Extended Audio Sample

Download The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning Audiobook, by Hallgrimur Helgason Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (871 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hallgrimur Helgason Narrator: Luke Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781455878628
Regular Price: $19.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $16.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

With some 66 hits under his belt, Tomislav Bokšic, or Toxic, has a flawless record as hitman for the Croatian mafia in New York. That is, until he kills the wrong guy and is forced to flee the States, leaving behind the life he knows and loves. Suddenly, he finds himself on a plane hurtling toward Reykjavik disguised as American televangelist Father Friendly. With no means of escape from this island devoid of gun shops, this country with absolutely no tradition for contract killing, he is forced to come to terms with his bloody past and reevaluate his future, to tragicomic effect. Toxic paints Iceland as an icy netherworld where in spite of peaceful appearances danger lurks—in the guise of terrifying romantic overtures with tough-girl Gunholder, fear of being caught in his blasphemous deception, and the threat of punishment at the hands of Thordur…whose name seems to be pronounced “Torture.”

Download and start listening now!

BK_BRLL_003577

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/16/2014

    " This book was excellent in that it was out of the ordinary. Not many books are set in Iceland and the change of scenery was refreshing. However, I felt like the book stopped and started a lot as if in some sort of traffic jam. Just when things would get going we would suddenly grind to a halt. I also felt like the depth of the characters could've been explored more, but perhaps this lack in quality has to do with the fact this is the author's own English translation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cabe | 2/13/2014

    " Good fun - the narrator has some good turns of phrase (more early on when he's establishing his voice than later when he's mostly narrating the action) and he's an interesting enough character writing about Croatia and Iceland, two places where even surface-level insights would be new to me. If you're in the mood for another Sardonic Assassin book I would also highly recommend The Sisters Brothers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex Rogers | 2/12/2014

    " Quite enjoyable, and certainly quirky, but ultimately didn't grab me "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liisa | 2/3/2014

    " The story was okay but the author went overboard on all the similes, metaphors, and imagery in general. In some places, the book was almost unreadable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter McCracken | 1/17/2014

    " Pretty entertaining... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/16/2014

    " Very strange book..It starts out interesting (but weird) and then gets..really weird. Not sure how else to describe it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 12/23/2013

    " Read this for free on my Kindle. Pleasantly surprised. Definitely a unique story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/21/2013

    " Very unique concept. Quick read, I was able to start and finish it on a 5 hour flight to California. Highly recommended.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Edmondson | 12/9/2013

    " Loved the tone & style. An original voice! Very funny in places. Only gripe is that it petered out in the last few pages... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/3/2013

    " "Ero solo un sicario, non volevo fare male a nessuno." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bailey | 9/24/2013

    " Quick read, too graphic for what I normally like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ali | 7/12/2013

    " Mildly amusing. Ending was a bit disappointing though "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kandi | 6/29/2013

    " Mind numbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 6/20/2013

    " Bought because it was very cheap on Amazon kindle. One of the better crime fictions I have read in ages. And, happily, set in Iceland - did not know this when I bought it. It is humorous and self-effacing and provides a different perspective on many different things and the ending if perfect! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve K | 6/18/2013

    " A quick read, fast moving plot but nothing to say that's a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Tichonchuk | 6/14/2013

    " Eh. A nice diversion from my usual reading. It had some nice parts I suppose. It's not my kinda thing though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 2/18/2013

    " Really good right up until the last sentence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chad Olson | 10/21/2012

    " The English used here is unique and funny. Original humor. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan Ingber | 9/11/2012

    " I couldn't even finish this book. It's terrible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 3/30/2012

    " Probably not going to finish this book either. 1/2 through and I am not sure where it is going except as a tourbook of Reykjavik. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marta | 3/16/2012

    " What an interesting book. It was nothing at all like I thought it would be and that was good. Interesting insight into a profession I would not have considered. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gene Rosso | 3/6/2012

    " the middle was realy slow and hard to push to the end "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Hallgrimur Helgason was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1959. He started out as an artist, showing his work in several galleries of both New York and Paris, where he lived in the late eighties and early nineties. He made his debut as a novelist in 1990 and gained international attention with his third novel, 101 Reykjavik (“Imagine if Henry Miller had written Tropic of Cancer on crack instead of wine.”-Tim Sandlin), which was made into a film starring Victoria Abril. In 2001 Helgason received the Icelandic Literary Prize for The Author of Iceland. He has twice been nominated for the Nordic Council Literature Prize, with 101 Reykjavik in 1999, and Stormland in 2007. A film based on the latter was released in early 2011. The Hitman’s Guide to Housecleaning is his only novel written in English. It was published in Iceland in 2008, in the author’s own translation, and became a bestseller in Germany in 2010. A father of three, Hallgrimur divides his time between Reykjavik and Hrísey Island.
About the Narrator

Luke Daniels is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction, including works by Philip Roth and John Updike. He has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 and 2014 and has earned thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has performed at various repertory theaters around the country, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.