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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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    Diana 11-28-16
    Diana 11-28-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Brutal . . . will have to continue another time"

    The first book was very good - and the darkness was relieved by the wonderful character of Karl's assistant and there was subtle humor throughout.

    I bought this second book on sale, so may give it a try again later instead of returning it. But the brutal sex scene that I have already been exposed to, and feedback indicating horrific animal abuse to come farther along in the book make me want to go to some of the other books I just bought on sale instead.

    The author is excellent, the numerous details added to the story, the insightful observations of human behavior, the assessment of how society is set up and people navigate their way . . . it's wonderful writing. But even though there really are cruel and abusive people in this world, sometimes time I spend on reading is for learning or entertainment. And abuse and cruelty . . . I don't want to spend my time or insert any more of that into my mind than I have to.

    So, I'll put this book aside, and maybe I will finish it in the future, maybe not.

    Narration: I preferred the first guy with the accents, they weren't perfect, but they had more life to them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 04-12-17
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 04-12-17
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    "Yikes!"

    Jussi Adler-Olsen must really, really hate rich people! These snarling, hissing, thoroughly nasty upper-class villains (how on earth can they be apparently functional, successful businessmen?) are just too much for my taste. Potential listeners should be warned that this is a grim listening experience.

    Although I really enjoyed the first book of this series and will try the third one, "The Absent One" takes its brutality into exploitation territory. I'm not sure what the relevance of the title is here, but there is certainly no absence of brutality! No nastiness is too much - senseless violence against women, against, animals, against unborn children. There's murder, rape, madness, all in graphic detail. Not pleasant at all.

    Despite my distaste for this particular story, I still like the premise of this series. Department Q and its interesting inmates will bring me back for at least one more book.

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cindhi 11-15-16
    Cindhi 11-15-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Miss accents in 1st performance"

    If I listened to this one first I would have been fine with it. But the first gentleman who narrated book one made it more fun and gave the dry air a little more bite. But those dry, humorous observation of life were absent in this one. Almost like the author is already losing interest in his character. But good enough I will give book 3 a chance.

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    JoAnn G. 08-16-17
    JoAnn G. 08-16-17
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    "Very Very Good"

    I loved it and I am looking forward to listening to the book number 3.

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    Stephen Curtin Existential Humanistic Institute 08-13-17
    Stephen Curtin Existential Humanistic Institute 08-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrater makes a difference"
    What did you love best about The Absent One?

    Good story, well constructed. Characters well developed. Makes you wonder if the politics of Danish police departments influences the stories by this author.


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

    Other regional detective series such as the Donna Leon's series or Andrea Camilleri's.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The author develops characters that are injured and emotionally conflicted. The stories develop both confront and reaffirm the main characters cynical nature.


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

    The narrator has a strong English accent and uses idioms common to English culture. It is so predominate that you feel like he is describing youth in England rather than Denmark. The first book was so well done that you were transported to Denmark. The sharp contrast in narration almost made me stop listening. The story is strong enough that I continued to the end, but struggled all the way through wishing for a better narrator.


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    EA Barton 06-20-17
    EA Barton 06-20-17
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    "Excellent suspense"
    What made the experience of listening to The Absent One the most enjoyable?

    This is one of those books that will pop into your mind out of nowhere. Loved it!


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    Wayne Matthews, NC 02-20-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 02-20-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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