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  • A Season for the Dead

  • The Rome Series: Book 1
  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Sean Baker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

In a hushed Vatican reading room, the scene was shocking: a crazed professor shot dead after brandishing evidence of a grisly crime. Moments later, two bodies are found in a nearby church, each with a gruesome calling card from the killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • worth the read

  • By Dan on 02-18-08

Happy to get the early Costas

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

Reviewed: 02-05-13

Having started in the middle of series and working my way to the end, I'm really pleased that Audible now has most of the Nic Costa series available.

This is a solid start, and its interesting to see where the characters had come from. Now...onto book 2.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Killing

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 25 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Sarah Lund is looking forward to her last day as a detective with the Copenhagen Police department before moving to Sweden. But everything changes when nineteen-year-old student, Nanna Birk Larsen, is found raped and brutally murdered in the woods outside the city. Lund’s plans to relocate are put on hold as she leads the investigation along with fellow detective Jan Meyer. While Nanna’s family struggles to cope with their loss, local politician Troels Hartmann is in the middle of an election campaign to become the new mayor of Copenhagen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story.

  • By G Matt on 09-16-12

A real page turner

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

Reviewed: 09-11-12

I loved this book. For once, my commute wasn't long enough!

The story is great, and the narrator good. In fact I enjoyed it so much, I've got hold of the TV series the book was based on to see where David Hewson made changed.

Overall a very enjoyable book and highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bright Lights, Dark Shadows

  • The Real Story of Abba
  • By: Carl Magnus Palm
  • Narrated by: Adrian Mulraney
  • Length: 26 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

An exploration of all aspects of the Abba member’s lives and careers. Amazingly detailed, it examines the group member’s family backgrounds, the pre-Abba days, the legendary 70s, the marriages, the divorces, the business ups and downs, and the post-Abba solo careers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! -- All the Swedish words pronounced!

  • By Howard_a on 06-18-12

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-12

I was hesitant prior to purchasing this book.

In 1976 I was a 10 year-old living in Australia in the middle of the Abba hysteria. I can still the remember the seemingly unending weeks when the Countdown #1 spot was occupied by 'Fernando'. The radio was saturated with Abba tunes. I was not a fan. (Although the Norman Gunston spoofs provided some relief!)

But over the years I've come to appreciate how gifted these musicians are. And to hear the story behind the group was fascinating.

This book is very well written and thoroughly researched, the narration is spot-on and easy to listen to over the course 26 hours.

The only change I would like to see would be the inclusion of excerpts of the songs to which the writer refers.

So even if you have only the slightest interest in this book, don't hesitate to download and listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anger Mode

  • By: Stefan Tegenfalk
  • Narrated by: Alex Warner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Two cars are involved in a head-on collision on a country road with no traffic. The collision is violent. Ten year-old Cecilia is catapulted through the windscreen and killed instantly. Five years later, Detective Inspector Walter Grohn gets a perplexing case on his desk - one dead taxi driver and a killer who has no idea why he committed the crime. The first murder is followed by others, all equally as brutal and inexplicable.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There's a good story in there, trying to get out

  • By Bruce on 07-12-12

There's a good story in there, trying to get out

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

Reviewed: 07-12-12

Did something get lost during the translation from Swedish to English? I don't know, but you can tell there is a really good story here. It's just that large parts of the writing really let it down, at least in this English-language version.

Certainly the overly 'voice-over' narration didn't help. I made it through to the end of this first book in the trilogy, but it was hard going in places. Hard enough that I'm not tempted to come back for more.

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  • The Fallen Angel

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

Detective Nic Costa faces his hardest case yet. When the sins of the past echo the crimes of the present... When British academic Malise Gabriel falls to his death from a Rome apartment, detective Nic Costa suspects more than a simple accident. Nic is sure Malise's family are hiding vital information. As the investigation deepens, Rome’s seedy side is uncovered, revealing a web of deceit, treachery and corruption. The key to the truth lies with the Gabriels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thriller to the last page

  • By Dan on 10-21-11

Another enjoyable Hewson book

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

This is another enjoyable (if a little convoluted) Nic Costa book. The core of the story was a little overly complex at times, but I did enjoy seeing the development of the regular characters.

The only thing a really didn't like was there was no resolution between the Blue Demon and this book. I thought this would have covered a book by itself. Instead it was glossed over with a single paragraph, and that made me a little confused that I'd missed a book in the series.

But overall this was pretty good. If Audible has the earlier Nic Costa series available then I'd get them, but unfortunately I've come to the end of the series. So thank David Hewson; I just wish I could listen to the first half of the series.

  • The Blue Demon

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Twenty years ago, a mysterious group called the Blue Demon committed a series of bizarre and ritualistic crimes evoking the legacy of the lost race of the Etruscans, and leaving in their wake a group of dead students, a murdered couple, a cryptic message and a kidnapped child. Now, the leaders of the G8 are descending on Rome for a summit at the Quirinale Palace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "Blue Demon" ="City of Fear"

  • By Kelly Howard on 07-09-10

Back to form

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

After a bit of disappointment with Dantes Numbers, Hewson was back to form with this book. Maybe the stories are getting a little overly complicated, but it had plenty of meat, lots of interesting new characters and all of the regular characters.

I just wish I could listen to some of the earlier books, which are not available on Audible.

  • Dante's Numbers

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

In the gorgeous grounds of Rome's Villa Borghese park the glitterati of the movie world are gathered for a world premiere. A legendary Italian movie director has come out of retirement to create a blockbuster based on Dante's Inferno. But, as Nic Costa and his colleagues attempt to guard the precious collection of historic artifacts attached to the event, the premiere is disrupted by tragedy and a horrific murder. Is a disgruntled admirer of Dante taking his revenge on the cast of the movie?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Adequate Filler Of Extra Time

  • By Ted on 10-19-11

Costa goes to SF??

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-12

Would you try another book from David Hewson and/or Saul Reichlin?

Definitely not as good as the previous book in the series. Felt the change of location overtook the importance of the story. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either.

  • The Garden of Evil

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 102

In a hidden studio in Rome, an art expert is found dead in front of one of the most beautiful paintings Nic Costa has ever seen - an unknown Caravaggio masterpiece. But before long, tragedy will strike Nic far closer to home. The main suspect's identity is known, but he remains untouchable, protected by a fleet of lawyers and a sinister cult known as the Ekstasists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hewson delivers again

  • By Kelly Howard on 09-12-08

I'll be coming back for more...

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

Reviewed: 05-04-12

What did you love best about The Garden of Evil?

Even though this is in the middle of the 'Nic Costa' series, I found this book easy to engage with from the first chapter. A great murder-mystery set in Rome, I enjoyed it from start to finish. The question is now, do I read the next book in the series, or start from the beginning...

What other book might you compare The Garden of Evil to and why?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I found it hard to switch it off.