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Publisher's Summary

From the internationally best-selling author of the Harry Hole novels comes this short, lyrical tale of a man on the run from a crime lord's deadly retribution, lost far beyond the Arctic Circle, where the sun remains in the sky for months on end.

A wayward hitman, mourning a recent loss, arrives in a tiny town on Norway's far northeastern border. He calls himself Ulf and gives a halfhearted excuse for his presence, but the locals, who seem as if out of a folk story from a previous century, ask him few questions and supply him with food, shelter, and a gun.

In his previous life, Ulf worked as a fixer for The Fisherman, one of the cruelest drug kings in Oslo, a man whose reach spans the globe. After acting foolishly (but out of mercy and desperation), Ulf has now become the man his boss needs fixed. Can this strange town - and especially a curious, lonely boy with his taciturn mother - offer Ulf a chance at redemption while he awaits the arrival of those who would hunt him down?

©2015 Jo Nesbo (P)2015 Random House Audio

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  • Ann
  • United States
  • 02-19-16

THANK GOD THIS BOOK WAS SHORT!

We all want to spread our wings at times and perform something different than where our talents normally take us. This is what Jo Nesbo and the narrator tried to do, and both failed miserably. The female narrator, Kim Gordon, spoke in the same irritatingly slow cadence with a monotone voice no matter what action was taking place -- and I use the word "action" here very loosely since no real energy or vitality occurs in the story -- and it was often quite difficult to discern which character was speaking. Nesbo, one of my favorite authors, essentially tried to convey a love story set in a cult-like atmosphere in his native land, which was neither interesting nor held the listener's attention. Quite a disappointment on every level.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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worst narrator in the history of audiobooks

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

I don't know where to begin - the list is too long.

What was most disappointing about Jo Nesbo’s story?

obviously one of Nesbo's losers, maybe an early story? marketed to us based on an assumption that fans of his better work will buy anything

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kim Gordon?

anyone at all

Any additional comments?

A perfectly awful reader, given a lame, amateurish story to read. You must think we aren't paying attention.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Boring and over-priced

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

I like Jo Nesbo and have listened to all his books but his one is 1) boring 2) too short for the money. Less than 6 hours but full priced - James Lee Burke and C.J. Box deliver better stories and longer enjoyment.

Has Midnight Sun turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but will not pre-order in the future. Will wait for other review.

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

Slow paced, not bad but slow

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Boring and the narrator is awful!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I regret buying this book! The book is boring and some of that is because of the person narrating the story! Horrible job!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • 02-23-16

Worst narration ever. Not for Nesbo

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Narration dull monotonous

Would you recommend Midnight Sun to your friends? Why or why not?

No because of narration. A departure from previous Nesbo

Would you be willing to try another one of Kim Gordon’s performances?

No. Like a highschool kid reading aloud. No drama.

Did Midnight Sun inspire you to do anything?

Return it.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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narration narration narration

Why can't we have a compelling narrator for these books. This female reader sounded as though her xanax and ambien got mixed up or combined. I am a big Jo Nesbo fan but will be asking for my credit back and reading this one

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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How Disappointing

Would you try another book from Jo Nesbo and/or Kim Gordon?

I could not relax and enjoy this book. The primary character is male--which took me awhile to confirm. The narrator Kim Gordon is so monotone--her voice barely changing throughout the read- I could hardly distinguish when characters changed. I found it disconcerting from start to finish. The actual story is unlike the other Nesbo books I've read (I love Nesbo and have read all the books). A bit like a fairytale--but without the grab of other Nesbo books. Without the incentive to hold on and progress to 'find out' what comes next. Very disappointing. I thought multiple times of stopping the listen--but because it is a short book--continued. Never to be drawn in. Sorry, Nesbo--I didn't enjoy it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Monotone and female character reading for male character without changing her voice to indicate change in speaker.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Good story awful narrator

The plot is charming and engrossing. The narrator is dreadful. Read the book instead and you will like it.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Terrible, a one off by Nesbo. Why the main character, a male hit man, is read by a woman is beyond awful. And story is not strong enough to have paid for this book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Connie
  • Altadena, CA, United States
  • 02-20-16

Almost returned this book

Would you try another book from Jo Nesbo and/or Kim Gordon?

Definitely not Kim Gordon. First, this needed a male narrator. And secondly, it needed a narrator, not just a reader. I used it to help me sleep at night. Not kidding.

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

More action. Less introspection. A plot.

What didn’t you like about Kim Gordon’s performance?

It was dull, monotone. Nothing to like.

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

Not really. I only finished it because I usually love Jo Nesbo and was expecting the story to turn around.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful