Reader And Listener
The story was a bit overdone, but worth the ride. The narrator was just weird. His voice and inflection would be far better suited to reading children's books. He had no feel for the material, and read all the dialogue with a sort of wide-eyed sincerity that seriously detracted from the book itself.
The writing was adequate, characters were stick figures, and at least one bad guy was someone I'd hardly noticed. Few surprises, but not a terrible effort. If I every try another by this author, I'll read it rather than listening.
i loove great books especially mystery and suspense and gregg hurwitz
i would definitely recommend this book, great suspense and story line, what more can a girl ask for?
this book reminds me a little of Gregg Hurwitz the crime writer
this is my first listening by this author but looking forward to more
I dont want to give anything away, don't want to spoil it for others but every chapter has a suprise.
you will not regret this book
I am only half way through but it has many twists and turns - great development of characters and great development of empathy for the players in this intriguing mystry
a actual story line with an narrator that does not put you to sleep
not sure anyone could have made it a story with interest
nope - nothing redeemable about it including the fact i couldn't return it and wasted a credit.
Audible's return policy is NOT true - it does NOT work when you try to return so be weary of this book as to it is just plains horrid.
It is easy to understand why this German suspense novel is an international hit. It is a page turner (or whatever the audio equivalent is called). It has a bit of everything - sex and violence and sort-of necrophilia. But the titillation is all pretty mild - nothing gratuitous or shocking as that of the many other recent Nordic sensations which explains why others regret that it can't be compared with Stieg Larssen's novels.
The narrator has a flat American accent but renders the occasional German (mostly names) with precision. It works most of the time but sometimes when the plot hits one of its many convoluted twists he sounds a bit naive (as if he is relating a fairy tale?). The story isn't much of a fairy tale but the author does owe some debt to other works of German literature for the theme of small town narrow-mindedness and conformism.
What makes Snow White Must Die worth the long listen is in the human relationships of the central characters - the accused - Tobias, his father, the wild teenager Amelie, and the honorable but very human detective partners, Pia and Oliver. Each of these is an attractive, sympathetic character, and I will happily come back to visit with the police officers.
P.S. It is too bad that American readers have met Pia and Oliver in book four of the series. Perhaps the publisher will give us the earlier ones in order so that we can catch up.
I liked the story. I'm no literary critic, so I don't know how good it was, but I liked it. The problem was the narrator. The story jumps from character to character often, and he barely paused between switching perspectives. If you weren't listening closely, you'd miss the switch and end up lost until you figured out who was supposed to be talking.
His voice hardly changed for each character as well, which made the confusion problem even worse. :/
I chose a five star rating because I really enjoyed this book. The plot twists were plenty and having lived in Germany, I was delighted to hear about the various German towns and streets in the story.
This was awful. I listened for 15 min before I had to cut it off and look for another book a wasted credit.