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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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    Christie Cummins jacksonville fl United States 10-02-12
    Christie Cummins jacksonville fl United States 10-02-12 Member Since 2012

    looking for a good read

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    "author and narrator the best"
    What did you love best about The Absent One?

    the story is awesome and I hated to hear it end. I can not wait for another book by this author and the Narrator is why I bought a few other books. He makes the books come alive.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    excellent


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    Christine 04-30-13
    Christine 04-30-13
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    "Save yourself while you can!"

    I seldom detest or do not finish a book but.... This one was so sickening and depraved that I could not help myself. Thinking that he could surpass Stieg Larsson's books for violence (whose books I loved) the author traded an actual plot for repeated animal killing and torture, gang rapes and termination of a pregnancy by a brutal beating.

    *Sarcastic spoiler alert* What's not to like- There once was a group of very mean boys and a mean girl. They were bad and evil. So very bad and evil that they maimed and killed over and over throughout the entire book. Then the mean girl got tired of getting raped and left. The mean and bad boys- they were really really bad and evil -looked and looked for her to no avail. I won't ruin the ending because I did not have enough Dramamine left to actually finish it. The plot of the book was - The main characters were really mean bad evil people- that's it!!. My guess is that the mean girl did get the mean boys in the end but who knows? Maybe one of the tortured animals escaped and ate them. One could only hope.

    Oh- and by the number of people that rated this trash 4 and 5 stars- I'm changing my career to psychiatry because these raters were either the author's close friends or there are a lot of people out there in definite need of some time on the couch. I liked his first book in this series but will nevedr read one of his books again after painfully slogging through most of this book because I naively thought it might get better or a plot would eventually be revealed.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 02-20-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 02-20-17 Member Since 2017

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "My first Department Q, but not my last"

    The Silent One is translated from Danish. It is a modern detective novel with elements of a dark psychological thriller. The interplay between the detectives is especially interesting. It is a very worthwhile listen that barely fails at earning 5 stars. I look forward to listening to the other novels in the series.

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    Evelyn 02-11-17
    Evelyn 02-11-17
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    "I couldn't story but English reader annoyed me"

    I just finished listening to this book, the second in the department Q series. This series is set and Denmark. I loved the first book with the reader Who had an excellent Danish accent. This reader was English and the different characters assumed different English accents with lower class people using cockney and upper using the Queen's English. This annoyed me tremendously and detracted from the story. The story was excellent, exciting and well written. It would've been much better with the other reader who is able to assume proper Danish accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Anne E. Schulte 10-08-16
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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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