This was a great book, which captures the zeitgeist of the great recession when the new, consuming, home owning middle class crashes and burns. It is also a very sensitive look at mental illness. Overall, this is a very compelling police procedural, with newly paired detectives unravelling a gruesome murder. The narration was outstanding. I highly recommend this audio.
I'll admit it. I can't get enough of Flavia de Luce. Although the chemistry, detection and plotting in this addition were not as clever as some of the earlier entries in the series, I am captivated by the character of Flavia de Luce, who is once again performed to perfection by Jayne Entwistle. The best thing about this book is that, based on the ending, there will be more to come. I can't wait.
Quite a middling book. A really awful character is found murdered. The police work is plodding and not really believable--ignoring most likely explanation for crime based on a hunch then going to extraordinary lengths to investigate the hunch. Nesbo has nothing to worry about.
The best Scandinavian crime author out there, and one best regardless of language. Read the series in order. Police had more twists and turns and emotional ups and downs than a roller coaster. Hole is one of the great crime characters of all time. I can't wait for Nesbo's next book.
I'm a big Fan of Peter May, but didn't think this book comes close to the first Enzo book,let alone the three Lewis books, which are truly excellent. There are too many coincidences, and the motive that is eventually revealed is completely unconving. Enzo is supposed to be a forensic scientist. But, he comes across as foolish much of the time. The choice of narrator for the Critic was definitely disastrous. Enzo is a highly educated Scott from Glasgow. He should have a Scottish accent, not the BBC intonations that the narrator provides. Even worse was the narrator's attempt to mimic American accents. Don't British actors watch American television and movies? I can usually overlooked dialect faults in the narrator, but this narration was truly painful.
This is a beautifully written novel with very human characters who are brilliantly brought to life in this audio production. The heading for my review, 'masterpiece,' says it all though. Having listened to well over 200 audio titles, this is one of my top five.
Probably the best of a highly enjoyable series. Vish Poori is a singular detective, stubborn, idiosyncratic, a tough guy and mama's boy who loves his samosas. He's also very funny and a clever detective to boot.
Thankfully, Ian Rankin has brought Rebus back from retirement, to the chagrin of his superiors and Rankin's newer protagonist, Inspector Malcom Fox. Fans of Rebus will not be disappointed. Those new to this series should go back and read/listen to earlier entries first. This audio production was excellent, portraying Rebus as a unique combination of Falstaff, Columbo, and Sam Spade with a Scottish accent.
I'm a huge fan of audiobooks. I've probably listened to well over 200 titles, including some literary works. Having enjoyed other books by Michael Chabon, I started to listen to Telegraph Avenue with the highest expectations, but simply couldn't continue beyond a couple of hours. I'm notsure what the problem was, but I had to abandon the book early on. After a couple of months, I finally picked up the actual book and loved it. It is a brilliant novel, with themes of parents/sons; spouses, partners, race, etc. As some reviewers have noted, it recalls Joyce's Ulysses, at least superficially. It just doesn't work as an audiobook, despite the best efforts of the narrator. So, this is just one of those occasions when one is better advised to skip the audio and read the text. (Note, an article in the Times Sunday Book review from November 2013 also led with this book as a prime example of a title that didn't work in audio format.)
On the plus side, the actual mystery, the who done it and why, was pretty interesting, as was the social dynamic portrayed. The characters were were fairly well developed, although some were cliched. The narrator was, in nearly every respect, excellent, sounding distinct regional and class dialects. The only place she didn't do quite as well was in a brief segment of the book where she takes on a pretty bad Australian accent. On the downside, I thought the book was overlong by about 1/3rd. The first two to three hours were tedious and felt padded. Also, the premise of the story and some of the police procedures were pretty unbelievable. All that said, it was an enjoyable listen, well worth the credit.
Nesbo is at the top of his game in this exciting addition to the Harry Hole oevre. Anyone who hs enjoyed Snowman or other books in the series should definitely listen to Phantom.
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