Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Postcard Killers: Review and Giveaway

By:  James Patterson and Liza Marklund (not her website, but the best I could find)

NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him—he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafĂ© through the eyes of his daughter's killer.

Kanon's daughter, Kimmy, and her boyfriend were murdered while on vacation in Rome. Since then, young couples in Paris, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, and Stockholm have been found dead. Little connects the murders, other than a postcard to the local newspaper that precedes each new victim.

Now Kanon teams up with the Swedish reporter Dessie Larsson, who has just received a postcard in Stockholm—and they think they know where the next victims will be.

I received the audiobook from Hachette Audio for review.  I was very excited.  I like a good serial killer thriller.  This one did not disappoint! 

I thought the story was quite good.  The characters were pretty interesting and engaging.  I would find myself sitting in the car in the driveway waiting for the chapter to end before I went inside.  I think that's the sign of a good book!  (in audio form anyway!)

In terms of the audiobook, I thought it was very well done.  The readers, there were three of them in this case, were excellent.  I recognized one of the men, but I couldn't place him.  I think he might have read The Poe Shadow, I'll have to look that up.  The female reader was quite good I thought (loved her accent), but she made Dessie always sound exasperated.  My one tiny gripe were the few sound effects at the very end.  There was a car chase with full sound effects which isn't good when you're listening to that in the car.  Seriously!  And there was a gunshot that about gave me a heart attack.  Other than that, it was very good.

Thanks to the generous people at Hachette Audio, I have 2 copies of The Postcard Killers audiobook to giveaway!  Yay!! 

Since this will ship from the Hachette there are a few minor restrictions:  US Only, No P.O. Boxes, and only one winner per household (even from other blogs).  As this is shipping from Hachette, I can't make any guarantees about when it will get to you.

I'm going to make it easy...just leave a comment below before September 30.  If you want an extra entry, you can tweet about the contest.  Leave the link to the tweet in a separate comment.   Thanks and Good Luck!


lisa :) said...

I generally like sound effects in audio books, but I think the gunshot would probably give me a near heart attack too! I haven't read too much of James Patterson's stuff, how would you compare this to some of his other works? What I have read of his though has definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. He sure knows how to do suspense well!

Sarah Mohamed Saghir said...

cool giveaway :)
Im hosting my first on my blog
if anyone is interested :)
thanks said...

We were listening to a childrens audio book in the car yesterday and it sounded like something dropped in the car therefore I kept searching for this dropped item. When I couldnt find said dropped item I realized it was a sound effect on the audio. DUH!

Are you a big Patterson fan? I will admit I have not read anything by him.

Autumn said...

I can't say I'm a huge Patterson reader, but the things I have read from him I've always liked. He has a lot of series and I HAVE to read a series in order from the beginning, so I haven't made the commitment with him to start reading his series.

As for whether or not this is on par with his other stuff, it might be a little different, but this is co-authored with a Swedish writer, so that might make up for the difference.

Denny, Alaska said...

Thank you for entering my name in your giveaway!


Jessica said...

I don't like audiobooks but my mom is a huge fan and a fan of Patterson so I'd like to win this and give it to her :)

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Martha Lawson said...

I love Patterson's books. I'd love to listen to this one.

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Ruthie said...

Hi, My name is Ruthie & I'm a Pattersonaholic! Please enter me, thanks.

Dawn M. said...

I would love the chance to listen to this. Count me in, please!

Thanks! :0)
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Anonymous said...

I like Patterson a lot and love audio books. If it weren't for audio books, I hardly get to "read" at all. :)