Yes. Nesbo is great at transporting you to the scene. This was a very taut and nicely paced thriller.
The others in the series featuring Harry Hole; however, this was unique in that it dealt with the drug underworld.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. Wonderfully paced. I think Sachs made the book more enjoyable for me.
Great from beginning to end. Never a lull in the action.
This sounded like an interesting premise and I really thought I had stumbled upon something quite fabulous after reading the reviews but, in the end, this was simply not for me. I think the whole fantasy/police inspector hybrid was just too unbelievable as written. Aaronvitch just went too far. I thought the "I see dead people and they guide me in my job" was a great concept but then when he started mixing in mythology I think he overplayed his hand.
The narration was actually the best part of the book.
The narrator! Sexy voice.
The actresses/narrators made this better than it actually is. Don't get me wrong - it's a good book - I actually enjoyed it more than Gone Girl. But the narrators are spectacular and they really made it great. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if I had simply read it. There were many instances where I simply couldn't stop listening to it because I was so drawn in. Amazing job by this trio. Very well cast.
Gone Girl, of course, for the "unreliable narrator" angle but this was done much better in my opinion. But, also like Gone Girl, no one in this book is likeable so it's hard to feel empathy for any of them. And it also "jumps the shark" at the end.
No - but they were all spectacular.
This is a great example of how much narration impacts an audible book. This was perfectly cast.
Mark Billingham is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers and it's especially a treat to have the author narrate his own work. He really understands these characters.
Cleeves' writing style is apparently just not my cup of tea. Long on figuration, short on action. But what really killed it for me was the narrator. It reminded of the original "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" narrated by Boris Karloff. Not good. :) I made it through 10 chapters and then threw in the towel. My attention span simply requires more action and/or a different pace.
An editor and a different narrator. Even turned up a notch in speed it was too slow and plodding. And with her writing style, a narrator who can really grab you is required because she really drags everything out. Maybe her stuff just doesn't translate to spoken word well.
I think it was simply a bad narrator/material match. He read too slowly. When the material is slow and plodding, the narration needs to be more energetic or it's a snooze.
No. Hill is a good writer but she needs editing. It is almost tedious to listen to. In fact, I upped the speed to 1.5 just to get through it quicker. I was on chapter 20 and wondering when something was going to happen. At chapter 44 I was still wondering.
Hill weaves many plot lines together. That's usually not a bad thing but her characters have such similar names - Sharon, Simon, Serrailler, Sandy, Sloane, etc., etc. that it gets a little hard to follow. Maybe this isn't an issue when you're reading, but when you're listening it gets tiresome. And it unwraps itself SO slowly. TOO slowly. Maybe I just prefer more action-packed police procedurals, i.e. Hayder, Robotham, Billiingham, etc. This is my first and last Hill.
Hill is a good writer. She reminds me of Louise Penny in with her gentle, figurative writing style. But even Penny's books have more action than this snoozer. Pacey's performance was better than the material he was given.
A different narrator! Wincott is so sing-songing and "posh" it's grating. I got through about five chapters and then had to stop. I'll skip the next Hayder too simply to avoid his performance.
I didn't get through enough of it to judge.
Mr. Wincott's voice is lovely but ill-suited to the material.
None I can think of.
Yes, but I would be very selective about who I recommended this to. This was my first Hayder and I was frankly surprised that Mo Hayder is a woman. Her books are very violent with a large helping of gratuitous sex thrown in. Some of her situations are downright cringe worthy.
I couldn't stop listening. I had to get to the end. Every time you think you have it figured out, something else gets thrown in.
No, but he's spectacular. I was really annoyed that I got to Hayder #3 and she switched narrators on me. He's just so good.
I just love a damaged leading man! And Jack Caffery is the perfect protagonist in that regard. He's f'd up, for sure. :)
Not for the faint of heart.
Yes. I thought it was so interesting that Nesser completely set his main character aside (Detective Van Veeteren) and focused on Munster. It literally is Munster's Case. The story is really good and the narration superb.
Just an opportunity to see Munster fully developed. This is a really good series.
No. I've read all of Nesser's work on my Kindle. This was my first Nesser audible download I believe. Vance does an amazing job of moving between characters. I look forward to his future work.
Yes, because the narration is simply that good.
Carl Mørck is a great character. He is not AS flawed as many of the detectives in other Nordic crime series. I would call him a less messy Harry Hole (Jo Nesbo).
Any time Mørck interacts with his co-workers. He's hysterical.
I couldn't even finish it because the narrator sounded too mature for the role of Katniss and basically seemed miscast.
Yes. I purchased it because I liked the movie treatment of the first book (I actually hadn't read the first book). I don't think I'll be buying any more YA fiction - either for my Kindle or on Audible.
After seeing the movie version of the first book, I was expecting the narrator to sound more youthful.
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