Yes, This was a good listen. The charters are well developed and the story moves along at a good pace.
The story itself, and the intrigue.
Snow White Must Die...nuff said
Author DeAnn DeVille
The way the story appears to take on different avenues and plots, leaving the listener wondering just who killed the mysterious 17 year old girls? Who has Snow White mummified all dolled up... is the scary question?
This was my 1st Nele Neuhaus novel however I would compare her to Lisa Gardner, if I had to compare works to another author mainly because of the diverse plots and twist and turns of the main characters guilt or innocence.
Oliver von Bodenstein complex situation with his wife during the story is by far compelling and makes him one of my endeared characters. I also cant forget the main character Tobias Sartorius who has been accused of murder. Tobias is so hot, you can't believe you could like someone who may have committed such a crime.
I enjoyed listening to this audio in intervals, however the closer I came to end the more I wanted to find out who the killer was. I ended up listening to the last four hours straight to the end nonstop. I'll tell you a secret, the end is a funny surprise and turns out to be well worth the purchase.
*Exasperated sigh* What a tedious listen. As soon as the mystery starts to get interesting, the author drops the mysterious element by revealing the villains/conspirators, then attempts to throw the reader off again by introducing another problem/mystery, then another, then another, then another, to the point that you no longer care who did what, you just want the book to end. It also seemed poorly written, repeating various words and phrases: EVERYONE in this book was in danger of being left, "In a lurch," by one character or another. Like others, I figure some things may have been lost in translation, but "1Q84" fared reasonably well. There could've been so much more done with the premise, the characters, and the motives, but it never came to fruition. There were also beau-coup characters, and the poor narration made for a confusing, indistinguishable listen. I'm glad I got this one on sale, otherwise, I'd ask for a refund.
Absolutely. Excellent listen.
The plot kept me guessing. There was so many suspects to choose from, it was hard to pick just one or two or three...
The scene in the diner when one of the conspirators decides they must act and takes it upon himself to...
je nais se pas
I gave up on this novel, after reading a review of it on Amazon that basically echoed the negative thoughts I was having about it. When I checked my progress and reacted with dismay to find I was not quite halfway through, I realized this might have been a bad use of a credit.
I don't know if this novel was translated badly, or had not very good writing that was translated efficiently, but it was full of strange, awkward phrasing and characters that somehow managed to be unlikeable and of flat effect at the same time. Aside from translation issues, I found myself saying, "Really? That makes no sense." on a regular basis just at the events that were being described.
It's times like these that I wish I had a written copy so I could quote from the book, but for example: The main character Tobias, convicted at a young age of a double murder, "does his time in the joint" and returns to his hometown. He has served ten years, the "maximum sentence for a juvenile" under the penal code. Ten years for two murders? Wow. The townspeople are heavily invested in making him leave town immediately, despite the fact that he is in fact obsessed with cleaning up his father's dilapidated property asap so he can sell it…and leave town. Instead of just clarifying his plans with him over a cup of coffee, they send three masked thugs to beat the crap out of him and "send him a message". After tying him up, stripping him, tightening a noose around his neck, blindfolding him and then beating him with baseball bats, they paint the word "Murderer" on his bare chest with red spray paint. Despite the gruesomeness of this attack, relayed in great detail, all I could think of was, "wow, it might be easy to spray paint the word murderer on a wall, but across a man's chest? That seems like a fairly delicate operation to accomplish with a can of spray paint. ". But maybe I don't do enough tagging in my neighborhood. But that is not even the nonsensical part.
So this character sustains a beating that should have put him in the hospital, but what happens the next day? He's up and around, with a messed up face, but definitely ambulatory. Mobile enough, in fact, to go out that night and getting roaring drunk with friends. "Friends?" I thought at the time…he's got friends? The double murderer who just got out of "the joint" a couple of weeks ago? The town pariah who apparently everyone secretly hated and envied for his dashing good looks and brilliance back when he was just a youngster with murder on his mind? Not one of his friends visited him in prison except the tomboy that secretly loved him as a girl and is now a famous actress.
This is just ONE part of this novel that left me scratching my head. I won't go on with this review, because in fact, I didn't go on with this novel either. I couldn't even summon enough energy to keep going just to solve the puzzle. When your novel's plot is so dependent on plot reversals and crazy coincidences that it just doesn't really hold together, you have not done your job as a mystery writer, and your readers are the ones left twisting.
I'm an avid reader who now listens to books on tape. I'm a bit late to the game but enjoying the hands free reading.
I would read another book with caution. The book's premise was complex and quite interesting. However, it just wouldn't end because there were so many twists and turns that needed concluding. A little less complication would allowed the ending to come sooner ending on a higher note but still satisfying.
The story was strong enough with adding more and more twists.
Just my opinion...but this story was a fail.
Not really. Took too long to get going...lost my interest quickly.
Terrible. The translation is awkward and the reading is uninteresting. I repeatedly thought (and hoped) that it was almost over, only to be disappointed. Way too many meandering stories about way too many characters who you just can't bring yourself to care about.
...but I found that fun. A lot of reviewers have commented on the myriad twists and turns and how they found it unbelievable. I tend to find most mysteries slightly unbelievable, so I just decide if the author kept me guessing and gave me enough to entertain me. This one definitely did.
I disagree with the idea that you didn't have enough information to make a good guess as to who done it. You did, but it wasn't breezy by any means. I'm guessing the translation made it a little cluttered, but all in all it kept me at my desk editing photos, which is what I ask from my audible books.
Although you can't judge a book by its cover, you can occasionally choose one by its title. I simply couldn't pass this one up (kind of like choosing wine because of the label) and was quite pleased. A very well-crafted story. Enjoyable characters, a plot with intriguing twists, and all the red herrings are tied up by the end.