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The Hypnotist Audiobook

The Hypnotist

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Publisher's Summary

An international sensation, The Hypnotist is set to appear in 37 countries, and it has landed at the top of best-seller lists wherever it’s been published—in France, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark. Now it’s America’s turn. Combining the addictive power of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy with the storytelling drive of The Silence of the Lambs, this adrenaline-drenched thriller is spellbinding from its very first minute.

Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide—all the victims from the same family—captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the grisly murders, against the wishes of the national police. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered.

But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes intended for this boy to die: he has suffered more than 100 knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. He’s in no condition to be questioned.

Desperate for information, Linna sees one mode of recourse: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes. It’s the sort of work that Bark had sworn he would never do again—ethically dubious and psychically scarring. When he breaks his promise and hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events begins to unfurl.

A number-one best-selling international sensation sure to please fans of Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, The Hypnotist is the first novel in a series. With its pulse-pounding hooks and twists, it announces a stirring new contribution to the annals of crime fiction.

©2009 Lars Kepler (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Soon there will be Stieg Larsson crime fiction people and Lars Kepler crime fiction people: I’m hereby in the latter camp.” (Kurt Andersen, New York Times best-selling author)

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    Renae 09-29-16
    Renae 09-29-16

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    "Hard to Finish"

    This was a very tough book for me to finish. I kept starting and then I would stop. The overall story was okay but hard to follow at times. The narration was excellent however the ending was very disappointing.

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    Lena chicago area 07-18-16
    Lena chicago area 07-18-16 Member Since 2011

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    "Elements of a good story but not quite put together"

    Parts of this were interesting and engaging but I thought it needed better editing and a tighter structure.

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    Pam M Atlanta Atlanta, GA 06-28-16
    Pam M Atlanta Atlanta, GA 06-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "DNF"

    Unsympathetic characters and a dragging plot caused me to not finish this book. I listened to the audio version. Maybe it reads better in print.

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    K. Gould Glendale, CA USA 06-22-16
    K. Gould Glendale, CA USA 06-22-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible writing. Nonsensical plot."
    What would have made The Hypnotist better?

    I was following along fine, although I never really got into the plot. The writing is wooden, without heart or feeling. Then one character finds out something he has done is the top story on the news: papers, TV, radio, everything. And literally no one has tried to call him. I thought maybe it was a dream or hypnotism, but it just kept on going and getting more ridiculous, but not in a way that made me think there was anything going on but terrible writing. More nonsensical plot followed, badly written, and I just couldn't listen anymore.

    I will go back to a book that I've dropped if something about the plot sticks in my mind, if I keep wondering what happened to one of the characters. But I am not curious about anything in this book.


    Has The Hypnotist turned you off from other books in this genre?

    There are much better mystery and suspense novels out there. Many other authors do unreal well. This author does not.


    Did Mark Bramhall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator did an admirable job with these uninteresting characters, who are poorly differentiated by the text.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Confusion. Boredom. Bewilderment. Anger that this terrible book got published and somehow became a bestseller.


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    AnnieHeartOn Binghamton, NY 06-15-16
    AnnieHeartOn Binghamton, NY 06-15-16 Member Since 2015

    intrepid left-wing lesbian feminist librarian

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    "Just okay"

    seemed to meander in the middle. suddenly the focus of the book switches as the main storyline is resolved with little fanfare.

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    courtney 05-12-16
    courtney 05-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "good book"

    i enjoyed the book, but was a bit hard keeping up with the unusual names.

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    LeaAnnW MYRTLE BEACH, SC, United States 04-24-16
    LeaAnnW MYRTLE BEACH, SC, United States 04-24-16

    I love books! Since I can't read when I drive, audible does it for me!

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    "Edge of my seat!"

    The story was exciting, the characters well developed and it creeped me out several times. Can't wait to read other books by this author. Narrator did wonderful job! The names and places were Swedish, Finnish, etc... But the story translates to any language!

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    C. Brown Columbus, OH USA 04-15-16
    C. Brown Columbus, OH USA 04-15-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Story, Amazing Narrator"

    This was an interesting story. A psychological thriller. Dark. A little bit of everything. I found some of the dialogue sort of simpering...hard to believe that reasonable adults would be so wimpy and even predictable...so some of the dialogue was a bit hard to take.

    HOWEVER, Mark Bramhall is an amazing narrator. My favorites are usually George Guidall and Will Patton. But, just based on this performance, I'd have to say that he belongs in a similar category. An incredible mastery of dialects and characterizations. I definitely want to hear more of his work.

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    Bonnie Higginbotham 07-31-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Startling!"

    There are several detailed plots with interesting, unusual characters. Each plot could be a standalone book, but the author has skillfully entertwined them to a startling end.

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    Seif 07-31-15
    Seif 07-31-15 Member Since 2011

    Audible changed my reading life!

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    "A real thriller"

    An excellent book if u seek to be thrilled. Bramhall's voice reading this novel makes it even better.

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