From the internationally best-selling author of the Harry Hole novels comes this short, lyrical tale of a man on the run from a crime lord's deadly retribution, lost far beyond the Arctic Circle, where the sun remains in the sky for months on end.
A wayward hitman, mourning a recent loss, arrives in a tiny town on Norway's far northeastern border. He calls himself Ulf and gives a halfhearted excuse for his presence, but the locals, who seem as if out of a folk story from a previous century, ask him few questions and supply him with food, shelter, and a gun.
In his previous life, Ulf worked as a fixer for The Fisherman, one of the cruelest drug kings in Oslo, a man whose reach spans the globe. After acting foolishly (but out of mercy and desperation), Ulf has now become the man his boss needs fixed. Can this strange town - and especially a curious, lonely boy with his taciturn mother - offer Ulf a chance at redemption while he awaits the arrival of those who would hunt him down?
©2015 Jo Nesbo (P)2015 Random House Audio
I don't know where to begin - the list is too long.
obviously one of Nesbo's losers, maybe an early story? marketed to us based on an assumption that fans of his better work will buy anything
anyone at all
A perfectly awful reader, given a lame, amateurish story to read. You must think we aren't paying attention.
I like Jo Nesbo and have listened to all his books but his one is 1) boring 2) too short for the money. Less than 6 hours but full priced - James Lee Burke and C.J. Box deliver better stories and longer enjoyment.
No, but will not pre-order in the future. Will wait for other review.
Slow paced, not bad but slow
Seeking the Truth
We all want to spread our wings at times and perform something different than where our talents normally take us. This is what Jo Nesbo and the narrator tried to do, and both failed miserably. The female narrator, Kim Gordon, spoke in the same irritatingly slow cadence with a monotone voice no matter what action was taking place -- and I use the word "action" here very loosely since no real energy or vitality occurs in the story -- and it was often quite difficult to discern which character was speaking. Nesbo, one of my favorite authors, essentially tried to convey a love story set in a cult-like atmosphere in his native land, which was neither interesting nor held the listener's attention. Quite a disappointment on every level.
I regret buying this book! The book is boring and some of that is because of the person narrating the story! Horrible job!
No. Narration dull monotonous
No because of narration. A departure from previous Nesbo
No. Like a highschool kid reading aloud. No drama.
I could not relax and enjoy this book. The primary character is male--which took me awhile to confirm. The narrator Kim Gordon is so monotone--her voice barely changing throughout the read- I could hardly distinguish when characters changed. I found it disconcerting from start to finish. The actual story is unlike the other Nesbo books I've read (I love Nesbo and have read all the books). A bit like a fairytale--but without the grab of other Nesbo books. Without the incentive to hold on and progress to 'find out' what comes next. Very disappointing. I thought multiple times of stopping the listen--but because it is a short book--continued. Never to be drawn in. Sorry, Nesbo--I didn't enjoy it.
Monotone and female character reading for male character without changing her voice to indicate change in speaker.
Why can't we have a compelling narrator for these books. This female reader sounded as though her xanax and ambien got mixed up or combined. I am a big Jo Nesbo fan but will be asking for my credit back and reading this one
Terrible, a one off by Nesbo. Why the main character, a male hit man, is read by a woman is beyond awful. And story is not strong enough to have paid for this book.
Definitely not Kim Gordon. First, this needed a male narrator. And secondly, it needed a narrator, not just a reader. I used it to help me sleep at night. Not kidding.
More action. Less introspection. A plot.
It was dull, monotone. Nothing to like.
Not really. I only finished it because I usually love Jo Nesbo and was expecting the story to turn around.
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