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The House at Sea's End audiobook cover art

Convoluted and dissapointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-19

I listened to the first book in the series. It was quite good even though the main character didn't really solve the mystery. Neither could I believe an intelligent university lecturer would drink wine during her pregnancy. The second book was considerably worse. The main character is barely a part of the mystery, but somehow someone still wants to murder her. She doesn't solve it in that book either.

I wanted to give the third book a shot, since I liked the first one. It turned out to be a waste of a free token. Once again Dr Galloway is barely relevant to the mystery. I feel like she shouldnt have been a main character. Midway though the book Dr Galloway gets a feeling that her babysitter is gonna kill her baby, and a huge panic and race to get to the baby in a blizzard ensues. The babysitter has by this point already been watching Galloways baby the whole day without doing anything. It felt more like a "cheap" way to try to create tension. There are a lot of these "cheap" tricks in the series. The plot spirals even further until it is revealed that, lo and behold, the one person not being cast into suspicion by the book is the culprit. Just the same as the first and second book then.

It all ends in a chapter where the doctor once again is flabbergasted that the culprit wants to murder her, because she had no idea that he was the culprit. (I share the doctors views in this). A confusing chase ensues where suddenly another story from years ago is brought up. This is also unrelevant to the mystery.

All in all I would recommend this series if you're more interested in drama than in mystery. There are a lot of that in the books.

Narrator does a good job, she is soothing and likeable. Some of her foreign accents are a little too similar to each other.

Iceberg audiobook cover art

Could have been good

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Aside from the misogyny, homophobia and clichés, Cussler shows that he has a vivid imagination. The book is too unbelievable, and the main character knows more than he could ever just guess. A character says one word, and then Pitt guesses their whole life story. And he is always spot on in his guesses. It would have been more believable if it only happened once or twice, but it happens all the time.

The narrator is good, and does a good job with what he was given.

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The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye audiobook cover art

Very enjoyable from a good author

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-18

At first I was hesitant to listen to this book. I didn't enjoy the previous book as much as I'd hoped. I'm glad that I did, because in contrast to the previous book, where, at times, the characters was so exaggerated they almost seemed like parodies of Larssons characters, in this they are great. The dialogue between them is good, and the book has a nice flow. The story is intricate and very well written and thought out. We finally get to know the reason for Salanders dragon tattoo, and learn more about her past. The book springs into action at once, unlike the previous book where it took some time before something really happened.

One has to remember that this is a different author than the first three books, so of course the writing style and flow will be different. Lagercrantz does a great job and makes the characters his own, which in itself is no easy feat considering the mastery of Stieg Larsson. I really enjoyed this book.

As with the previous books in the series: Saul Reichlin does an amazing job as the narrator.

The Storm Sister audiobook cover art

Narrating is bad

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-17

The story is good, but at places a bit predictable. The narration though is quite bad. The English parts without accent is OK. But the pronounciation of Norwegian word is horrible. (I'm Norwegian myself, and some bits even I couldn't understand) The narrator mixes often between ø and æ, and she also pronounces other letters when the book says something else ("mor"="maaør" "kjære"="sjøøre"for example). This might not be as bad for people who don't speak Norwegian, but if you want to learn the pronounciating of some common words (like those used in this book) I would not listen to this.