I had to give up before the end because of too much emphasis on the angst of characters and non-essential sexual fascination. I'm no prude, but so much of the byplay focused on sexual obsession that it was difficult to stay connected to the plot. The author is talented, and the story is compelling, but I just ran out of energy to listen to the extraneous material.
I was surprised after reading so may positive reviews that I didn't enjoy this book more. I'm not usually hard to please! But, there were plot lines (red herrings) that went off in directions that really were unnecessary. It seemed like the author was trying to make the book deliberately long. Additionally, it jumped from time to time (past / present) without warning and I found it really difficult to follow. The main character was a cliche, a flawed, alcoholic detective with a past: "women love him, men want to be him." I didn't get it. And, I thought that the reasoning behind the killer becoming a killer was really, really far-fetched. I won't say more than that, I don't want to ruin it for anyone else. Bottom line, I just didn't really care for the book and won't be reading any more in this series.
an absolutly terrific story from begining to end.!!! a facinating plot that thickens n thickens with unforgetable charicters
Loved it!! Kept you in suspense!! The story was very good and it kept you guessing and waiting for what would happen next!
I am an assistant professor (ready to retire in July 2012) at Eastern OregonUniversity who plays ukulele, bass and sings in as many bands as
I listen to a lot of audiobooks and I travel in the car. This novel propelled me though a five hour trip and back and made it seem just an hour! The writing is superb-details all finally tucked into the story. No seeming small comment is not used to a satisfying conclusion. Grim, driving, and absolutely horrifying. One of the best I have listened to. The reader tells you the story!
Author, rabid Audible listener.
This was a great book. I've been dying to fill my need for another Steig Larrson fix and saw The Snowman advertised on Audible so figured I'd give it a shot. What really makes this book work are the plot twists and turns. You will be hard pressed to figure out how this whole book will end. The characters were great, the plot really worked and I really enjoyed learning more about Norway at the same time. There were a few things that happened toward the end that I was not pleased with as there were a few moments where you will think "Wait, how did that character accomplish all this without being noticed??" but in the end it was a great story that held my interest. Robin Sachs was a good reader but as an American who only speaks English it was sometimes really hard to remember each character (they aren't named Mike or Chris) so I would love to have heard him create some unique voices rather than keeping the same tone. Enjoy this great book though and I will be listening to more Jo Nesbo.
A good book to listen to. Nesbo does a nice job of keeping the reader guessing for the most part. Several clues are dropped along the way so that the alert reader can enjoy trying to figure out where the story is going. There are enough twists to keep if from getting boring.
....not that great. This is an OK listen but to be honest, these 'Scandi' thrillers seem a bit overrated to me. The story is hard to follow and the reader a bit too monotone.
As riveting as the Stieg Larssen trilogy, the mystery is just as exciting with all kinds of twists and turns. This is the first Jo Nesbo book I have listened to and I am looking forward to some of his earlier books. Don't be put off by the "sex;" it appears to be part and parcel of some Scandinavian novels!!
This is a great whodonit about a serial killer who likes to leave snowmen in his (or her) wake. The plot seems to get bogged down in minutiae from time to time but most is either essential to the story or serves as red herring. The payoff is well worth the time as this has multiple, satisfying, plausible resolutions. Possibly one of the best pure stories I've ever witnessed, although I can see many complications with the screenplay.