• The Hypnotist

  • By: Lars Kepler
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Riley
  • Series: Joona Linna, Book 1
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 05-16-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You need clues. You need time. You need a motive. You won’t have any of them. When a whole family is murdered in Stockholm, Detective Inspector Joona Linna knows there is only one person who can help find the perpetrator. Erik Maria Bark, retired hypnotist, is called in to work with Josef Ek, a fifteen-year-old boy who witnessed the brutal murder of his family.
Following a series of accusations by his patients, Erik is reluctant to return to his craft but makes an exception for Joseph Ek. As he delves deep into the boy's mind, he discovers that Josef murdered his own family on the orders of his sister Evelyn. When Joona and Erik journey deep into the woods to find Evelyn, she admits that she was abused by her brother for many years. When she refused to submit to him, he took revenge on the entire family. When Josef escapes from custody and Erik's only son Benjamin disappears from the family home, Erik is thrust into a world of violence and gang warfare, forcing him to revisit his past to discover the truth.
©2011 Lars Keplar (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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1 out of 5 stars
By Bjørn Borud on 05-08-12

I'd rather eat glue

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

It is hard to decide which is worse: the book or the terrible narrator butchering the book.

I guess what could make this a 4 or 5 star listening experience for me is if the publiisher were to include a 20 minute clip of the narrator being exposed to 500.000 Volt electrical pulses at a rate of about 4 Hz. I think the screams of pain might, somehow, help me forget wasting a credit on this book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not something narrated by Mr. Riley or written by "The Keplers".

How could the performance have been better?

I think I clarified this in an earlier comment.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hypnotist?

All of them. I'd cut them out and hand them over to Sonny Moore so he can mangle them into his next dubstep track.

Any additional comments?

Make Jo Nesbø bring back Harry Hole.

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5 out of 5 stars
By James on 09-01-14

Brilliant mystery

The Hypnotist is a brilliant mystery with plenty of twists and turns which kept me wondering where the story was going to take me next. Eamonn Riley gives a great performance of the audio book and Lars Kepler are definitely a dynamic duo of mystery.

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1 out of 5 stars
By George on 12-20-14

Confused Drivel .

What disappointed you about The Hypnotist?

It is so poorly edited , jumping back and forth from one unbelievable situation with completely unbelievable characters to another , the thread of the story is so disjointed that after three hours I'd had enough .

Would you ever listen to anything by Lars Kepler again?

I've had two other works by him but I can only assume he must have been under hypnosis himself when he produced this .

What didn’t you like about Eamonn Riley’s performance?

The pace was all wrong for me , he read it too fast , almost like a list that had to be finished quickly , mind , I'm not sure anyone could do much better with something that's writen in such a method acting fastion .

What character would you cut from The Hypnotist?

Most of them .

Any additional comments?

I'm sure the Stockholm tourist board can't have read this or they would be horrified at the thought that people might believe that this is what it's like there , half the characters are portrayed as being certifiable

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1 out of 5 stars
By Boggy of Bucks on 10-27-14

Terrible naration

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

I gave up after 20 minutes, so apart from replacing the narrator, I couldn't say.

What will your next listen be?

The next book in this series read by Saul Rechlin; a better narrator (although still lacking the actorly sparkle one obtains from 'proper' voice actors like Sean Barrett).

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Limited ability to characterise appropriately, made certain characters sound dim-witted, used inappropriate British accents for regional players. Monotonous. Didn't sound like he was taking in what he was reading - parts of sentences were emphasised badly and inappropriately. I could go on and on.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger that a talented author was let down by the publisher's poor choice of narrator

Any additional comments?

I would like a 'blacklist' function on Audible where I can add names of narrators I never wish to hear again, so that I do not make mistakes like this again....

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Fe on 01-21-17


Was really dissapointed with this book very similar to the 2nd novel. The narrator was excellent

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