The book itself is very very good. The narrator....well, that's another story. He sounds like he's just had multiple shots of novocaine (or vodka). With so many great readers around, why this one?
most interesting aspect was the story once it got going. Least interesting was the lengthy quotations.
first part was pretty slow going. Picked up at the end.
Some random comments: This book was probably better read on paper than listened to. The narrator refers to the visuals that are in the print copy, so listeners miss that aspect. Author went overboard on the citations: I realize they play a part in the structure of the book, (the chapter titles were literary references too), but I just felt there was so much use of the references that it became much too heavy-handed. I also got pretty tired of the constant use of idiomatic expressions. Instead of adding to the narration it ended up really bogging it down. The story seemed to go nowhere at all until the last third, when it suddenly developed a plot, as though the author had finally figured out where she was going with it all.
I read The Snowman (audio-fantastic narrator!!) and The Redbreast (on paper) and loved them both. Nesbo's plots are sophisticated, imaginative, well-developed, and suspenseful. Harry Hole is a well-developed character you like in spite of (or because of?) his flaws. I couldn't wait to start Nemesis, but the narration is horrific. I'm about halfway through, but may just buy the book and read it. Thor Knai is all over his map with his accents --all of them inconsistent and bad! Since when does Harry Hole's boss Bjarne Moller talk like a Texan? And why does his voice keep cracking? So, all this to say that Nemesis is probably as wonderful as the other books, but with this narrator you'll never know.
Captivating, riveting, completly addicting! I couldn't put it down, and am now listening to the second book. The third one comes out on audio today and I can't wait to download it.
The characters are wonderful because they are quirky and unusual: unlike those in many books, they actually have distinctive personalities. Larsson builds suspense in a masterful way, and creates a plot that is solid and believable, and his style is fluid, readable, and intelligent.
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