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.
This must be a new form of literary style. Beat your reader over the head with basic simple sentences that simply state exactly what is there, with no imagination, stating simply, in a repeated fashion, what is there. I would say that it is for a 2nd grade reading level but that would be unfair to 2nd grade literature.
It might have had a good story but it has all the flow and lilt of a dirge.
I wasted an otherwise perfectly useful credit and at least 30 minutes waiting for it to break into a novel.
I might buy another book from him
I like that it was set in Germany.
Narration as very good as always.
It's nice to listen to, but it didn't surprise me considering I pretty much knew what would happen the entire time.
Like many others, I was intrigued by the title, Snow White Must Die. I don't often venture into mystery books, but fortunately my curiousity got the best of me this time. This book, translated from from the German and set in a seemingly quaint German village, quickly shows that village life can be far from idyllic.
What I loved most about this book was that no one in Tobais's village is what they seem and every member is hiding some kind of secret. Tobais's return to Altenhein quickly sets in motion a chain of events which begins to unravel years' old secrets that when uncovered have the potential to ruin more than one person's life. I found the mystery engaging, suspenseful, and more importantly unpredictable.
I hope to hear more from the author soon!
Fantastic story, kept me guessing even at the end! Lots of twists and turns made it hard to stop listening, except for the narration. Poor voice character differentiation and lack of pausing between chapters caused some confusion.
I think this book suffered from a bad translation from German to English. The character's dialog and inner monolog were strangely formal, it distracted me from the story. I also didn't really like or relate to any of the characters.
The mystery was engaging enough. It was well paced, and some of the plot twists were very shocking.
I wasn't very impressed with the narration, but that may have been a result of the awkward translation.
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.
Start to finish...awefull!
No flow, pathetic charactures...Hokey!
Not sure why I even finished this...Couldn't wait for it to end!