Iceland’s best-selling novelist and a winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award, Arnaldur Indridason is an international phenomenon highly regarded for his engrossing crime fiction. In Hypothermia, Inspector Erlendur contends with personal demons while investigating a woman’s suicide. Although there are no signs of foul play, Erlendur gradually exposes a sinister plot.
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“… psychologically astute, beautifully told, and filled with insight into matters of life and death.” (Booklist, starred review)
This was a really great listen. I had my doubts for the first five minutes or so, as the story begins and the setting is described. There were so many Icelandic place names, and each so long that it seemed that Mr. Guidall, who I think is a very fine narrator, was reading nothing else. I was intrigued, but felt that it was a distraction to hear them all on audio, that maybe it would be better to just read the book. Well, this distraction soon passed (or I got used to it), in any event, Indridason's tale soon has you completely in its thrall. The details of the case, the clues develop slowly, with Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson painstakingly interviewing an ever widening group of individuals, all the while denying that he is really conducting an official investigation at all. It's just him, out there on his own, asking quiet questions, and more quiet questions. You are inside his head, and it's a very interesting place to be. In some ways it reminded me just a bit of Columbo, in that you have a detective who seems to be a bit dense at times, perhaps, and certainly in dogged pursuit of the truth, in a way that those in his headlights seem exasperated by. Why won't Erlandur just go away? What is he after? You feel the discomfort of being under his microscope more and more as the story develops.
I thought it was great, and can't wait for Audible to purchase the rights to the rest of the series.
I like mysteries, but this writer does something more. Arnauldur Indridason's stories are thought provoking long after the book is finished. This tale creeps up on you. This is my favorite Inspector Erlender story and the narrator does an excellent job with the characters and the Icelandic names. The end was very moving.
I hope Audible will procure more of Indridason's books. Really excellent!
I love Erlendur. He is so determined. Please we need more Indridason on Audible.com
His voice is so soothing.
I think I expected something different after reading some of the Wallender series and the Girl of the Dragon Tatoo. I realize this is stereotyping (Scandinavian) but I found this book totally boring. I am halfway through and have given up. The plot drags and the characters are uninteresting.
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
I was looking forward to this book, but.... I have no plans to buy any more of this author's books. It was almost painful to listen to and I am pretty sure I was listening to the same book that others found compelling, but it never connected with me and about half way through, I had to put it on double time to finish it. It never got any better. Just not one for me.
Very slow start and it never picks up. You can't care about the characters, because the author doesn't develop them or the story. Disappointing as I've read other books by this author that were interesting.
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