work for some readers but not so much for others. I do think it is worth checking out the free sample and maybe even spending a random audible credit on. I am so happy I gave this one a try as it is one of my favorite listens of the year so far.
17/25 Possible Score
Plot – 4(Strong)
Characters – 3(Good)
Setting – 3(Good)
Writing Style and Narration – 4(Strong)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 3(Good)