Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo – Audio Book Review

This is my review of Jo Nesbo’s Blood on Snow audio book. I knew this time would come when I started blogging, but that doesn’t mean I find it easier. I have promised on here to always give an honest review, and as such I am going to, despite that meaning that this will be my first negative post.

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I chose the audio book version when I was offered the chance to review the book, because I’m always so busy at the moment, that I thought I could happily listen to it whist on my treadmill, or whilst doing the housework. However, at almost four hours long and with a monotone voice to listen to, I didn’t even manage to listen to the whole book.

If you watch the YouTube video below, you can hear the voice that reads the audio book. The tone that you are hearing in the video, is the exact same tone and voice all the way through, with exactly the same expression or lack of.

Do you agree with me about the voice? There is also the fact that the book is written from the view-point of a male character Olav who is a “gun for hire”, which is why I find the choice of voice for this even more confusing.

I listened to as much of the story as possible, which I found possibly a little predictable, but in all honesty I just could not force myself to listen to the whole thing, and maybe the book is better than the audio version…in truthfulness it couldn’t be worse.  The story is basically that Olav is hired by his boss to kill a woman, who he can’t kill because he falls for her and kills someone else instead who turns out to be related to his boss, and all hell breaks loose.

I can not tell you how it ends, but I am tempted to buy the book to read and find out, just because I don’t like not knowing things! Feel free to contact me with the ending anyone.

Can anyone also enlighten me in the comments below on whether the book is better, and worth a read? I wouldn’t want to say bypass it completely, but I will say this, if you want an audio book that you can listen to all the way through…possibly try a different one.

Stevie x

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  1. Ashley Beolens
    11 May 2015 / 1:08 pm

    I’ve given up on a few audio books that a narrated like that (it seems to be a generic American voice each time), it loses passion and can make a great book really mediocre.

    after listening to the clip I then read it was a male character I was lost? Why would you have a feminine voice if the character is male, makes no sense. It’s a shame the voice put you off the story. I wonder what it is really like.

    • 11 May 2015 / 1:12 pm

      I am thinking I will have to read the book when I have time, as it really can’t be as bad as the audio version! But really could you imagine listening to that voice in that tone for hours?!

      Stevie :)

  2. 11 May 2015 / 1:12 pm

    WOW – I think you are absolutely right about the voice… very dull and monotone…. there would be no way I would be able to listen to a whole book like that either (unless I wanted to fall asleep?)


    • 11 May 2015 / 1:14 pm

      It does sound very old fashioned black and white crime/gangster film like, but for an audio book with nothing to distract from the monotone, I just couldn’t cope!

      Stevie x

  3. 11 May 2015 / 1:22 pm

    That voice really is awful!I would expect it to be read by someone that sounds like Gru from Despicable Me lol!x

    • 11 May 2015 / 1:30 pm

      It’s the lack of expression that gets me! It’s quite a dramatic story, but you’d never guess it! I still feel bad writing a bad review, but then I need to be honest and I refuse to recommend something I really don’t like.

      Stevie xx

  4. 11 May 2015 / 1:30 pm

    I’m not a fan of audio books for this very reason – I get irritated by the reader. I have to admit that voice in the youtube clip is extremely generic and monotone, and I couldn’t even finish listening to it. The book sounds interesting, and I’d want to read it, but no way could I listen to that!

    • 11 May 2015 / 1:42 pm

      It reminded me of a teacher I had at school, who literally used to send me to sleep! Not sure if I will be an audio book fan, maybe some are better though!

      Stevie x

  5. 17 May 2015 / 3:01 pm

    I completely concur… I drive a lot for work and have brought numerous audio books and end up switching them off for some ‘head space’! Its annoying as it so much more effective. I am sure there is a real market out there as we can’t be the only ones! xx

    • 17 May 2015 / 3:56 pm

      I’m hoping I find some good ones at some point, as sadly I’m always too busy to be doing just one thing at once these days!

      Stevie x