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The Absent One | [Jussi Adler-Olsen]

The Absent One

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....
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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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    C. Green San Luis Obispo, CA United States 02-10-13
    C. Green San Luis Obispo, CA United States 02-10-13
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    "Enjoyed the book, did not like the narration"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I think Jussi Adler-Olsen writes an interesting thriller. Gritty and witty at the same time. The first book of Dept Q, The Keeper of Lost Causes, had me fully engaged. The narrator was perfect in that he mixed English with the Danish pronunciation and character voices wonderfully. With The Absent One, the British narrator was never believeable as Carl Morck. I really had a tough time with it until half way through the book I just had to get over it, but never fully like it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Pacey’s performances?

    Yes, if he were narrating a British novel. He has a great voice for an audible book, he just needs to be in an appropriate venue.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next in the series. I so miss Steig Larsson.

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    Kirsten Stockham 01-21-13
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    "A British Narrator?????"
    What did you love best about The Absent One?

    The characters and the story line


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Moerck


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

    If I wanted a narrator for a Sherlock Holmes book, I would have ordered it. Why wasn't the narrator from "The Keeper of Lost Causes" used, he at least had a reasoanable Danish accent and made the listening more authenic.


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

    No


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    Debbie Xenia, OH, United States 01-07-13
    Debbie Xenia, OH, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't miss this one !"

    I almost didn't listen to this book after reading the reviews regarding the narration. Although Steven Pacey reads totally different than Erik Davies, he brings such life to the characters in this book that you can't help but to be totally engrossed in the story by the end of the first chapter.
    This story is intense and not to be missed.

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    Anne NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-06-13
    Anne NEW YORK, NY, United States 01-06-13
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    "Great story great narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Absent One the most enjoyable?

    The story was griping and well paced


    What other book might you compare The Absent One to and why?

    Tara French, latest, sorry forget the title I think it is Lonsome Place. Has the same sort of compelling characters.


    What does Steven Pacey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a wonderful narrator who captures the personalities of the various characters very well.


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

    Yes, and almost did


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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 12-28-12
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 12-28-12 Member Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Department Q does it again!"

    The Absent One takes a walk on the dark side. This book was very well done. I really enjoyed the working of Department Q. Their interactions added a bit of lightness to an otherwise dark undertaking. The narrator did a good job but everyone sounded English. (not really a problem but took a while to get used to. Other than that Steven Pacey did a fine job). I have really enjoyed both Department Q books and look forward to more

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    Christina port charlotte, fl, United States 12-09-12
    Christina port charlotte, fl, United States 12-09-12
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    "Compelling series"

    I was totally enthralled with Keeper of Lost Causes even though the story of the victim is horrifying. I liked this second in the series, but I felt the story had less punch and less humor overall. That said, I still think this is an above average crime story and well worth the credit. I'm curious to see how the recurring characters develop in books to come.

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    Patricia Toman Eck United States 12-02-12
    Patricia Toman Eck United States 12-02-12

    I do my gardening listening to Audible books and, at times, end up sitting on my gardening cart sobbing away, while hoping no one's looking

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    "Story good, narrator bad."

    What happen to Erik Davies as the voice of Karl Merck? He had the cadence of a Scandinavian. Steven Pacey made the characters sound like what one would expect if the novel had been set in London.

    I enjoy Karl and his entourage and look forward to many more stories but with Danish characters.

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    J BENTON, AR, United States 12-01-12
    J BENTON, AR, United States 12-01-12
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    "Great Listen"

    This is the second novel I've listened to/read from Jussi Adler-Olsen, and I can't wait to get the next one in the series. Great characters, interesting story line and good narration.

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    Fay Seattle, WA, United States 11-30-12
    Fay Seattle, WA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2008

    I mostly listen to books while exercising, which pretty much explains all of the action/thrillers on my list.

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    "Still good, but maybe even darker than the first"

    I like the police characters in these stories. The detective and his side kick are great and the other characters that surround them are intriguing as well. But the crimes at the heart of the stories are really quite gruesome. I'm beginning to wonder where that comes from. It's not that I'm averse to "dark" crime novels; I've always been an Ian Rankin fan. But I think these may be a bit gratuitously violent. I'll probably buy another one if it comes out; but maybe not with as much alacrity as I showed with the first one.

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    Claudia KALISPELL, MT, United States 11-24-12
    Claudia KALISPELL, MT, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great listen"

    As usual Steven Pacey steals the show. Good story, would highly recommend this one!!!!!!!

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