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J.R.

Arlington, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Devil's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (668)

    A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon....

    J.R. says: "New Steig Larsson? Hah! The new Raymond Chandler!"
    "New Steig Larsson? Hah! The new Raymond Chandler!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Dynamite outing by Nesbo. I would call it a page-turner if there were pages. Captivating, fun and with the usual Nesbo twists and turns. It will speed your commute, ease the pain of your workout, or provide a not-so-soothing time alone with a peculiar evil.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters, of course.


    Have you listened to any of Robin Sachs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Robin is one of my favorites. Now, the fact that the Norwegian characters lurch into Liverpudlian dialects could be distracting if you pay attention, but it gets the point across and his Norwegian place-names and pacing are crackerjack. Four thumbs up!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes- but too long to acccommodate. Also quite good in bite-sized ear bits.


    Any additional comments?

    How a uniquely American art form- the noire tale- became bread-and-butter for our Scandanavian cousins is quite remarkable. Still, I suppose if the dry Soccoro winds in LA that made the meek housewife with her carving knife eye her irritating husband's neck, it may be that the endless night of winter brings on a similar taste of Seasonal
    Adjusted Madness....

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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