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Publisher's Summary

The only author to win the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel two years in a row, Arnaldur Indridason has sold more than five million copies of his novels in more than 25 countries. A detective whose inner turmoil threatens to consume him, Erlendur Sveinsson is charged with investigating the death of an Asian boy—and confronting forces colder than Iceland’s frigid clime.

©2005 Arnaldur Indridason (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

“A remarkable series.” ( New York Times Book Review)

What listeners say about Arctic Chill

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Another great Arnaldur Indridason Iceland mystery

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Not sure if other reviewers listened to the same book. This is a wonderful installment of the Erlendur series. The story is rich with atmosphere and George Guidall's narration is again, spot on. For avid followers, this book also provides some interesting insight into Sigurdur Oli.

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Disappointed.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It was the story. And I was shocked. I love this series. I'm dying to find out if anything wierd happened to the little brother! I am not sure that Guidall could have done a thing to help.It seemed like the same witness / suspect interview repeated 150 times! It just went on and on. "Can you think of anyone who would want to hurt him?" "No. Who would have done such a terrible thing?! " I'm sure thats how detective work really is, but I'm hoping for a little bit more entertainment in my escapism. It was all I could do to get to the end.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I will try another one because this had to be a fluke.

Did George Guidall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

George Guidall does wonderfully in EVERYTHING.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Arctic Chill?

About half the interview scenes. Or changed up the dialog at least a little!!

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Boring, Boring, Boring . I challenged myself to it

What disappointed you about Arctic Chill?

Hard to follow, slow uninteresting plot, boring to read

What was most disappointing about Arnaldur Indridason’s story?

It did not capture me as a reader as most mysteries to. It was not in league with other Nordic writers such as Jo Nesbo

What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

No problem with the reader it was the book

What character would you cut from Arctic Chill?

Eliminating a character would not enhance the book

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Disappointing, 1st chapter is ok but then it goes downhill

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Chillyindeed, but warming to the soul.

At the advanced age of 87, ihave so many excellent Nordic authors. I have found all to be intelligent and vastly interesting. I hope I can read or mostly listen to every one before I pass on. And perhaps they e is a library in Heaven’

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Fails to deliver on many levels

I wish I would have checked the reviews before I bought this book. I chose this book after reading Jar City by the same author, which is a decidedly better book than this one. Arctic Chill crawls along at a snail's pace, with little in the way of a plot to engage the reader. None of the characters is fleshed out in much depth, and the final solution to the mystery more or less comes out of nowhere. At best this book could be read as a mood piece of an Iceland that is dark, cold, and bleak. Even the introduction of an immigrant family from Thailand, which could have offered some very interesting opportunities for social commentary and dramatic tension, never ascends much above cliche. All in all, a big disappointment.

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Don't waste your credit

What disappointed you about Arctic Chill?

This book was boring beyond measure. It never went anywhere. I always finish listening to my books but this one was a real struggle to continue. Perhaps the worst book I have listened to in a very long time.

What do you think your next listen will be?

A mystery

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator was fine. Have heard him many times and liked his style and voice. The book just has no zing or interest.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Arctic Chill?

The entire book

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your credit!

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Truly enjoyed this Icelandic dectective novel

Would you listen to Arctic Chill again? Why?

Not in the next six months, but probably in the future to review the story. This is the first time for this author and I plan to listen to more of his books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Arctic Chill?

The ending. It was tragic but oh so true to the ways of teens, acting without thought or purpose.

What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

George Guidall is one of the best audible book readers. I have listened to many of his books and enjoy them every time mostly because of his skill to put you into the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The beginning and terrible waste of a young life.

Any additional comments?

Make more recordings of all of Arnaldur Indridason's books, not just a few.

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Another one from an Icelandic great

Where it's really "noir" most of the winter. One of the best of this genre. Excellent sides to the main story, and good characters. I love listening to these all the time I'm in my car even around town.

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Great story

I really enjoyed the combination of story and reading. It presents an imagery of iceland & it's people along with a meandering but intriguing plot. Indridason always tells an excellent story and this audiobook is the perfect presentation. This is my 4th venture ibto his characters & I will get the rest