They killed her best friend. Now they are chasing Rachel Anderson through the streets of Cape Town. The young tourist doesn’t trust anyone - except her father, back in America. When he puts pressure on the politicians, they know that they must find Rachel before the killers do. So Benny Griessel - detective, maverick and father - has just 13 hours to crack a conspiracy which threatens the whole country.
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“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
This is a great book and I enjoyed the whole story. Saul Reichlin did a really commendable job narrating the story. The story had me on the edge of my seat most of the time. Highly recommend this book
As a South african, It was fascinating to listen to our lives unfold. The whole story had a
absolutely, while your head said its a book, it grabbed you into the plot sio that you felt you knew the charactyers personally and were as concerned as benny Griesel for their well being.
Thirteen Hours is among the top 5 most enjoyable audiobooks I've listend to.
Bennie Griesel, the main character, is easy to enjoy. However, I really like some of the supporting cast, such as police commissioner John Africa, etc.
He has a massive range of voices which he uses to great effect. His pronunciation of difficult Afrikaans words is spot-on, and his performance has a constant energy that sets it apart.
The way that the entire plot unfolds, as per classic whodunnits, is really the pivotal moment in the book. The reader is kept in suspense for hours, until, eventually, it all comes together beautifully.
Deon Meyer's books have become some of my favourite reads. 7 Days is even better than 13 Hours, though it is better to read 13 Hours first. His characters are rich and easy to relate to, even if you aren't a South African. Overall, 13 Hours had it all: Comedy, suspense, drama and a great audio performance to bind it all together. I can't wait for the next instalment in Bennie Griesel's life.
Meyer has three story lines that compete to captivate the listener.
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Like Larsson, Meyer has a concise way of telling the story that captivates the reader.
It would be Bennie Griesel. But I don't see Sean Bean playing him, as they are planning to for the film trilogy - in my minds-eye I see a middle aged, slightly overweight Afrikaner in the role. I hope Sean can pronounce his 'r' sounds right.
Yes, I would recommend that any friend that is not easily offended, read the fantastic Devil's Peak and then move on to this book.
The book is a continuation from Devil's Peak, one will get much more out of this book if they read Devil's Peak first. This book is not as good as Devils Peak in my opinion, but if you loved Devil's Peak, then I urge you to buy this book.
Saul Reichlin is clearly the best narrator of audio book I have heard so far. In the narration of adventure fiction he is in a class of his own. His care with accents and pronunciation clearly helps the story as does his pace and flow.
I have previously reviewed the narration by Saul Reichlin with less than positive commentary. I would like to state for the record that he does an excellent job on this book. Maybe the contemporary setting suits his talents better. Whatever it is, it works here. I thought the book by Deon Meyer was good and interesting. It was my first exposure to contemporary South African crime writing. I picked the book because I was traveling to Cape Town and thought this could be an interesting perspective. There is a lot to like. However, I got the feeling that a lot of the character development has happened in previous installments. I really liked what I was reading but I did feel like I was missing half the story since I haven't read any other books in this series.
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