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Pretty good...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-12-12

Mr. Olsen is a master storyteller, and that is consistent across his books. Ultimately, at least for me, these ratings are about the mystery or the story itself. This time there are several stories moving at the same time and unfortunately none of them grabbed me as much as some of the other stories. There is a main development about one of the core characters, moving the overall dept. Q story forward a few steps. I still recommend the entire series and this one won't disappoint you if you're already a fan.

Best of the series so far

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-11-04

I was very happy that Mr. Adler-Osen returned to his usual style after a departure in the last novel, which I personally felt wasn't great. The story unwinds with a masterful eye to detail and pacing that sets his work apart. The department Q character backstories unwind a bit more, just enough to dangle new possibilities and intrigue. If you've also listened to all the previous works in the series, you will note a similar formula that unfolds, which I like, other than the way they all end. I don't want to give out details, but it seems there's one way of thinking and pacing that carries the books to the very end, and then someone else takes over, and now we're in a Bond movie, from the 70's, with Bond tied to the chair as the laser slowly creeps closer and closer. Maybe in the next novel the murderer will go quietly?

Love the works. Keep them coming.

Will not disappoint

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-19

The story is gripping and paced well. The narration is top-notch. My only concern was that I figured out what's happening quite early in the story so there wasn't any surprises, but for a detective story I appreciate the author providing enough relevant information for the reader to be able to figure things out rather than providing an arbitrary resolution. I'm quickly downloading the second novel.

It's ok

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-19

The story is extremely uncomplicated, short on events... feels like an early work or a sketch rather than a completed novel. The narration is unfortunately disappointing as well.

Amor Towles can write!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-10

A romantic novel about a sentimental aristocrat under house arrest at the Hotel Metropol. I'm finding it difficult to review the book because it's about many things and in many ways bigger than the sum of it's parts. For me it was mostly about discovering what is important in life and an analysis of the human condition. It's very well narrated as well.

lovely narration, great story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-10

One of few occasions where the author narrating is actually a joy. I just loved Ms. Steadman's narration; even her male voices were great. This is more suspense than mystery, you see what's going to happen before it does. There's two kinds of horror/suspense; one where a person turns a corner and we don't know if the boogieman is there or not, and the other when the unsuspecting person turns the corner and we see what's standing there. This is like the latter. I cant wait for the next novel. #Audible1

Agatha Christie with a twist

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-06

I think of this book as a cute homage to Agatha Christie's novels, with a little twist. It's best enjoyed sitting by a fire in the winter as the snow gathers outside. However, I would stay away from the audiobook. Unfortunately the narration is one of the worst I have seen. It's over enunciated, wooden, and the narrator chooses odd choices for her emotional emulation of what the characters must be feeling. Most people just sound petulant at all times, whether they are scared, or angry, or just having a chat. I still finished the book because I'm a fan of this genre. #Audible1

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Ahhh those Persians!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-05-27

The best historical work I've yet listened to or read about the Persian empire. Most of what I've read to date has been boring, academic, a series of facts strung together with little passion about the subject. Professor Lee, who also narrates through twenty or so odd lectures, takes us through an updated history of Persia, tells us who the sources were and how reliable they were, and tells us about the people, culture, religion, wars, court, economy, etc etc of this ancient and great empire. I strongly recommend this for any history buff.

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Mostly good, with one gripe

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2017-11-03

I enjoyed Mr. Kerr's obvious knowledge about the time and place in which he sets his tale. The story is set in two different times with a link and I enjoyed the back and forth, which was masterfully done. Of course as you can tell from the preview this is a detective story set in Nazi Germany. To be fair I'd have given this a four star for story, if not for one persistent issue that has been bothering me, which is this: Mr. Kerr goes into such pains, ad nauseam, to ensure we know that the hero is not a Nazi and hates the Nazi's that he really overdoes it and once you notice it's happening it just becomes grating. I am probably not exaggerating when I estimate that 40-50% of any utterance that the hero makes has some sort of anti Nazi comment thrown in. Really, this is not an exaggeration.
Nobody talks like that, regardless of their political leanings, and if they did, it would become just as annoying. It's just clearly a projection or a need or fear within Mr. Kerr to make a point. Other than that, I'm happy to recommend this book. It probably won't bother most people really, it's such a nit picky thing, but it really annoyed me so I felt obliged to comment on it.

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