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The downloadable, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s sensational new thriller, read by the actor Steven Pacey.

Two boys, brothers, wake tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. Their kidnapper has gone, but soon he will return. Their bonds are inescapable.

But there is a bottle and tar to seal it. Paper and a splinter for writing; blood for ink. A message begging for help.

In Copenhagen’s cold cases division Carl Morck has received a bottle. It holds an old and decayed message, written in blood. It is a cry for help from two boys. Is it real? Who are they and why weren’t they reported missing? Can they possibly still be alive?

©2013 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

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Wrong Book!?!?

I just downloaded "Redemption" after having listened to "A Conspiracy of Faith," also by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Interestingly, Audible is selling the IDENTICAL BOOK UNDER TWO TITLES.

Cospiracy or honest mistake? You decide.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Jussi and Steven...Pacey Makes Another Winning Duo

The book, by itself, is a very good good thriller. I kind of like European settings for thrillers and mysteries...especially northern and eastern Europe where winter bleak gives the mystery an icy edge. This is the 2nd Adler/Olsen Dept. Q book I've heard from Audible.
For plot, great. For characterization...great. Even though it is about that highly overdone bogeyman...the serial killer...(I usually refuse to bother with most novels employing this device) this author actually made the story fresh and imaginative and did a masterful job of varying the pace of the plot, throwing in wit with bits and pieces of the more mundane human comedy. I have developed a wariness committing my time to reading "follow up" novels written as part of series. Each story, I think,must stand on its own merit. Adler-Olsen is +2 for 2, in my opinion.
I first heard Steven Pacey reading Joe Abercombie's "First Law" trilogy. He made all three books come alive. His narration makes me feel like the child I used to be who sat in front of the old console radio with his whole attention riveted on "Sgt. Preston of the Yukon" or the stories told on the "Buster Brown Show" every Saturday morning From those voice(s) a kid could imagine worlds he or she never "saw". Mr. Pacey has that gift of being able to inspire one's imagination in that way, too, I think. At least for me. Like with Abercrombie's works, Mr. Pacey's narration enhances the entertainment value of this book, immensely. Having written that, I must add that the entertainment value of the novel, itself, is quite high.

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Another winning Scandi thriller!

I love Scandinavian crime thrillers and this is just fabulous. I am enjoying the growing interaction between Karl and Hassad. In the series, I would rank the 1st book best, this book second best and the 2nd book my least favorite. Jussi Adler-Olson has adeptly developed a wicked crime drama... the backdrop is an amusing, chaotic work environment for Karl and the folks at Police HQ. Well done and recommended. Although there are fewer books in the series, I do enjoy the Adler-Olsen books better than those of Jo Nesbo, if I had to choose!

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I can't get enough!!

I can't get enough Jussi Adler-Olsen. and his Department Q. I love the way the plot and characters are fully developed , horrible and funny at the same time...

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Great Story, Great Narration

Jussi Adler-Olsen and Steven Pacey really make this story come to life. This was probably the best one of the series so far.

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  • Claudia
  • KALISPELL, MT, United States
  • 10-22-13

Great Listen!!!!

Once again Steven Pacey steals the show! Can't wait for another in the series to come out....More department Q please!!!

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  • PatM
  • 10-10-13

Best Department Q yet!

The best in the Department Q series so far. Not as horrific as the first novel and not as bloated as the second installment. A good mix between humour and tension as we revisit the quirky characters of the Department Q team, some of whom themselves are shrouded in mystery. An old message, written in blood, is found in a bottle floating off the coast of Scotland. Scottish forensics discovers the message is in Danish and the bottle is sent to the Copenhagen Police, where it lands on the large pile of cold cases languishing in Department Q. While the reader knows the back story of the message and that the killer is still at large, the tension builds as the Department Q team slowly piece the story surrounding the message together. The listener waits with abated breath for the team to connect the dots and make the breakthrough and when it happens the pace is taken up a notch with a very tense race against time. An excellent third installment to a very enjoyable series. As always Steven Pacey's narration is superb. I must have made quite a spectacle of myself in traffic, jumping up and down in the car, shouting and waving my fists at the radio! Loved listening to this one.

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  • Simon
  • 09-15-15

It's Not Worth Reading This Review

Honestly, no-one should listen to me in any way when I discuss the Department Q series of audiobooks. I seem to have completely lost my ability to think objectively about them because they seem that good to me. I don't think any other series in this genre has made me more tense for the victims or made me laugh out loud so much as Carl Morck and his crew of misfits have done!

