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BAFTA nominated, award-winning and best-selling author of Headhunters, Jo Nesbo, adds the gripping Blood on Snow to his many literary achievements. This full and unabridged crime thriller audiobook is narrated by the renowned American singer songwriter Patti Smith. The desolate Olav, hired 'fixer', is given the incredulous task of killing his boss’ wife, who he also happens to be deeply in love with. The boundaries of love and loyalty will be tested – will he fulfill his instructions? And why did someone want her dead? This is a riveting book that will keep you listening long after the lights go out. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

Olav lives the lonely life of a fixer.When you ‘fix’ people for a living, terminally, it’s hard to get close to anyone. Now he’s finally met the woman of his dreams.

But there are two problems. She’s his boss’ wife. And Olav’s just been hired to kill her. From the best-selling author of BAFTA-nominated Headhunters comes Jo Nesbo’s Blood on Snow.

©2015 Jo Nesbo 2015. English translation copyright © Neil Smith 2015 (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Mathew
  • Moruzzo, Italy
  • 10-08-16

Jo Nesbo -- what happened to you?

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

oh my gosh, you must be kidding me!! Is this cliche-ridden, flawed, superficial, predictable, dull novel by the same author who produced the eery, deeper, surprising novels of the Harry Hole series?
This book would have been better if the characters had some depth, the story were enticing, and the cliches were dropped.
The performance must have been a joke. Never have I heard a less appropriate reading of a book.

What could Jo Nesbo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Did Nesbo write this in 2 days while suffering from a hangover? I hope that in future writings Jo Nesbo will stop and think about what he's doing.

What didn’t you like about Patti Smith’s performance?

Shouldn't the narrator be a man? I mean, to go with the main character whose story is being narrated.
Patti Smith has a flat voice, stumbled on words, had some crazy twang where she says "winda" instead of window.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blood on Snow?

Everything.
Should never have been written.

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  • puffmattie
  • 04-17-15

Please bring back Sean Barrett

What disappointed you about Blood on Snow?

I normally can't get enough of Jo Nesco's books, but the characters never really worked for me. The book felt very short. Also, the narrator was a very poor choice. The broad New York accent, but a story set in Oslo just felt so weird.

What could Jo Nesbo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The characters just never really connected to me. The story just didn't seem to go anywhere.

Would you be willing to try another one of Patti Smith’s performances?

i doubt it. Her style of narration is slow, monotone and lacking any character. The broad New York accent just starts to grate after a while.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blood on Snow?

it needs scenes added!

Any additional comments?

Please get Sean Barrett back for these Jo Nesbo books.

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  • David
  • 04-17-15

What happened to Sean Barrett?

Not up to his usual standards... Disappointed! Almost glad it was just under 4hrs. Hoping the next Harry Hole will be back on form

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  • Anne
  • 04-15-15

dreary narration

What disappointed you about Blood on Snow?

Jo Nesbo is a good writer but the choice of narrator for this book is abysmal

Would you be willing to try another one of Patti Smith’s performances?

No

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  • Nigel Hollingworth
  • 04-14-15

Quite possibly the worst narration ever

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narration

Has Blood on Snow put you off other books in this genre?

no

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I wouldn't know, I fell asleep half way through

If this book were a film would you go see it?

As long as the narrator change

Any additional comments?

I'm sorry, but this really was a dreadful choice of narrator. Sean Barratt made Harry Hole into a believable thoroughly enthralling character. Patti Smith narrative was poorly paced and monotone. I had little interest in finishing what might have been quite a good listen.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Honest Harry
  • 04-15-15

Terrible narration

Typically well written Jo Nesbo story, but spoilt for me by the monotone lifeless narration.

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  • Sean
  • 05-22-15

Worst narrator ever!

Terribly dull narrator, she totally killed the story! Won't be buying anything that he narrates again

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  • L. R. Ferrier
  • 04-16-15

Disappointing

We usually like Jo Nesbo books, but this one was badly narrated and the story is very weak. Very disappointing.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-11-15

Ideal for the insomnia

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

The usual narrator

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Patti Smith?

Sean Barrett

Any additional comments?

The voice of the narrator droned on in a monotone that could put me to sleep in about 10 minutes

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  • Mark
  • 05-26-15

Good story, wrong narrator

Would you try another book written by Jo Nesbo or narrated by Patti Smith?

Nope. Not unless the main character was meant to be an American female, rather than a Norwegian male. Totally miscast in the role of narrating a first person story about a male character. I've been loving the Harry Hole books but this one is not working.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Haven't got to the end yet and may not be able to as the narration is really ruining it for me.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Patti Smith?

Any male performer who can pronounce Krone or Chaise Longue correctly.

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  • Earnest
  • 04-14-15

"What Do I Know? "

A beautifully wrought morality tale by a writer hitting his stride.

When a reader finds a new way of experiencing life through a novel, it is a testament to the writer's gifts. It's as if every element within a genre has been inverted, exposed and re-formed so nothing remains predictable or reductive. Probably the word ' literary' is convenient. Although first person narratives have become de rigeur, this narrator is not an unreliable one so the exposure of his vulnerability is complete..even if his morality is questionable. We are convinced. We are moved to empathy. The weaving of the events are like music..or poetry as others have said. This is a book for adults. Listen.

Maybe the performance of the actor involved needs reconsideration. Although the reason for the choice is evident, nonetheless, it adds an element to the truth telling in the story that could be considered as muddying the..snow.

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  • Paul from NZ
  • 08-01-18

Dreadful

Story was ok. But why it was read, frustratingly slow, by a woman with a strong New York gangster voice beats me. Could put you off audio books for life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-18

Sorry but this is not what I wanted...

Can't finish. No Harry, wrong voice 😡
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful