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.
Persnickety, curmudgeonly, locked into a long daily commute which is mitigated somewhat by listening to great books.
In the dialogue of some characters hyperbolic statements are made, like, "You are the only person who could have prevented..., so you are completely responsible for ...", when in fact that person is NOT the only person who could have prevented whatever. This happens more than once and it is usually in police interrogations. Maybe it is meant as a tactic, but it comes of as loose writing.
I don't think so. The writer is German, but this is a generic mystery - could have happened anywhere. I like mysteries where the geography is important to the plot or the main characters.
He pronounces the German names (for people and towns and streets) really well - not that I would actually know.
No. It really ran its course. Possibly another book in a series about the police detectives, but this story can go no further.
I have no idea why this book gets 5 star reviews. It's awful enough that I didn't finish it.
The translation from German to English means some of the writing is awkward. The characters are boilerplate. The dialogue is stilted and weird. It's all so hard to listen to.
And the narrator, bless him, isn't that good. But in his defense the poor writing/translation probably doesn't help.
Don't waste the credit.
He read female characters's voices snivelling and whiny.
There are probably spoliers in this review, sorry.
I bought this one because I love a good mystery and it was highly rated. I can't get past one plot hole that happens very early in the book. They are looking for someone who has pushed another character into the path of an on coming train. They have servelliance footage, they take a still shot around town to ask if anyone knows who it is. No one knows and they are obviously lying. The only people that wouldn't lie, the protagonist and his father, they don't ask them if they recognize the man in the photo...argh.
Along with plot holes, it's like a bad romance novel at times. All the women (and girls!) fawn over Tobias. He has a famous actress who has loved him forever and who seems to be up for sex 24/7. The teen girl neighbour is sexually attracted to him and there's much detail on her desire for him. I'm not ignorant to the fact that teenagers have sexual desire, it just wasn't necessary in the least. There are subpluts involving the detectives that didn't seem too out of place but they are both unlikable.
I'm sure something is lost in the translation of this novel but I'm not sure a better translation would have helped. I do think a different narrator would have. I just did not enjoy listening to this one at all and could not finish it.