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The Keeper of Lost Causes Audiobook

The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the best-seller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award - also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, we're thrilled to introduce him to America.

The Keeper of Lost Causes, the first installment of Adler- Olsen's Department Q series, features the deeply flawed chief detective Carl MØrck, who used to be a good homicide detective-one of Copenhagen's best. Then a bullet almost took his life. Two of his colleagues weren't so lucky, and Carl, who didn't draw his weapon, blames himself.

So a promotion is the last thing Carl expects. But it all becomes clear when he sees his new office in the basement. Carl's been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigations division that turns out to be a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen's coldest cases to keep him company, Carl's been put out to pasture. So he's as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest. A missing politician vanished without a trace five years earlier. The world assumes she's dead. His colleagues snicker about the time he's wasting. But Carl may have the last laugh, and redeem himself in the process. Because she isn't dead....yet.

©2011 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2011 Penguin

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    vyktorya 10-22-15
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    "A story that gains momentum"

    This book kept me interested and as I got deeper into the unfolding story I found myself hooked. A subtle and low key introduction builds nicely into a complex and suspenseful tale. Looking forward to reading more about Department Q. Love the characters and their relationship to each other.

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    Grant NY NY 10-20-15
    Grant NY NY 10-20-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Disappointing"

    Struggled with some of the writing. Over explanation. Catchphrases annoyed me. Plot was predictable at times.

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    Susan WEST CHESTER, OH, United States 10-17-15
    Susan WEST CHESTER, OH, United States 10-17-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Like it enough to read the series"

    The writing wasn't awesome--for instance, the author gave exposition in dialogue several times, especially at the beginning--but the worst part about this book was the narrator's effort to speak in an accent. Not even sure what country's accent the narrator was going for, but it was distracting. The narrator made a valiant effort but it was just a bad decision. The plot kept me going enough that I tried Adler-Olsen's second book in the series, "The Absent One." In that book the narrator generally uses an English accent (sounds native) and the writing is better. I liked the characters and that's probably what pulled me in.

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    Seneca 10-14-15
    Seneca 10-14-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Takes getting used to"

    Narration was excruciating for the first few hours and combined with slow development nearly caused me to write this one off. This is a police procedural for which process and backstory threaten the plot but in the end character development kept my interest.

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    casey 10-12-15
    casey 10-12-15
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    "Appalingly bad narration!"
    What would have made The Keeper of Lost Causes better?

    The narration is terrible: forced, inaccurate, and studded with repeated incorrect pronunciation. A frustrating distraction from the story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The narration was so distracting that it blunted the suspense.


    What didn’t you like about Erik Davies’s performance?

    The use of accents that were inaccurate, pretentious and ever changing.Erik Davies' reading sabotaged the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not buy the next two books in this series if the same narrator is used.

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    LCinNC Hickory, NC 10-12-15
    LCinNC Hickory, NC 10-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic, Engrossing Thriller!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Keeper of Lost Causes to be better than the print version?

    At first the narrator sounded like Stephen Hawking. About midway through, either I acclimated to his style or he became more comfortable, because I enjoyed the whole story more. Overall, I chose to listen to this book, rather than read it, because I like to do housework while listening to a great story. I really enjoyed this one!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say. I really liked Carl and Assad. Both characters were developed very well, but there is so much more to learn, particularly about Assad. I also liked Hardy. I am very excited to see where these guys go in the future. This book was made into a movie, and I'm trying to find it online.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend. If you liked the Stieg Larsson trilogy, here is another series for you!

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    Akane 10-08-15
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    "Interesting series had me hooked"
    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    Lovable Crabby Detective


    What other book might you compare The Keeper of Lost Causes to and why?

    Peter Grant series and the Lisbeth Salander books.


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

    Yes. I always started off the books in this series thinking that I don't really like this but Carl Morck totally grows on you. I listened to all 6 books in a row.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like Assad and NEED to know his back story!

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    CSmith Flagstaff, AZ 10-02-15
    CSmith Flagstaff, AZ 10-02-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Fabulous Narration"
    If you could sum up The Keeper of Lost Causes in three words, what would they be?

    Taut, suspenseful, humanistic


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unlike other readers, I particularly enjoyed the narration.


    What about Erik Davies’s performance did you like?

    Fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed the way Davies weaved in and out of a Danish accent. He also brought a subtle humor to the reading, making an otherwise dark crime story compelling.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The epilogue!


    Any additional comments?

    Upon completion of this audio book I wanted to immediately order the next in the series but narration makes or breaks an audio story for me. I was very disappointed that Davies is not the narrator of other books in the series so I will not be listening to them. However, Adler-Olsen has me hooked, so I will be reading them on my tablet, hearing Davies rendition in my head!

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    Terry Clark El Doarado, AR 10-01-15
    Terry Clark El Doarado, AR 10-01-15 Member Since 2012

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    "WOW!!!"

    Edge of my seat...
    Couldn't stop listening...
    Fabulous story and performance...
    Don't miss it...
    Best book I've listened to in a couple of years...

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    Chip Porter 09-30-15
    Chip Porter 09-30-15 Member Since 2017

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    "bland"

    The narrator trying to do the characters with accents made it so bland and undistinguishable from character to character it became to easy to drift away from the audio. two hours in I had already backed up several times because I missed portions.

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