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Nightblind

Dark Iceland, Book 2
Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
Series: Dark Iceland, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

Ari Thor returns to investigate a chilling series of crimes that are rooted in tragic events from the past.

Siglufjörður: an idyllically quiet fishing village on the northernmost tip of Iceland, accessible only via a small mountain tunnel.

Ari Thór Arason: a local policeman whose tumultuous past and uneasy relationships with the villagers continue to haunt him. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by the murder of a policeman - shot at point-blank range in the dead of night in a deserted house.

With a killer on the loose and the dark arctic winter closing in, it falls to Ari Thór to piece together a puzzle that involves tangled local politics, a compromised new mayor, and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, where someone is being held against their will.

Then a mysterious young woman moves to the area, on the run from something she dare not reveal, and it becomes all too clear that tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all.

Dark, chilling and complex, Nightblind is an extraordinary thriller from an undeniable new talent.

©2016 Ragnar Jonasson (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Why change the narrator?

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As the follow up to snowblind I was looking forward to this greatly. I was really disappointed however to find the narrator had changed. Going from an Icelandic narrator to an English one completely changed the tone of the book. He also seemed to pronounce all the names differently, surely it would have been easy to do some homework and keep some continuity?

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A sensational return to the heart of Dark Iceland!

What made the experience of listening to Nightblind the most enjoyable?

Nightblind offered a truly memorable glimpse into the heart of Dark Iceland and a triumphant return to the tiny fishing village of Siglufjördur where Ari Thór finds himself stationed. In this follow up to the success of a dazzling debut in Snowblind the author once again presents a superbly drawn cast of characters and what makes for a brilliantly well plotted mystery. Listeners are able to gain a real feel for the claustrophobia of life in a remote vilage where incomers never feel they truly belong and this is a story which hooks you from the off!

The author cleverly draws in the wider backdrop of the economy in Iceland and the prosperity of the fishing industry is no more, with an increased emphasis on the need of the village to rely on the tourist trade as a source of income. Combined with a new tunnel making the village more accessible this has made for some changes and with it some newcomers. Yet when a shooting occurs in the village in this noriously peaceful country it still strikes at the very heart of society and the puzzle which Ari Thór find himself wrestling with offers a second thrilling return to Iceland.

What did you like best about this story?

Undoubtedly for me it was gaining an update on how life for the protagonist Ari Thór has changed. Despite being passed over for the job which Tómas left vacant he has made his home in the village and is now a father. Alongside Ari Thór, a brilliantly drawn cast of locals make for a memorable return to Siglufjördur and bring the story alive.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scenes which I most enjoyed were undoubtedly those which featured Ari Thór alongside his former boss Tómas. In Snowblind the rapport between the two was evident and the chemistry and interplay between the duo was established. Once again working alongside his former colleague this allows a look at just how far Ari Thór has come.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

If Snowblind made for a brilliant starter, then Nightblind undoubtedly delivers a memorable main course and the icing on the cake combined!

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Leighton Pugh provided a superb narrator for Ari Thór. His lively delivery made for a very engaging listen and his expression and careful distinction between the different characters easily drew you in to the story. His passion and enthusiasm for the story he narrates is evident and I would look forward to hearing him again.

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Tomas with a Yorkshire accent ???

Loved the story as always with Ragnar Jonasson and the performance narration was good. However I really much preferred the narrator of snow blind who was a native Icelander. It somewhat added to the atmosphere. Hearing Tomas portrayed with a Yorkshire accent did nothing to take me up to the coast of siglifurdur.

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Wrong order!

I’m thoroughly enjoying this series (although I miss the original Icelandic narrator) however this is the THIRD in the series, not the second as audible state!

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Great series

Really enjoying the series and can't wait to start the next one. Good characters and plot and very evocative of this strange and wonderful landscape.

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Ari Thόr Arason is still living and working in Siglufjördur, an isolated community in the North of Iceland. Ari and Kristín are together again and have a son, Stefnir. After his boss Tόmas leaves to take up a new post, Ari Thόr applies for the position of inspector. He is passed over in favour of another man, one with connections. Ari receives a phone call late one evening from the wife of his boss, her husband hasn’t come home, and she is unable to contact him. Ari locates him at a spooky abandoned house, he’s been shot. Tόmas returns to head the investigation, leading them into the murky worlds of politics, drugs, and inherited pathological violence. Set during the shortening days of late Autumn, the brooding dark skies, howling gales and bitter rain, establishes the timbre for this wonderful Icelandic Noir tale.

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Rambling

The deep impression of the place and characters you build in your mind that works so well in the first book is lost in the second because of the change in reader.
I thought this book had too many parallel threads that I guess are there to keep you guessing but ultimately left you wondering why they are there in the first place. To me it felt like the story and plots rambled along.
I wasn’t gripped.

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Dreary and Depressing

What disappointed you about Nightblind?

The story was both slow and boring. I had hoped it would be a good replacement for the Quentin Bates series which I really enjoyed. I was wrong!

Has Nightblind put you off other books in this genre?

No only this Author

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Leighton Pugh?

narrator was OK the material was the problem

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Snow Blind Leads To Night Blind!

In book 2, we again begin our story in Siglufjörður.

Ari Thór Arason returns as the local policeman. His past and uneasy relationships with the villagers make tensions that run through the story.

As the story begins, a policeman is shot at point-blank range, during the night & at a deserted house near the tunnel - the only access into Siglufjörður.

Ari Thór is left to get to the bottom of this unlikely crime.

He has to work with the problems of local politics which include a new mayor who is compromised.

At a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik, someone is held under lock & key, whilst a young woman new to the area, also becomes involved.

Having read book 1 & 2 I moved onto Book 3!

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Engaging

Unusually this was better than the first novel, maybe because I am now familiar with the scenario and main characters. Also the narration was better. I sense a 3rd book coming and suspect it will become formulaic.

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TERRIBLE casting choice!

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A wonderful book completely ruined by the narration. It's an ICELANDIC mystery! The British accent and artificial drama makes it sound like a wannabe Sherlock Holmes. And then the narrator trots out his fleet of "voices", applying, apparently at random, weird Scottish, Irish, or low English accents to the ICELANDIC characters (is this profiling? Are we supposed to infer Icelanders are uneducated because they get the "lesser" English accents? -the villains get the lowest "voice" of course, immediately signalling their guilt). An awful, awful production decision - practically unbearable to listen to. This author and this series are not to be missed, but for god's sake- READ this one.