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A Snowball in Hell Audiobook

A Snowball in Hell

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Publisher's Summary

Simon Darcourt, an inventive killer with a sense of humour, is creating his own celebrity talent show, one that is generating more publicity than its contestants have ever had in their lives. The catch is that those lives won't be very long.

The police turn to Angelique de Xavia, a cop who has crossed his path before. However, the police are not the only people who want Darcourt. Now she's faced not only with tracking him down, but also with the task of ensuring she doesn't end up dead once she's served her purpose.

Scared and alone, Angelique knows she's got a snowball's chance of pulling this off, which is why she's going to need a little magic...

©2008 Christopher Brookmyre; (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Brilliant and hilarious." (Guardian)

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    Mark BANCHORY, United Kingdom 30/04/2009
    Mark BANCHORY, United Kingdom 30/04/2009 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Brookmyre and more!!"

    What can I say - he gets even better. Black humour and satire, at its best. Thank you Mr Brookmyre ? once again. More please!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P. J. Williams UK 31/03/2010
    P. J. Williams UK 31/03/2010 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than the printed version..."

    I had bought this when it was first published and enjoyed it at the time so I did wonder if i was just wasting my money getting the audio as I knew the plot but the narrator in this reading is excellent and gave life to the characters in a much better way than I did in my head when first reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rogayah 03/09/2009
    Rogayah 03/09/2009
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    "Brilliant!"

    This is Brookmyer at his iconoclastic best. An impossible plot is laid down and with the many twist and turns eventually comes to a satisfactory outcome, not without a few laughs, feeling of revulsion and nail-biting tension and a few sacred cows exploded on the way.

    Well told and worth the sometimes excessive blood, gore and bad language - part and parcel of Brookmyer's well-crafted stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JonR Kettering, UK 26/03/2010
    JonR Kettering, UK 26/03/2010 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but too long"

    I like unabridged books, but as commented by another reviewer an abridged version of this novel would have probably been better, as so many of the themes concerning celebrity culture were repeated time and again. But on a more positive note an execellent story with numerous twists and turns, very well read with good characterisation. On my download there appeared to be two minor faults, what seemed a very out of place chapter early in the book, and later on a chapter that stops mid sentance, but neither really detract from what was on the whole an enjoyable listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan 10/10/2017
    Bryan 10/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Utter pish."

    Utter pish. Don't waste your time. Why use one word when you can annoy the listener with ten.

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    Adam D 22/09/2017
    Adam D 22/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Drawn out 20%too long."

    Complicated and so full of complete turnovers that they become the norm, not suprizes. do

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    Mrs Q Reading, United Kingdom 23/07/2017
    Mrs Q Reading, United Kingdom 23/07/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Yay!"

    I love Brookmyre's stories but this has. Even my favourite so far.
    Great story and very good narration 👍🏽

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    Norman A Millar 14/12/2016
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    "Rank badjun"

    Brookmyer at his best with the return of some great characters. This is a great plot well read by Blyth

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    Andy 05/04/2016
    Andy 05/04/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "A Hero, Heroine and the Devil battle again"
    What made the experience of listening to A Snowball in Hell the most enjoyable?

    Superb narration by Kenny Blyth. He brought such depth to each character, especially so for Simon Darcourt.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Snowball in Hell?

    The gameshow, loosely based on the X Factor accept the prize for the winner and the means to attain it were gruesome but darkly funny.


    Which character – as performed by Kenny Blyth – was your favourite?

    Simon Darcourt


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

    Silly question, especially for a Christopher Brookmyre novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Brookmyre never disappoints.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lornie Lou 29/06/2015
    Lornie Lou 29/06/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Witty biting cops and robbers satire "

    Gripping thriller on the subject of celebrity culture while putting the boot in on the media obsession with scaremongering terrorism. Highly entertaining

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  • John
    Cornish, NH, United States
    23/07/10
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    "More Brookmyre, Please"

    I have been a fan of Mr. Brookmyre since first hearing "A Tale Etched In Blood and Hard Black Pencil." I was enchanted by the dark humor, the clever phrasings, the twists, and the juxtaposed sentimentality. I have since listened to all his audio books I could lay my ears on.

    Most have been narrated by Kenny Blyth, who does a spot-on job; providing a suitable range of voices (many in winsome Scot brogues), and an impeccable delivery of Christopher Brookmyre's wonderful ironies. Here again the narrator does not disappoint.

    The book itself is is excellent. While I was able to suss many of the twists, that did not dim them; and there were plenty that escaped my anticipation. The characters are all engaging, and even the villain is intriguing and entertaining without becoming a sympathetic anti-hero in the end. Kudos.

    I have rated this book at five within the genre, rounding it up. Audible could do worse than to add more of his books to their digital shelves.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    CHARLESTON, SC, United States
    02/07/11
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    "Typical Brookmyre with a great villain"

    Simon is one of the most entertaining villains I've had the privilege to encounter. The "good guys" pale in comparison. I came into this without having read the earlier books, but I don't think I missed much there. Fun read, and I do enjoy a book where you're rooting for the villain, even if he is a bad, bad man.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Athens, OH, United States
    10/01/12
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    "Gory and fun, with a heart, too."
    Would you listen to A Snowball in Hell again? Why?

    Yes, the narrator was very good. The story compelling and if you're a music lover you will enjoy the scathing assessment of the music industry.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, there were many twists and turns and several compelling story lines to follow.


    What about Kenny Blyth’s performance did you like?

    Kenny Blyth's true Scottish accent helped bring the book to life. He was easy for this Yank to understand even while listening in the car.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot! I also gasped and winced at some parts. Some parts are not for the faint of heart, but the story is great wicked fun.


    Any additional comments?

    I visited Scotland last summer and picked up a Christopher Brookmyre book at the recommendation of a book shop owner in Elgin, where my father's family came from. I asked for some crime fiction by an author an American might not be familiar with. From our conversation she deduced I would enjoy something with black humor and she was right. If you like Carl Hiaasen or Christopher Moore this will be a fun listen for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bethany
    PHOENIX, AZ, United States
    02/05/17
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    "Worth a second listen!"

    This was a fun, sinister, twisted, romance-with-a-kick, listen. I already gave this a second listen in case I missed any of the nuances that are woven throughout. Great author, excellent performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    East Hartford, CT, United States
    17/10/14
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    "ridiculous"

    Violent, implausible, thoroughly enjoyed it! Demented take on social issues. A very warped social commentary. I don't care still found it funny, offbeat and kinda funny in a dark bleak way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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