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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (519 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dustin Long Narrator: Miette Elm Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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The daughter of a local legend of the investigative arts, Our Heroine searches for her dog while avoiding her biological impulse to solve the mystery of her best friend's recent murder.

So establishes the baseline of Icelander, which pulsates even more deeply with Norse legend, an alternate reality and a cast of supporting characters including a rogue library-scientist, a pair of philosophical investigators, and a many-faced villain. Built on mazes of time, language, and narrator, this literary fireworks display shows you what might happen if Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple had been penned by Nabokov then run through Hitchcock's lens.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 jake | 2/16/2014

    " The constant switching of narrators (and sometimes the narrative...) was incredibly annoying. What should have been a fun murder-mystery became a post-modern wink-fest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 dianeinjapan | 2/12/2014

    " I'm all for eccentric, but I found this book, with its silly footnotes and multiple narrators, confusing and pretentious. I'm giving it three stars instead of two because of a great cover and some nice wordplay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 2/6/2014

    " Clever. Though I am not sure whether I mean that as a compliment. The author can't decide between being poignant and serious or fun and ridiculous, and it can't quite hold onto being both. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Owen Curtsinger | 1/17/2014

    " At one point, the author may have had a great idea for a story that takes place in an interesting pseudo-Icelandic alternate reality, but the actual novel is bogged down by dull characters, dull dialogue, dull storyline, and worst of all: a metaphysical structure that attempts to make a statement about the structure of the novel but really just comes off as annoying and pretentious. In a nutshell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brook | 1/16/2014

    " I haven't had so much fun with a mystery since I was a 10 ( and reading Bunnicula). This is such an endearingly wacky read with truly fresh ingredients: the pipe-toting philosophical detectives, the Two Story House, the Refurserkir. And there's so much more than delightful absurdity to glean from it--the feminist twist really pushed this from a three- to a four- star book for me. And please, someone please read this book so we have long, detailed debates about the themes of authenticity and forgery! And Our Heroine as the female Hamlet! (Does that make the philosophical detectives Rosentrantz and Gildenstern?) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kim McDonald | 1/13/2014

    " it took me a little while to get into what was going on, but once i did i couldn't put it down. i was looking for something different and as always mcsweeney's delivered just that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 thaddeus | 1/13/2014

    " baklava with rich layers of phyllo and honey and a deceptively bland crust. eaten slowly, if possible, to relish the surprisingly spicy flavors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 12/15/2013

    " Really fun and a little crazy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/12/2013

    " I have no idea how to describe this book - a fantasy mystery? Agatha Christe if she wrote about a newly discovered society living underneath Iceland? This doesn't seem to be a book to be taken entirely seriously (Professors Moehs and Curliegh?) I found it pretty entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 12/1/2013

    " This one gazes at me from my bookshelf from time to time and makes me feel guilty. I was really liking this book through the first 100 pages or so, then school started and my reading fizzled out. That was 2 years ago! I really need to start this one over... and finish it this time! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/17/2013

    " Clever. And fun while it lasted but instantly forgettable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 11/4/2013

    " This book is just goofy enough to be fun and serious enough to not feel like a waste of time. It's about a family of international crime fighters and the mortal enemies and crafty friends and a weird community that lives in the volcanic caves of Iceland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cadillacrazy | 7/3/2013

    " book was difficult to get into but worth reading...crazy little story about a fictional famous girl-detective in Iceland. Fable-esque. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 5/23/2012

    " Too precious to be good. The author is clearly more enamored with being a clever McSweeney's kid than with writing a worthwhile book. If he'd put as much effort into developing the story as he did into the fake footnotes he might've had something. Then again, maybe not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 5/2/2012

    " A depressing, almost-great mess. A fever dream of almost was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lewis colburn | 3/4/2012

    " humorous but a bit lighter than i'd perhaps hoped... full of nerdy references to obscure Norse mythology, Jules Verne, and the other little perverse things I like to spend time contemplating... seems more of a facile bit of play than something too substantial, ah well... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Hankle | 9/28/2011

    " I found this on McSweeny's site and liked the cover. I also highly enjoyed reading it. A murder mystery set in iceland! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adam Hodgins | 7/14/2011

    " I can't even read this, it's like the author set out to write the quirkiest novel ever. Weird does not automatically equal good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tucker | 12/30/2010

    " A solid 3.5 stars. Very ambitious, very atmospheric, but at the end of the day just not all that memorable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Boman | 9/26/2010

    " fun mystery book...almost a younger person's book, but not quit light enough "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jae | 10/15/2009

    " similar to books i read when i was a child, only written for an adult audience. a little confusing at points, but certainly worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 10/8/2009

    " Clever. Though I am not sure whether I mean that as a compliment. The author can't decide between being poignant and serious or fun and ridiculous, and it can't quite hold onto being both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire | 8/26/2009

    " Entertaining, but I can't decide whether or not it was satisfying. It very much reminded me of something else I've read, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Possible Alexander McCall Smith. A quick, fun read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 5/14/2009

    " I'm sorry, but I couldn't finish this. I read about 100 pages, and then decided I had way too many books on my nightstand to worry about finishing this one. I thought it was boring. "

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