Thirty nine steps rose from the busy road of Tuborgvej into Mindelunden, with its quiet graves and abiding bitter memories. Lennart Brix, head of the Copenhagen homicide team, felt he’d been walking those most of his life. Beneath the entrance arch, sheltering from the icy rain, he couldn’t help but recall that first visit almost fifty years before. A five-year-old boy, clutching the hand of his father, barely able to imagine what he was about see…
The bark of a dog broke his reverie. Brix looked at the forensic officers, white bunny suits, mob hats, marching grim-faced down the rows of graves, towards the space in the little wood where the rest of the team was gathering… Three gnarled stakes, replicas now, with the originals in the Frihedsmuseet.
A woman was tied to the centre pole, hands behind her back, bound with heavy rope round her torso. Blonde hair soaked with rain and worse, head down, chin on chest, crouched awkwardly on her knees. A gaping wound at her neck like a sick second smile. She wore a blue dressing gown slashed in places all the way to the waist, flesh and skin visible where the frenzied blade had stabbed at her.
Her face was bruised and dirty. Blood poured from her nostrils, had dried down each side of her mouth, like makeup on a tragic clown…
©2012 Pan Macmillan (P)2013 David Hewson
I might listen to Killing 2 again. I've listened to parts of it 2 or 3 times already. The author packs a lot of stuff in and I missed parts of it on the first pass. His characters are believable. I know we should engage in the willing suspension of disbelief when we read/listen to fiction but sometimes the characters are so unbelievable that it hurts. The plot is very interesting. It is a story that I would listen to with my son or my sisters with. The character dialog has the "F" words but that doesn't bother me personally. They sometimes use phrases like "Oh, for "f" sake" which I find amusing. There were one or two brief sex events that I would fast forward through if I were listening to it with my son or sisters. But the brief sex scenes/scene were part of the character development. The author didn't set the main evil characters up to be Christian which is refreshing. The author wasn't preachy about social issues.
The plot kept me on the edge of my seat after I got into the story. The way it started I thought it would be your typical detective story and I was tuning it out until I realized it wasn't it. I got the story because I was very impressed with the author's work as a co-author in "Macbeth The Novel." The story seemed plausible and the characters seemed real and I just kept listening to more and more as the story unfolded.
The narrator was very good. He was very understandable and didn't have any voice traits that took my mind off of the story.
There was one moment that particularly moved me but I don't want to give away the story by describing it.
Very exciting. I've seen all of the original Danish TV productions (and they are riveting) and yet David Hewson does such a brilliant job that I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing novelization. By the way, Audible also offers the third and last series (again written by Hewson), but not the first book - that situation needs to be addressed without further delay! I should also mention Christian Rodska's excellent narration (including his crusty old men vocalizations; he would make a great Rumpole!).
I had to restart dozens of times to get accustomed to speed of narration. Foreign names usually are not a problem for me but this is read so fast it ended up being gobbledygook. By the second part, my ear had adapted somewhat and was able to finally distinguish the different characters. Very difficult listening! But good enough story to soldier on in spite of narrator….
"Screaming out loud"
The story and writing style are both good. What let's this audio book down for me is not so much the narrator but the narration STYLE. Why oh why are the characters using regional British accents and why the poor Churchill impression for the Minister of Justice? Who would think that a good idea?
Danish policemen jabbering in a variety of London accents had me screaming out loud. I found it all distracting and irritating to an extreme if not for the story I`d have given up. Any future books I will have to get in printed form.
"Even better than TK1"
I have not watched the TV programmes so my only knowledge of TK books is via these audible downloads. I really enjoyed the first book but I think on balance, I enjoyed this one at least as much if not a bit more.
The story though complex was not as complicated as Book 1 and also the ending was less annoying (the first being annoying only because there was really no way the listener could have hoped to 'guess').
The weaving of murder and Danish politics seems to be part of this series formula and I do enjoy that.
I really like the narration too.
"Kept me guessing till the end"
This is a hefty listen, it's long and as the plot gathers pace you are carried along from one suspect to another, with a few mystifying subplots thrown in for good measure. Because of this complexity it is perhaps a book best listened to without too many long breaks in between and at times when you can concentrate a bit on the twists and turns.
Having said that I found it a very satisfying book that kept me guessing right until the end (I hadn't seen the tv series). David Hewson paces the book extremely well and Christian Rodska reads beautifully with great characterisation. I highly recommend!
"An ok read"
I really enjoyed the Killing but was a little disappointed with the sequel. I felt it was a bit bitty in parts and also that it was too long, however, the story kept me listening and I don't regret buying it. However, I won't buy the next one.
"Good, but confusing"
I was in two minds about this book because I found the performance of the reader during the first one very difficult to enjoy. I had the same problems with this one, but with the additional downside that the ending was confusing, which really affected my opinion of the whole thing.
The reader has an odd way of making everything sound very panicky, and often shouts at times when it doesn't seem appropriate. There aren't sufficient breaks between scene changes, which means that it can often be difficult to follow what is happening. However the most annoying feature of the reader is his use of a variety of weird British regional accents, which are totally inappropriate and seemingly random. It completely breaks the suspension of disbelief when you are asked to believe that in one part of Denmark, or in rural Sweden, everyone you meet has a different accent, and that they all sound like places in the UK.
The voice he used for the main politician character was very irritating, rather like a bad impression of Churchill. The same voice was used for a couple of other characters too, which was confusing.
The story was well written, with plenty of interesting twists and turns, and it was that which kept me listening. In the end though, I couldn't work out exactly what had happened, and who had actually been responsible for the series of murders the story was about. Perhaps I missed something along the way, but I didn't feel that it was at all clear.
Overall it was very good value as it was long and there was plenty to keep me going and interest me, but it wasn't anywhere near the best book I've listened to in the last while, and not as good as the first one in the series.
Yes because I could get things done whilst listening to it and can listen anytime.
Sara Lund is so well written as are all the characters but Thomas the politician could have a book to himself his character I so alive.
His characterisation and vocals make the book so easy to listen to and draw you in, you forget that he's male as he reads.
Some parts made me laugh out loud they were so well written / orated.
More David Hewson please.
"I enjoyed this as much as The Killing 1"
This did a great job of keeping me occupied on some long journeys. The narrator is particularly good, although I still have a problem with the pronunciation of a few place names etc., once heard a few times, they sink in! Will there be another in the series? I hope so.
Excellent audio book, good flowing story and varied narration. Final playing out of who done it was a little quick and disjointed but got there.
David Hewson's written account of 'The Killing2' is extremely accurate and paints such a vivid picture of the story. His words clarify and magnify aspects of the television series that I had previously missed, stimulating the empathetic response of the listener in a more marked way than the visual did. The pace of narration by Christian Rodska is easy to listen to and his characterisations lend a 3D quality to the text. I would thoroughly recommend this audio book especially for long train journeys.
A novel which held my interest throughout! A twisting plot with lots of red herrings. An enjoyable read!
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