After reading all the rave reviews, I decided to give this book a try. I found it trite and predictable. The narrator's choice of a Thames Estuary accent for the title character was off-putting, but not nearly so off-putting as the gratuitous violence against women and rampant product placement.
good story line, but could have been done in about 1/4 the time. Half way through the second part it got interesting. Had the narrator not been so good I would have never listened to the whole book. Great short story , terribly long unabridged novel.
Figured out the ending 6 hours into the 21 hour novel.......I really wanted to listen to part two, but it will have to wait until I am desperate enough to trudge through it.
Another world war 2 story, but it had at least a unique story being placed in Sweden. When the story included a rape of a mentally disturbed woman, and then it was repeated, I had had enough. I'll read reviews more closely in the future.
I loved the book but was a little irked by Simon Vances accents which seemed to be from different parts of the UK as opposed to Sweeden (where the book is set). If you can get over the accents then he is a good narrator! There is an alternative narrator for this book on Audible but no-one has reviewed him yet.
Nice narration, well translated, decent plot, interesting. I liked it.
I have to say I was rather disappointed with this book. Much of that disappointment comes from too much expectation, given the reviews it received here. It is AT BEST ONLY AVERAGE. Excellent plot, average writing and no characters that I found the least bit likable. It started very slowly and never really gained much speed. How so many people could rate this with 5 stars is beyond me. I can only assume they don't listen to very many books. It's not bad, but it is certainly not exceptional.
I tried very hard to concentrate on the book on several occassions. However the book was so slow and boring I found my mind drifting to other subjects. Do not buy this book