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Publisher's Summary

From the internationally best-selling author of the Harry Hole novels comes this short, lyrical tale of a man on the run from a crime lord's deadly retribution, lost far beyond the Arctic Circle, where the sun remains in the sky for months on end.
A wayward hitman, mourning a recent loss, arrives in a tiny town on Norway's far northeastern border. He calls himself Ulf and gives a halfhearted excuse for his presence, but the locals, who seem as if out of a folk story from a previous century, ask him few questions and supply him with food, shelter, and a gun.
In his previous life, Ulf worked as a fixer for The Fisherman, one of the cruelest drug kings in Oslo, a man whose reach spans the globe. After acting foolishly (but out of mercy and desperation), Ulf has now become the man his boss needs fixed. Can this strange town - and especially a curious, lonely boy with his taciturn mother - offer Ulf a chance at redemption while he awaits the arrival of those who would hunt him down?
©2015 Jo Nesbo (P)2015 Random House Audio
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2 out of 5 stars
By Ann on 02-19-16


We all want to spread our wings at times and perform something different than where our talents normally take us. This is what Jo Nesbo and the narrator tried to do, and both failed miserably. The female narrator, Kim Gordon, spoke in the same irritatingly slow cadence with a monotone voice no matter what action was taking place -- and I use the word "action" here very loosely since no real energy or vitality occurs in the story -- and it was often quite difficult to discern which character was speaking. Nesbo, one of my favorite authors, essentially tried to convey a love story set in a cult-like atmosphere in his native land, which was neither interesting nor held the listener's attention. Quite a disappointment on every level.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jane M. Peirce on 02-24-16

worst narrator in the history of audiobooks

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I don't know where to begin - the list is too long.

What was most disappointing about Jo Nesbo’s story?

obviously one of Nesbo's losers, maybe an early story? marketed to us based on an assumption that fans of his better work will buy anything

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kim Gordon?

anyone at all

Any additional comments?

A perfectly awful reader, given a lame, amateurish story to read. You must think we aren't paying attention.

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