The Hypnotist

A Novel
Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Series: Joona Linna, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
4 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Your mind is his playground.

A gruesome triple homicide. There’s only one surviving witness - the boy whose family was killed before his eyes...and he can’t remember what happened. 

The police are desperate for information. Detective Joona Linna enlists the help of hypnotist Erik Maria Bark. But when Bark unlocks the secrets in the boy’s memory, he triggers a terrifying chain of events that will put all their lives in jeopardy. 

©2018 Lars Kepler (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Full of surprises and more than enough twists to keep those pages turning well into the night.” (NPR)

 “Compellingly grisly.” (Vogue

“A gripping series of twists and turns... .A natural successor to the Stieg Larsson series.” (Parade)

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Gripping and mysterious!

I've read a lot of crime drama novels and this is definitely one of my favorites! I'm also picky about the narrators voice when it comes to audiobooks. This narrators voice didn't annoy me like some do. He did an excellent job with his acting and expressions. I could really imagine the scenes and characters clearly in my head as I listened. if you like Jo Nesbo, Henning Georg Mankell or Stieg Larson you will love his!

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Good story

We’ve been audible members for 18 years so this isn’t our first audio book.

The author does a good job of telling the story. It’s the story. There are ways to give you the sense of violence without dragging it out. We bought the book to hear an intelligent mystery novel.

The narrator was excellent. Carried the accents well enough that we would look for him as a narrator again.

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Suspenseful!

The Lars Kepler team is so good. I can hardly put their books down. This one was, as always, a good read BUT anytime I’m reading and come across child abuse I have a hard time. Wish they’d stay away from that topic, but it is out there, unfortunately. Overall though I would recommend this book.

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Storyline was lacking

The Hypnotist could have been a fantastic story. I'm aware it was a really long book, however, it FELT like a really long book. It was like multiple books inside one, there is almost 3 storylines going on and I'm not sure it worked for me. I kept listening and I liked the story but there was just so much extra that didn't feel necessary and for me that was the issue. Also, I felt like the husband and wife had the worst communication that I have ever seen. I have no idea how their relationship continued as it was and how they never talk to each other throughout the book. It all felt off, wrong.

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Interesting and twisty story

I liked this book a lot. There were moments where the translation lost me a bit, or maybe just the different phrasing. The only thing that drove me a little nuts was how unlikable Simone was as a character. She was at times truly dumb, thick headed, and made me shake my head. Otherwise a well developed cast of characters and I’ll definitely move on to book 2.

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Disliked every character

not sure if that was because of the way the narrator voiced them or not. I don't exactly know how to describe what I hqted so much but, the story was written as if it was describing in detail a movie version of the story. I'm sure he might be a good narrator for a different type of story but his voicing of the female characters was sooooo annoying and the main character came off as a whiny prat.

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I really wanted to like this...

I really wanted to like this, as it was recommended by many bookish people I know. But I didn't. This is one of those cases where I wish I read it, instead of listened. Maybe I would've liked it more.

The way the narrator voiced some of the characters was just so irritating. Especially the female characters. I'll make sure to never listen to another books narrated by him.

As for the story, not one of the better scandi noir books I've read (and I've read a lot of them).