Although "A Spot of Bother" can't compare to Hadden's fabulous "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" it is still an entertaining and endearing story. This book reminds me a lot of the work of Nick Hornby with it's quirky British characters and laugh-out-loud details.
The American narrator butchers this book by creating horrid fake Danish accents for the dialogue. He sounds like a sick, slowed-down Arnold Schwarzenegger imitator.
I also wonder about the translation -- some sentences used words in odd ways and I hope that there are not as many trite phrases in the original. The story was quite good and I liked some of the characters but I wish I had read rather than listened to the book.
I never read books of this genre but was intrigued by the positive reviews I read on audible. The story, narration and characters exceeded my expectations. I couldn't turn off my ipod and listened late into the night. This story would make a great movie and I hope it hits the big screen sometime. I appreciated the humorous dialogue and the interesting range of characters. The narrator does a great job of giving consistent, unique voices to each character.
I loved hearing the backstory of Harry Hole after reading all of the later books. The narrator was an unfortunate choice because most of the characters are Australian and he can only occasionally provide a sentence or two of a passable Aussie accent. This weakness detracted from the listening experience to the point I wished I'd read instead of listened to the novel. The plot is engaging, with lots of fun twists, although it falls apart a bit at the end. The romance is a nice plot line as well -- but has many weaknesses towards the end of the book. Nesbo does a great job explaining and showing sides of Australia and the tales told in the book are delightful.
This book crept up on me until I was quite engaged. Much more of a psychological portrait of a midwestern community than a murder mystery. The author did a good job of writing from multiple points of view. The climax goes on and on and on... I'm surprised that this book won an Edgar but I look forward to more novels from Roy.
I downloaded this book on a whim, not knowing what to expect. If you'd asked me before listening to Alexander's story I would have said that no afterlife exists. However, this is a compelling and convincing portrait of an experience -- an amazing and wonderful experience -- while the author was in a coma and had no apparent brain activity. What happy news!
This is an engaging addition to Connelly's great series. Both plots kept my attention and it is fun to watch Bosch's daughter become a wise-beyond-her-years teen.
I've read and enjoyed all of Jo Nesbo's books but I found this one too long. Twist, after twist, after twist became tedious. I could have used a few less characters and a few less hours of narration. Didn't really appreciate the rat's point of view either.
Robin Sachs did his usual wonderful job narrating.
This book conveys tone, character and mood in ways that call to mind The Great Gatsby, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Catcher in the Rye and The Bell Jar. It is great fun. But deep. And an anthem to New York City in 1938. I predict that this tale of young Katy Kontent will become a best seller and a classic.
The last novel I felt this way about was "The Help".
One of the worst audio books I've ever listened to. Verbose melodrama that should have been left in Coben's bedside drawer. Thank goodness his work improved after this first mess -- why has he foisted it on us now?
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