This book may be the best book I've listened to. Well read, beautifully written, interesting story, realistic characters. The lyrical prose in this book captured my mind as I listened and I found myself not being able to concentrate on the story as the readers kept reading. I needed to think about and process what I had just heard. It was a wonderful book to listen to, but it also needs to be read. I listened, and then ordered the hard back so that I could read it next. Don't let the concept of ghosts deter you. This book celebrates reading, literature, and our own personal stories. Don't pass it up!
I've listened to many of Anne Perry's books and have liked the ones from this series - until this one. The plot is rehashed with every conversation and every character over and over and over again. It was like she was padding the story to make it longer or something. I couldn't finish it. There was basically no character development and even though the crime to be solved was an interesting one and had potential, it wasn't developed well.
I've listened to all of the other Nesbo books and had been curious about the first one since there have been so many references to the serial killer Harry caught in Australia. Nesbo must have gotten better as he wrote more books. This book was was filled with interesting Aboriginal legends but they didn't really apply to the story. The story wasn't believable. There were too many flashbacks to his previous relationship. The reader was ok, but not red hot. He doesn't do a very believable "drunk". All in all, I was sorry I bought this one and I love that Audible lets me return books I don't like.
Even if you have liked the other Mitch Rapp books, you'll be hard pressed to like this one.
Once you are past the first big action scene, you have to wait for 8 hours for anything new to happen. Unnecessary history of characters that you won't meet again, a schlog of information that doesn't apply to the plot, restatements, and restatements of how much all the minor characters hate the invincible Rapp. This is an absolutely
I'm pretty sure I'm through with Vince Flynn.
I have loved George Guidall's performances in the past. In the correct venues, he is wonderful. He was perfect for the Mitford Series. He was outstanding in all of Tony Hillerman's books. But, good old George is LOST with these French accents! Any time he is out of the good old U S of A, he is out of his depth. I'll listen to him again, but will be careful about the book choice.
REALLY liked this book! I've been looking for a good mystery and have struck out with several of my recent purchases. Not so with The Snowman. Good narration, interesting characters, complicated and well developed plot. My first Nesbo book, but won't be my last.
I've listened to other books in this series and enjoyed them. But none were read by this narrator. He destroys the story. There may be value to the story, but with this reader it isn't worth listening to. He manages to make his Japanese characters sound like East Coast Jersey thugs. I wasn't able to finish it. Don't waste your credit.
Loved the book, if a person could "love" the tradegy and sorrow of this story. He writes well and portrays clearly and from what little I know, accurately, the horror that has been Afghanistan since the Soviet invasion. The reader was horrible. She made it difficult to listen to. She doesn't get the phrasing right, leaves sentences hanging, sing-songy voice. Poor reader. Don't let her ruin the book for you.
I enjoyed listening to this book. George Guidall is one of my favorite readers, so that was part of it. The story is good, though. Lots of twists, interesting characters. I particularly liked the young girl, Dani - feisty, brave and smart. By the end, I had figured out the mystery, but I didn't right away. It was a good listen.
After hearing so much about Salmon Rushdi, I thought I would get this book. But I regret doing so. The book is wordy, repetitive, and self-aggrandizing. I felt that rather than actually telling his story, he wanted to impress the reader with all he knows about the religious, cultural and historical aspects of this region - which is substantial. He knows a great deal, but much of what he writes is to make sure his audience knows how much he knows. The reader does a good job - uses many accents from various countries that he makes believable. But I found the book to be brutal and bogged down in details that don't add much to the story. If you are thinking about this book, I wouldn't waste the money.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.