Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village in Northern Iceland where no one locks their doors - accessible only via a small mountain tunnel.
Ari Thór Arason: a rookie policeman on his first posting, far from his girlfriend in Reykjavik - with a past that he’s unable to leave behind.
When a young woman is found lying half naked in the snow, bleeding and unconscious, and a highly esteemed, elderly writer falls to his death in the local theatre, Ari is dragged straight into the heart of a community where he can trust no one, and secrets and lies are a way of life.
An avalanche and unremitting snowstorms close the mountain pass, and the 24-hour darkness threatens to push Ari over the edge, as curtains begin to twitch, and his investigation becomes increasingly complex, chilling and personal. Past plays tag with the present, and the claustrophobic tension mounts while Ari is thrust ever deeper into his own darkness – blinded by snow and with a killer on the loose.
Taut and terrifying, Snowblind is a startling debut from an extraordinary new talent, taking Nordic noir to soaring new heights. Author of the best-selling Dark Iceland crime series, Ragnar Jonasson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1976 and works as a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.
Before becoming a writer, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic and has had short stories published in international literary magazines. Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers' Association (CWA) and recently set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA, in Reykjavik. He is also the cofounder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir, which was selected by the Guardian as one of the 'best crime-writing festivals around the world'. Ragnar has appeared on panels at festivals worldwide, and he lives in Reykjavik with his wife and daughter.
©2015 Ragnar Jonasson (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
"Is King Arnaldur looking to his laurels? There is a young pretender beavering away, his eye on the crown: Ragnar Jónasson." (Barry Forshaw)
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"Hugely atmospheric setting & palpable tension!"
The narration brought the story and setting to life for me perfectly! The reader conveys a brilliant sense of place and his slightly chilling narration adds to the tension the listener feels. I would hope this narrator continues with future books. I felt all the claustrophobia and anxiety of Ari Thór living alone in the remote fishing village and Smowblind became compulsive listening. I really could have finished this in one sitting (believe me, I would have liked to)!
A clever plot and some distinctive characters kept me thoroughly engaged and this certainly rates as one of my favourite Audible listens since joining.
It captured perfectly the plight of Ari Thór - rookie cop, remote posting, far away from his girlfriend and how very isolated he felt. I liked the character and the fact that I felt drawn to him certainly made for an emotionally involving listen.
Certainly Ari Thór - he is at the heart of this story and Thór Kristjansson manages to convey every emotion he feels superbly, ensuring that I really cared how this book ended. Secondly, I did love the portrayal of Tomas as the gruff sergeant in charge of Ari Thór.
Every bit as dazzling as the title implies!
A clever plot, low on blood and gore for the more gentle listener. Without a doubt one of the crime fiction debuts of 2015 and the narration makes for a hugely satisfying listen.. Definitely one of my favourites since joining. Do not miss out - a gem!
It is a nice crime story - worth the time.
Unfortunately the narrator is terribly monotonous. A scream of frustration and an intimate declaration of love is narrated in the exact same tone and pitch. The second star is for the narrators excellent pronunciation of Icelandic.
"Decent story, poor narrator"
The enjoyment of this book was marred by the narration. Nice to have someone with a Nordic accent but not at the expense of the flow and meaning of the sentences.
"Sense of isolation really comes through"
Yes, already have.
I've not read a great deal of Scandie lit.
Unemotional but authentic
Yes, that would probably be an excellent medium for it actually.
The narration was at times a little jilted it was enjoyable. It helps enormously to have the narrator use different voices for characters in the book, and this narrator didn't do that. I wouldn't go so far as to say they were 'flat' but they didn't express much emotion in their presentation and at times - coupled with the unfamiliar proper nouns - it was difficult to keep track of the characters.
Despite this, when I wasn't listening I wished I was - and that's really great. There was something appealing about the town, and the geographic isolation, and I bought the next 2 books in the Dark Iceland series.
I am sorry to say this book was rather slow and dull. Xxx I found the voice of the narrator very monotonous and it failed to keep my interest
"Just couldn't listen"
The narrators tone is too difficult to follow for a non Scandinavian like me. Too much emphasis on sibilince sounds and all too dramatic in tone. I've listened for nearly 2 hours and the story is still going nowhere.
Storyline good. Found the whispering tone of narrative very distracting and hardly any different intonation to the characters made it confusing for me. Ended up reading it on my Kindle.
"interesting story, maddening narrrator"
I would change this narrator and will avoid anything narrated by him in future
By substituting someone else!
The story is atmospheric, and an interesting depiction of rural Iceland . The icelandic narrator, however, whispers (yes, really), and pauses so often in the wrong places that I almost gave up listening out of annoyance.
Very dull, the characters were uninteresting and boring as was the overall feeling I had about the book.
One of the few books, I simply could not be bothered to listen to the end
This narrator is the worst I have ever listened to. His listless presentation added to an already dull book. That English was not his first language may well have accounted for his lack expression.
I cannot remember one, they were all so forgettable.
The story was very slow to develop, but that wasn't the problem for me. it was the lack of characterisation. The narrator's own voice seemed to be the only one that he was able to portray. All of the characters sounded the same. I'm sorry to say that I gave up and deleted it from my 'phone.
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