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Geneva

By: Richard Armitage
Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Nicola Walker, Jane Perry
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Summary

"An outstanding debut - ingenious, fast-paced and unpredictable." (Harlan Coben)

"Geneva is one of the best thrillers I've ever read. And I've read quite a few." (A J Finn)

How far would you go for someone you love?

Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sarah Collier has taken a step back from work to spend more time with her family. Movie nights with her husband Daniel and their daughter Maddie are a welcome respite from the scrutiny of the world’s press. As much as it hurts, it’s good to be able to see her father more too. He’s suffering from Alzheimer’s and needs special care.

Sarah has started to show tell-tale signs of the disease too. She’s been experiencing blackouts and memory loss. It’s early days but she must face the possibility that she won’t be there to see her daughter grow up. Daniel, a neuroscientist himself, is doing his best to be supportive but she already knows that she will have to be the strong one. For all of them.

So when Sarah is invited to be the guest of honour at a prestigious biotech conference in Geneva she declines, wanting to stay out of the public eye – that is until Daniel shows her the kind of work that the enigmatic Mauritz Schiller has been developing.

Flown first class to the spectacular alpine city and housed in a luxury hotel, Sarah and Daniel are thrust back into the spotlight. As they try to shut out the noise of the public media storm, in private Sarah is struggling with her escalating symptoms. And the true extent of what Schiller has achieved is a revelation. This is technology that could change medicine forever. More than that, it could save Sarah’s life.

But technology so valuable attracts all kinds of interest. Wealthy investors are circling, controversial blogger Terri Landau is all over the story, and someone close to Schiller seems bent on taking advantage of the situation for themselves. Sarah feels threatened and does not know who to trust – including herself. Far from being her lifeline Schiller's technology may be her undoing.

As events spiral out of control Sarah and Daniel are faced with the ultimate question: how far would you go for someone you love?

An unmissable debut thriller written and narrated by Richard Armitage, co-narrated by Nicola Walker and Jane Perry.

This book contains scenes pertaining to dementia that some listeners may find distressing.

©2022 Richard Armitage (P)2022 Audible, Ltd

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A Stunning Debut Novel

This has drama, suspense and a quite disturbing plot twist - I am now listening for the second time with a quite different perspective on what is really going on.
It also has episodes of tenderness, thoughtful reflection and sensitivity that I felt came from his heart and from personal experience. He had me in tears a few minutes in, and the care home scenes will ring true with many more readers.
I was completely drawn in by the strong storyline, the interesting characters and some beautifully descriptive and evocative passages that transported the listener to the location.
The narration by all 3 readers is superb.
As I write, this audiobook has been the number 1 bestseller in the UK since early today, (on its day of release) and is only getting 5 star reviews so far - that reward is well deserved. i can't recommend it highly enough. I have to congratulate Richard on such a magnificent first novel, and look forward to more from him as an author.
Sadly, there is no accompanying print or ebook version as yet, so the novel is not accessible to everyone. I do hope this oversight will soon be rectified, as it deserves the widest possible audience.
I also look forward to a screen version that is apparently being considered.

Update, Spring 2023 - And I'm very happy to hear there will be hardcover print and Kindle versions of Geneva available on October 12 this year. We are also looking forward to another planned novel from Richard Armitage, hopefully in the not-too-distant future.
I'd also like to congratulate Richard on being shortlisted for the British Book Awards in the Audiobook of the Year category for Geneva - a great and well-deserved achievement.

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Absolutely brilliant fantastic read

Richard has done a fantastic job of this book, I'm looking forward to the next. Nicola Walkers narration was fabulous as was Richards. The story was gripping and very emotional. Well done to all involved x

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awful

Great vo artists but truly awful plot. Unbelievably predictable and cliche. really disappointed that amazon won't let me return this since I purchase multiple annual memberships every year because I have problems with eyesight so audible is usually brilliant.

Slow, boring, disappointing.

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Richard Armitage

I’ve listened to a lot of books he has narrated and now to listen to something he has written, is wonderful.

Really enjoyed it, looking forward to his next book.

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Terrible. Cliché. Rubbish.


Secretive institute founded by a Wheelchair bound old man.
An excommunicated secret Sevice Russian.
At one point someone actually guesses a login password at first attempt.
I could go on.
Don’t waste your time.

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Devoured in one sitting

What a journey, I couldn’t stop listening. The performance was enveloping, like I was in the story walking alongside the characters.
I particularly appreciated the nod to our experience of ‘reality’ and all the chaos it can bring up for us in times of uncertainty and desperation.
Cracking debut! Looking forward to reading more from Richard Armitage

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You had me at Barnsley!

Loved every second! Fantastically written, it’s engaging from the get go. Being a resident of Barnsley and married to a staunch Barnsley FC fan, the line describing Sarah’s Dad launching the bowl of muesli made me laugh out loud! I usually listen to books whilst out walking the dog but this one had me listening the whole day. The narration was perfection, I think knowing both actors from their previous works made the story all the more real, placing a face with the characters enhanced the listening experience. WELL DONE Richard Armitage on a fabulous debut novel…I hope it’s the first of MANY.

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Enthralling

I listened to this in a day. Well developed characters, kept you guessing & thoroughly enjoyed it.

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A great debut

A great debut for Richard Armitage as a writer! A mind blowing story, full of pathos, science, feelings and action...and twists! And a superb narration by Armitage himself and Nicola Walker, they made me SEE the story. Congratulations! I hope we'll see a second book quite soon... 🤞🏻

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Fantastic debut novel by a great narrator

Absolutely fantastic debut novel. Intelligent thriller, Great twists, strong women.. Loved it! Richard is always great narrator but I fell in love with Nicola to. Cannot wait for his second novel.

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