A better story, a better narrator. Unbelievably tedious and boring. Tried to listen thinking this might get better but had to return it.
Terrible book. I cringed throughout. The dialogue and writing were so predictable and formula. Who gives these books 5 stars?
I doubt it
Page one through the end of the book
Oh where to begin? Why can't I rate it zero or negative 5 stars? I am a huge fan of Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole detective collection and Steig Larson's Dragon Tattoo series so when listeners likened this book and the subsequent novels of this author to those, I was intrigued. Were they ever wrong! This book is horrible in so many aspects. First of all the writing is simply childish, dull and intensely predictable. I found myself completing one cliche after another before it was even uttered. The protagonist, Carl Mork, is unlikeable, a slacker with no depth. Actually not a single character had much depth but how could they with writing so simple-minded and boring?
The author attempts to interject humor. Oh lord, please help me, is all I can say! Dry, dead-witted and so on. I stopped and asked myself, "Really, did I just hear that? Was it supposed to be funny?"
To top it off, I can't think of a narrator that made me cringe each time he launched into his impressions of what a Norwegian should sound like. Does he really think changing "we" to "vee" and using some stereotypically ridiculous somewhat German lilt will make us think we are in Norway listening to Norwegian detectives? Why in the name of good narration would someone attempt to fake these accents? If a work is translated from its native language into English, read the story without the Hogan's Heroes Colonel Klink affectations. Who thought this was a good idea?
Anyway, I slogged through 2 hours of this drivel hoping the story might get better, hoping I could get used to the narration, hoping I'd stop rolling my eyes, hoping for some redeeming quality such as a story line, but I just had to stop, call Audible and politely ask for a refund.
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