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The Chestnut Man

Narrated by: Charlotte Melén
Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup, read by Charlotte Melén.

The debut novel from the creator and writer of The Killing.

The police make a terrible discovery in a suburb of Copenhagen. A young woman has been killed and dumped at a playground. One of her hands has been cut off, and above her hangs a small doll made of chestnuts.

Young detective Naia Thulin is assigned the case. Her partner is Mark Hess, a burned-out investigator who's just been kicked out of Europol's headquarters in The Hague. They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man - evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and is presumed dead, the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung. A man confessed to her murder, and the case is long since solved.

Soon afterwards, another woman is found murdered, along with another chestnut man. Thulin and Hess suspect that there's a connection between the Hartung case, the murdered women and a killer who is spreading fear throughout the country. But what is it?

Thulin and Hess are racing against the clock, because it's clear that the murderer is on a mission that is far from over.... 

©2018 Søren Sveistrup (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • erik
  • Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • 07-16-19

Worst performance ever

Only just started but decided to quit. This may well be a great book but what an annoying performance. Someone had the brilliant idea (not!) to have all the names pronounced in local Danish, which is very hard to distinguish. I still don’t know who is who. Next to that the narrator sounds like the automated voice of my navigation system. Her sentences seem not connected and lack any warmth.

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  • Johannes
  • SibrandabuorrenNetherlands
  • 06-03-19

Superb!

Greet read. Sveistrup delivers an ecxellent thriller, straightforward and at a steady pace, and rich in detail. The only fault is in the Danish pronunciation of the names, which makes it hard to distinguish between characters. Cant wait for the next one!

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A riveting read

Having thoroughly enjoyed The Killing, i thought I’d give The Chestnut Man a try. Absolutely gripping. Brutal in parts but I loved all the twists and turns!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-31-19

Shame

A great story spoilt by a terrible narrator- it was really difficult to differentiate between characters

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  • Beth
  • 01-21-19

An intriguing read

I thought about this for a while before spending my credit on it. It was an intresting read and like one of the reviewers suggested I think you should listen to the fill sample before buying it. Overall worth it.

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  • looking glass
  • 02-17-19

Too gruesome.

I really enjoyed The Killing on Tv so I thought I’d give this a go. At times the story engaged me but too often I thought it was gratuitously violent, particularly against women. But worse the voice reading it was a horrible monotone. I’ve never had that experience with Audible before.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-19

Listen on cold nights

Enjoyed listening to this book and hoping it becomes a series which I would watch

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  • Andrea Edan
  • 02-03-19

Thought I was listening to a GPS voice

The best audio books are PERFORMED rather than NARRATED. This one was narrated like the speaking clock. I think that basically this is a good, though quite convoluted story. However, for reasons that were not clear to me, the narration was delivered in a monotone with no change for any of the characters. The unpronounceable Danish names made following the story difficult even without the strange almost electronic narration. There were warnings about this in some of the reviews which I stupidly ignored due to the overall good feedback. I did finish the book but couldn't describe it a a page-turner in any sense. May try the author again but either in print or with another narrator/performer.

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  • Lee
  • 01-21-19

Follow the Chestnut Man!!

A serial killer is on the loose in Copenhagen leaving some very creepy dolls by the bodies! A very good listen for anyone who loves a good murder mystery. It’s a bit complicated at times so I had to listen back to sections.

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  • Nicolle
  • 10-08-19

Awful Narrator

I had such high hopes for this book and they were swiftly dashed. Very disappointed. Slow start, begins to pick up, unexpected villain, seems to be getting better, ends. I feel like there should have been a better explanation as to motive. Why did Becker confess? What did he get out of it? What happens with Thulin and Hess? Too many loose ends.

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  • Liz Young
  • 10-02-19

Terrible narrator! Sure novel is worthwhile

Now to be very clear-this is NOT a critique on the novel itself but as an avid audiobook listener on my commutes etc, this is how I love to find new and exciting works. I’m actually sure this is one (a new and exciting novel) when I concentrate hard-BUT the utter lack of life this narrator affords this narrative is criminal itself! I thought Siri was reading it to me. So sorry to review like this as it is really no reflection on the work itself but such an audiobook fail is doing his new author no favours at all. I have marked this as something I’d like to read when I get the time, but I’m afraid the narrator has let this author down badly. I’d love to listen again when you have a more animated and engaged narrator. Disappointed yet also hopeful. L

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  • Katy Klinck
  • 05-29-19

First ever book returned

The narration is so bad, I gave up after an hour! I think I’ll actually just read this one myself...

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  • Tom
  • 02-11-19

Good Book and listen

I think the author gets under the skin of his characters like no one else. The tension remains high throughout the book and though the narration is good there are fairly obvious breaks. Overall this is a fantastic audio listen.

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  • DAVID KIRKPATRICK
  • 07-17-19

Intriguing, clever story....robotic reader.

Although I also have the book on my Kindle, I wanted to listen to it while driving, cooking and pruning vines etc.....however reading it turned out to be preferable.
The reader clearly speaks remarkable English but, as a story teller, I found her voice featureless and flat with, seemingly out of nowhere, some very odd pauses. I found it an increasing distraction from the story line.
An exiting, intriguing, if rather complicated thriller. Not for the squeamish, but cleverly done.
I hope there are more to come.... but I will be buying the book only!

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  • Kate CHAPLIN
  • 03-24-19

A real thriller

A very long and exciting tale, beautifully performed. Very clever twists and turns, wonderful characters and an appalling series of events leading to some unforeseen outcomes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-19

Give me Sullivan Jones

Good book but absolutely awful narration. Names incomprehensible and sounded like the apple drone voice. I couldn’t listen to it and had to read on kindle...