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Snow White Must Die Audiobook

Snow White Must Die

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, January 2013 - With a title like that how can you not be intrigued? Already an international bestseller, Neuhaus's US debut has garnered plenty of pre-release buzz for taking well-worn mystery staples (cold case, small town, unfriendly populace) and artfully weaving them together into something altogether fresh, with a story that keeps readers on their toes till the end. —Michael, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer.

On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace. In a trial based only on circumstantial evidence, twenty-year-old Tobias Sartorius, Rita Cramer's son, was sentenced to ten years in prison. Bodenstein and Kirchhoff discover that Tobias, after serving his sentence, has now returned to his home town. Did the attack on his mother have something to do with his return? In the village, Pia and Oliver encounter a wall of silence. When another young girl disappears, the events of the past seem to be repeating themselves in a disastrous manner. The investigation turns into a race against time, because for the villagers it is soon clear who the perpetrator is - and this time they are determined to take matters into their own hands.

©2010 Nele Neuhaus (P)2012 AudioGO, Ltd.

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    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 01-26-13
    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 01-26-13 Member Since 2016
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    "good book, bad translation"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a great whodunnit mystery, with characters i enjoyed and plot twists which kept me guessing, and an ending that did not disappoint me. However, the story was translated from german, and the language was sometimes clumsy. The translator chose to use american slang where straight english would have been much more appropriate. For example, he frequently refers to prison as ''the joint'' when this term is delivered by a narrator who sounds rather like a mincing and timid math teacher, it sounds pretty silly. Also, since the book is by a german author, it is therefore populated by characters with names i found difficult to remember; Bodenstein, Shnaeberger, Lauterbach, and Freuleigh, kept getting mixed up in my mind. (please forgive the spelling) Despite the occasionally stilted language, and the german names which sometimes frustrated my ability to keep the characters straight, I thought this was an excellent book.I recommend it to anyone who likes a good murder mystery.

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    Dorotha K. Thurner Butler, PA, United States 01-25-13
    Dorotha K. Thurner Butler, PA, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a 62 year old mail carrier who has had her sanity saved by audiobooks

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    "predictable"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    well since i figured it all out in the first hour of listening... i guess a more complicated plot


    What could Nele Neuhaus have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    written it better...his characterizations are very good but it was just so damn predictable


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

    very good narrator... keeps the swedish flavor without losing u in the accent


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

    well if u have not listened to the millenium trilogy then it would be a better listen... i was expecting more... maybe in vain...maybe the trilogy is the best swedish authors have to offer


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Istvan Pensacola, FL, United States 01-24-13
    Istvan Pensacola, FL, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2015
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    "I cannot wait for Audible to release Nele's other"
    Where does Snow White Must Die rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a GREAT read. Finally, after so many simplistic and insipid stories, a truly well written, complex but well crafted detective story. I listened for seven hours, while driving, and had to keep listening for over an hour when I got home, till I could leave the characters. I felt I couldn't leave them hanging by me not listening.
    The narator was very good also and added to the tone and pace of the story.
    Now that the book is done, I'm desperate to repeat the experience.
    Great job, Nele and Audible


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to 11 hours straight but had to get some sleep before I got to the last few hours. If this were 36 hours long it would just as good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    WAYNE L. JONES NEWPORT BEACH, CA, US 01-22-13
    WAYNE L. JONES NEWPORT BEACH, CA, US 01-22-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"

    Quick summary: 10 year old murder(s) events are revived when the convicted killer returns to his home town and residents who are not happy to see him. The story is very character driven, and the first few chapters had so many characters I confess I started listing them to keep track! The plot twists and turns and it was great fun trying to discern who really killed these girls. Just when I was sure I had it figured out, new evidence came to light and sent the reader off in a new direction. The reader was great and added to the enjoyment of this book. I hope they translate more and use the same reader.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sara British Columbia, Canada 01-21-13
    Sara British Columbia, Canada 01-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great mystery import"

    Like many others, I was intrigued by the title, Snow White Must Die. I don't often venture into mystery books, but fortunately my curiousity got the best of me this time. This book, translated from from the German and set in a seemingly quaint German village, quickly shows that village life can be far from idyllic.

    What I loved most about this book was that no one in Tobais's village is what they seem and every member is hiding some kind of secret. Tobais's return to Altenhein quickly sets in motion a chain of events which begins to unravel years' old secrets that when uncovered have the potential to ruin more than one person's life. I found the mystery engaging, suspenseful, and more importantly unpredictable.

    I hope to hear more from the author soon!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Charlestown, RI, United States 01-22-13
    Scott Charlestown, RI, United States 01-22-13 Member Since 2007
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    "See Tobias run. Run Tobias run!"
    What would have made Snow White Must Die better?

    This must be a new form of literary style. Beat your reader over the head with basic simple sentences that simply state exactly what is there, with no imagination, stating simply, in a repeated fashion, what is there. I would say that it is for a 2nd grade reading level but that would be unfair to 2nd grade literature.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It might have had a good story but it has all the flow and lilt of a dirge.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasted an otherwise perfectly useful credit and at least 30 minutes waiting for it to break into a novel.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Minneapolis, MN, United States 06-05-14
    Jane Minneapolis, MN, United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2013

    Erstwhile librarian and tech salesperson. Favorite genres - history, biography, and mystery.

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    "How did 3.5 million people fall for this......"

    Great title but I can’t find much that is agreeable or interesting about this book. The first half was maybe o.k. but it kept going on, and on, and on. I love to read mysteries by European authors for a view into different cultures, but this one really doesn’t do that. There is very little in the way of atmosphere, the characters are either boring or unbelievable, and the reader is annoying. The author doesn’t know how to write either a mystery or a police procedural. Some reviewers have excused the book for being a poor translation from the German - maybe so but there is no excuse to publish it, let alone spend the money to make it an audible book.

    I hate to be so negative, so I will say that the reader has a very agreeable voice. But he is totally wrong for this book. He is so matter-of-fact that he lessens whatever foreboding or atmosphere there might be, and, most importantly, he has no business doing any of the voices of the characters. The women’s voices all come out whiney, or silly, and the men all sound sad and weak. The already unlikeable characters are made even more so.

    I hope there are better German mystery writers than this.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    StiffWhisked London, UK 01-21-13
    StiffWhisked London, UK 01-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I figured it out in the first chapter."
    Would you try another book from Nele Neuhaus and/or Robert Fass?

    I might buy another book from him


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I like that it was set in Germany.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration as very good as always.


    Was Snow White Must Die worth the listening time?

    It's nice to listen to, but it didn't surprise me considering I pretty much knew what would happen the entire time.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 06-28-16
    Diane 06-28-16 Member Since 2008
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    "SNOW WHITE never ends!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A good editor.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nele Neuhaus again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    no comment


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

    Disappointment that I spent time and money on this "thriller."


    Any additional comments?

    I found the plot over-wrought. Dialogue stale (could something be lost in translation?), unrealistic actions and characters.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Claire Gray 06-23-16
    Claire Gray 06-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Questionable"

    Plot thin and confusing. Names at times blended and took time to understand. Poor quality

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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