It's a heady mix of cleverly thought out plot lines and rich characters which develop further with every installment. The fact that the lead is a laconic, tired guy disliked by most of his colleagues and is supported by two of the most unusual assistants in detective fiction makes for a wonderful chemistry. Assad and his sayings plus Rose and her moods are brought wonderfully to life by Pacey's superb narration with the long-suffering Morck caught in between! Carl's struggle to assert his authority is a continual source of amusement.

As I say, just don't pay attention to me about these books. To me they are simply perfect and I can't be trusted to review them sensibly :-)

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • mr
  • 07-31-13

great story. could`nt put this one down.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

great story. will keep you wanting more

What did you like best about this story?

the way it kept you wanting to shout to help them , you do realy get into it.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

car chase ,was full of suspence

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

yes ,didnt want to turn off

Any additional comments?

i loved this book, took three days to listen to it, didnt want to turn off. great narration. was very nice to listen to.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • RubyShoes
  • 01-28-14

This one's a Wow!

I just reviewed another book where I said it was ok nothing about it made me wow! Having listened to all 3 Jussi Adler-Olsen books for me they are all a wow. The stories are unusual and I'm never completely sure how they're going to end until they do - which is great for me as I always feel that little bit of disappointment when I work out who, what, when way before the end.

Steven Pacey is in my top 3 narrators and he does a great job as usual.

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  • Helen
  • 11-29-13

Wow, the best of department Q!!!

After "Mercy" and "Disgrace" this is the third book from Adler-Olsen on department Q and to me it is the best (so far... were are the next ones?). After the second book I wasn't 100% sure whether I would like this, because it felt like the author just tried too much, but here I was hooked nearly from the start. The story was good, the characters are totally great (but kind of crazy) and I couldn't stop listening. Usually when crime stories are this long I get a little bored with it and wait on the outcome, not in this case. The tension kept building up and up.... and not because of twist and turns that were totally unlikely. If you liked the first two books in the series you just have to listen to this! Rose,Assad, Carl and the other characters from the first books get better and better...

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Louise
  • 08-08-13

Best yet!

I was really looking forward to this book and wasn't disappointed...a good solid storyline and a bit more in depth than the other Olsen books I've read. The regular characters come to life more than ever, and the other characters are dark and menacing. I Really didn't. want this book to end...Stephen Pacey does a great job of the narration...thoroughly recommended!

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • s.e.ryder
  • 09-14-13

Just loved it

Would you consider the audio edition of Redemption to be better than the print version?

Yes by far it was well read with thoughtfulness, humour and tragady

Who was your favorite character and why?

Everyone had their own individual personalities that were instantly recognisable and

What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

I loved it, there were 10 or more characters all shone through with their own personalities, some loathed some loved, all delivered with the same care and attention

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

yes

Any additional comments?

I just didnt want it to end. I listen to an audio book to and from work every day 3 hrs a day and I did not want the journeys to end

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • B. Lawrenson
  • 11-06-13

A real page turner

Where does Redemption rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Possibly one of the best audio books I have listened to. Working twelve hour shifts I could not put this book down. My first with this authour and will be looking at the other books

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  • cliff
  • 09-07-13

Gripping and compelling

The only criticism I have is to me really and my lack of knowledge over the places mentioned, which sort of took the edge off a little but not enough to spoil a good story.

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  • jennifer
  • 11-15-14

Redemption

Again another great book from this author although the stories do not carry on the characters do and you just cant wait for the next unsolved case to be opened by department Q ,This story is very gripping and sad too but as per usual carl and his team get to grips on it great listen.

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  • Wendy
  • 11-29-17

Book 3 - AWESOME

Loving this series. Department Q ROCKS... hoping Karl continues to get lucky with Moana lol

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  • samantha bryant
  • 03-27-17

SLOW STARTER BUT MEMORABLE

What made the experience of listening to Redemption the most enjoyable?

As always, Seven Pacey's narration; he is incredible.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Redemption?

Discovering the torturous childhood of the torturer...that always gives me more to ponder upon.

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

I don't know that he added anything that I would not have experienced by reading it; but from listening to it, he brought it alive, as he does with all his narrations.

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

No. There were a few cliffhangers but I was able to put it down.

Any additional comments?

This is not a genre I normally read and I did find it confusing for quite a few chapters. The book goes back and fro from present to past and between countries. I had difficulty keeping up with the names...especially when you have to remember them and can't see them in print. I also felt there was a lot of wasted space in the book...annoying stories, making me yearn for the plot and real story to continue. However, when it got going I was definitely hooked.