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The Scarred Woman Audiobook

The Scarred Woman: Department Q, Book 7

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Publisher's Summary

A #1 International Best-Seller
Over 16 million copies sold
Winner of the Glass Key award

Jussi Adler-Olsen returns with his most captivating and suspenseful novel yet.

In a Copenhagen park, the body of an elderly woman is discovered. Though the case bears a striking resemblance to another unsolved homicide from over a decade ago, the police cannot find any connection between the two victims. Across town, a group of young women are being hunted down. The attacks seem random, but could these brutal acts of violence be related? Detective Carl Mørck of Department Q is charged with solving the mystery.

Back at headquarters, Carl and his team are under pressure to deliver results: failure to meet his superiors' expectations will mean the end of Department Q. Solving the case, however, is not their only concern. After a breakdown, their colleague Rose is struggling to deal with the ghosts of her past - a past seemingly connected to one of the division's most sinister case-files. It is up to Carl, Assad and Gordon to unearth the dark and violent truth plaguing Rose before it is too late.

Translated by William Frost

Perfect for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo.

©2017 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2017 Quercus Editions Limited

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    "Can't believe I finished it."

    Dialogue between female characters is laughable. Narrator's characterizations are unconvincing. Story telling unrealistic. I kept thinking "You're kidding! You expect me to swallow this?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sævar Ari Finnbogason 10-09-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Another great Department Q novel"

    Jussi Adler-Olsen does it again. If you are new to Carl, Assad and Rose of Department Q start with the first book. You'll be hooked.
    I hope Olsen will continue the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Jools
    9/21/17
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    "Department Q spoilt"

    I have been a great fan of Department Q from the start with Stephen Pacey but the last book and this one is totally spoilt, even the story itself isn't what I expected am extremely disappointed, returning book unfinished.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    9/23/17
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    "Infantilising narration"
    What disappointed you about The Scarred Woman?

    We've so enjoyed the previous department Q stories, and were really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately the narration is so turgid it is difficult to get past it and hear the story. Will have to return unfinished. So sorry that Audible have opted for this narrator, who may be good for non-native speakers but is so distracting


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jussi Adler-Olsen again?

    Not with this narrator


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Saul Reichlin?

    Steven Pacey, Samantha Bond, Sean Barrett, Lewis Hancock, Tom Hollander


    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    9/22/17
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    "What a let down after such a long wait!"

    Oh I do think that this series has 'gone off the boil', this book was all over the place - dreadfully messy with too many side stories going on at once.
    I think that the relationship between Karl (Carl) and his staff is changing significantly and has lost its charm. Hardy, too, was scarcely mentioned.
    Saul Reichlin has also changed in my view - I used to love his narrations - but now he seems to be labouring and e n u n c i a t i n g V E R Y slowly, as if he is speaking to a class of children with learning difficulties.
    I won't hold my breath for the next in the series - I had been looking forward to this one and feel so disappointed.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    What a Wraste of space!
    9/20/17
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    "Back to Five Stars Via a Different Route!"

    After being fairly critical of the previous book in the series it feels like something is right with the world again that this latest Department Q book is something I'm more than happy to suggest is worth five stars. I think The Scarred Woman is an excellent development of the storyline though this evolution may not please everyone in the same way as there are differences here.

    After book 6 probably the most important point is the narration which took a tumble following Steven Pacey's replacement. Although they haven't brought Pacey back they have probably done just about the next best thing. Saul Reichlin is an excellent narrator and breathes much more life into these characters than Graeme Malcolm did. He has the Audible CV of course including being the voice of Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy. The one thing maybe that that he doesn't have for this Department Q audience is that he isn't Steven Pacey so the style is a little more staid.

    However, so are the characters. Their behaviour in the last two books has been a little less zany and the humour has been toned down though Assad still does his Mrs Malaprop impressions. Characters like Morten, the wonderful gay ex-lodger are once again allowed a small side part in the story. Just as importantly the crime mystery is a masterful weaving of five separate cases into a coherent and satisfying story.

    In terms of my enjoyment it was the character stories that were most compelling. There are yet more hints of the mystery behind Assad but the clear centerpiece is Rose's story. If you have invested in these characters and enjoyed their adventures be prepared for an extremely hard-edged and emotional story line. Rose has always been an extreme character but The Scarred Woman tells her bitter story and plunges the reader deep into her psyche. It's compelling and emotional and I found the conclusion of this book genuinely touching.

    So, although I suspect some will still find it frustrating because it doesn't deliver in the same way as the early Department Q books I am delighted to say I think it's as good as those books. it has plenty of the Department Q hallmarks, a fitting narrator once again and most of all between those thorny villains and churlish competing senior police officers it has a beautiful Rose. Oh yes, and camels, there has to be camels!!!

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/12/17
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    "Dept.Q is going downhill"

    I cant believe this book is written by the same author, this book is all over the place and the extremely poor narration added to the disappointment.Saul Reichlin is a slower more enunciated narrator than Steven Pacey, Karl and Asad no longer sound the same! I have enjoyed all the previous Department Q books listen to them over & over again, please re-record book 6&7 with Steven Pacey or make sure he reads your next book as you are losing fans.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    hertfordshire uk
    10/11/17
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    "disappointed doesn't begin to cover it..."

    After the abysmal descision to get rid of Steven Pacey as the narrator of the last book. and the numerous readers who complained that they wanted him back, i really was hoping to see the return of steven as the narrator for this. Alas, this wasn't the case, and as such the book, like the last was totally ruined for me. The story was slow and boring and I couldn't quite figure out where it was going. The massive jump in time made no sense and to be fair It may have improved but although I tried to stick with it i could not bear to listen past chapter 20. If I had 1 wish ircwoukd be to have Stecen Pacey redo this and the last book so I can enjoy what had been up to the last book, one of my all time favourite series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ishmael
    10/10/17
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    "Typical Department Q shenanigans"

    A tale that reveals more of the backstory to Rose and an awful lot coincidences.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trotpot
    10/9/17
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    "Not as strong as other department Q"

    I was disappointed in this book despite looking forward to the next part of Department Q
    The usual characters are there but I am not sure if it was the translation or the narration ( perhaps the combination) that made this feel very clunky

    The plot was a bit far fetched but an enjoyable romp when the pace picked up. I missed Steven Pacey narration - this narrator struggled with the female voices

    This is the first Department Q with a large number of females - and some of the phrases the females used were laugh out loud awful !

    I hope the next book is better

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Q
    10/3/17
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    "Shocking"

    This is the worst Department Q book ever I'm a total fan
    But I can't understand what happened here
    Unbelievable
    Let all the fans hope the next one is back to the thrilling weaving darkness that the team at department Q are renowned for

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ns A. Gannon
    Dorset UK
    10/3/17
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    "Excellent story"

    I enjoyed the Scarred Woman very much but preferred the Steve Paceys readings of Jussi Adler Olson's Novels.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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