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The Chestnut Man

Narrated by: Charlotte Melén
Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)
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Summary

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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Danish Book

This was a very atmospheric book and I found myself gripped to it. It is read in a very authentic Danish way I think which I really like but I would recommend listening to the sample first to see if it is your type of thing.

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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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Shame

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

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Listen on cold nights

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

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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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Brilliant story - not so good narrator

The story kept me hooked - the narration was slightly too monotone for my taste - but stuck with it

Anyone who loved the killing or the bridge scandic drama will love this

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  • Lee
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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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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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Good but long winded

At it's heart there is a good story but I didn't love the writing style. The narration was good.

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I didn't want to take my headphones out

It took me a little while to get used to the narrators strange tomes but after the first chapter I was totally in.