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Great story!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-20

I see this book has split the audience, some finding it a bit too implausible, the rest loving it. I'm definitely in the "loving it" camp. It's a well thought out thriller, albeit asking us to suspend belief sometimes, but that only enhances the tale as we go along. I do hope that David Jackson writes another Cody story.

Superb!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-20

Fabulous writing made even better by Anton Lesser's faultless narration. His command of the different accents is impeccable and the speed of his delivery is perfect, lending an urgency to those passages where the action of the text demands it and bringing gravitas to those parts that are more serious. Absolutely loved it!

Disappointed!

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-19

Like other readers, I found this third, concluding part of the trilogy, rambling, confusing and overly complex. I don't think it was the fault of the narrator, his delivery was consistently good throughout the series, I think it was more of a lack of focus on the important aspects of the story. The overall, three parts worked quite well and I think I would recommend it but with reservations.

Good story...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-19

.. the only thing I didn’t like to begin with was the speed of the narration, I thought Simon Mattacks was rushing a bit too much, I did get used to it but it was the only thing that took away one star from my review. I loved the story and would like to read more from this author.

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Poor

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-19

I agree with the listener who said that Lagercrantz's stories get worse as the series goes on, this is definitely the worst, very poor by comparison to Larson's originals and poor compared to his first effort, which was reasonable. This one really is all over the place though, not carefully crafted at all. If the publisher's really want to milk the Dragon Tatoo series even more, I suggest they ask Jo Nesbo to write the next one for them, even if it's under a pseudonym!

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Not great but not bad

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-19

The best bit of this book was the narration, Simon Mattacks did a great job narrating what is not a badly written story but is just not up there with the best writers of this genre, there were times when the storyline unfolded with cringeworthy contrivance. I know one has to suspend belief most times with detective thrillers but this one had me snorting with disbelief on several occasions as the writers revealed yet another ridiculous scene outcome.

Not the best of its type but probably not the worst, improved immensely by the inspired reading and characterisation of Simon Mattacks.

Beautiful language but dull

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-06-19

I have to agree with the reviewer who said that it just didn't grip her. The story is well written and the narrator delivers the tale very well but the story is just not that exciting. I suspect that Carlos Ruiz Zafon's writing style is just not for me.

Didn't get it

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-19

I have absolutely no idea what this book was about, couldn't detect any plot at all. Although it was obviously read in English, there were so many sentences containing either heavy jargon and acronyms or combinations of English words that were never meant to be used together that large passages may well have been written in Hungarian for all the sense it made to me. I guess it wasn't aimed at my age group, possibly more towards the late teens/early twenties. The narrator was easy on the ear, I would listen to something else read by Jack Hawkins.

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Good, but ....

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-19

The trouble with this story is that the perpetrator is the most despicable, evil person you can imagine, not a hint of anything to like about him, no redeeming features whatsoever. It's hard to believe anyone could write a more wicked, loathsome character in a book. Because of this, even though the main protagonist is a likeable character, someone with whom you can empathise, large parts of the book irritated me so much I couldn't really enjoy it, several times I thought about giving up on it.

The narrator did an excellent job, I know I could not have read some of the most gruesome passages out loud.

Can't decide if I love it or not ...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-19

I can totally understand why this gets varied reviews, there were times when I wished the author would just get on with the action and not describe everything down to the last detail, by which time I had lost interest in the scene being narrated. Also, I think the narrator didn't help, perhaps if he had read it a little quicker or with a little more energy, I might have enjoyed it more. It's not that I didn't enjoy it, it's just I think it could have been improved somewhat by sparser writing and more enthusiastic reading.

I'll probably try the next in the series but won't be champing at the bit.