Some would call Detective Benny Griessel a legend. Others would call him a drunk.
Either way, he has trodden on too many toes over the years ever to reach the top of the promotion ladder, and now he concentrates on staying sober and mentoring the new generation of crime fighters: mixed race, Xhosa, and Zulu. But when an American backpacker disappears in Capetown, panicked politicians know who to call: Benny has just 13 hours to save the girl, save his career - and crack open a conspiracy which threatens the whole country.
©2008 Original material © 2008 Deon Meyer. Translation © 2009 K. L. Seegers. Recorded by arrangement with Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (P)2010 (p) 2010 HighBridge Company
“Best-selling South African novelist Meyer delivers another exciting if brutally violent crime novel.... Meyer also steeps his novel in the day-to-day life of a country still reeling in the wake of radical transition.” (Booklist)
“With... cliff-hanging suspense, and shocking plot twists, Meyer again has produced a winner. Highly recommended.” (Library Journal)
“Deon Meyer is one of the unsung masters. Thirteen Hours proves he should be on everyone’s reading list. This book is great!” (Michael Connelly)
I enjoyed the dialog in this story, learned a bit about the culture in South Africa and was brought on an exciting ride as the drama played out in this crime story. At times I felt that the character develpment became drawn out, but in the end I think I appreciated it. The story is built along believable lines and events were described well and brought the reader into the complicated world of the detective, who is heroic without being superenatural in any way. The dialog is well done and after a wihile you begin to enjoy the banter with all the local slang that is expressed between the seperate South African cultural factions.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The narration was excellent in differentiating each character, to the point you could imagine each person easily as they spoke. The story is a fast paced double murder investigation, with a frantic manhunt to find a young college student on the run for her life. You come to love the main character Benny, the investigator in charge of finding the girl, as along the way we hear of his own personal struggles in his tormented life. It takes place in South Africa, so at times the names of characters are hard to follow, if you aren't personally acquainted with the dialect, but that comes back to the perfect narration, as he pronounces everything as it show be.
I've never listened to an audiobook twice, but I listened to this one twice in 6 months. The plot moves quickly, but it's the characters and their stories that drive the book. The author is a superb storyteller, and I found myself engrossed in the histories of the individual characters and impatient to find out what happens to each. In addition, the politics and culture of the "new" South Africa are complex and fascinating. The narrator does a great job with the voices and accents, which makes the book come alive. Altogether my favorite recent audiobook.
My first book by Deon Meyer. Listening...is a little difficult at first to follow the characters because of their strange sounding names, but you catch on quick enough. The performance is really outstanding and well done...Vance really makes you feel you are there. The story, as the title implies, takes place over 13 hours. Tension and drama from the get go. The police work is top notch and realistic. Excellent characters and character development. I'm often critical of this type novel because they don't deliver...this one does.
It keeps moving. The characters are interesting and numerous.
Yes, I really like his performances, his American accent needs work though.
It was a great listen, the story will keep you enthralled right from the start. Great, believable characters and as always Simon Vance provides the story with the depth of feeling that will allow the listener feel a part of the adventure. I will definitely listen again and buy Blood Safari.
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