Love the characters and the relationships. Jussi Adler-Olsen's last book was equally fine, perhaps even better, but it was little darker than this one. I just wish that when they do these English version audiobooks for a series that they make them all available in English at the same time. In any event, reading this series has made me a fan of the Department Q.
Carl Morck's dark humar, his relationship with the janitor (the assistant detective), and the advent of Rose, the secretary, whose sharp comments add spice to the Department Q.
This one has a bit more humor. I think the addition of the secretary Rose adds that extra.
Carl's relationship with his disabled former colleague. As the book evolves the guy gets more desperate. How Carl handles the situation is particularly moving.
Yes, the characters were interesting enough that the "mystery" was only half the fun.
While not an edge of your seat thriller, the characters were engaging and there was just enough of a twist on tried and true formulas to make it fresh.
Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
The first book was very good - and the darkness was relieved by the wonderful character of Karl's assistant and there was subtle humor throughout.
I bought this second book on sale, so may give it a try again later instead of returning it. But the brutal sex scene that I have already been exposed to, and feedback indicating horrific animal abuse to come farther along in the book make me want to go to some of the other books I just bought on sale instead.
The author is excellent, the numerous details added to the story, the insightful observations of human behavior, the assessment of how society is set up and people navigate their way . . . it's wonderful writing. But even though there really are cruel and abusive people in this world, sometimes time I spend on reading is for learning or entertainment. And abuse and cruelty . . . I don't want to spend my time or insert any more of that into my mind than I have to.
So, I'll put this book aside, and maybe I will finish it in the future, maybe not.
Narration: I preferred the first guy with the accents, they weren't perfect, but they had more life to them.
If I listened to this one first I would have been fine with it. But the first gentleman who narrated book one made it more fun and gave the dry air a little more bite. But those dry, humorous observation of life were absent in this one. Almost like the author is already losing interest in his character. But good enough I will give book 3 a chance.
This second installment of the Carl Morke series is great. It kept me well-engaged throughout the whole thing. It was a little to fantastical to be believable at a number of points, but that didn't really matter in the end. It was well read.
Narrator and plot were disappointing. Loved all the other audio recordings in the Department Q series except this one. Carl, Assad, and their police work take a back seat to the unbelievable antics of multiple morally challenged bad guys and gals.
I liked the character development in this book as well as the animation in the narrator's reading. My only disappointment was knowing who the guilty parties were in the very beginning. It didnt leave the reader with anything to figure out.
The suspense and the development of Carl and Assad. I am hooked on this series now and am about to download the next in line.
Whiny and British.
As many of the other reviews state, I don't think this was a good narrator for this book. He would be a fine choice for a book set in England but not Denmark. I spent the first couple of hours or so struggling because all the voices were different and the pronunciation of the names have changed. I have not read the book so I don't know if he is reading it word for word but it seems like there was a lot of British slang in this book. It was hard for me to create Denmark in my mind listening to the book when I hear British voices and words thrown around.