I had a wonderful time listening to Headhunters, and Steve West does a terrific job keeping the listener in perfect suspense. He brings across all the charm and wit that is necessary for the lead character. And the story definitely had me at the edge of my seat for long stretches.
It was just at the very end that I realized... all that action, and for what? The motivations for the characters on a scene by scene basis are highly understandable, this is a proper thriller with lives in the balance. But looking back at it, it all rang a bit hollow. I was at the edge of my seat because I cared about the character's life... it wasn't until later that I realized, that's all the character cared about, too. This wasn't James Bond, with a world to save. Would have loved a grander set up, a more fundamental motivation, something bigger at stake.
Headhunters is a tremendously well written, suspenseful thriller. It's just not one of the truly great ones.
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
The emotions I felt while listening to this audio book are exactly what I look for in a mystery / thriller. As soon as you start to think you know what will happen next, a new twist has the story going in another direction. Jo Nesbo is absolutely the master of of unique villians, violent situations and heart-stopping pace. I was not disappointed with the story at all.
OK, here is where my review goes in a different direction. You will be hard-pressed to find a character in this story that you like or care anything about. Many of the characters are, at the least, sociopaths. This is strange since I find Nesbo's Harry Hole series full of characters I care about very deeply.
Slow - plodding - mediocre
The last twist and the epilogue. My jaw dropped -- literally.
If you love fast paced, heart-stopping thrillers, this is your next pick.
Main chraracter is typical for Jo Nesbo: flawed and hardly the leading man type so common in stories of this genre.
I keep going back to Jo Nesbo and am not disappointed. The stories are complex, dark and with just the right amount of "detail". This is my favorite of his so far, partly because I get so frustrated with Harry's additictions and self destructive behavior and he's nowhere to be found in this book. I like the intrigue and suspense - you never know what's coming next.
I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.
Listen to the book and then see the movie. Jo Nesbo is the bleeding edge of Scandinavian authors. He never disappoints a great listen from start to finish.
A fan of the Harry Hole mysteries, I was reluctant to try "Headhunters," without one of my favorite protagonists. I got over that immediately. This is a fabulous suspense novel filled with exciting, original characters and a plot line that will keep you guessing until the very end. One of the best audio books I have heard. Steve West is the perfect narrator for this book. He so convincingly embodies the voice/personality of the main character. I will definitely be looking for more books narrated by Steve.
Bottom line: If you like suspense, surprise, lots of action, well developed characters, and a plot that keeps you turning the pages, read this book. It's quite obvious to me why this book has been made into a movie -- as I have missed it's US release date, I'll be first in line to see it once it becomes available on Netflix.
I enjoy Jo Nesbo, and have listened to most of the Harry Hole series. Did particularly enjoy the humor in Headhunters--there were times when I was smirking, and exclaiming outloud on the bus as I listened. Held my interest all they way through. Have heard that some take exception to some assertions....physics, and prime numbers etc.....maybe, but that doesn't take away from a really enjoyable listen...
The narrators voice was perfect. Usually I can figure out the plotting of a mystery but not with this story. The outhouse scene is particularly evocative of strong emotion. I'm glad I discovered Jo Nesbo on the BBC World Book Club. I hope he writes more stand alone novels.
Another one of those crime novels that starts off well, and then seems to lose its way. It doesn't know what to do with itself so it just gets gross. Let's see how revolting we can be. Floating in an outhouse cess pool? Not gross enough? Let's try stabbing a fat man with little scissors and smelling his intestinal contents. It ended up being stupid and I didn't finish it. The reader was fine, but he was, of course, limited by the text.
Descriptions of the main character were fascinating. Nesbo shows his skill for creating an interesting predicament for characters. I love a psychological thriller, but don't always need so much time spent on the gratuitous violence, especially if it isn't well-written. This is one of my favorites of his so far.
descriptions of main characters/setting
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