The mix of the three main characters.
I loved him. I know I'm in a minority, maybe of one, but I like the accented English.
At first, I was put off by the grisly and long scenes of torture and wasn't sure I would continue with the series. Happily for me, I kept at it and this oddly addictive series has surpassed Nesbo as my favorite Scandinavian crime writer. Carl, Assad and Rose each have a rich backstory. "Sidekicks" are often one or two dimensional, but Adler-Olsen has written Rose and Assad as full-fleshed characters. I've read all the Dept Q books and can't wait for the next one.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
Character probably matters the most to me, above plot, setting and style. This is a great one! The narrator gave me a good sense of being in Denmark, but he didn't distinguish between the various Danish characters as well as I would hope.
WELL Worth it!
Bad, bad, bad. Narration is bizarre. American? reader affects foreign accents that detract from characters, a la" ve haf vays of making you tork"variety. Such a struggle to finish. Be warned.
I randomly pick this book. I loved the way the book moved from character and time, it kept me on my toes. The story kept me interested and performance was excellent.. Will be a book I listen to repeatedly..
I hated the narration. The fake Danish accent was maddening. Was the idea that all of the characters speak English with a heavy Danish accent?? Really?
This book kept me interested and as I got deeper into the unfolding story I found myself hooked. A subtle and low key introduction builds nicely into a complex and suspenseful tale. Looking forward to reading more about Department Q. Love the characters and their relationship to each other.
The writing wasn't awesome--for instance, the author gave exposition in dialogue several times, especially at the beginning--but the worst part about this book was the narrator's effort to speak in an accent. Not even sure what country's accent the narrator was going for, but it was distracting. The narrator made a valiant effort but it was just a bad decision. The plot kept me going enough that I tried Adler-Olsen's second book in the series, "The Absent One." In that book the narrator generally uses an English accent (sounds native) and the writing is better. I liked the characters and that's probably what pulled me in.
Narration was excruciating for the first few hours and combined with slow development nearly caused me to write this one off. This is a police procedural for which process and backstory threaten the plot but in the end character development kept my interest.