Like many readers/listeners, I was captivated by the Millenium Trilogy and powerfully drawn to a whole new cast of talented Scandinavian writers.....Henning Mankel, in particular (couldn't seem to get enough of Kurt Wallander for a while there). The new star author, however, is Jo Nesbo and the action has shifted westwards to Oslo. His police inspector Harry Hole is the bomb. Narrator Robin Sachs is the bomb as well. The best voice for the grittiest character ever. I made the mistake of ordering The Nemesis with someone other than Sachs as narrator. I will be buying the book instead. I am serious.....ROBIN SACHS is HARRY HOLE!!! The Leopard is a spectacular listen. It'll help to listen to the series in order, but it is not a deal killer. Just try Jo Nesbo as soon as you can.
[For whatever reason (vanity, I suppose), I used to not mention that I have devoured a certain book or series via the audio route. Isn't, after all, just listening to a book ridiculously easy fare compared to actually flipping pages? News flash -- I'm over it! As an adult who spends a fair amount of time driving alone, Audible has rejuvenated my commute! I often spend a little extra time in the office parking lot and even in my own carport refusing to turn off the IPod. I am hooked, just like those nice folks in the TV ad!]
As a serious music lover and a devoted Beatles fan since my very first 45 record (I Want to Hold Your Hand), I thought maybe 43+ hours of TUNE IN might be a serious overkill, especially since it covers only through 1962. I could not be more wrong. There were no wasted words and I thoroughly devoured every single part of the story. It is beyond fascinating that Mark Lewisohn's exhaustive research could produce this home run of a book. Fantastic perspectives of Liverpool and Hamburg, Brian Epstein and George Martin, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best, the families and girlfriends, and the flaws of this hard working band that just happened to change the world. I hope I'm around when the author produces the next installment.
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