It sounded like a terrible Arnold Schwartznegger (sp?) imitation. I couldn't even stand to listen.
The story is gripping and enjoyable, and not predictable nor totally unbelievable. However, the narration significantly detracted from my enjoyment of this book. The narrator portrayed each character as if they were speaking in English with a heavy Dutch or other accent. Thus, each character speaks very slowly and deliberately. This was a continual distraction.
I like intellectual fiction with ideas, knowledge, technology, art, crafts, history, politics, & mystery, not violence or insipid romance
The best part about this book for me was the look into Danish society -- how its parliament, criminal justice, mental health service, and economic systems work, how its mass media function, how its families have problems just as ours do, and how traditional White Danes are experiencing workplace life as more People of Color with different religions move in from the southern latitudes. I loved hearing the Scandinavian accents of the narrator in all his voices. The protagonist and his sidekick were great characters. Those are the same reasons I am a fan of MHZ's International Mystery series on TV. I am hooked on this genre and can't resist reading it -- even when there are negative aspects to a particular story.
That was the case with this book. The torture performed on the victim in this book was so gruesome, detailed, and prolonged that I had to avoid listening to it before bed or I would experience really unpleasant thoughts. It was as if the author was trying to exceed the shock value of all previous works. That did not raise its value in my mind. On TV, I turn torture off. Unfortunately this book roped me into listening to it all the way through. It's depressing to know that the best minds of our society, the ones who still think and read, are being marketed with such -- I don't know what to call it -- evil. What will happen to our society in the future? Where is the redeeming value of our literature? No wonder there are people in the Third World who hold us in such disreguard! I am beginning to feel very old.
I purchased this book because the reviews were so favorable and I liked the narrator...at first. But overall this was a disappointing listen. Frankly, I think the print review in the Guardian has fallen victim to the silly idea that if something is European it must be good, and if a mystery story is Scandinavian, then it is superlative. But the fact is, the story here is really implausible and the writing sophomoric. I started counting the number of hackneyed noir-like expressions and then lost count. It almost seems like the author had just taken an adult ed writing class. What the real kicker was was the narration, though. Davies is pretty good until he tries to put on Danish accents. All the characters sound constipated. Danish people do not speak English with a Danish accent; they speak Danish. A far better approach would have been to do what Simon Vance did with the Larsen series, and just speak English like an Englishman. It is WAY more authentic and far less annoying. One last pet peeve: his mispronunciation of the German place name "Schleswig Holstein" makes NO sense, especially when he tried so hard to pretend to be able to put on a Danish accent. No Dane would have gottten that wrong.
The story was very difficult to follow and the narration did not help at all. I chose this book because the reviews indicated that it would be a good choice. What a misrepresentation! The accents made this already muddled story worse than it was to begin with. The story line is not believable for one thing and the narration was terrible! No, I definitely will not choose another story by this author or narration. I wonder how this book got published.
No, I would advise anyone to steer clear and not waste a credit or even worse, money on this book.
The accents made the characters very hard to follow.
This book is full of flashbacks that just don't work because of the order of the flashbacks and the difficulty in discerning which character is talking/thinking.
Total waste of time and money in my opinion. I feel cheated.
Accents stupid and dull voice, had to stop listening and now trying to return for something else.
This is probably a good story if narrated by someone else, however I couldnt put up with it to find out.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
I am really enjoying this series, quirky perhaps a little far fetched but at least it hasn't veered off into relationship hell with, wives, kids, lovers being killed, kidnapped or otherwise menaced. There is of course some personal life details, thankfully this is more actual investigation less melodrama.
Yay! Is there anything better than finding a great author and series a few years late so you can read one book right after the other? It's all there - great characters, story, writing, narrator, etc. I'm about to start book 2 and a little worried that there's a different narrator. I really liked the way Erik Davies could pull out that Danish lilt and then flip back to yankee. I hear a lot of Danish accents at work and thought he did a great job. Authors and Audible - pair up a great author and narrator for an entire series and you will have us for the duration. Examples: Adrian McKinty/Gerard Doyle; Diana Gabaldon/Davina Porter.
Yes, excellent story, and very refreshing to have a book not written from the mold so many other detectives spring from.
Main character is not your typical hero, as in many books written by US authors, and is all the more human and recognizable for it
Apparently (according to the narrator), all people in Denmark speak with an accent much like Arnold Schwarzenegger. This really detracts from the story. Why accents are necessary at all is not clear to me.
Accents are not necessary; readers will understand the story is set in Denmark without the heavy-handed Austrian accents. But if you want to do accents, you should at least find out how to properly pronounce 'Peugeot' :-p