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Really...more melodrama...is that really the plot

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-2019

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, firstly I haven't read the book only listened to the audio book so maybe the reader spoiled Jeffery Deaver's work (just kidding), hmm accept one of the biggest issues i have with this audio book is the ridiculous plot line, if this was an interesting book id give a run down of the plot but it isn't, the central plot line is just silly and I could not listen to the audio book after I purchased it.

I listened to "The Bone Collector" and it was really quite good, then I listened to the "Coffin Dancer", it was not so good, plot was starting to get a little bit silly and unrealistic, but not fully unhinged. The reader was still firmly targeting melodrama in his reading of Coffin Dancer the book but it was listenable.

The Stone Monkey is the next step in awful moving on and improving in the area of awful, from the previous two novels, Bone Collector: some melodrama in the language some bullshit in the plot, but good, Coffin Dancer: extra melodrama in the language and large increase in bullshit in the plot, now Monkey Stone, if I could Id get money back i WOULD.

Don't do it , don't buy the paper back and don't buy the hard copy and definitely don't buy the audio-book, hey its just my opinion, I didn't enjoy it I wouldn't go back.

Good start to an improving series

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

Reviewed: 24-07-2019

This is an interesting scandi noir novel. Gunna gives his protaganist an authentic voice, a sense of purpose and an appropriate number of flaws to keep things interesting.

Varg is quick witted and gritty and Gunnar Staalesen has him reflecting on his circumstances and the environment in which he inhabits enough to make it worth the read. Varg also has a Marlowe mouth which works for me. The book gives a great sense of place and its had me on google earth to check out the lay of the land.

For what its worth, for me, the plot in this one is a little so so, but it was still interesting enough to keep me engaged. This audiobook got me interested in the series and the subsequent audiobooks have built on Varg's story and I have really enjoyed the plot lines. Varg is not the brilliant holmes detective but he has contacts, he follows through, he understands the lay of the land and he has handy intuition.

This audiobook, like all the audio books in this series is brilliantly read, I cant see how it couldn't be done better, the label says by Colin Mace (I might look up what else he has read).

Varg is Marlowe-esk, Gunnar Staalesen isn't Chandler, but he doesn't need to be, he has his own unique voice and i am stoked that I came across this series of books and thoroughly recommend them.



Gunnar Staale

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Great noir novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-2019

I've read so many noir detective novels, Chandler is my favorite and more recently got into listening to the audio versions, this audio book was up there, brilliant plot, awesome character development and a crashing ending. Previous books in this series were lacking a bit in plot, but this book steps it up and I can thoroughly recommend it.

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this is an excellent audio book and a great yarn

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

Reviewed: 06-05-2018

The whole story is brilliantly set against the back drop of the Northern Island Troubles, there are large helpings of Irish humour and a great collection of understated determined characters to help bring the story to life, hats off to the author and hats of to the narrator

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Another great audio book

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

Reviewed: 21-04-2018

Interesting yarn that leaves you wanting more, the reader took a chapter or two to get into stride after that flawless effort