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.)
As a huge fan of the Department Q series, I was leery about delving into this stand-alone historical novel, but was completely happy that I did. The writing is taut, the narration, flawless, and, with the exception of Jo Nesbo, no one dishes up villains as evil as Jussi Adler-Olsen. The Nazi sadist bad guys in the Department Q are particularly loathsome. Having said this, though, I miss the habitués of Department Q. Please bring them back ASAP!
Prime Rebus has it all. Humor villains family dysfunction bad government types and Sioban, and the most important character of all after Rebus --Edinburgh.
These are about the best Scandinavian detective books around. While not as devious or violent as Jo Nesbo, these Department Q books have great humor to break up the detection. Very highly recommended.
This book started out okay... A detective having to revisit failed a prosecution 15 years after perpetrator is acquitted at trial, but then fell flat with too obvious leads not pursued and clumsy interjection of protagonist's cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy (hence, the title). It was barely worth the $3.99sale price; it would not have been worth a credit. The narration was fine.
Fans of Fool will not be disappointed by this worthy successor, marked by clever and filthy repartee, twists and turns of plot, and Shakespearean villains and heroes to spare.
As others have noted, Olen Steinhauer is the new John leCarre. Though maybe not at the same level as the Tourist series, this is a very solid book that should appeal to fans of that series and to the genre.
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.
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