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The Nightmare Audiobook

The Nightmare

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Publisher's Summary

The chilling phenomenon begins again. On a summer night the dead body of a woman is found on board an abandoned pleasure boat drifting around in the Stockholm archipelago. Her lungs are filled with brackish water, but there are no traces of this water on her clothes or other parts of her body. Detective Inspector Joona Linna takes up the case. Forensics state that it was a simple drowning, that she must have been pulled aboard the boat which explains the lack of brackish water. But Joona knows better and suspects something much more sinister. The next day a man is found dead in his state apartment in Stockholm. The man is hanging in a noose from the lamp-hook in the ceiling. How did it happen? The room has a high ceiling with no furniture, absolutely nothing to climb on. Nevertheless Linna is convinced that it is suicide. Of course he is right. The man has committed suicide, but this fact doesn't close the case. It is only a prelude to a dizzyingly intense and dangerous course of events. There are certain agreements which cannot be broken off, not even if you are dead.

©2012 Lars Kepler (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

“A pulse-pounding debut that is already a native smash.” (Financial Times)

“A pulse-pounding debut that is already a native smash.” (Financial Times)

“One of the most exciting Swedish crime novels of recent years…It doesn’t get much better than this.” (Göteborgsposten)

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  • jackson
    Australia
    17/11/12
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    "Thoroughly entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a thoroughly entertaining scandi-crime tale. Very much in the Jo Nesbo mould (without the serial killers and with a more politically related storyline). There are some implausabilities every now and again but overall it is a rollicking and highly enjoyable story. Sean Barrett is one of my favourite narrators and he does another great job to boot.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James
    2/09/14
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    "Favour for a nightmare."

    Joona Linna investigates an illegal arms dealer after a corrupt government official commits suicide to avoid facing his worst nightmare. An incriminating photograph of an illegal arms deal is discovered and Joona Linna decides to investigate. A fantastic listen and read. Lars Kepler write brilliantly together and Sean Barrett gives an excellent performance as the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sherri
    Guildford, Australia
    6/09/13
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    ""I suppose the the title held a clue""

    I love my Scandinavian crime but had a to drop out of this one before the end.
    Great main character, perfectly narrated by the master but too violent, too many extra characters introduced just so they could be tortured or done away with - too much Mr Kepler. It actually reduces the tension and increases the eye rolling. I suppose the title held a clue. Should have paid more attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • c
    WALSALL, United Kingdom
    1/10/12
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    "Non-stop Thrills- Written with a Film in Mind?"

    If you're looking for a book that's not long on character studies but is really rich in sheer thrills and action, then this could be the one for you. I was totally gripped by this novel from 'take-off to landing' and like all good thrillers, I just couldn't leave it alone! I could well imagine that the author(s) had the cinema in mind when they put this one together and it would make the transfer well I think. Central character Detective Joona Linna (a very sober Harry Hole type) is fascinating and potentially he could be compelling. Would just love to know more about him.....sometimes though you just can't have it all in one go, in one book. Sean Barrett is just SUPERB as always!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Daventry, United Kingdom
    5/02/13
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    "The nightmare"

    Brilliantly writen from first page to last. hold you throughout the lead detctive is clever and the villan rearly bad bad bad like a villan ought to be. not a book for the squeemish.

    I look forward to my next book by Kepler. also the narration is spot on I love these scandinavin thrillers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Derby, United Kingdom
    4/04/15
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    "Thanks Heavens for Sean Barrett"
    What made the experience of listening to The Nightmare the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the first book in the series, but the wonderful narration of Sean Barrett elevates the book to another level, it is a good well written book with plenty of twists and turns


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Apart from the main character there is not a great of character development, but there are some interesting characters that I hope will be developed in other books in the series.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Great as always. He has made a good book even better.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Harry Hole you will like this one

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    Bönen, Germany
    18/08/16
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    "PLEASE Audible get the complete series!"
    Any additional comments?

    Sean Barrett does yet another fantastic job of bringing the book to life. His ability to move into the body of a character is unbelievable and is the main reason I bought this book at all.

    That said the author has created what I would describe as a wonderful book and, were it not for Audibles inability to giev me a complete series....... I would love to read the next installment. Unfortunately thats not the case and so yet another series is started and will have to be found elsewhere to complete.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    18/08/16
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    "Nightmare thriller"

    Sean Barrett elevated the story beyond the level of the Hypnotist, the first in the series and to my mind defines Joona Lina the lead detective. It pains me to say that occasionally the reading by Saul Reichlin makes me think this detective sounds like Laura Bakker (from the Hewson books) and I don't see the expected Finnish accent .
    Good engaging story, enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    27/07/16
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    "the wonderful nightmare "

    great listen fantastic story read brilliantly by the wonderful Sean Barrett I would recommend this to anyone who likes nordic thrillers a classic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    16/07/16
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    "Very enjoyable"
    If you could sum up The Nightmare in three words, what would they be?

    Really good storytelling


    What other book might you compare The Nightmare to, and why?

    Harry Hole series. Not for the faint hearted.


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Everything is better read by Sean Barrett. I regularly try books that I would never normally consider if he is the narrator


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed The Hypnotist (the first book in the series) but Sean Barrett lifts the material to a higher plane.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maggs
    Port Talbot
    6/03/16
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    "The Nightmare - good book"

    The Nightmare - good book ,
    I enjoyed listening to this book, even though some scenes were a bit disturbing , but part of the storyline.
    Sean Barrett was great as usual

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. Sleet
    1/08/15
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    "A page turner if ever there was one"

    Good intriguing story moving at a good clip. Strong characters and that element of suspense to keep you hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P Holzer
    17/06/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Been looking for another Scandinavian crime writer to replace Jo Nesbo. Read all of his books.

    Sean Barrett's narration makes all the difference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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