I have listened to all of the Harry Hole series and this one may be one of the best. Harry is still plagued by his demons, but is not controlled by them. This book was a slight surprise because I though the series ended with the last book, but once again Harry Hole manages to escape. He does, however, make a later than normal appearance in this book. It is much less "dark" than many in the series.
If you want to listen to this book, I would suggest starting at the beginning of the series (although you can skip The Bat since that is based in Australia rather than Oslo, Norway) The setting is just as interesting as the characters, so the Oslo based books are much better. Once you start listening, and like the genre, you will be hooked, and wind up using many of your monthly credits by the time you are done.
We have the same characters again, some who will wind up dead or at least maimed, but won't give it away who that would be. Harry once again is the detective who ca figure out the good from the bad guys.
One issue with book, however, is it leaves you a place to exit the series. Again not giving anything away, when the book ends you may find yourself saying, I better stop now because things can only go downhill again, and you want to happy for Harry. This will be the last one I listen to. It's sort of like the Harry Potter series, and all good things must finally come to an end.
Bought #1, #2 and #3 in this series. As good as Hunger Games, Ender's Game and even Girl With a Dragon Tattoo. Rated as YA but as an adult I enjoyed because of all the science. If you have a teen daughter have her listen.
Listened to # 1. Bought #2 and cannot stop listening. Still no sleep. This series is addicting. Great for teens
Okay as a whim I purchased this because it was so inexpensive. Big mistake. Started listening and could not stop. Lost sleep and now I have to buy #2 in series.
I am a fan of these books (James Lee Burke) and love the narration of Will Patton. The problem is if you are addicted to these books, you find yourself listening but associating the character with voices in earlier books. Will Patton has this husky voice he used for Cleet in earlier books and it resurfaces here. So when you listen to this book it's hard not to think that you are not listening to a character that is not even in this book. I suppose that this is the problem with being an "audible" book. If I was James Lee Burke, I would think about this and maybe change the character profile so it incorporates "new" voices, I am sure that Will Patton could so something of asian descent for example.
This book as the title indicates is about brothers. East of Eden refers to the biblical story of Cain and Abel. There are two generations of brothers in this book, with each generation representing "Cain", the the other "Abel." Although it was written decades ago, the storyline is as relevant as ever, just as Shakespeare and Dickens would be. This book is overshadowed by Steinbeck's book "of Mice and Men", but is just as relevant. It combines a great story, historical facts (civil war and early California), and is why Steinbeck won a Nobel Prize. Take a break from trashy novels and listen to this.
I have never read this book. Saw the movie and was in the play in High School (30 years ago). It is a work of artistry with every word fitting together with the next like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. I wish my children would read it. It gets no better than this.
I thought the book was well narrated and excellently written. I did enjoy it, but really think a woman would appreciate it better. I suggested my wife read it. The scenes of elementary school politics were reminiscent of when my children were younger. I suspect those "feelings" exist among women, but most men are oblivious as are the male characters in the book. Most of the men in the book are jerks and half the women are the B word. But parts are really funny.
This is one of the best written, most suspenful books I have listened to in a long time. Quite plausible plot, great charcters, and complex plot that works quite well. At 22 hours of listening pleasure get this book. I could say more but you have to listen for yourself.
Very well written mystery book and I enjoyed it. It is the second in the series and in being so suffers from comparison. I enjoyed this one and the previous but will I continue on? No. I listen to the Prey series b John Sanford which may not be as well written but keeps me coming back for more. This series does not. It was way too redundant with the previous book (book 1). Having said that #1 and #2 in this series are pretty good.
This was a rather good book. I loved the story. It was well written. But it is one of those books that is really tough to follow as an audiobook. There are two major storylines that jump back and forth and then forward and backward in time in a single chapter. If you don't pay attention you will be lost quite quickly.
The book is good and does not end as you would expect. Read this, don't listen.
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