Hypothermia: A Reykjavik Thriller Audiobook | Arnaldur Indridason | Audible.com
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Hypothermia: A Reykjavik Thriller | [Arnaldur Indridason]

Hypothermia: A Reykjavik Thriller

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Arnaldur Indridason (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

“… psychologically astute, beautifully told, and filled with insight into matters of life and death.” (Booklist, starred review)

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    Bill Harrisonburg, VA, United States 07-18-11
    Bill Harrisonburg, VA, United States 07-18-11 Member Since 2006
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    "More, please"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    J Stone Ridge, New York, United States 06-08-11
    J Stone Ridge, New York, United States 06-08-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Suicide is a Missing Person's Case too."

    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!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Baltimore, Md, United States 12-05-13
    Diane Baltimore, Md, United States 12-05-13 Member Since 2002
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    "I kept trying to like this"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bike Commuter Minneapolis 12-31-13
    Bike Commuter Minneapolis 12-31-13 Member Since 2012

    bike commuter

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    "ho-hum"
    What would have made Hypothermia better?

    There was no sense of urgency in the story.


    What was most disappointing about Arnaldur Indridason’s story?

    The premise seemed good on the surface, but I never found a compelling connection with any of the key charactors.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 12-28-13
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Persistence pays off!"

    The publisher's summary is sufficient.

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Horn Bear, DE 05-02-12
    Cynthia Horn Bear, DE 05-02-12 Member Since 2006
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    "More Indridason"
    What made the experience of listening to Hypothermia the most enjoyable?

    I love Erlendur. He is so determined. Please we need more Indridason on Audible.com


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    His voice is so soothing.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne Adrian, OR, United States 12-06-13
    Marianne Adrian, OR, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2009

    GroovyMC

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    "Well Named"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 07-21-12
    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 07-21-12 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Thank goodness for the double time option"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Fowles Boise, Idaho United States 11-02-11
    Charlotte Fowles Boise, Idaho United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Slow"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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