This book does have its moments, but I must agree with other reviewers who had problems with the reading. When Davies simply tells the story, he's not bad if a bit dreary, but his use of the Danish (sounded awfully German or Austrian to me) accent drains the dialogue of all color, flattening every line into the same singsong rhythm and making the characters nearly indistinguishable from one another. It doesn't help that the villains are one-dimensionally villainous and the overall plot pretty implausible. The best moments for me had to do with the changing survival strategies of the victim, who was by far the most interesting and sympathetic character.
I might give tis author another shot if another reader was used.
Perhaps what impressed me most was the narrator's dialect, which was quite pleasing and helped to place the reader within the scene. While the villain and story were hardly credible, the other characters were very well described and quite believable. I liked the book and was looking forward to the next one. While Book 2 is now available on Audible, it didn't have Erik Davies as the narrator, and the narrator in the sample audio is too annoying for me.
I will listen to this book again. It was a very different kind of mystery- I couldn't wait to get back to it each time.
It's kind of a depressing , wierd story, so I would be very careful who I recommending it. better not be too squeamish.
I thought about the "Dragon Tattoo" books, because of the similsr sounding words, dark subject matter, etc, but it is totally different.
The narrator was effective because I was unaware of him, the story was the star.
Some people never forgive, or forget.
I liked the book very much.
Good, fun story with interesting and original characters. i hope to read more of Mork (spell?). Not as depressing as some Nordic writers. the only fault was the Danish accent assumed by the reader. If they are all conversing in Danish, why would they have an accent? The setting, names and places are enough to give the foreign flavor.
I had such a hard time getting past the quality of the recording. It sounded like there was and echo and it was recorded in a tunnel.
The little I did listen to was read with no flow, the accent was OK when he was speaking for the characters.
Better sound for sure
Like many Audible listeners, I was looking to find the next "Dragon Tattoo" series. "Lost Causes" isn't it. The story has no redeeming value. Keep the Audible credit, I wish I could get my TIME back. Believe the many people before me who labeled this as bad. They are right.
Spoiler alert: this book is driven by extensive descriptions of torture. I'm appalled it was ever published. And I'm against censorship. I'm not against good taste.
love to read, love to listen
The ending was pretty fantastic!
Yes, but...the accents were really weird and I'm not sure they were necessary. The characters sounded kind of goofy and it was hard to get past. I don't think Danes really sound that goofy when they speak English.
Yes. It was a pretty great story.
The bad guys were just as crazy as they come and what they did was horrible, yet the author made it seem believable.
Did not read the print version
Assad, the assistant to Carl Morck, is the real star. He has a mystery past that we will learn more about.
Authentic sounding accents and characters
The ambivalent ending re Merete and the revelation of her disabled brother's attachment to her.
Looking forward to the next translation and audiobook by Adler-Olsen
The story was riveting, and contained the right amount of humor; the format intriguing; the narration interesting; and the characters endearing.