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The Cold Song

Written by: Linn Ullmann
Narrated by: Heather Wilds
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins

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Siri Brodal, a chef and restaurant owner, is married to Jon Dreyer, a famous novelist plagued by writer's block. Siri and Jon have two daughters, and together they spend their summers on the coast of Norway, in a mansion belonging to Jenny Brodal, Siri's stylish and unforgiving mother.

Siri and Jon's marriage is loving but difficult and troubled by painful secrets. They have a strained relationship with their elder daughter, Alma, who struggles to find her place in the family constellation. When Milla is hired as a nanny to allow Siri to work her long hours at the restaurant and Jon to supposedly meet the deadline on his book, life in the idyllic summer community takes a dire turn. One rainy July night, Milla disappears without a trace. After her remains are discovered and a suspect is identified, everyone who had any connection with her feels implicated in her tragedy and haunted by what they could have done to prevent it.

The Cold Song is a story about telling stories and about how life is continually invented and reinvented.

©2011 Linn Ullman (P)2014 Tantor Audio
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  • 25-02-15

Tiresome and overworked

The story is just plain boring and the reading is awkward at best. I love being read to but I hate, hate, hate weird false accents to delineate a speaker.
A straightforward dramatic reading is preferable to attempts to "act" out the parts!
This has irritating phony Germanish ?? sounding accents, like "I vant to go there"

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  • 17-02-15

Oh poor me..someone has been murdered

the long story of a whiny , self indulgent family that seems no need to take responsibility for their actions. Blame and victim hood is the "plate de jour".
A murder takes place which seems like a nuance to the protagonists.

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  • D. Witscher
  • 04-08-15

A suspenseful and nuanced exploration

What did you love best about The Cold Song?

The insights into intimate family relationships

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Reader is brilliant

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The novel provides the unfolding of the multidimensional character of human relationships