The story was outstanding and the author placed the listener into the Post-WW2 era of occupied Germany and Austria. The characters were also excellent and the author took full advantage of the mix of nationalities and occupational personalities. The tenor of the narrative was a little too harsh at times and this was enhanced by the cadences of the narrator. However, this is a part of the "gumshoe" persona, so most folks who enjoy this kind of detective story would not be put off by it. For me, the book was set well and the characters were vivid and entertaining, so it was well worth the purchase and the time.
I enjoyed "The Snowman" from several angles. One of the most appealing characteristics of this detective is that he fails to check things out that you know he is smart enough to have considered but didn't. It is frustrating if you see a path which appears clear but which he does not ponder, but that also makes his character more believable and appealing than most fictional detectives. And he character is at least a third of the story with Hole. This makes his slips an appealing part of the story most of the time. In any event, it is a great read to follow his endeavors to solve the case. Perhaps I did not enjoy this book as much as I did "The Rebreast" because "Redbreast" dipped into a past which has received scant coverage in the US. Setting that aside, "The Snowman" proved an excellent listen and had some very eerie and tense scenes in it. Nesbo developed a compelling plot and Hole is terribly interesting character. I like Sach's reading too. His syncopated rhythm fits the narrative so well that the story seems to flow perfectly with the cadence. Some of his pronunciations are questionable, but overall if I could only keep the one, I would keep his clipped words and drum-beat meter. Overall, this is a great story. Sach's reading is perfect for Hole and Harry is a great fictional character to follow. The other characters have a keen development in the story line. The scenes are well-developed and very tight. The settings could be improved in some instances, but overall they are well-done (again, as compared to "Redbreast," they are not outstanding. I highly recommend this book though, I did not find it as appealing as some of Nesbo's other efforts.
The book started out kind of even/even as far as what I expected. I puzzled out the guilt pretty quickly as far as the story went, however, there were twists I did not see coming at all. As the story developed, it simply just kept getting better. Same with the settings.
As in my last review of a Gunther novel, the reader seemed terse and brisk. In this tale it was less of a problem for me though. It fit very well with the story line. Again, Kerr has made a historical setting come alive in his narrative. Many of the characters were not as developed or as interesting as those in "A German Requiem" and the period does not interest me as much. But the story is as great, if not better than the latter. So far, Kerr's Gunther novels have been worth the money and the time spent.
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