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Mercy: Department Q, Book 1 | [Jussi Adler-Olsen]

Mercy: Department Q, Book 1

The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Mercy, Scandinavia’s new bestselling crime phenomenon. Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction.
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The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Mercy, Scandinavia’s new bestselling crime phenomenon.

Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction. She will die first. Copenhagen detective Carl has been taken off homicide to run a newly created department for unsolved crimes. His first case concerns Merete Lynggaard, who vanished five years ago. Everyone says she's dead. Everyone says it’s a waste of time. He thinks they’re right.

The voice in the dark is distorted, harsh and without mercy. It says the prisoner’s torture will only end when she answers one simple question. It is one she has asked herself a million times: WHY is this happening?

©2012 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • j
    Greylingstad, South Africa
    12/3/13
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    "Not-so-great Scandinavian detection fiction"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Jussi Adler-Olsen again?

    Very unlikely.


    What didn’t you like about Steven Pacey’s performance?

    The Nordic setting seems to have thrown Steven Pacey quite badly. Bizarrely, he has chosen to use regional UK accents for many of the characters. Are we in the UK, in which case much of the local atmosphere is lost, or is it simply that Denmark, and particularly its police service, is overrun by British expats? His Danish accents are odd and strange. The least successful Steven Pacey narration I've listened to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    The story line is cliched, forced and implausible, even by the accommodating standards of crime writing. Attempts at wit and humour are contrived. The 'dark' side of the plot is all rather trite and sensationalist and what is potentailly a horrific situation becomes just so many words. The different characterisations are pushed too far, presumably in an attempt to make the characters stand out or to be memorable. In brief, all too formulaic to be worth listening too unless you're desperate.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Anita
    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    10/5/14
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    "Mercy?"
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    This was a great book, ensuring that I will listen to more.

    I found the beginning and Carl aggravating. It took three attempts to get me into it, after I was, there was no leaving it. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roy
    Sandhurst, United Kingdom
    9/23/14
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    "First time read this author, really enjoyed it"

    I will be honest, I took a chance as it was on offer ... Very pleased I did

    I have read Steig Larson and Jo Nesbo and enjoyed both, so I thought I would give this author a shot.

    The story is well crafted with back story for the characters to add colour. The book runs on two timelines that connects at the end. The victim's story and the detectives'

    While it is very serious and grim in parts, humours is also added in the form of the detectives' assistant, Assad, who becomes an unlikely but valuable partner to Karl, the detective

    The narration is very good. It is set in Denmark but the narrator cleverly uses regional British dialects to bring the various characters to life.

    I would thoroughly recommend it and look forward to reading more from this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    9/21/14
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    "A potentially reasonable story badly presented"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know!


    What could Jussi Adler-Olsen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Chosen a better reader


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By not using Birmingham accents for a Scandinavian story


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mercy?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    A shame

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tapio
    Lohja, Finland
    9/4/14
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    "I enjoyed this book"
    What did you like most about Mercy?

    Story is well written and not too easy to figure out who was the "bad guy"


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mercy?

    Wounded older police as main character is not a new approach to this genre, but chracters were well created and interesting, so I wuold recommend this book to anyone who likes detective stories.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I am listening mostly when I am driving in my car and sometimes I was sitting some time after I stopped my car to my office's parking place, just to hear a bit more about the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    United Kingdom
    9/3/14
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    "Interesting plot humorous in part"

    This is my first book by this author. The narrative was excellent and aided the story.
    I found the interaction between the two main Police team characters humorous in part and interesting as the plot moved forward. Im sure this relationship will develop further in future books.
    The humorous aspects reminded me a little of 'Camilla Lackberg' with her Police characters interaction in this respect.
    Some of it was a bit far fetched both within the story itself and in the way the characters worked together. One character employed as a cleaner ended up acting as a detective, out interviewing witnesses, assessing clues, making strategic decisions with full access to obviously highly sensitive case information. Im sure Denmark has data protection laws which would prevent this if nothing else. However maybe this was the author's way of using some 'artistic licence'.
    The story developed well although I found it a little difficult to get into at the beginning. The use of the pressure chamber as a method of holding a victim and the development of this was something I have never seen as the subject of a thriller book before. I would have wished for the ending to be different. I would read another book by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Butcher
    London
    8/27/14
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    "Great book, BRILLIANT narration by Steven Pacey"

    Great story, page turner thriller with some great humour (particularly with Assad character interface).

    Great narration, different accents made different characters very clear. Got across the humour brilliantly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    8/9/14
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    "Mercy-Jussi Alder-Olsen"

    Watt a story, It all begins with this brilliant prologue that keeps you wanting more.
    Merete has been kidnapped and she is kept a prisoner for 5 years with every one thinking she is dead, but when detective carl is put on the job of solving old cases, this is the case he picks, its a brilliant story and all comes together brilliantly why she has been taken.
    Has the case progresses I found my heart beating so fast my heart was in my mouth its a OMG!! situation I cannot wait to listen to more of this author fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel
    Truro, Cornwall, United Kingdom
    8/6/14
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    "Excellent"
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    This was a great listen. A very tightly written thriller superbly read by Steven Pacey who, in my opinion, is one of the very best narrators (admittedly some of the characters sounded very similar to those in the Abercrombie books but that didnt detract from my enjoyment of this story)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Stalybridge, United Kingdom
    8/1/14
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    "As good as they get"

    Excellent from start to finish, couldn't fault anything about it really. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I did read the second book first but this didn't really affect anything and I shall certainly be reading the rest in the series. Excellent performance too from the reader. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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