I admit that I am not all the way through this one, but I have some strong thoughts on it already. The narrator is fine, even excellent. Nothing really to comment on there. The writing is pretty good and almost sells the story, but I do not think it quite does, and the story seems absurd on many levels. Maybe not enough to discourage me from listening to another one in the series when translated.
As others have commented, the story seems endless with a fantastic number of subplots some of which go nowhere. Our detective protagonists do seem extremely ineffectual at actually solving anything. I would hope that earlier books in the series would add interest and depth to them. There are few, if any, attractive characters in the book, and the entire village seems evil, which is not credible. Too much coincidence, although some of it might be well-disguised. Too many things generally unbelieveable. Hope this is not a spoiler, but the official and public reaction to someone pitching a human being off an overpass onto a busy "super highway" to the expected results seems vastly understated. Lots of violence that seems to go relatively unreacted to.
Maybe all of rural Germany is like that. I doubt it. Actually, anything official German seems amazingly ineffectual at doing anything.
Characters evil and relatively good alike do not seem all that credible.
All of that said, it seems kind of hard to put down. One still wants to know what happens.
I love the Scandanavian detective books. Somehow the characters in them seem very credible and deep. I thought this would be more like those. Instead, I guess this one remind me more of the Tana French books. Not bad, but not really credible, and kind of unsatisfying.
Snow White Must Die is about a man, Tobias, who is released from prison after 10 years for the murder/disappearance of two girls when he was in his late teens. Coming back into town he finds that the whole town turned not only on him but his family, too. His parents struggle to live in town and be supportive of their son. The people in town still harbor resentment and take it out on the entire family through vigilante acts.
Then the bodies of the girls are discovered and another girl in town goes missing. Again, all eyes start to focus on Tobias as he tries to prove his innocence to the town on the past murders and the new crim that has happened.
This audiobook started out really good, but the overall plot got too heavy. There were too any side stories and characters and at what point I just had to accept the fact that I had completely missed the issue between two characters and why it was important to the overall narrative. This is definitely not a book you can listen to when multitasking and be able to keep track of all the details.
I listened to this and I liked it a lot. Unusual to have a book set in present-day Germany about something unrelated to WWII/Holocaust/Cold War.
Pam Scott - Trekker
I could listen to it from my Kindle. This was a very long book (15 hours) so I didn't listen to it in one sitting. At first, there seemed to be so many characters that I thought I would never get my mind wrapped around them. I was soon so engrossed in the story that I felt like I was there and knew them personally.
When the water was raising on two of the characters and hope was running out. The suspense was switching back and forth between several of the characters. If this had been paper, I would have peeked to the end to see who lived and who died.
There was quite a bit of description - even of the restaurants - that helped me create a picture of a small German town.
I have excellent hearing for volume but sometimes have difficulty with accents. I had problems understanding the German accent. Not sure if the reader was German or the accent was to enhance the experience of the story that takes place in Germany. I loved the book in spite of this.
Brooklyn dog owner and detective story fan. I also enjoy memoirs, short stories and literary fiction.
As a fan of foreign detective stories, how could I pass up one set on the edges of the Black Forrest? Although this is the first Bodenstein & Kirchhoff translated into English, it's actually the 4th book in the series, and you can tell these characters have history together.
Excellent listen, constantly pointed to new person of interest. And lots of bitter endings.
It has it all love, hate, destruction, nervous anticipation and death. Well written few things could have been left out but not much! (Was written in German and translated to English )
It's easy to get lost by trying to keep the characters straight while listening to a very nasal narrator. I almost gave up because the narrator was honestly grating. Why listen to a book where you can't take the narration and don't remember who is who doing what from chapter to chapter?
BUT...Fass's performance gets very good (maybe he had a cold in the beginning on top of his natural nasal tone?) and the story is so layered, and believably so, that it becomes an overall exceptional listen.
Best since "girl with the dragon tattoo".
Entire story was both dramatic and believable -- a combination rarely achieved in mystery novels. Pieces of the puzzle got solved throughout the book which was satisfying while continuing to keep the mystery going. The side stories were so interesting I didn't feel frustrated that there were digressions from the main mystery as I so often do.
He made the story come alive without being so full of emotion that the listener felt distracted.
The book was riddled with them.
Although the book was long and completely satisfying in it's ending I didn't want it to stop. I look forward to her next book.
Yes, there was good character development; it kept me guessing how it would end the entie time.
yes, it was well written.
The narration was mediocre, detracting from the action by its amateurish characterizations. The plot eventually turned me off too. I am not a police officer, nor do I play a cop on TV, but the mistakes and missed connections these two are guilty of piled up, finally, to a maddening degree. But, the worst fault lies with the story line itself. Twelve hours in to listening, I bailed. There was simply nothing that could make me sit through any more clunkers. How many permutations in the glaringly obvious list of motivations can one poor little book stand?
I'm really sorry I wasted my time on this one.