Norwegian by Night

  • by Derek B. Miller
  • Narrated by Sean Mangan
  • 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sheldon Horowitz - 82 years old, impatient, and unreasonable - is staying with his granddaughter's family in Norway when he disappears with a stranger's child. Sheldon is an ex-Marine, and he feels responsible for his son's death in Vietnam. Recently widowed and bereft, he talks to the ghosts of his past constantly.
To Norway's cops, Sheldon is just an old man who is coming undone at the end of a long and hard life. But Sheldon is clear in his own mind. He'd heard the boy's eastern European mother being murdered, and he's determined to protect the child from the killer and his Balkan gang. With an endearing combination of dexterity and daring, Sheldon manages to elude the police in what is hostile, foreign territory for him. But what he doesn't know is that the police and the gang both know where he's heading.
Norwegian by Night is the last adventure of a man coming to terms with the tragedy of his own life as he tries to save another's. It combines laconic, deadpan humour, moral seriousness, visceral grief, and narrative tensions in a remarkable way - and Sheldon, in particular, is about to become a famous fictional hero.

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What the Critics Say

"Norwegian by Night ‘may just be the Australian publishing coup of the decade, for this is a very powerful novel indeed, and Sheldon Horowitz is an absolutely unforgettable hero....A novel that will last and, soon enough, will be added to that canon of those finer works that transcend mere genre." (Jonathan Dawson, Sunday Tasmanian)
"To say this is an enigmatic read would be the understatement of the season." (Courier Mail)

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Don't Miss This Amazing Book

I want to be very careful with my review so that I don't say too much and ruin the story if you haven't read it yet. This book is so powerful and fascinating in its depth and complexity that it needs to be experienced with an open mind and no preconceived ideas. Just let the story sweep you up and guide you through the labyrinth the author has created. The wry humor made me laugh out loud in several parts. The beautiful writing allows the reader to experience first hand the characters' interior thoughts, perceptions, and frames of reference. It focuses on ideas of war, nationalism, double standards and hind sight. A mediation on memory, meaning and how the things we are taught in life form who we are and dictate our actions. Amazing characters are brought expertly to life.

The narration started out sounding a bit like that announcer from the TV show The Twilight Zone long ago. As the reading progressed it smoothed out and improved. I think overall Sean Morgan did a fantastic job.

To me this was a page turner, a thriller, and a mystery filled with edge of your seat suspense. But much more than all of those things it made me think and it was a fantastic book. Glad I didn't miss this one!
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- Sara

Dreaded finishing this book…

Norwegian by Night made me feel that whatever book I read next would disappoint in comparison. This book raised the bar for me and I now do the required research to find other books of this caliber. I guess this book changed my reading (or listening) habits.
I am not old, male, Jewish, or an ex-marine and, yet, I strongly identified with Sheldon. Derek Miller manages to create a common ground between all of his characters and the reader. I particularly enjoyed the policewoman’s character. The book included all the fundamental elements of great storytelling for me; humor, tension, some philosophy, thoughtful characters, and profound moments.
Narration is excellent,
I agree with another reviewer who questioned, “Why isn’t everyone talking about this book?”
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- Soula

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-01-2013
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd