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The Crow Girl Audiobook

The Crow Girl: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The newest crime novel sensation: In this shocking and suspenseful psychological thriller, a police detective must confront a hideous evil that forces her to question how much suffering one person can inflict upon another before creating a monster.

In a Stockholm city park, police discover the hideously abused body of a young boy. Detective Superintendent Jeanette Kihlberg heads the investigation, battling an apathetic prosecutor and a bureaucratic police force unwilling to devote resources to solving the murder of a nameless immigrant child. But with the discovery of two more mutilated children's corpses, it becomes clear that a serial killer is at large.

Jeanette turns to therapist Sofia Zetterlund for her expertise in psychopathic perpetrators, and their lives become increasingly intertwined, professionally and personally. As they draw closer to the truth about the killings - working together but, ultimately, each on her own - we come to understand that these murders are only the most obvious evidence of a hellishly insidious evil woven deep into Swedish society.

As viscerally dramatic as it is psychologically intense, The Crow Girl is a tale of almost unfathomably heinous deeds and of the profound damage - and the equally profound need for revenge - left in their wake.

©2016 Erik Axl Sund; 2016 Neil Smith - translation (P)2016 Random House Audio

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    Hartwea Arizona 05-05-17
    Hartwea Arizona 05-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book - loved the length"
    Where does The Crow Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say The Crow Girl ranks among the top. Not my favorite, but at least a good top 5 or so.


    What other book might you compare The Crow Girl to and why?

    Specifically, maybe the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. I say that because both main characters struggle with past abuse issues, and find ways to overcome and succeed. That and they are both written by Swedish authors.


    Have you listened to any of Gabrielle Glaister’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - I've not listened to any of Gabrielle Glaister's other performances, this was a first for me. But I would be happy to listen to her again. I think she does a great job and ranks as one of the best I've listened too. I never got bored of her voice, she keeps a good pace, etc.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Due to the length, that would have been impossible, hah. I listen to audio books at work, and have to stop at various times throughout the day for meetings, etc, and this book was one that I definitely wanted to keep going and would get annoyed when I would have to stop. I feel like there's the audio books that make for good work listen material that pass the time, but you don't necessarily get pulled in. Whereas this was one I was invested in and found myself thinking of the characters outside of work (I only let myself listen while at work) and trying to work out the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the length and was super excited when I found this one. This book was originally released in three parts, but when it was published in America, they combined the three books into one so I felt like whoo, three books for the price of one credit. Talk about a win win! I don't get why the heck people thought it was too long. If it was three books, and you liked it, you would continue onto the next, so what's the difference? And yes, there are some graphic parts. Abuse of a child is a difficult subject, especially when it's sexual abuse, but I felt the author did a great job exploring growing up in a traumatic environment and how that can shape you as an adult. And I had no problem with the ending. I don't think it left any unanswered questions. I particularly loves Sophia's ending - ok, spoilers ahead at this point - I loved that the author brought Sophia back to the beginning of where we first meet her as a child and had that be her ending point. I felt like Sophia become her own person at the end, overcame everything, and to drown with all the paper seemed to me a baptism of sorts. Where she had been dealing with the different events in her life by creating different personalities, it's at this end point where she has rid herself of those personalities and it's now just her. Such a raw and real moment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-28-16
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 12-28-16 Member Since 2017

    I love books!

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    "quite the novel"

    First time author for me, debut novel for the author. In researching the author, I learned that the author is a pseudonym for two Swedes who collaborated to write this book. In Sweden and greater Europe this story was released as a trilogy while in the US as a single volume, hence the length of the book. It was long but we in the US can look at it as three books for the price of one!

    This book had to take a lot of research and thought put into all the different elements of the story. This is a dark story, a very dark story. Its roots are in World War II, starting in Ukraine, moving to the Dachau concentration camp in Germany and then to Denmark and Sweden where one of the survivors of the war settled and created a secret sect that over the next several decades did things almost unfathomable to normal society. The Swedish detective that works this investigation has her hands full while her own personal life is unraveling around her.

    This isn't the kind of story that brings out the better natures of the human soul. I could put the types of crimes committed in the review but, hey, if you want to know the dark sides of this book, you need to listen to it. I thought the narrator and translator did a good job.

    Enjoy

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce 08-31-16
    Bruce 08-31-16
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    "soooooo loooonnngggg"

    not a bad story, had some really good parts but also so many unnecessary plot items and a few unresolved issues. pretty twisted crime story but could have been at least 50% shorter in length.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya 08-14-16
    Tanya 08-14-16
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    "love the idea, but the story was just too long"

    I really like the story, but there was just so much going on I wanted to keep listening, it was hard to put down. but also really hard to keep straight eventually I just gave up it was just too long. I would love to see it made into a movie

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cody 07-21-16
    Cody 07-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "meh"

    It started out great. Very dark and interesting thriller. I guess it comes down to the ending. I thought the author copped out and took the safe route. unresolved some loose ends and just ended it. ruined what was an exciting read.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Colorado-reader Boulder, Co USA 04-29-17
    Colorado-reader Boulder, Co USA 04-29-17 Member Since 2015

    Tell the story

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    "Boring Voice & Boring Book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Hard to say since the voice never changed. Every character, every age, every bit of action (was there action?) was the same. For a 700 page book, this was tedious and destroyed listening pleasure.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Erik Axl Sund and Neil Smith - translator again?

    Maybe. If it were under 500 pages and had a narrator, not just a "reader".


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gabrielle Glaister’s performances?

    Only if the entire story were told by one woman, and her perspective required no other voice. But... it would still be so low key as to be monotonous.


    What character would you cut from The Crow Girl?

    No idea. I had to go back a few times to find out "what?? who is it? "The characters are intricately intwined and I think that removing one would hinder the others. Being able to tell them apart, however, might have given me a better answer.


    Any additional comments?

    This type of book is hard to put on Audible because of its length. I usually like long books, and like to lose myself in a good story. However, the performance and the author have to be able to keep the reader's attention. This book becomes dull, and never picks up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MikeyP 04-04-17
    MikeyP 04-04-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Thoroughly enjoyed it!"

    I loved listening to this book. I listen while I work and found I got a lot more work done during this book. I would work on things just to have an excuse to listen. I did find myself wishing that I could refer to text occasionally, either because the story was complex and I needed to refer back to earlier events or because of the few times that I wasn't quite sure what the narrator had said. But, all in all, loved it. I was a little sad when it ended. I think this was the author's first book, so I'll just have to wait for more from him, I suppose!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Calmly Unraveled 03-12-17

    Calmly Unravelled

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    "Nice Thriller"

    I chose this rating because this book is very well written. The translation carried over very well. The depth of characters and of personalities is quite thorough.

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    J. Lindsey San Fernando Valley, CA 01-17-17
    J. Lindsey San Fernando Valley, CA 01-17-17 Member Since 2016

    In Anchorage AK since 2007. Found audio books in 1996. I remember the huge boxes of cassettes in the mail! Sometimes w/a faulty cassette!

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    "Extraordinary"

    There are so many things I'd like to say about this book, but I can not find any adequate words to do my thoughts or the book justice. No regrets about the number of times that I had to stop and go back to listen again while trying to keep it all together. Not a task for the "relaxing read" choice, or the "give up and start something else". The ends justify the means.

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    Brian Huntley 10-25-16 Member Since 2011
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    "crow girl is eerie and disturbing"

    complicated with a disturbing yet compelling topic. the conclusion is disturbing yet mimics real life as all is not always satisfactory or neat

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