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Mercy: Department Q, Book 1 | [Jussi Adler-Olsen]
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Mercy: Department Q, Book 1

The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen's Mercy, Scandinavia's new bestselling crime phenomenon. Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction.
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The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen's Mercy, Scandinavia's new bestselling crime phenomenon.

Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction. She will die first. Copenhagen detective Carl has been taken off homicide to run a newly created department for unsolved crimes. His first case concerns Merete Lynggaard, who vanished five years ago. Everyone says she's dead. Everyone says it's a waste of time. He thinks they're right.

The voice in the dark is distorted, harsh and without mercy. It says the prisoner's torture will only end when she answers one simple question. It is one she has asked herself a million times: WHY is this happening?

©2012 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

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    GORDON United Kingdom 26/10/2012
    GORDON United Kingdom 26/10/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "excellent thriller"

    i approached this book with trepidation - was it to be just another scandinavian detective thriller? well, in a nutshell, that's exactly what it is, but it's also more than that.



    the main character is semi-burned out, his new companion interesting, the plotting well constructed and the pace apt.



    in addition, the narrator does a great job (i do like the application of uk dialects despite this being set in denmark). i'll be buying the next in the series.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Saffy UK 08/04/2013
    Saffy UK 08/04/2013

    Audible addict.

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    "Excellent Scandinavian crime"

    I was getting a little fed up of Scandinavian fiction - love Mankell but not sure about Nesbo- so it took me a while to get round to listening to this. I am so pleased I finally listened! It is a superb crime novel, as good as anything Henning Mankell has ever written. It moves along at a really good pace and keeps you guessing most of the way through. The police procedural aspect of it is one of the best I have read for a long time and I love the relationship between the detective Carl and his assistant - the enigmatic Assad. Steven Pacey is one of my favourite narrators - he narrates Susan Hill's Serailler series brilliantly- and he does not disappoint here. I also really liked the use of UK regional accents. I have now downloaded book 2 in the series and cannot wait for the release of the third book in July.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Nick WEMBLEY, United Kingdom 08/02/2013
    Nick WEMBLEY, United Kingdom 08/02/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Danish Noire superbly read by Steven Pacey"

    One of the best audibooks I've heard. Its a Danish detective novel with a political sub-plot - similar to the brilliant "The Killing" Danish TV series.



    Read superbly by Steven Pacey - one of my favourite narrators. In fact I originally chose this book mainly due to his excellent narration of the marvelous Joe Abercrombie books which I've recently finished.



    So glad I did. Just downloaded the sequel - for the continuing story of Dept Q..

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Vivienne Esporles, Spain 14/10/2013
    Vivienne Esporles, Spain 14/10/2013 Member Since 2010
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    "Phew! The tension just kept building."
    Where does Mercy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was definitely in the top five of everything I have listened to.


    What other book might you compare Mercy to, and why?

    This author, to me, is in the same league as Michael Robotham. He uses humour, excellent characters, intriguing, unusual plots and best of all, suspense.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favourite?

    Assad was wonderful - such an eager to please, kind person. I have a feeling there are depths to Assad that we will find in future books.


    Any additional comments?

    Steven Pacey was the main reason I chose this book to read. He could read me the telephone book and I would find it interesting. Thank you again Steven.

    I sincerely hope there are many more books by this author and fortunately I have one more queued up to read

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    j Greylingstad, South Africa 03/12/2013
    j Greylingstad, South Africa 03/12/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Not-so-great Scandinavian detection fiction"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Jussi Adler-Olsen again?

    Very unlikely.


    What didn’t you like about Steven Pacey’s performance?

    The Nordic setting seems to have thrown Steven Pacey quite badly. Bizarrely, he has chosen to use regional UK accents for many of the characters. Are we in the UK, in which case much of the local atmosphere is lost, or is it simply that Denmark, and particularly its police service, is overrun by British expats? His Danish accents are odd and strange. The least successful Steven Pacey narration I've listened to.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    The story line is cliched, forced and implausible, even by the accommodating standards of crime writing. Attempts at wit and humour are contrived. The 'dark' side of the plot is all rather trite and sensationalist and what is potentailly a horrific situation becomes just so many words. The different characterisations are pushed too far, presumably in an attempt to make the characters stand out or to be memorable. In brief, all too formulaic to be worth listening too unless you're desperate.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heather United Kingdom 17/01/2014
    Heather United Kingdom 17/01/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "Gripping and fast paced"
    What did you like most about Mercy?

