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Superb.

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Genius. Satire, exquisite story writing and life lessons. I don't recall reading/hearing such engaging stories before. The stories betray how limited our knowledge of the world is today as compared to writers living in the 18th century, despite our supposedly enhanced access to 'information'. It seems that information cannot replace cultivation. Would recommend these stories to all.

Great production. Abrupt ending.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

Masterfully put together (voices, music, sound) but falls flat at the end due to an abrupt ending.

Could be better performed by Norwegian female.

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

Reviewed: 04-11-15

What did you like most about In the Darkness?

The focus on a very believable and relatable female character - Eva and the insights her character brings to the realities of life in Norway (despite its status as a utopian welfare state).

What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Darkness?

Scenes of when Eve and Maya meet and discuss. Eve's relationship with her dad.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

As I live in the Nordic region, I know that storytelling here is much more nuanced than the very British style and intonation that David Rintoul utilises in this audiobook. I would have preferred someone who actually speaks Norwegian (as well as English) and is familiar with the culture and place, performing the audiobook. It's important to keep linguistic and cultural characteristics of a text, even when it's translated.

Additionally, since Karin Fossum is one of few female Nordic crime fiction writers, it would have been nice to have used the voice of a woman...particularly since the story centres around female characters too.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I wouldn't say 'moved' but you do feel sorry for certain characters at certain points in the story.

Any additional comments?

Please can audible try to retain the original character of stories by employing narrators who are from the same culture/linguistic background of the original story but are English speakers? In this case, there is no shortage of strong English speakers in Norway!

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