it is right up there in the top few.
it's more an overall thing. keplar builds characters slowly and realistically, weaves in lots of careful detail, keeps the action going, keeps you guessing and anxious to know what comes next. the narrator is terrific!!! he doesn't sound silly when he shifts his voice to represent a woman or child, is expressive and dynamic, but never overwhelming. he becomes part of the story just perfectly.
They're all done very well, but I like the main character, Joona Linna, best. He gives the character a certain gravitas with his performance.
Get this book. You won't regret it. I started on these Nordic detective books through The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I have listened to more different authors than I can easily rattle off. This book is the best of the bunch - better than Larsson's series.
Is there an award for most boring book? This book would win hands-down. How can so many people have enjoyed it? The characters, one-dimensional as they are, are pretentious in the extreme: brilliant, athletic, beautiful. Sadly, they are boring, boring, boring!!! I never knew so much about characters - for instance, exactly how they take their tea and why - without finding anything to like. If the two main characters dropped dead, I could not have cared less. And the vampire love interest. What is there to love? Ugh. This author really has no ability to create characters OR to create an interesting plot.
I'm not sure, but she was the only decent thing in this offering.
The ones from the first page to the last. Really. I cannot tell you how completely boring this was. I had to keep fighting to listen and often lost.
Just do not waste your time and money. Also, I wish I could figure out what the listeners who liked it found to enjoy....
I don't know what else to say but that this book was utterly devoid of action or clever clues that lead you astray so that you can be surprised when you finally learn whodunnit. You just don't care whodunnit.
i wish I could get my credit back.
Someone who gives you some indication when there is a change of speaker in a dialogue between characters. I kept getting confused.
Um, just the stuff between the front and back covers.
Save your money.
Jo Nesbo just gets better and better!!! If you like Nesbo's Harry Hole series, then you must read this one. It is a ride and a half. I kept thinking that I couldn't take it anymore, but you just cannot stop listening.
A word about John Lee: I am in love with this man as a narrator. Absolutely the best.
Several, but all would be spoilers, so...I will keep them to myself.
SO many!! And this is as perfect as all the others. He is the best.
Listen. You will not regret it.
So, I have to say up front that I really hate the way this woman performs a book. Her voice is grating and she will suddenly increase her volume the moment anything is meant to be getting dramatic. If you are listening with earbuds, it's especially awful! I just cannot listen to any more books read by her.
This production, though, was worse than usual because of all the editing errors. What the hell?! On many occasions she says something over and over, I suppose trying to get it right, but the wrong ones were never edited out. She even makes an aside or two. Very confusing and so annoying. Maybe if it had been free, I could have overlooked these, but it is unprofessional to put a book so poorly edited out for people to purchase.
The story...seriously, I got so annoyed with the grating voice and the poor editing that my experience of the book was just ruined. I do think it is a good story line. But I won't be reading any more Nina Borg books because of this poorly produced one.
She detracted SO much, as I stated. I can just never listen to a book read by her, I guess. Hate her voice and way of reading.
A desire to have my money back.
I would - and do - wholeheartedly recommend it!
There are SOOOO many simply fabulous, unique, entertaining characters, but, as it is told from the perspective of Saleem, and he is funny, smart, clever, confused, curious and every other appealing adjective you can think of, he wins my deepest affection.
No, but you can bet I will now! He performs this book as if he were channeling it - as if he were creating it. His different voices are wonderful. I really can't say enough about how terrific he is, so I won't even try.
Again, Saleem. Though, again, the 'pages' are peopled with such rich, fleshy, funny, sad characters that one could easily compile a list.
I really cannot recommend this highly enough. It is a world to get lost in - a world that often feels more real than the real world. I had heard so much about Rushdie's masterful writing, but I could not have imagined just how worthy he is of that praise. This book will last forever and I know I will listen again and again. Don't pass it up!
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