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A Darker Shade of Sweden | [John-Henri Holmberg]

A Darker Shade of Sweden

Ever since Stieg Larsson shone a light on the brilliance of Swedish crime writing with his acclaimed and best-selling Millennium trilogy, listeners around the world have sought out and devoured the crime fiction of his countrymen (and women), many of whom have proved to be some of the greatest masters of the genre. In this landmark and unique publication, Sweden's most distinguished and best-loved crime writers have contributed stories to an anthology that promises to thrill even the most jaded mystery listener.
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Publisher's Summary

Ever since Stieg Larsson shone a light on the brilliance of Swedish crime writing with his acclaimed and best-selling Millennium trilogy, listeners around the world have sought out and devoured the crime fiction of his countrymen (and women), many of whom have proved to be some of the greatest masters of the genre. In this landmark and unique publication, Sweden's most distinguished and best-loved crime writers have contributed stories to an anthology that promises to thrill even the most jaded mystery listener.

Containing 17 stories, all never before published in English, A Darker Shade of Sweden illuminates the shadow side of this beguiling country as never before, and promises to be among the most highly anticipated crime fiction of the season.

©2014 John-Henri Holmberg (P)2014 HighBridge Company

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    Cindy Olympia, Wa 12-01-14
    Cindy Olympia, Wa 12-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not enough stories"

    To much blah blah blah, not enough of the stories. They only way I made it through the book is I thought the next chapter would be better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy LA GRANDE, OR, United States 08-25-14
    Nancy LA GRANDE, OR, United States 08-25-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A Mediocre Collection of Boring"

    I kept listening to this assortment of dull crime stories, hoping that one would actually be good. My hope was never realized. The only interesting part was my cat's reaction to the 'mysterious' music that was played in between each story; it scared the heck out of her.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 08-16-14
    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 08-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very uneven collection with some gems (see below)"

    1. Tove Alsterdahl: Reunion
    Meandering, atmospheric tale of a group of school friends reuniting as middle aged women. Can't quite decide if it's a ghost-story or a murder mystery. 3*
    2. Ralph and Silla Borland: He liked his Hair
    Incomprehensible story with minimal plotline that was a serial killer story?
    Vampire novel? Werewolf novel? Not helped by the glacial pace of the narration. Thank God this was a short story! 1*
    3. Aka Edvardson: Never in real Life
    Terrific story of a couple's summer vacation turning out not to be quite what it looks like… 5*
    4. inger Freemansson: In our darkened house
    Excellent nugget about a woman's revenge on her former coworkers. 4*
    5. Eva Gabrielson: Paul's last summer
    Slight tale of a premature tombstone. 2*
    6. Ana Johnsson: The Ring
    Bullied child uses "The Ring" to give him courage and gets more than he bargained for. 4*
    7. Asa Larsson: The Mail Run
    Standard story of murder, misdirection and suspect wrongly accused/convicted by prejudice, but well told in a frontier mining town with medieval morals 4*
    8. Stieg Larsson: Brain Power
    Cautionary tale with the theme of "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" taken to an extreme. Interesting idea, but you can see that the writer was young and immature since the characters are poorly developed. 3*
    9. Henning Mankshall and Hagen Nesser: an unlikely meeting
    Plotless story of two Swedish crime writers and their fictitious inspectors meeting on Christmas Eve. 1*
    10. Magnus Montellius: An Alibi for Señor Venegas
    Excellent tale of small time, petty politician manipulated into a false murder confession. 5*
    11. Dag Orland: Something in his Eyes
    Terrific morally ambiguous story of a repressive father and a daughter's fall from a balcony. Was it murder or was it suicide? 5*
    12. Maryland Persson Jolito: Day and Night my Keeper Be
    Strong character study, but depressing tale of a missing child. *4
    13. May Huval and Per Walu: The Multimillionaire
    Silly, pointless story about the start of the career of a minor con artist, who became a millionaire. It's beyond me what this story is doing in this collection since it contains neither murder nor mystery. It certainly wouldn't convince me to read the novels of the authors, who are reportedly Sweden's most famous and enduring crime writing couple. 1*
    14. Sara Stridsberg: Diary Braun
    A major disappointment after all the positive reviews. The story seems to consist mostly of endless descriptions of how she is getting rid of her jewelry and clothing while preparing for death 2*
    15. Johann Theoren: Revenge of the Virgin
    Skeletons in a rowboat. not much to it. Meh. 2*
    16. Veronica von Schenck - Eitreia. an author to keep track of. Unfortunately, her books are only available in Swedish. Terrific story of an art dealer turned art fraud expert. I would love to read more of this author’s stories. 5*
    17. Katerina Wenstahm:Too Late Shall the Sinner Awaken. Outstanding short story featuring a lesbian detective, Charlotta Lund, who is told the solution to an unsolved murder of a teenage boy that happened 25 years ago. 5*

    I particularly loved the intros to each of the stories, which gave background information on the writers. I will try to read some of the novels by these writers, if they are available in English, since I generally prefer novels to short stories.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    RF Lexington, KY USA 01-13-15
    RF Lexington, KY USA 01-13-15 Listener Since 2010
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    "It never gets better"

    Even when you hope the next one is different, It never gets better. Each one is So very very boring




    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 12-25-14
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 12-25-14 Member Since 2006

    71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.

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    "Mixed reviews"

    As with any collection os short stories, some are good and some not. Actually more "not."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rita 08-19-14
    Rita 08-19-14
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    "Flat and predictible"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Found the padding about biographies repetitious and too long, as if the editor had to sell the writers as good. Stories were too predictible with shallow characters. If this is the best of Swedish crime fiction, it is mostly mediocre.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John-Henri Holmberg again?

    Probably not.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 08-19-14
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 08-19-14

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

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    "Highschool Writer's Delight"

    This anthology of mystery writers hits the mark if you are a 7th grade English teacher and like the things your students come up with: simple, non-sensical, discordant, and BORING. If this is an example of Swedish creative writing, I will stick with the Norwegians.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 04-10-15
    michele Lancaster, OH, United States 04-10-15 Member Since 2013

    I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.

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    "Interesting short stories"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did enjoy it, although I was disappointed since many parts were anti-God. Most of the characters were messed up and held little hope, so I guess it stands to reason this was from a God - less perspective.


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

    It was a collection of short stories from the "darker" side, so what can you do with that?


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators were really great. The "bridge" music between the stories was really cool too. Tavia Gilbert is a favorite.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I think these stories could inspire a new re-make of "The Twilight Zone" television series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 03-23-15
    Bruce Fort Pierce, FL, United States 03-23-15 Member Since 2014

    Retired Reader

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    "Loved this"

    I have become obsessed with the nordic police procedurals. Iceland - Norway - Sweden - have all been awesome - this compilation was well worth the listen and I learned a lot

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie A. Mitnick 02-07-15

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    "Not the best Sweden has to offer."

    A couple of excellent short stories, several really terrible short stories, and a whole lot of just plain mediocre short stories, some of which are neither noir or crime fiction. In between, endless repetitive drivel about the authors. Save yourself the time and the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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