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The Absent One Audiobook

The Absent One

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Publisher's Summary

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects - part of a group of privileged boarding-school students - confessed and was convicted.

But once Mørck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Looking into the supposedly solved case leads him to Kimmie, a woman living on the streets, stealing to survive. Kimmie has mastered evading the police, but now they aren’t the only ones looking for her. Because Kimmie has secrets that certain influential individuals would kill to keep buried... as well as one of her own that could turn everything on its head.

Every bit as pulse-pounding as the book that launched the series, The Absent One delivers further proof that Jussi Adler-Olsen is one of the world's premier thriller writers.

©2012 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    JayM New Hampshire 12-29-16
    JayM New Hampshire 12-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed the story, loved the narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    Steven Pacey is the best. He has ruined me for every other narrator. He makes each character unique and likeable.


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    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 12-12-16
    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 12-12-16 Member Since 2011

    To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.

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    "If only it weren't so creepy."

    I guess it must be seen as his trademark. In the first book we were treated to a successful woman's torture in a pressure chamber. Here we are exposed to the minds of psychopaths. I don't normally read\listen to horror but this is mild-if such a beast is possible. Adler-Olsen set up the book the same way as book 1 with an insight into the victim as an opening hook. The case builds slowly and inexorably towards a riveting climax. We were on the edge of our seats. What I appreciate about dept Q is the interplay among the characters and the evolution of their personalities. A bored bitter detective is becoming a more caring individual because of his experiences. Steven Pacey tells the story adroitly without getting in the way. Yes! Good Book

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    Dsouth 11-30-16
    Dsouth 11-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Totally hooked!"
    Would you listen to The Absent One again? Why?

    Probably not, but I don't do that with any book, I would, however, recommend this to anyone who loves a good murder mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are great

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    C. A. Gelsinger 10-27-16

    Nolly

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    "I'm hooked"

    It's never encountered Jussi Adler Olsen before an ad on Audible suggested that I give the first book in this series a try. I'm glad I did. this second book was as rewarding as the first. I like good characters, a capable reader whose voice enhances the story, and a decent plot. I've found all in this Karl Mork (forgive the spelling) series.

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    Rachel Bismarck, ND, United States 10-22-16
    Rachel Bismarck, ND, United States 10-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Suspenseful"

    Love this author! Great twists and turns. The author makes you feel chills! Great book would definitely recommend to friends!

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    Schulte 10-08-16
    Schulte 10-08-16 Member Since 2014

    I drive an hour to my office as an attorney. I have done this for 14 years. I would not be able to do this without my books on tape.

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    "Detective grows on you"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I like the cold case, lost causes angle. The stories are off beat and interesting.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Absent One?

    I don't recall any one in particular but I do worry about the assistant who brings humor and mystery to the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Pacey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this was the second of the Detective Morck series, though. I wish the accent was not so thick.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A part or two surprised me but not more.


    Any additional comments?

    The stories and characters continue to interest me. Detective Morck's character is growing. I want to read more. Now the new secretary will bring another dimension into the basement office.

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    Judy Bee 10-07-16
    Judy Bee 10-07-16

    beebookie

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    "Stop if you can't take graphic violence."
    What would have made The Absent One better?

    Wanted to love this. Loved the Wallendar series and other detective series set in Scandinavia. This was just too much violence for my enjoyment.


    What was most disappointing about Jussi Adler-Olsen’s story?

    Violent detail


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    Lynne B 08-07-16
    Lynne B 08-07-16
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    "Always lively mystery from Jussi, but too violent."
    If you could sum up The Absent One in three words, what would they be?

    Loved the Keeper of Lost Causes. Liked the ending of The Absent One. But too violent and vulgar for my taste. Still looking forward to book 3.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Absent One?

    Great ending. Love Assad!


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    elspeth 08-07-16
    elspeth 08-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story"

    I preferred the narrator on book one with his Danish type accent. This book went with a British voice which detracts from the setting of the novel . However the narrator did a great job, I would hope to see them use a voice that conveys the feel of the country with which the story is set.

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    r. j. o'brien cleveland, georgia United States 07-29-16
    r. j. o'brien cleveland, georgia United States 07-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator is awful"

    After listening to the first book in this series it was an AWFUL disappointment to have a different narrator for the second book. The flavor of the series was just not "right".

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