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 went to Iceland and toured it recently and I thought this would be a nice complement to that trip. I was right. I don't want to give away the story here - almost anything is a spoiler - but suffice it to say that the author uses seemingly unrelated incidents in the book to resolve the mystery. It's kind of quirky in that regard, but ultimately satisfying. Having been to Iceland it was easy for me to recognize the settings and appreciate the characters. Audible has this book a part of a series, but it seems to be a stand alone story in my opinion. The narrator did a nice job with the Icelandic names and place names. So the bottom line - this book is unusual for a mystery, but satisfying. I gave it four stars because the first half of the book was a bit confusing. I'm not sure if there was another way to write it, but I'm glad I stuck with it.
There was no sense of urgency in the story.
The premise seemed good on the surface, but I never found a compelling connection with any of the key charactors.
George did another super job in narration; I purposely listened to the story because he usually is tied to such good books. His Icelandic language skills were amazing.
Avoid this book.
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This is a new author for me. The setting in Iceland is also different.
Erlendur joins other literary police detectives that are exprienced, follow their instincts, don't always get along well with others, and seem to do as they please. Of course his persistence pays off. He solves a crime and two disappearances and seems to be confronting his own demon as the book comes to an end. Since there will be no prosecutions after all of his work and he still has to come to terms with a lifelong personal issue, it seems that the book could end at a low point. However the author deals with it appropriately and the end is satisfying.
George Guidall is an excellent narrator.
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.
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.
I love Erlendur. He is so determined. Please we need more Indridason on Audible.com
His voice is so soothing.
It's always interesting to see how different people's minds come up with different ideas in life. To write about wanting to die and how to 'try to do it medically' is a fascinating subject to most of us in the civilized world.
Indridason does a fantastic job of creating the visual story in ones mind to follow along as the plot twists and turns. Leading you off on a different direction, you think you know what comes next and then it's a little twist again with another small surprise. Well done. I'd read another one of his books again soon.
The title says it all for me. Hypothermia. This book simply left me cold. One of the underlying themes is the question of life after death with the main character firmly mired in disbelief. I can respect that. But it does seem that a little more life before death might be indicated! On the plus side, George Guidall does a great job with material that is both slow and melancholy.
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