I was hesitant prior to purchasing this book.
In 1976 I was a 10 year-old living in Australia in the middle of the Abba hysteria. I can still the remember the seemingly unending weeks when the Countdown #1 spot was occupied by 'Fernando'. The radio was saturated with Abba tunes. I was not a fan. (Although the Norman Gunston spoofs provided some relief!)
But over the years I've come to appreciate how gifted these musicians are. And to hear the story behind the group was fascinating.
This book is very well written and thoroughly researched, the narration is spot-on and easy to listen to over the course 26 hours.
The only change I would like to see would be the inclusion of excerpts of the songs to which the writer refers.
So even if you have only the slightest interest in this book, don't hesitate to download and listen.
Having started in the middle of series and working my way to the end, I'm really pleased that Audible now has most of the Nic Costa series available.
This is a solid start, and its interesting to see where the characters had come from. Now...onto book 2.
I loved this book. For once, my commute wasn't long enough!
The story is great, and the narrator good. In fact I enjoyed it so much, I've got hold of the TV series the book was based on to see where David Hewson made changed.
Overall a very enjoyable book and highly recommended.
Did something get lost during the translation from Swedish to English? I don't know, but you can tell there is a really good story here. It's just that large parts of the writing really let it down, at least in this English-language version.
Certainly the overly 'voice-over' narration didn't help. I made it through to the end of this first book in the trilogy, but it was hard going in places. Hard enough that I'm not tempted to come back for more.
This is another enjoyable (if a little convoluted) Nic Costa book. The core of the story was a little overly complex at times, but I did enjoy seeing the development of the regular characters.
The only thing a really didn't like was there was no resolution between the Blue Demon and this book. I thought this would have covered a book by itself. Instead it was glossed over with a single paragraph, and that made me a little confused that I'd missed a book in the series.
But overall this was pretty good. If Audible has the earlier Nic Costa series available then I'd get them, but unfortunately I've come to the end of the series. So thank David Hewson; I just wish I could listen to the first half of the series.
After a bit of disappointment with Dantes Numbers, Hewson was back to form with this book. Maybe the stories are getting a little overly complicated, but it had plenty of meat, lots of interesting new characters and all of the regular characters.
I just wish I could listen to some of the earlier books, which are not available on Audible.
Definitely not as good as the previous book in the series. Felt the change of location overtook the importance of the story. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either.
Even though this is in the middle of the 'Nic Costa' series, I found this book easy to engage with from the first chapter. A great murder-mystery set in Rome, I enjoyed it from start to finish. The question is now, do I read the next book in the series, or start from the beginning...
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Yes. I found it hard to switch it off.
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