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Snow White Must Die Audiobook

Snow White Must Die

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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, January 2013 - With a title like that how can you not be intrigued? Already an international bestseller, Neuhaus's US debut has garnered plenty of pre-release buzz for taking well-worn mystery staples (cold case, small town, unfriendly populace) and artfully weaving them together into something altogether fresh, with a story that keeps readers on their toes till the end. —Michael, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer.

On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace. In a trial based only on circumstantial evidence, twenty-year-old Tobias Sartorius, Rita Cramer's son, was sentenced to ten years in prison. Bodenstein and Kirchhoff discover that Tobias, after serving his sentence, has now returned to his home town. Did the attack on his mother have something to do with his return? In the village, Pia and Oliver encounter a wall of silence. When another young girl disappears, the events of the past seem to be repeating themselves in a disastrous manner. The investigation turns into a race against time, because for the villagers it is soon clear who the perpetrator is - and this time they are determined to take matters into their own hands.

©2010 Nele Neuhaus (P)2012 AudioGO, Ltd.

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    Vickie 11-13-13
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    "Engrossing But Wore Me Out"
    Would you try another book from Nele Neuhaus and/or Robert Fass?

    I would read another book with caution. The book's premise was complex and quite interesting. However, it just wouldn't end because there were so many twists and turns that needed concluding. A little less complication would allowed the ending to come sooner ending on a higher note but still satisfying.
    The story was strong enough with adding more and more twists.


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    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 10-27-13
    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 10-27-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Terrific mystery & study of German small town life"

    I absolutely loved this novel by Nele Neuhaus, which was as much a character study of the worst of small town life in Germany as it was a mystery story. Lots of engaging characters and interesting plot twists combined with good writing and atmospheric descriptions of the scenery and homes. I think it's not much of a spoiler to say that you know from the beginning that Tobias must have been framed, but listening to it all unravel kept me hooked to the very last minute of the highly satisfying conclusion. I grew up in Germany and can say that the scenes and descriptions are very authentic. The translation was well done and the narration was outstanding. Highly recommended!

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    Terri Hartsville, SC, United States 10-09-13
    Terri Hartsville, SC, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating"
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    Enjoyed the roller coaster of "who did it", you think you have it figured out and then a new twist appears. I struggled with trying to keep the characters separated, but this was due to not being familiar with German names. I would have to pause to think, "okay, which character is this". Was a slow start, but the story picked up speed and then I wanted to keep listening so I could find out the newest twist. Robert Fass was a great narrator and did well with keeping the characters separated. I found him very easy to listen to, he transitioned from one character to the other seamlessly.

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    Aleeta R. Hall 08-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fail"
    What would have made Snow White Must Die better?

    Just my opinion...but this story was a fail.


    Has Snow White Must Die turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Fass?

    No


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

    Not really. Took too long to get going...lost my interest quickly.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cate BRONX, NY, United States 07-31-13
    Cate BRONX, NY, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Terrible. Boring performance of a bad translation."

    Terrible. The translation is awkward and the reading is uninteresting. I repeatedly thought (and hoped) that it was almost over, only to be disappointed. Way too many meandering stories about way too many characters who you just can't bring yourself to care about.

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    PhilR 05-14-13
    PhilR 05-14-13
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    "A story as intriguing as its title."

    Although you can't judge a book by its cover, you can occasionally choose one by its title. I simply couldn't pass this one up (kind of like choosing wine because of the label) and was quite pleased. A very well-crafted story. Enjoyable characters, a plot with intriguing twists, and all the red herrings are tied up by the end.

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    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 05-08-13
    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2007
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    "not sure what to make of this one"

    I admit that I am not all the way through this one, but I have some strong thoughts on it already. The narrator is fine, even excellent. Nothing really to comment on there. The writing is pretty good and almost sells the story, but I do not think it quite does, and the story seems absurd on many levels. Maybe not enough to discourage me from listening to another one in the series when translated.

    As others have commented, the story seems endless with a fantastic number of subplots some of which go nowhere. Our detective protagonists do seem extremely ineffectual at actually solving anything. I would hope that earlier books in the series would add interest and depth to them. There are few, if any, attractive characters in the book, and the entire village seems evil, which is not credible. Too much coincidence, although some of it might be well-disguised. Too many things generally unbelieveable. Hope this is not a spoiler, but the official and public reaction to someone pitching a human being off an overpass onto a busy "super highway" to the expected results seems vastly understated. Lots of violence that seems to go relatively unreacted to.

    Maybe all of rural Germany is like that. I doubt it. Actually, anything official German seems amazingly ineffectual at doing anything.

    Characters evil and relatively good alike do not seem all that credible.

    All of that said, it seems kind of hard to put down. One still wants to know what happens.

    I love the Scandanavian detective books. Somehow the characters in them seem very credible and deep. I thought this would be more like those. Instead, I guess this one remind me more of the Tana French books. Not bad, but not really credible, and kind of unsatisfying.

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    H 05-08-13
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    "Interesting thriller that layers on many stories!"
    Any additional comments?

    Snow White Must Die is about a man, Tobias, who is released from prison after 10 years for the murder/disappearance of two girls when he was in his late teens. Coming back into town he finds that the whole town turned not only on him but his family, too. His parents struggle to live in town and be supportive of their son. The people in town still harbor resentment and take it out on the entire family through vigilante acts.

    Then the bodies of the girls are discovered and another girl in town goes missing. Again, all eyes start to focus on Tobias as he tries to prove his innocence to the town on the past murders and the new crim that has happened.

    This audiobook started out really good, but the overall plot got too heavy. There were too any side stories and characters and at what point I just had to accept the fact that I had completely missed the issue between two characters and why it was important to the overall narrative. This is definitely not a book you can listen to when multitasking and be able to keep track of all the details.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jordan Koch Carlsbad, CA 05-08-13
    Jordan Koch Carlsbad, CA 05-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good."
    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this and I liked it a lot. Unusual to have a book set in present-day Germany about something unrelated to WWII/Holocaust/Cold War.

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    critical shopper CA 05-08-13
    critical shopper CA 05-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Melodromatic to the max"
    Would you try another book from Nele Neuhaus and/or Robert Fass?

    Overrated and oversold by the blurbs. Awkward translation. Melodramatic reading. Really a waste of money.


    What could Nele Neuhaus have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Hire a better translator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Fass’s performances?

    No.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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