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I can't believe I finished it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-2020

It's the kind of book that tries to trick you into thinking you're not reading a book for dumb people by using rediculous, unnecessary big words. Like 'apoplectic'. He also threw about 7 sub-stories too many in there, again I assume to make us think we were smart for following along. Which as it turned out you didn't need to as you were reminded Every. Single, Chapter of what had happened thus far. Martin (protagonist) constantly bullet points the clues so far, which I find generally means you’re reading a book written by a writer that assumes you’re a half-wit. This did work to my advantage though as once two-thirds of the way through this literary steamer, I had realized that I just didn’t care, about any of it, I could just tune out and wait for the next “Mandalay Blonde - the girl with the secret love life that knew about ...., Codger Harris - the old bloke that blackmailed .... so he could ...." Which he again did at the epilogue at which point I could find no plot twist, surprise, or anything of real interest. The other real clincher for me disliking this one so fervently was how implausible it was. The reporter becoming the Asio guys 'sidekick'??? That just will not happen, anywhere. I mean it never even becomes clear WHY they Asio guy (whom I can't remember the name of as he was so one-dimensional) even wants Martins help. If you've reading this because you're 3 hours into this audiobook and are trying to figure out how this book is on 4.5 stars, pull out now, save yourself 10 hours of your life. Nothing good can come from finishing this one.

Winton at his best, unbelievable performance

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

Reviewed: 08-08-2020

Look, the book is incredible. It's Winton so none of us are surprised there. But the performance is just astounding. Most likely the best performance I've heard on Audible. Would put this up there with Simon Vance's performance of 'Great Expectations'.

Absolutely horrendous

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-2020

Yes, 'horrendous'. Just the biggest bunch of absolute bollocks I have ever attempted to listen to. As others have pointed out the "he said, She said" gets very tired by the second chapter, but the storyline is where this atrocity really shines. I am pulling the pin on this at the 4 hour mark and absolutely nothing has happened except 'Jack' has headbutted the biggest inmate he could find. Classic. I truly wish I could have those 4 hours of my life back but at the very least it has given me insight into the Lee Child world, one I shall never return to.

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Just too many examples!

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

Reviewed: 24-03-2019

Only 80% of the way through but still waiting for any actual substance. Please stop giving me real world examples Gay, I honestly can't handle another one. Every time I think we're actually getting to the nitty gritty about our 'genius zone' he just busts into another example about someone I don't care about and has absolutely no relevance to me. Amazingly the most relevant so far was the Indiana Jones one, which says a lot. All filler. Will finish begrudgingly as I've come this far.

Poor

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

Reviewed: 29-10-2018

A disappointing read/listen. The book itself is average. There is no life or dimension to any of the characters. Blomkvist and Bublanski both come across as morons. Lisbeth has none of the depth or humour in the originals. The story is non-existent for the first half and then extremely obvious for the second. Performance is also average, hard to tell which character you were listening to, and the Americans were appalling.