I bought this audiobook primarily because I like the narrator and the premise sounded interesting, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked the story and the characterizations very much.
I'll start with the protagonist Nina, the nurse and social worker with her own set of psychological problems, which makes her more real but also a little more confusing. Hampered by a pathological need to help and to try and solve everyone's problems, she gets herself involved in things that another person might have easily avoided - and she also has a strange obsession regarding knowing and monitoring the exact time. It causes as many problems as it helps, but in this book it at least helps the young boy in the suitcase.
The plot waxes and wanes in complexity, as at the beginning there are several threads in different parts of the world that must be woven together in the book and in our minds. At the beginning of the book, when the characters and their voices were all new to me, that took a little bit of persistence and patience, but later it made for a more interesting story.
I was worried briefly at the end that it would have a happy-ever-after implausible conclusion, but I was really pleased that the protagonist stayed true to her personality and to the character that the book had already created.
I'm glad I took the chance to try this new author. The names of people and places were unfamiliar, and that can be a bit jarring, but it was worthwhile.
An interesting story that held my attention. I think it would have made a better "read" than "listen" since it took awhile to keep the character's straight. Pacing of the story was not to my taste and I'm not sure if I'll do others by this author. Having said that, Ms. Kaaberbøl is a very accomplished author with more than 30 novels to her credit and I'm glad I gave this one a try.
I was not able to follow the story.
The story line was too hard to get through that maybe if that had been better the performance would have been better.
I am sorry to say I did not not get far enough into the story to pick any scenes to cut.
I have not ever given a really bad review but I do feel like this is my honest option, would not get another book by this author. It may have been the translator in changing to English lost the flow that I am used to in other authors.
I found the book hard to follow at first; the Scandinavian names were a bit foreign and didn't stick in my head, and there was not much distinction between one chapter (or one character's storyline) to the next, which switched quite frequently at the start... I probably would have benefitted from a little sound effect to signify the change.
Once past the beginning and getting the characters straight the story was intriguing and the characters cross paths and come together masterfully.
I found this book bounced around a bit and I had to rewind it a fair bit which was a tad annoying. I also found the narrator a little brash for want of a better word.
Tell us about yourself! I love to read or listen( audio), nothing abridged ,I want every word the author penned that is what I want.
Very unexpected plot
The Shack . The devotion of the parent in getting answers to what happened the their child.
Her performance was wonderful ,she made the story come alive. I'd like to hear more from her.
Once I understood what was happening, yes it was emotional.
This is a must read .hope to read more from this author.
Yes, but too long
Too much time was spent on feelings. The main characters went on and on about their feelings and then repeat the same feelings again and again.
The main story was okay, nothing really unexpected but not boring. Also, I thought the back stories could have been better. The ending was a bit strange. It started to wind down as expected but then suddenly picked up as though this was book one of a series with no prior indication that this would be the case. I don't know if I'll read another one by this author. I'm still deciding.
I liked the characters in this story and the way the story unwound. If I listened again, I'm sure I would pick up on things I missed.
I listened to this while commuting, and found that I was hanging onto the steering wheel as if I was being chased! Great prose.
Good use of voices and temporal qualities to give you the feeling of the environment.
Yes, this was a well structured story told rom the point of view of, at first encounter, four unconnected characters whose connections to the main mystery of boy in the suitcase became clear only very gradually.
It was quite nail-biting towards the end.
No. This was the disappointing part of the listening experience. This narrator really irritated me. There was a lot of over-dramatisation in her reading and a sort of sarcasm.