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  • The Redeemer: Harry Hole, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Christmas shoppers stop to hear a Salvation Army concert on a crowded Oslo street. An explosion cuts through the music and the bitter cold: One of the singers falls dead, shot in the head at point-blank range. Harry Hole - the Oslo Police Department’s best investigator and worst civil servant - has little to work with: no suspect, no weapon, and no motive. But Harry’s troubles will multiply. As the search closes in, the killer becomes increasingly desperate, and Harry’s chase takes him to the most forbidden corners of the former Yugoslavia. Yet it’s when he returns to Oslo that he encounters true darkness....

    Charles Atkinson says: "Best Modern Detective Series on Audible!"
    "New narrator was a disappointment"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'm very familiar with the Robin Sach narrations of Nesbo's Harry Hole books, and really miss his narrative interpretation. Sach brought each character to life with distinctive voices and well-paced phrasing so you could believe that Harry, as the main character, actually spoke and thought in this manner. The new narrator, John Lee, defaults to the same intonation, pacing, and somewhat brusque, metronomic voice for each character. When the names and places are unfamiliar (as are Norwegian for Americans), it's critical that the listener be able to distinguish, at the very least, between male and female characters. Initially, it took me several listenings before I figured out that Nesbo was also shifting between two or more parallel plots, time periods, and characters without warning. These parallel stories sometimes merge seamlessly into one another, so it's critical that the narrator help listeners make these transitions by providing long pauses and very different voices since we don't have the benefit of seeing the transitions on a printed page.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee?

    Simon Vance

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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "I felt dirty when I finished."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is one of those stories that, like most things that are bad for us, appeals to our baser instincts. Its only saving grace is the narration. Whelan and Heborne capture the paranoid delusions of the two main characters, their mean, selfish, petty, sickeningly narcissistic self-love, with amazing range and authenticity. You will get to the end and hate yourself for slogging through the mud with these two people with the hope that you will have earned or learned something of value. But in this story, no one pays the price of his or her immoral, unethical, and illegal actions. Moreover, Flynn's ending is cowardly. Along with the allegiance of her reader, she looses control of her characters. I was left begging for Nick and Amy simply to shut the hell up.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    After this, a cleansing listen is in order. Perhaps Henry James.

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