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Publisher's Summary

A gripping new Benny Griessel thriller from one of the world's finest crime writers.

When Captain Benny Griessel is called in to investigate a multiple homicide, it pushes him close to his breaking point. A former friend and detective colleague has shot his wife and two daughters then killed himself. Benny wants out - out of his job, his home, and his relationship with his singer girlfriend, Alexa. He moves into a hotel and starts drinking again.

But his help is required to investigate a high-profile murder of a graphic designer and MD of a new tech start-up whose body was discovered buried in the sand dunes north of Cape Town. Can Benny pull together the strands of his life in time to catch the killer?

©2015 Deon Meyer (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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Gripping storyline, excellently narrated

My husband and I are big Deon Meyer fans and opted to download this audiobook for a road trip. We were sceptical as to how the various accents would be portrayed but we were very impressed. I would highly recommend this book - Deon Meyer at his best.

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Saul Reichlin is THE best narrator for this series

What did you love best about Icarus?

Those South African accents and expressions, which are SO successfully performed by Saul Reichlin. He brings the characters to life, even larger than life. He brings the unique languages to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't have a favourite, I find myself equally attached to all of them, I guess because deon Meyer fleshes them each out with unique characteristics that help you to understand and imagine them, and to connect with them too. Meyer is very good at this indeed.

Which character – as performed by Saul Reichlin – was your favorite?

I don't have a favourite, and Reichlin is very good at giving all the characters a unique sound, so you never get confused about who's talking.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not an extreme reaction, but a constant appreciation for how well it was written and narrated. I've listened to the entire series and they're all fantastic when Reichlin narrates.

Any additional comments?

It's clear that Meyer does a lot of research when he writes his books. I always learn something, and you never get the sense that he's just making up convenient details. It all feels legit. And he provides wonderfully rich details about a characters quirks and strengths and weaknesses and other detail about them without waffling on with unnecessary and boring information. It's always entertaining.

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Incomplete story on audiobook

The audio book with 50 chapters is not the complete book. Chapter 50 ends the audio book, with all loose ends: The du Toit son Paul, is diagnosed as psychopath by the school shrink, Griesel & the Hawks team are still in mid investigation and no closer to who or why the victim was murdered, etc. The audiobook of Icarus, is half a book, of 50 chapters. How do I get the rest of the story on audio?

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  • Graeme
  • Washington, D.C.
  • 10-15-15

Use the Enhanced Format to download this book

What made the experience of listening to Icarus the most enjoyable?

At first I downloaded this title as Format 4 - but that only contained half of the book (as mentioned by other reviewers) - however the Enhanced Format contains the full story in one file.

A fast-moving, gripping story - very well narrated by Saul Reichlin

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  • Mrs. J. A. Palfree
  • 09-19-15

Will Benna make it through the crisis?

Would you consider the audio edition of Icarus to be better than the print version?

We don't know. Why don't we know if Benna can solve the crime and salve his soul? Because Part Two will NOT DOWNLOAD. After phone calls and emails this problem is still on-going. I have given up and bought the hardback - because Benny Griessel is worth it!

Would you recommend Icarus to your friends? Why or why not?

Buy the hardback - don't download until it is sure that both part one and two will work!

What does Saul Reichlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Everything! No one can roll their 'R's better than Saul Reichlin.

Any additional comments?

AUDIBLE - SORT OUT THE PROBLEM

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Marvin
  • 09-16-15

Don't buy, it's faulty

What would have made Icarus better?

If the download had been the 13 hours it should have been, instead of the 7.5 it is. Customer services have been aware of the problem for 10 days now and it's still not fixed, but the title is still on sale.

Would you ever listen to anything by Deon Meyer again?

Not from Audible, I've cancelled my membership

What didn’t you like about Saul Reichlin’s performance?

It was only 7.5 hours long

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It made me cancel my membership.so yes.

Any additional comments?

How can it take over 10 days to fix a faulty title?

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  • Odwa
  • 04-26-18

Can't get enough of Deon Meyer

Brilliant 3d characters and a woven storyline that builds to a great twist & ending.

I can't get enough of South African writers and books. Deon has established himself as one of South Africa's best and indeed one of the world's best.

Great narration from Saul. Great book!!

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  • Gavin
  • 09-08-17

His best yet.

Brilliant story and exceptionally well read. Deon Meyer and Saul Reichlin - a dynamic combination! Read it and keep.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-17

Audio woes...

I downloaded this for my blind father who loves Meyer books and only got 9:58 seconds for my money. Not cool Amazon - he was VERY disappointed!!
I don't know how to go about getting this fixed.😤

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  • Robert
  • 01-23-17

Very enjoyable

I listened to this in four sessions, including a "late nighter". Brilliant story, slightly marred by Benny's relapses into alcoholism which I find tedious and not believable. Maybe just too close to home? Anyway, highly recommended. I did read the other reviews before I bought this and thoroughly sympathise with those who found that the 2 part download thing didn't work it must have been a cutting experience. Shame on Audible for not fixing it. I listened on the phone app which works fine.

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  • Debbie Harrison
  • 01-28-16

Best ever

Would you listen to Icarus again? Why?

Yes - gripping storyline

What other book might you compare Icarus to, and why?

not sure - just a good mystery and suspense

What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

Good performance by Saul Reichlin

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Winelands .........

Any additional comments?

No

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  • Vivienne Harper
  • 10-07-15

Fantastic story

I absolutely loved this book & have the 'finished a great book & am at a loose end Blues'.
I have read all Deon Meyer's books and this has been my favourite. Very good story, good yarn - no snipers, chases or anything too frenetic, just very good story.

As always the descriptions of Cape Town & surrounds are very evocative.

Saul Reichlin's narration wonderful. As a homesick expat South African I savoured the South African accents.

I cannot recommend this highly enough.