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.
I commute daily and I caught myself regularly almost being late because I didn't want to stop listening. I heard this is part of a series so I'm so excited to listen to the rest.
A complex plot with lots of sub plots and no ability to really guess what was going on until the end. Likeable and dispicable characters in one small town. This audio book was gripping and I have signed up for book number 2.
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.
Was very interesting and held my attention for about three quarters of the way through. As it approach the end it just felt like it was never going to wrap up. By the last chapter I didn't care.