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Julia

Desperately waiting in anticipation of the next Harry Hole

Booragoon, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Aurelio Zen: Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Dibdin
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Inspector Zen has a problem: an impossible murder, recorded on the closed-circuit video of Oscar Burolo's top-security Sardinian fortress. As Zen gets to work, he is once again plunged into a menacing and violent world where his own life is soon at risk.

    Lee Chemel says: "Dibdin and Zen and Kitchen...a great combo"
    "Well written and well narrated"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, particularly if they have been to Rome or Sardinia


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously has to be Zen, tries his best to be high moralled but really just wants an easy life without having to put in too much effort


    What about Michael Kitchen’s performance did you like?

    It took me a while to get into Kitchens style but have since bought another in the series. It's worth persevering because he is a great fit to Zen's laid back personality.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No I listen while commuting by bus.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to more books in the series but it's disappointing there are gaps. I would like to know why.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    The murder has been solved. But has justice been done? Harry Hole is back in Oslo. He's been away for some time, but his ghosts have a way of catching up with him. The case that brings him back is already closed. There is no room for doubt: The young junkie was shot dead by a fellow addict. The police don’t want him back....Denied permission to reopen the investigation, Harry strikes out on his own.

    Andre says: "A masterpiece of a crime novel !"
    "Is this the End"
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    What made the experience of listening to Phantom: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 9 the most enjoyable?

    The way Nesbo toys with the reader. A conversation, a scene, a character... he leads you masterfully to think one way, who is speaking, who you are looking at, but it is artful misdirection.


    What other book might you compare Phantom: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 9 to and why?

    The other Harry Hole novels.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to Sean Barrett narrating Henning Mankell's Wallender but having listened now of all 9 Hole novels Sean Barrett IS Harry Hole. He captures the flawed, disillusioned Harry as he has aged over since 'The Bat' He has become more world weary with each novel yet you still want him to finally the find peace he dare not hope for.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes but wouldn't that be a spoiler? Rackel waiting at the airport.


    Any additional comments?

    Jo Nesbo's writing, Don Barlett's terrific translations, and Sean Barretts narration. one hell of a team! Long may you continue and bring on the next HH asap please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Karin Fossum
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Eva is walking by the river one afternoon when a body floats to the surface of the icy water. She tells her daughter to wait patiently while she calls the police, but when she reaches the phone box Eva dials another number altogether. The dead man, Egil, has been missing for months, and it doesn't take long for Inspector Sejer and his team to establish that he was the victim of a very violent killer. But the trail has gone cold.

    Rollin says: "Complex, subtle and satisfying mystery"
    "Disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Karin Fossum and/or David Rintoul?

    Probably not.


    If you’ve listened to books by Karin Fossum before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first


    What didn’t you like about David Rintoul’s performance?

    I found the his style irritating. I enjoy his screen performances but constant stress on on the penultimate word in the sentence was annoying.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In the Darkness?

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    On the whole .... disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Headhunters

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    Roger Brown has it all. He's the country's most successful headhunter. He has a beautiful wife and a magnificent house. And to maintain this lifestyle, he's also a highly accomplished art thief. At a gallery opening, his wife introduces him to Clas Greve. Not only is Greve the perfect candidate for a position with one of Roger's high-profile clients, he is also in possession of 'The Calydonian Boar Hunt' by Rubens, one of the most sought-after paintings in the world.

    Joseph says: "I'm Hooked"
    "Nesbo's black humour reigns"
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    What made the experience of listening to Headhunters the most enjoyable?

    Sean Barretts narration as always is the perfect voice for Nesbo's anti-heros


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Time differential between the deaths in the apartment not being considered seriously by the police was a weak link in the plot.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes excellent as always.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A slight smile at the end when the twist is revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this whilst suffering withdrawal symptoms from finishing the last Harry Hole novel 'Phantom' Some of the extreme escapes require the reader to suspend belief but on the whole Another excellent effort from Nesbo and Barrett the perfect team!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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