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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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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-02-15
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-02-15 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Another Great Character"

    Character probably matters the most to me, above plot, setting and style. This is a great one! The narrator gave me a good sense of being in Denmark, but he didn't distinguish between the various Danish characters as well as I would hope.

    WELL Worth it!

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    tuulz 11-25-15
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    "Poorly written( translated? ), ludicrously narrate"

    Bad, bad, bad. Narration is bizarre. American? reader affects foreign accents that detract from characters, a la" ve haf vays of making you tork"variety. Such a struggle to finish. Be warned.

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    Lisa 11-22-15
    Lisa 11-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Pleasant surprise."

    I randomly pick this book. I loved the way the book moved from character and time, it kept me on my toes. The story kept me interested and performance was excellent.. Will be a book I listen to repeatedly..

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    Sinikka 11-20-15
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    "Good story but the narration was truly annoying!"

    I hated the narration. The fake Danish accent was maddening. Was the idea that all of the characters speak English with a heavy Danish accent?? Really?

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    Robert 11-15-15
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    "Like Stieg Larson or Jo Nesbo?"

    The next Larson and Nesbo Scandinavian mystery writer. Be patient and allow it to unfold. Well worth it. Enjoy.

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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
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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.


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

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