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Olsens books are among the best. Usually witty and gripping. So sad not beeing able to listen to this story due to the narrator .
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?"
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
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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.
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I have read all of the Department Q books so far and they have all, up until now, been 5 star reads. Now don't get me wrong, on second reading, I may well change this rating to 5. The reason on first reading I gave it 4 was because of the length of time it took me to 'get into' the book. Perhaps it was because I was distracted on a number of occasions, or perhaps because this book, was multi layered, with at least 2 easily discernible plots and they were both complex, and if any of the writing was missed, one had to backtrack to pick up the thread once again for it to make sense. I am actually in awe of Adler-Olsen's writing and the way he brings his characters to life; in this case with many more characters than usual. Recommended highly to those who enjoy original plots, excellent writing, mysteries & suspense.
This book was fairly good though not the best of the series. The characters need to be refreshed... somehow ... if the series is to retain its allure. More on Assad's back story would be appealing.
The change in narrator was not a success. Reichlin does not lift the dialogue as there is not enough variation in his voice.
I will check out the next on the series if and when it appears, hoping it will take a step up.