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Karita dos Santos

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  • Seven Days

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Deon Meyer, K. L. Seegers (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    In Thirteen Hours, homicide detective Bennie Griessel struggled to solve the murder of an American girl, find her missing friend, and avoid drinking again. In Seven Days, Griessel is given another nearly impossible task. Two police officers have been shot, and the department has received an email from the shooter alleging a cover-up in a cold case. He threatens more violence until the case is solved. The case in question is the murder of Hanneke Sloet, an ambitious lawyer stabbed to death in her apartment. There's no apparent motive and no leads, just a set of nude photographs and an ex-boyfriend with a rock-solid alibi.

    Linda B. says: "Tasteless and boring"
    "Outstanding novel and great narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Like his runaway bestseller Thirteen Hours, Deon Meyer's Seven Days features Inspector Benny Griessel, a reformed alcoholic dedicated to his work with the South African Police Services and to recovering his dignity and relationship with his children. Meyer has created a compelling cast of characters throughout his crime-writing career, but Griessel is perhaps the most finely drawn, so it's delightful to see him back in action again so soon.

    The novel opens with a mysterious figure dubbed "Solomon" by the media, who shoots and wounds one policeman each day--eventually killing an officer--because, he claims, the SAPS know who murdered a lawyer named Hanneke Sloet and are covering up for her killer. Solomon emails the media and the SAPS repeatedly, but to Benny's irritation doesn't actually name the person he believes responsible.

    The original investigation into Sloet's death had gone nowhere, and Benny and his team frantically search for any new clues and try to figure out the connection to Solomon. Meanwhile, his Zulu colleague Mbali Kaleni tracks the shooter with her usual tenaciousness. The two investigations move forward in parallel, with Benny increasingly frustrated and furious, but unable to understand the shooter's motivation. Readers are treated to a narration of events from the shooter's point of view, so we know he believes his own assertion that the SAPS are covering up the Sloet killing, but like Benny, we don't know why until the end.

    Meanwhile, Benny's personal life grows increasingly complicated as he develops a relationship with Alexa Barnard, a talented and once-famous singer who is also an alcoholic. Benny's own sobriety is tested when Alexa falls off the wagon as she tries to re-start her career, and he's pulled in two directions trying to care for her while solving a high-profile case in the spotlight of the media.

    As usual in Meyer's novels, the plot is tight, the writing is taut, and the characters are beautifully developed. The detailed rendering of life and politics in the new South Africa is nothing short of brilliant. Nonetheless, Seven Days doesn't quite reach the level of Meyer's best work (which in my opinion was Thirteen Hours). The pacing is a little of,f so the book drags a bit in the middle. Benny's self-doubt is overplayed at times and he approaches maudlin as he berates and blames himself for Alexa's drinking. And I found myself wondering over and over why the shooter doesn't simply give the media the name of Sloet's killer, if he's so sure he knows who it is.

    Still, Seven Days is a terrific book narrated by the best narrator I've found. I've already listened to it twice, and I'm sure I'll return to it again in the future. There's no better crime writer on the scene today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Priest

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Gerard O'Donovan
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    A killer is stalking the dark streets of Dublin. Before each attack, he makes the sign of the cross; then he sends his victims to God. After a foreign politician’s daughter is brutally assaulted and left for dead, her body branded with burns from a blazing cross, the case falls to Detective Inspector Mike Mulcahy. Mulcahy is one tough cop, but this crime is beyond comprehension – and "the Priest" is a nemesis more evil and elusive than any Mulcahy has ever faced.

    Karita dos Santos says: "Good book, subpar narration"
    "Good book, subpar narration"
    Overall

    While the book itself is enjoyable, I found myself unable to completely enjoy it because of the narration. Call me picky, but when I listen to an audiobook with Irish characters, I want to the narrator to either be Irish or be able to do a convincing Irish accent. Most of the time the characters either sounded Cockney or had the kind of stereotyped "Irish" accent you hear the non-Irish put on for St. Patrick's Day. To make matters worse, no one even coached him on proper pronunciation of the Irish words, so I found myself gritting my teeth every time he pronounced the Garda Siochana as "the Gardee Shiksana." Arghh. My advice is to get this book in print.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Safari

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Deon Meyer, K. L. Seegers (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Lemmer is a professional bodyguard. Silent, invisible, he never gets involved. Emma le Roux is convinced she's seen her brother on the news as a suspect in the recent killing of four poachers. But her brother is supposed to have died twenty years ago. When le Roux hires Lemmer to watch her back while she goes looking for answers, it becomes clear someone wants to keep them in the dark. And when that someone tries to murder them both, for once in his life Lemmer steps out of the shadows.

    Leila says: "Excellent story. Bring Saul Reichlin back."
    "Another great book from Meyer"
    Overall

    I listened to this one because I liked Thirteen Hours so much. It didn't disappoint--I love this author and this narrator!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Deon Meyer, K. L. Seegers (translator)
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Some would call Detective Benny Griessel a legend. Others would call him a drunk. He has trodden on too many toes over the years ever to reach the top of the promotion ladder, and now he concentrates on staying sober and mentoring the new generation of crime fighters: mixed race, Xhosa, and Zulu. But when an American backpacker disappears in Capetown, panicked politicians know who to call....

    Dennis says: "A window into urban Africa"
    "Outstanding audiobook"
    Overall

    I've never listened to an audiobook twice, but I listened to this one twice in 6 months. The plot moves quickly, but it's the characters and their stories that drive the book. The author is a superb storyteller, and I found myself engrossed in the histories of the individual characters and impatient to find out what happens to each. In addition, the politics and culture of the "new" South Africa are complex and fascinating. The narrator does a great job with the voices and accents, which makes the book come alive. Altogether my favorite recent audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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