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Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense Audiobook

Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense: Thora Gudmundsdottir, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

At a university in Reykjavík, the body of a young German student is discovered, his eyes cut out and strange symbols carved into his chest. Police waste no time in making an arrest, but the victim's family isn't convinced that the right man is in custody. They ask Thóra Gudmundsdóttir, an attorney and single mother of two, to investigate. It isn't long before Thóra and her associate, Matthew Reich, uncover the deceased student's obsession with Iceland's grisly history of torture, execution, and witch hunts. But there are very contemporary horrors hidden in the long, cold shadow of dark traditions. And for two suddenly endangered investigators, nothing is quite what it seems...and no one can be trusted.

©2007 Yrsa Sigurdardóttir (P)2016 Tantor

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    Joan Corb New Hampshire 08-24-16
    Joan Corb New Hampshire 08-24-16 Member Since 2006

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    "Thought it would be better........."
    Would you try another book from Yrsa Sigurdardottir and/or Elizabeth Wiley?

    What disappointed me in this book--and I am a huge fan of Scandinavian and Icelandic novels, was that first of all, the story line lacked any strength to get you involved right away. Secondly the pace of the plot became tedious, a flat line with nothing being revealed that would hold one's attention or anticipation.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Yrsa Sigurdardottir again?

    I strongly doubt unless the author tightens up her plot line and makes it much more interesting, less plodding,and a bit more surprising.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The other reason I did not like this audio was the narrator. Her inflections were very distracting. Ms Wiley would elevate her voice in the middle of a sentence, giving the impression of a lack of seriousness to the thought of the sentence.


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

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lori United States 08-17-16
    Lori United States 08-17-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Decent story, not great narration"

    This book is mediocre . I did not give up on it but also was not waiting in anticipation to get back to it every day... The narrator does the 2 main characters well but all the secondary characters especially the little girl and teenage son were almost unbearable . Fortunately they were not in the story a lot !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. William J. Kass Albuquerque, NM USA 07-22-16
    Dr. William J. Kass Albuquerque, NM USA 07-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "looking forward to Book 2"
    What did you love best about Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense?

    I appreciated the information and descriptions of Iceland and its culture.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Last Rituals: A Novel of Suspense?

    Memorable moments does not strike me as a helpful category because there are seldom any.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Wiley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I thought the performance was excellent. She kept the characters distinct.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, as I said, the special moment inquiry is annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Audible makes it a point to acquire other works by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    faithfulreader 09-05-16
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    "Excellent book ruined by extremely poor narration"
    Would you try another book from Yrsa Sigurdardottir and/or Elizabeth Wiley?

    By the author yes; by the narrator, never


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration had an oddly flippant quality that ruined the experience of the novel. The two central characters -- Thora, the attorney who is the lead character in the series, an the German man she meets through the case, are serious, intelligent, interesting characters who were utterly trivialized by the narrator's silly, affected voice. In addition, the narrator's use of a comic-opera German accent was just awful. It was very difficult to understand and sounded like something from a 1930's movie. I believe the narration did an enormous disservice to the novel and I cannot understand how the publisher agreed to release it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book itself is very good. It's an interesting picture of life in Iceland for a single professional woman and mother. It has a plausible romantic subplot and the mystery itself is absorbing. The translation is good too -- flows well. it is just unlistenable.


    Any additional comments?

    I simply don't get how such an awful narration was approved and published.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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