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The Hypnotist | [Lars Kepler]

The Hypnotist

You need clues. You need time. You need a motive. You won’t have any of them.When a whole family is murdered in Stockholm, Detective Inspector Joona Linna knows there is only one person who can help find the perpetrator. Erik Maria Bark, retired hypnotist, is called in to work with Josef Ek, a fifteen-year-old boy who witnessed the brutal murder of his family.Following a series of accusations by his patients, Erik is reluctant to return to his craft but makes an exception for Joseph Ek
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Publisher's Summary

You need clues. You need time. You need a motive. You won’t have any of them. When a whole family is murdered in Stockholm, Detective Inspector Joona Linna knows there is only one person who can help find the perpetrator. Erik Maria Bark, retired hypnotist, is called in to work with Josef Ek, a fifteen-year-old boy who witnessed the brutal murder of his family.

Following a series of accusations by his patients, Erik is reluctant to return to his craft but makes an exception for Joseph Ek. As he delves deep into the boy's mind, he discovers that Josef murdered his own family on the orders of his sister Evelyn. When Joona and Erik journey deep into the woods to find Evelyn, she admits that she was abused by her brother for many years. When she refused to submit to him, he took revenge on the entire family. When Josef escapes from custody and Erik's only son Benjamin disappears from the family home, Erik is thrust into a world of violence and gang warfare, forcing him to revisit his past to discover the truth.

©2011 Lars Keplar (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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    Bjørn Borud Trondheim, Norway 05-08-12
    Bjørn Borud Trondheim, Norway 05-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I'd rather eat glue"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It is hard to decide which is worse: the book or the terrible narrator butchering the book.

    I guess what could make this a 4 or 5 star listening experience for me is if the publiisher were to include a 20 minute clip of the narrator being exposed to 500.000 Volt electrical pulses at a rate of about 4 Hz. I think the screams of pain might, somehow, help me forget wasting a credit on this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not something narrated by Mr. Riley or written by "The Keplers".


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think I clarified this in an earlier comment.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hypnotist?

    All of them. I'd cut them out and hand them over to Sonny Moore so he can mangle them into his next dubstep track.


    Any additional comments?

    Make Jo Nesbø bring back Harry Hole.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pint-sized Bookworm 09-01-14

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "Brilliant mystery"

    The Hypnotist is a brilliant mystery with plenty of twists and turns which kept me wondering where the story was going to take me next. Eamonn Riley gives a great performance of the audio book and Lars Kepler are definitely a dynamic duo of mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 10-07-13
    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 10-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing narration"
    What disappointed you about The Hypnotist?

    Without a doubt the narration. Lars Kepler is a writer I admire, and I expected another exciting and complex police story. But Eamonn Riley kills the story.


    Would you recommend The Hypnotist to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, unless it's narrated by someone else.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eamonn Riley’s performances?

    No


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I'm hoping for other audiobooks by Kepler with a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tobias Oetiker 12-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "missing the magic"

    I loved the voice chosen for Joona Linna - just for that I might re-listen to some of the book. On the other hand, I failed to really connect with the story. Somehow it felt clinical and dispassionate to me. Maybe it is because the point of view of the narration is not clearly defined, which leaves me floating while reading it. There are books the capture and engage my imagination. Where I get attached to the characters and hope the story never ends, this did unfortunately not happen with the Hypnotist. Especially the long description of Eriks sessions with hist mental patients felt rather long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    1/7/12
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    "Very Poor"


    I wish I had read Russ's comments before I ordered The Hypnotist. I agree 100% with him. The Characters were all over the place, one had no affinity with any of them. It was unrealistic as the hypnotist was allowed free reign to crude, moronic violence and the story went backwards and forwards so much one got lost in the self gratification of the author. As for the reader I would not read another book with him reading it. I will stick with Henning Mankell and give me Sean Barratt every time thank you very much. Bernard (Cumbria (ex Scarborough Like Russ!!!)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Whitland, United Kingdom
    9/30/12
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    "Awful"

    Poor characterisation, unbelievable actions by authority figues - if this is the way that the police behave in Sweden I am glad I don't live there. Not helped by the reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Russ
    Scarborough, United Kingdom
    8/10/11
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    "Frankly it's not OK, it's poor"

    There's a bit of fad for Scandinavian crime writers at the moment, on the back of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo so I suppose it was inevitable that some of the less good ones would be translated and turned into audiobooks. The Hypnotist is dreadful.

    It's dreadful for many reasons. First Eamonn RIley is his usual dreadful self, why do they keep using him? I will admit that he seems to be a little better than he was in the Lackberg novels, but the improvement is marginal at best. But it isn't the plodding and erratic delivery of Riley that ruins this book, it's the totally unrealistic way the characters behave.

    Examples are the police keep letting this outsider make first interviews of suspects and visit crime scenes. The central character is not a copper but the author allows him to play at CSi like he is one. The characters are one dimensional and are played like automata, they come in, say their lines and disappear. The descriptions of places and events, while detailed enough, are written in such a way as to not be engaging, and frankly the drug addled doctor who is the central character should have been struck off years ago.

    If you've finished the Millennium trilogy and what another fix of cool Nordic crime look elsewhere because this is rubbish. Click in the search box to the left and put in M-A-N-K-E-L-L, hit enter and you'll find some really cool Swedish crime.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvia
    Faringdon, United Kingdom
    6/16/11
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    "Hypnotic!"

    While I cannot say this was one of my favourite books I did have to carry on and read/listen to it. I found that it was extremely violent, too much so and the accent of the detective was irritatingly stereotypical Scandanavian!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Meena
    London, United Kingdom
    6/13/11
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    "Just ok"

    This was not one of my favorite titles, can't recommend this. Other titles much better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dean
    Southport, United Kingdom
    2/3/12
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    "Amazingly Written, Fantasticly Read!"

    What a masterpiece by Lars Kepler. This audiobook has brought me into a genre of books I never thought I'd be too interested in. Crime/Thriller. After listening to the first few chapters it's safe to say I was hooked right to the finish.

    Eamonn Riley reads with such enthusiasm you feel like you're the extra (invisible) character in this book. It's gripping, gruesome, gory and great.

    A must buy!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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