No, ready to go to the next in the series
Always Carl M
Stay with the original narrator, erik davies
I enjoyed the Keeper of Lost Causes and found the leading characters interesting but this book dragged and was needlessly violent. The sadism was repulsive and mistreatment of animals disgusting Since there was no mystery I felt it hard to stay engaged. The narrator was good. No complaints there. I did finish the book but would not recommend it.
Yes! From beginning to end the author keeps you entranced!
He has a way of writing that lets you visualize each character. He can put you on an emotional roller coaster with his words.
I will buy every translated audio book he produces
All! It takes all of the characters to make the story!
Since I listened to Keeper of Lost causes First I loved the narrator with the danish accent.
This made me rather prejudice against Steven style however after working thru my own closed mindedness i grew to appreciate Steven. as a narrator. Based on listening to this book he would be a plus in influencing me to buy a story narrated by him.
I Just love this author and am hoping his other books are translated into English..
Why in the world would the publisher of a Danish novel have the narrator assume a very heavy British accent & frequently use colloquial British slang terms like "Bloody". I like Britain & speak English as a native tongue, but this rendition is very bod & detracts from the quality of the book. Don't buy this book with this narration.
None. Don't buy it.
Profoundly. Get a Dane to read it who speaks English fluently & drop the English slang.
Definitely not. Sorry I spent the money.
Do you need more?
Jussi Adler-Olsen has another great book about Department Q, the ugly stepchild of the Copenhagen PD and the surprising results they get on old, cold cases. Carl Mørck and his two odd helpers will not be deterred in their investigations, regardless of the obstacles thrown at them. What a ride. This is book 2 and they should be read in order but I didn't get them that way. That's OK. You can weave the odd bits of the personal histories as you go. The cases are independent in each book. They are hard, edgy, dark stories well presented and not for the squeamish.
Hang in there. If you listened to the first story and became involved with the characters, the new narrator was a shock. An English accent just did not work here. But if you stick with it for a while, the story more than makes up for it.
My favorite character was Rose. She is the latest addition to this team of cast offs that demonstrates the whole is better than the sum of the parts. She seems to be a scatter brain that finds a way to produce results. She is just fun.
English accent is not suited for Nordic Noir
Kimmie and her package make you realize just how disturbed a soul can be. Even under circumstances she helped create.
Steven Pacey's rendition is so much better than the first book.
Carl is my favorite because he's such a damn grump but it's a shell that has been developed over the years.
Made the characters so much more real!
It is up there for certain. Really like Assad (not sure if spelled correctly since I was listening and not reading print). Can't wait til we find out more about his past
Well any detective novel. Most of the good ones are about flawed detectives and how their past influences how they work a case or even which cases they deem important.
Spoiler Alert - when Kimmie accomplishes her task.
WOW good question. WHERE IS NORDIC PETA WHEN YOU NEED THEM!
Although Kimmie was 'a bad person' she had so many evils done to her that you still rooted for her to get justice.
For simply incredible prose and superb fiction check out the Louise Penny novels featuring Chief Inspector Gamache.
While some readers complained about the narrator, I think the real problem was choosing a British narrator to interpret a Danish detective. Makes no sense, and didn't work well. That was the producer's fault. The reader was fine, but with all the fine alternative readers, Pacey was a crummy and distracting choice.
My big mistake was reading this book after recently reading the Louise Penny novels... All eight of them! She may arguably be the finest living author of the modern detective genre and frankly, this author is not close.
This is a C level book. Not sorry I read it... But I am not at all motivated to buy another. I also found the interaction between the protagonist and his "staff of 2" to be just weird. His staff were far better detectives than the detective who, quite frankly, detected little.
In fact, I could not connect with Merck at any level, neither professionally nor personally. Found him to be boring and not overly bright. Hard to build a series around that.
Still, as you can see, my three star rating is in the minority, so give the book a try and if you agree with my analysis, you'll know to consider my other reviews when you see them.
But if you REALLY want something special, check out Inspector Gamache by Louise Perry.