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  • Still Waters

  • Sandhamn Murders, Book 1
  • By: Viveca Sten, Marlaine Delargy - translation
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 613

On a hot July morning on Sweden's idyllic vacation island of Sandhamn, a man takes his dog for a walk and makes a gruesome discovery: a body, tangled in fishing net, has washed ashore. Police detective Thomas Andreasson is the first to arrive on the scene. Before long, he has identified the deceased as Krister Berggren, a bachelor from the mainland who has been missing for months. All signs point to an accident - until another brutalized corpse is found at the local bed-and-breakfast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration

  • By Silvia Leis on 11-15-16

Narrator was not for me

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

The story was ok. The narrator was, um, enthusiastic? Her voice did not seem at all suited to a crime novel. Perhaps announcing arrivals and departures at a train station would be a good fit for her. I usually enjoy listening to a couple of books by the same author. Since the same narrator is used for all of the Viveca Sten books on Audible, I will most definitely not do that. Painful.

  • The Boy at the Door

  • By: Alex Dahl
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Sophie Amoss, Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Cecilia Wilborg has it all - a loving husband, two beautiful daughters and a gorgeous home in the affluent Norwegian town of Sandefjord. And she works hard to keep it all together. Too hard. Because one mistake from her past could bring it all crashing down around her. Annika Lucasson lives a dark life with her abusive, drug-dealing boyfriend. She's lost everything one too many times and now she's got one last chance to save herself, thanks to Cecilia. Annika knows her secret - and just how much she's willing to do to make it all go away... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best

  • By Christine on 09-10-18

Truly superior narration of a wonderful story.

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

The story had me hooked right away. The narration, particularly for the child, was really wonderful.

  • The Legacy: A Thriller

  • Children's House, Book 1
  • By: Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

The only person who might have the answers to a baffling murder case is the victim's seven-year-old daughter, found hiding in the room where her mother died. And she's not talking. Newly-promoted, out of his depth, detective Huldar turns to Freyja for her expertise with traumatized young people. Freyja, who distrusts the police in general and Huldar in particular, isn't best pleased. But she's determined to keep little Margret safe. It may prove tricky. The killer is leaving them strange clues: warnings in text messages, sums scribbled on bits of paper, numbers on the radio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yrsa has done it again!

  • By J. Ellis on 02-19-18

Really kept my interest!

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

I enjoyed the book very much! Characters were likable, but not perfect people. The prologue gave you an idea of why bad things were happening, but not so much that you could see exactly what was coming. I was very impressed with the narrators ability to provide the child with a voice that was truly childlike - that was crucial. Two thumbs up from me on both story and narrator.

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  • The Blood Spilt

  • By: Asa Larsson
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

It's midsummer in Sweden, when the light lingers through dawn as winter finally ends. In this magical time, a brutal killer strikes, and the murder of a female priest sends shock waves through the community. Though she has no cause to get involved, attorney Rebecka Martinsson cannot help herself. And the further she is drawn into a mystery that will soon claim another victim, the more the dead woman's world consumes her - a world of hurt and healing, sin and sexuality, and above all, of lethal sacrifice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening

  • By Susan on 01-06-10

Good story - some aspects did not appeal to me

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

The story was decent and I enjoyed it more than I did not. I didn't particularly enjoy when they broke away from the story to tell the story of the wolf. Others might find that more interesting than I did. To me, the narration vacillated between snarky and robotic. So many of the characters were given nasal, annoying voices. I also found the wolf howl at the beginning of each chapter a bit "jazz hands" for my taste. Again, I did mostly enjoy it - those were just the things about it that I did not like.

  • The Father

  • Made in Sweden, Part I
  • By: Anton Svensson, Elizabeth Clark Wessel - translator
  • Narrated by: Richard Coyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

How does a child become a criminal? How does a father lose a son? An epic crime novel with the excitement of Jo Nesbo's Headhunters and the narrative depth of We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Father is inspired by the extraordinary true story of three brothers who committed 10 audacious bank robberies in Sweden over the course of just two years. None had committed a crime before. All were under 24 years old. When their incredible spree had come to an end, all of them would be changed forever as individuals and as a family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding narrator!

  • By MikeyP on 02-10-18

Outstanding narrator!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Great story, even greater narration! The way in which he read the part of the father was appropriately terrifying at exactly the right moments.

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  • The Keeper of Lost Causes

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,491
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,003

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic New Scandinavian Series!!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 09-12-12

Great story, so-so performance

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

I hate to say negative things about people's work, but I wasn't a big fan of the narration. He was fine when he was doing characters voices, but the rest of the narration sounded like a robotic news reporter to me. But, the story was so entertaining and suspenseful, I still really enjoyed the book!

  • I'm Traveling Alone

  • By: Samuel Bjork
  • Narrated by: Laura Paton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911

A six-year-old girl is found in the Norwegian countryside, hanging lifeless from a tree and dressed in strange doll's clothes. Around her neck is a sign that says, "I'm traveling alone." A special homicide unit in Oslo reopens with veteran police investigator Holger Munch at the helm. Holger's first step is to persuade the brilliant but haunted investigator Mia Krüger, who has been living on an isolated island, overcome by memories of her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding police procedural!!

  • By Kathleen on 04-28-16

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

I would call it a "page turner," but that doesn't seem like the right word for an audiobook. Very suspenseful - never a dull moment. Lots of interesting layers to the story.

  • The Crow Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Erik Axl Sund, Neil Smith - translator
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 28 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

In a Stockholm city park, police discover the hideously abused body of a young boy. Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg heads the investigation, battling an apathetic prosecutor and a bureaucratic police force unwilling to devote resources to solving the murder of a nameless immigrant child. But with the discovery of two more mutilated children's corpses, it becomes clear that a serial killer is at large.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • quite the novel

  • By Stevon on 12-28-16

Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

I loved listening to this book. I listen while I work and found I got a lot more work done during this book. I would work on things just to have an excuse to listen. I did find myself wishing that I could refer to text occasionally, either because the story was complex and I needed to refer back to earlier events or because of the few times that I wasn't quite sure what the narrator had said. But, all in all, loved it. I was a little sad when it ended. I think this was the author's first book, so I'll just have to wait for more from him, I suppose!