1222 [Danish Edition] Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 54 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Gyldendal
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 15 Dec. 2008
  • Language: Danish
  • ASIN: B002SQ752A

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Read all of the Hanne Wilhelmsen series and enjoyed them all, nothing further to report!
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Four stars for this book have read all of the series so far and would recommend to all my friends
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Based on reviews and recommendation, I was looking forward to this book. My expectation of a rewarding read about an investigator with attitude wasn't met at any level.

Our central lady investigator has plenty of attitude. Mostly unpleasant, patronising, supercilious, dismissive and antagonistic. I wanted to understand and like her, but found her intensely irritating and unbelievable. I struggled with the prose. It just didn't flow. There's a lot of repetition and the language is cumbersome. I couldn't decide whether it was down to poor writing or translation or a bit of both.

The scenario should have worked. Sudden disaster, group of strangers entombed with a killer in their midst and the search to find that person. Gripping stuff? Unfortunately it was not a book with pace or tension. It was pedestrian and at times even predictable. The characters are cardboard cut outs, the location could have been anywhere. I had no sense of excitement about the country, terrain, people or predicament. The references to a mystery carriage were repetitive and intrusive. I lost interest and found the plot implausible.

Unfortunately, I have another couple of later books in this series but I won't be rushing to read them anytime soon. This failed to grab me at any level.
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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
Anne Holt's latest novel is "1222". The numbers refer to the height above sea level of the town where this modern version of the classic crime story takes place. The story starts with a derailment just as the train leaves Finesnut on its journey from Olso to Bergen. Plenty of injuries, but the train driver is the lone casualty. Amongst the 269 passengers who are evacuated to the nearby century-old mountain hotel are self-indulgent teens, German tourists, a church group, a sports team, the unseen occupants of a mysterious extra carriage, a group of doctors (conveniently for those injured) on their way to a conference and retired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen. Add some locals and hotel staff, a snowstorm to ensure everyone has to stay put, a murder (or two) and you have the definitive locked room mystery. Hanne is not Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot: there's no rubbing of hands together with glee at the challenge; she doesn't want to get involved. Hanne is paralysed, confined to a wheelchair, limited to the lobby level. Whilst relying on those around her for some pertinent information, her powers of observation and deduction are obviously acute and she has the case solved in time for the classic denouement when the cops finally arrive.
Anne Holt gives us a prickly heroine. She's cynical, perceptive, has a very dry sense of humour and an incisive wit. Hanne's inner monologue is a delight; her other characters and the dialogue are realistic and the action is non-stop. Holt touches on several topical issues and throws in a bit of philosophy. The Beaufort scale chapter headings are a fitting touch. "1222" gives the reader undiluted pleasure throughout: this novel is hard to put down. Marlaine Delargy's excellent translation certainly deserves a mention.
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By RM/TM VINE VOICE on 11 Jan. 2011
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Train crash survivors decamp to a swish hotel in the Norwegian mountains to await rescue, but euphoria at their good fortune soon gives way to fear and panic as they realise there's a murderer in their midst, and no chance of escape due to the (snow) storm of the century raging about them.

I had high hopes for this book, with its tempting plot and beautiful cover art, but was disappointed by a number of aspects. Firstly, the characters seemed a rather contrived attempt to challenge prejudices and preconceptions - the 'heroine' of the hour is a bad-tempered wheelchair-bound lesbian detective, the doctor tending the wounded, a midget, and all the furtive-looking muslims actually 'goodies'. Secondly, the fact that so many of the passengers knew each other from past lives seemed to stretch credibility - even in a country like Norway with a relatively small population. Thirdly, there were a lot of references to dreary-sounding governmental departments that didn't exactly set the book alight. Fourthly, there was never any build-up of tension, which given the claustrophobic surroundings of the no-access-by-road hotel should have been a relatively easy task for the author. Fifthly (is that a word?) the crime was solved in a fairly feeble fashion, with a telephone call to check up on a potential suspect, providing a very anti-climactic finish. Lead character, Hanne, persuading the police to let her reveal the culprit, Hercule Poirot style, before the entire assembled 'cast' was really the final straw for me.

Started well, but just fizzled out.
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Format: Hardcover
Undemandingly enjoyable but rather disappointing in some ways. The central character's situation - being paraplegic - could have been very interesting but was done in a superficial, by-the-numbers sort of way. Indeed, all of the characters were superficial. The situation - 200 people holed up in an isolated hotel whose triple-glazed windows were straining to hold up against an unprecedented and deadly snowstorm while internal dissent threatened violent confrontation - should have been dramatic but never really went anywhere. And (without giving anything away) the clues to the identity of the murderer depended on guessing the mishearing of something in Norwegian that doesn't survive the transposition into English (so people reading this in English don't stand a chance) and a completely improbable description of what someone would have worn outside in conditions of minus 30 degrees (when you get to the ending ask yourself: would you have gone out in that dressed in only your...).

Kept me entertained but more by the setting and the situation than the quality of characterisation, dialogue, description or plot.
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