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The Ice Queen Audiobook

The Ice Queen

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Publisher's Summary

The body of 92-two-year-old Jossi Goldberg, Holocaust survivor and American citizen, is found shot to death, execution style, in his house near Frankfurt. A five-digit number is scrawled in blood at the murder scene. The autopsy reveals an old and unsuccessfully covered tattoo on the corpse's arm - a blood type marker once used by Hitler's SS. Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are faced with a riddle. Was the old man not Jewish after all? Who was he, really?

Two more, similar murders happen - one a wheelchair-bound old lady in a nursing home, the other a man with a cellar filled with Nazi paraphernalia - and slowly the connection between the victims becomes evident: all of them were lifelong friends with Vera Kaltensee, baroness, well-respected philanthropist, and head of an old, rich family that she rules with an iron fist. Pia and Oliver follow the trail, which leads them all the way back to the end of World War II and the area of Poland that then belonged to East Prussia. No one is who they claim to be, and things only begin to make sense when the two investigators realize what the bloody number stands for - and uncover an old diary and an eyewitness who is finally willing to come forward.

The Ice Queen, prequel to the best seller Snow White Must Die, is a character- and plot-driven mystery about revenge, power, and secrets long forgotten, secrets from a time in German history that still affects the present.

©2015 Nele Neuhaus (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Larry Montara, CA, United States 02-10-15
    Larry Montara, CA, United States 02-10-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Hackneyed plot with too many characters for Audio"

    The basis for this book is one of the most hackneyed postwar plots in modern literature. The book itself does not lend itself to an audio treatment as there are so many characters with such confusing back-stories that a searchable E book would be better. In edition to the unoriginal central plot he author has thrown in gratuitous cliches, seemingly at random.

    44 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 01-25-15
    Robert 01-25-15
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    "I QUIT!"
    Would you try another book from Nele Neuhaus and/or Robert Fass?

    Maybe, depends on the narration. This was so bad...adolescent!


    Has The Ice Queen turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No way!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Sounded like it was narration for kids. Terrible directing.


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

    Story sounded interesting but couldn't stand narration...so I dropped it. Very rare for me to do this.


    Any additional comments?

    Not very well written...lacked credibility...depth or sensible development. Didn't sound or seem very German in character, colloquiallisms, etc.

    36 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    ftmgal 03-05-15
    ftmgal 03-05-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Good but not my favorite by this author"

    I really like the police characters. One complaint is that there are way too many names and relationships to keep straight unless you make a list as you're listening. Doesn't help that the names are in German and locales are in Poland and Germany. And much of the story refers to events 60 years in the past which adds to the complexity.

    Narrator was fine. This book didn't require the use of different voices.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Raleigh F. Lane, Jr. Nashville, TN United States 01-23-15
    Raleigh F. Lane, Jr. Nashville, TN United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow"

    It is fabulous! I kept guessing the wrong people until the very end- and even after it ended, I thought the author must be wrong.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Jami E. Nettles Columbus, MS USA 01-21-15
    Jami E. Nettles Columbus, MS USA 01-21-15 Member Since 2005
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    "What you expect from a story with nazis "

    Overblown story. Nazis. Old grudges. Hidden identities. Lots of murders taken fairly casually. You know the kind of book I mean. I didn't care about anyone by the end.

    22 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 01-17-15
    Tracey Danville, AR, United States 01-17-15 Member Since 2016

    I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)

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    "Gripping German police procedural"

    This is a fast paced police procedural with an intricate plot, with ties going back to WWII. I did find myself rewinding frequently toward the end to keep the developments straight, so having the kindle version as well would have been handy. I shall definitely be listening to more Neuhaus novels.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda Sidney, ME, United States 01-20-15
    Ronda Sidney, ME, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Great intrigue!!"

    I Loved the story. This is not your typical generic storyline. Lots of twists and turns and mystery surrounding the characters.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Karen K 08-19-15
    Karen K 08-19-15
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    "Good read and listen!"

    The narration was decent for the female voices and excellent for male. Story kept you guessing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 01-20-15
    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "can you HATE a book?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Ugggg


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nele Neuhaus again?

    Not after this.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Pronunciation of names slurred. Jumped into chapters too quickly.


    What character would you cut from The Ice Queen?

    None. And there were so many with so many long foreign names how could one keep track? And for this situation.gel, easy to figure out in the beginning plot?


    Any additional comments?

    I bought her first books but can see she's trying to get too complicated and pretentious so. Never again! If they'll take it back I'll return it.

    21 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    fxtrtr 02-06-15
    fxtrtr 02-06-15
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    "A mystery that will keep you guessing!"

    When 92-year old Holocaust survivor Jossi Goldberg is found executed in his home, Detectives Kirchhoff and Bodenstein are given the case. When they are being pressured into letting the case go - but not before they have a chance to order an autopsy - the detectives become intrigued. During the autopsy a strange tattoo is found on Goldberg, the type that was given to SS soldiers, it doesn't seem possible this Holocaust survivor was an SS soldier. Within days, two similar murders are committed. The one common thread between all the murders is all of them were lifelong friends with Vera von Kaltensee, baroness, well-respected philanthropist, and head of an old, rich family. The detectives find themselves being drawn into a murder mystery where no one is who they claim to be.

    This was a great story and great narration. I highly recommend!

    11 of 21 people found this review helpful

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