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Nils

Olstykke, Denmark
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-04-18

A weighty plea for honest and moral leadership

A revealing look into high-level politics and the effects of a lack of high moral standards. Compelling and disturbing. Extremely relevant. An important listen.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Excellent, gripping, well-narrated

A masterpiece in plot, in ambience, in narration. What more can you wish for? A true classic, and I understand why it appeared to Alfred Hitchcock.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-17

A good read, just taking slightly long to arrive.

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-17

Magnificent Atmosphere, Performance and Story

This is one of the rare books that stick in your mind. A masterpiece of writing and perfectly read.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Demands your attention, then rewards

So well-researched, so eloquently written, such a convincing story. Lots of moral indignation at political cynicism and piercing characterisations. This was my second listen to this book as I did not give it my full attention the first time around.
Well worth the time!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-14

Shocking and riveting because it really happened

I have taken a long time to finish this title. Not because it is boring - quite the contrary. The miscarriage of justice and the lack of moral backbone of senior politicians and officers have their parallels even today. The events unfold in a quiet tone, but with a significance starkly contrasting the seeming lack of action. Even today, the embarrassment of the Dreifuss affair should remind us and everyone in authority that moral integrity is not to be separated from power. A mighty listen!

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-14

A strange story weakened by political correctness

Tries to create a world of the future, but falls flat when philosophizing and moralising.
The narrator does a great job though.

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0 of 2 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-14

I probably missed the first two books...

I found the story to be rather slow and uninspiring, with the ending akin to a power cut in the middle of a local soccer game - unexpected and abrupt, but not really a disaster. Probably to prepare for a fourth book by the author...
For me, the characters never really came alive. I suppose I would have benefited from reading the first two books, but I cannot really be bothered.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-14

All threads being weaved together in the end

The plot is very well thought out, and the reader is kept ignorant in the right way (at least for me) up until the very end.

Chancer is an excellent narrator, and in essence, I am extremely happy with this title.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-06-13

One of the strangest listens in a long time

This was a strange, but most impressive - listen. Very few books I have come across are as well-written as this one, ever on its toes with lightly humourous, occasionally flippant, details interspersed with scenes of cruelty and amazingly imaginative twists.

I dare any reader to forecast what happens next. I did not even try, and I wouldn't have had a chance. If comparable to any other books in its stunningly original style, numerous twists it must be to those of Haruki Murakami. Yet Harkaway is no copycat, but has a style very much his own.

The book is as far from Dan Brown as anything, but fascinates in so many other ways. It toys with its readers, and Daniel Weyman is absolute supreme in his narration.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful