I would love to see how this book would read after a top-notch American book editor massaged it. I have thought that British mysteries, as a whole, contain TMI about the main characters but I think the Swedes now have the No. 1 position.
I lost count of how many times I said "TMI" [too much information] while listening to this book. "He cut his toe nails before going to bed"! Really? REALLY!
If you got all of the angst that the main character (the #1 Swedish detective) has because he shot & killed a bad guy last year out of the way then there is a pretty good mystery in "The Man Who Smiled" but it is more of a character study than a mystery.
I don't know how much of this is real, or possible in 2014. Or, how much is likely in the near or far future. But it is scary, maybe terrifying. Or maybe it's all sci-fi. You decide.
It was a little slow to start but then it turned into another magnifico story.
A couple of times I thought this was going to be a Stephen King or Dean Koontz type of book. Luckily it didn't go that far. It's more like an amp'ed up Robin Cook -- a very suspenseful medical mystery. I certainly recommend it to mystery/thriller lovers.
I can't imagine anyone doing a better job with the narration. Richard Poe nailed it.
A short story about Reacher's early years. A little too far-fetched, no high school boy thinks that way. Should be attached to one of the other full-size stories as an "Also included", but for $2...
Dick Hill is one of the BEST narrators around. He's perfect for this series.
Such a great story, I did could not stop listening to it.
A tense-filled mystery wrapped in an intense snapshot of American history.
Thomas Cook wrote a winner. Ray Chase did a good job with the narration, but a couple of the voices were over the top. Just don't plan to listen to it at work or with earbuds. You need to play it into a large open room.
No dirty language or porn, oops, I think they call it romance nowadays. Sort of a young married Mrs. Marple mystery. A great book for the beach. All set in a pecan pie of the South.
Francis has written so many books around the horse racing business but they are not cookie-cutter versions of each other. Each one is fresh and interesting and very enjoyable.
Thanks, Dick, it's a great ride.
A good series but this one is pedestrian. If you can find it on sale, then buy it but don't pay full price.
Review says, "2013 Winner: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award - Mystery & Thriller".
It was in no way a breakthrough winner in my book. It dragged on & on, till I was ready to quit half way through. It seemed much more suited for the romance or women's book category than Mystery/Thriller. I wasn't puzzled or thrilled. And, the whining, would it ever stop!
Don't waste your time or money.
The narrator made the difference in turning this from an okay, old-time P.I. story into a very enjoyable audiobook.
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