    The mixture of characters were interesting and great story line. Would like to see more from this author


    What did you like best about this story?

    I listen to audio books on the long drive to work so have listened to a large number of books, but this book kept me enthralled and I couldn't stop listening until the end! Fast paced and nail biting!


    Any additional comments?

    Would highly recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen London, United Kingdom 23/01/2014
    Stephen London, United Kingdom 23/01/2014 Member Since 2009
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    "A cut above"

    Towards the end of this reading I almost had to stop my player because the tension was becoming unbearable. Indeed, I was gripped from start to finish. As others have commented, the burnt-out cop is nothing new, but the satirically comic irony of how he gets his second chance in the novel's plot, as well as this character's sense of humour play well. And yes, his assistant Assad is quite an original, really brought to life by Stephen Pacey who reads the whole book incredibly well. What I also found interesting is the book's examination of Denmark and its politics. As with much Scandinavian crime we are learning the all too familiar problems of these countries, which have in the past seemed to have got so much right in their democracies.
    The book is very violent, but for me I did not find it gratuitous or to have the misogyny common to many thrillers. It is extremely well written, by an author who has a fascinating CV. And interestingly he has worked as a publishing editor. Unlike so many books nowadays, this novel really does not need any more editing. Superb.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Corazie UK 21/01/2014
    Corazie UK 21/01/2014

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    "Long..."

    5 Words: Brutal, slow, intense, horrific, blah.

    I didn't enjoy this at all to start. I wasn't so keen on the narrator and I wasn't keen at all on Carl. But then we were introduced to Merete and I couldn't put it down.

    But my, is it a long listen.

    I didn't like Carl and the way he consistently objectified women and belittled them for not falling at his feet. It actually made me feel sick and is absolutely NOT what I want from a main protagonist.

    The scenes with Merete were pretty brutal. I listened curled up, my hands in fists, my jaw clenched. They were disturbingly well written.

    I liked Assad. He brought some well needed humour - and even a thread of mystery - to the story. Without him it would have been too heavy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Penny Havelock North, New Zealand 09/12/2013
    Penny Havelock North, New Zealand 09/12/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Please, please - more from author and narrator!!"

    I've listened to three in a row now (Mercy, Disgrace and Redemption) and found them all utterly compelling - I feel totally bereft now I don't have one to listen to. I love all the flawed characters - makes it so interesting to listen to, and Steven Pacey is brilliant as a narrator, switching voices and accents to different character's speech - marvellous. The only other narrator to compare with him is Derek Jacoby (Pereira Maintains - another brilliant listen). I simply can't rave enough about this, and I'm not usually a raver.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian 19/04/2014
    Brian 19/04/2014 Member Since 2006
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    "Possibly the best book I have listened to."
    What did you like most about Mercy?

    It did not ramble, as many of the longer books do. the characters, were all excellent, like a well cast movie, and it delivered everything I wanted to hear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mercy?

    Well I do not want to be specific as it could spoil the surprises for other listeners, but the "introduction" of the characters and the discovery of their skills (or lack of) so the beginning made you want to stay the end,


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Again I do not want to be specific, there are many scenes, so maybe it is the development of the story, and in that most of the scenes were excellent.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it was not possible, so I looked forward to getting back to it anytime I could.


    Any additional comments?

    I personally found it a really excellent book, from every point of view, the narration, the characters the "plot" and the unfolding of the whole thing, was just what I like in a good book, I really recommend it to anyone, and after all, if you personally do not find it as good as I have, then you can always return it, but I do not think you will.
    I will look forward to re-"reading" it in the not too distant future .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Fantastic"
    If you could sum up Mercy in three words, what would they be?

    Great Tension Fine written characters


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    The tone of voice


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    double faces


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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