Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
Too many story lines are not interesting if they don't tie together into one coherent story. I almost stopped listening halfway through when it became obvious the writer was reaching for intricate and coming up only with ridiculous and irrelevant.
The narration was awful, making this bad book even worse with exaggerated emotions and plodding tones.
I want my credit back, as for my time I've no one to blame but myself, I should have stopped listening.
No the style of writing and story telling remind me a lot of the girls the Dragon tattoo series
Would've been more enjoyable if there were less characters and focus more on the main characters involved in the plot and on the character development rather than all these long drawn out back stories and all these characters names that just make the whole plot convoluted and unnecessarily complicated.
I think he portrayed the voices of the characters well when he switched from character to character you already knew who they were even if the name didn't come up. He also portrayed the emotion the characters were going to really well
Yes and no I feel like you need one more chapter to explain what happens to the main characters not the 2 detectives but the two main characters involved in the crime.
This really reminded me a lot of the girl with the Dragon tattoo it takes a long time to get going but when it does becomes very interesting. too many characters to keep track of, too many back stories to remember and then you don't get enough emotion or character development and even though you do become invested in the main characters it doesn't pay off in the end because she focuses mainly on the two detectives and leaves the other main characters that you've come to care about to the side. Also too many motives everybody goes down and becomes too convoluted spoiler alert whole town involved in a cover up. I did like how she did describe emotional parts and the characters the way that she describes them you really can pictured in your head what they're going through what they're feeling.
I know that this was a translation from German to English but I'm not sure that it was a good one. It was extremely slow moving with bits about characters that had no effect on the main characters of the book.
Probably not. If it had not been an audio book I would have never finished it.
This novel was overall enjoyable. The characters were nicely drawn, the plot, basically holds together to its own internal logic. There were a few flaws and weirdly misplaced clues, but overall, nice.
My only criticism of this novel is that it dragged a bit in some places. One of the drawbacks to audiobooks.
I recommend it. Not for the reader who wants something quick and light. It's a bit more intense.
Yes. My wife loved it, too. The author is well known in Germany and I'm sure she will develop a following in this country.
No major highlight, it was all good.
This was a terrific book ,. Very well performed by Nele Neuhaus & a very pleasant surprise. The story is interesting, full of twists & turns, many of which will surprise you when you least expect & a real page "turner"
I would not try another book from Nele Neuhaus.
He was ok, but the story was boring
The narrator was ok
this book was way too long. every time I thought the story was wrapped up and over--it just jumped on to more. It could have been way shorter and more entertaining.
I absolutely loved this novel by Nele Neuhaus, which was as much a character study of the worst of small town life in Germany as it was a mystery story. Lots of engaging characters and interesting plot twists combined with good writing and atmospheric descriptions of the scenery and homes. I think it's not much of a spoiler to say that you know from the beginning that Tobias must have been framed, but listening to it all unravel kept me hooked to the very last minute of the highly satisfying conclusion. I grew up in Germany and can say that the scenes and descriptions are very authentic. The translation was well done and the narration was outstanding. Highly recommended!
Enjoyed the roller coaster of "who did it", you think you have it figured out and then a new twist appears. I struggled with trying to keep the characters separated, but this was due to not being familiar with German names. I would have to pause to think, "okay, which character is this". Was a slow start, but the story picked up speed and then I wanted to keep listening so I could find out the newest twist. Robert Fass was a great narrator and did well with keeping the characters separated. I found him very easy to listen to, he transitioned from one character to the other seamlessly.