Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Buried, the fifth installment of the Department Q series by Jussi Adler-Olsen, read by Steven Pacey.
More than three years ago, a civil servant vanished after returning from a work trip to Africa. Though he's missing and presumed dead, the man's family still want answers.
It is one of the many unsolved crimes left for Department Q, Denmark's cold-case unit headed up by Detective Carl Morck.
But what Carl doesn't know is that the key to the investigation is in Copenhagen. Fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson is tough, smart, and suspicious of police. Sleeping rough and hiding in the shadows is his way of life. But what is he running from - and what does he know worth killing him for?
Please note: This book has also been published under the alternate title The Marco Effect.
©2015 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited
What do I love about the Department Q Series? The characters! We learn a little more each book about the main characters: Carl (or is it Karl?), Assad and Rose. We also learn a little about camels too! Steven Pacey's narration is just so good. I want to know more about Marco too. Each book in the series gets better and better. The story line is just a by-product! It's good and convoluted enough to be interesting, but for me, the strength lies in the development of the personalities. It's easy to grow attached to them! We found ourselves laughing out loud many times! Wonderful! Can't wait for the next one 😊.
This book has ALREADY been offered under the title The Marco Effect. The story is great, and I love this author. So I was very excited to see a new title!! But sadly, it is new in title alone. I was so disappointed. If you haven't heard book 5, then definitely get this. But if you're an Adler-Olsen fan just check that you haven't already purchased book 5. (This isn't the first time I've run into this so of thing with audio books.)
"Buried Marco Effect"
Marco Effect re-done
His characters are very distinct
This book is the same book as Marco Effect. Different name different narrator. It was interesting to see how the two narrator portrayed the characters. I downloaded this in error thinking that audible made a typo with it listed also being book fiveof dept Q. I could have returned it but did not. I am a fan of Dept Q. Very unique group of investigators. Assad and his camel colloquialisms make me laugh out loud.
Same Book as Marco Effect.
I loved Marco Effect and so I'm sure I'd love this version.
Don't get this book if you've already read the Marco Effect. /sigh
"Same book as "The Marco Effect""
I read "The Marco Effect" and this is the same book. Audible advertised it as the latest "Department Q" book and I didnt realize it was the same book is already read. Since neither book is abridged, I'm not sure why this book is so much longer, but I wasn't interested in re-reading (re-listening) to find out. I'm disappointed Audible did not make it clearer that they were the same and I wasted my money.
"This is the "Marco Effect" Renamed"
Got burned again by a Jussi Adler-Olsen book. This book's synopsis doesn't summarize the plot anything like the Marco Effect, so I was fooled into buying it. Buried came up as a new Department Q release without any links to the series so I put it in my wish list. Bought on faith...got burned...
Is this publisher so desperate for North American sales that they need to squeeze loyal listeners? Feh! I am done with Jussi Adler-Olsen.
"Something Rotten in Denmark!"
Hey — Did you know that they have crime in Denmark? I have grown so accustomed to America and Americans getting criticized for everything — our greed, our laziness, our obesity, and our crime levels — and getting compared to Europe, where they do everything right — ride bicycles, ban GMOs, and practice mercury-free dentistry — that I had almost begun to think that Europe has none of the socio-economic-environmental problems that we do here in America. Okay, I am exaggerating: All of the wonderful crime novels coming out of Scandinavia — including works by authors like Jo Nesbø, Henning Mankel, Stieg Larsson, and Jussi Adler-Olsen — show that Scandinavia, at least, must have some crime. Of all those Scandinavian authors that I have read so far, I like Adler-Olsen’s work the best, because of the wry humor that he weaves into his writing. (The other Scandinavian authors get so serious and dark, don’t they?) For example, our protagonist in Adler-Olsen’s Department Q series — Detective Karl Mørk — has two civilian assistants — Hafez Al-Assad and Rose Knudsen — who drive Mørk nuts, incidentally solve all the cases, and provide endless understated humor. Assad (inexplicably pronounced “ASS-add” by Buried’s British narrator, Steven Pacey), in particular, brings a mystery-within-a-mystery to the Department Q series: Who is he, and how did he get into Denmark? How did he gain such expertise in the martial arts and in the art of interrogation? Where does he actually live, for Pete’s sake? What connection does he have to Iraq and to the Abu-Ghraib prison? Each episode in the Department Q series reveals an ever-so-tiny bit more about Assad, in a deliciously frustrating tease. For this reason — among others — I recommend that you start listening to the Department Q series at the beginning, with The Keeper of Lost Causes — where we learn how Department Q got established, and how Mørk got assigned to head it — and then listen to the series in chronological order. It will help you to appreciate the humor — and the on-going sub-plots — better, and it will help you to acclimatize to the funny names.
I suspect that Adler-Olsen must attribute some of his popularity in English-speaking countries to his excellent translator, Martin Aitken. Aitken has the perfect translator’s touch: He knows when — and how much — to deviate from the exact translation in order to convey the real meaning of Adler-Olsen’s Danish words. For example, he needs to translate Danish slang into approximately equivalent English slang; and he needs to translate Assad’s Danish idiomatic blunders into approximately equivalent (and equally funny) English idiomatic blunders: “Log, stick, and barrel”; “Like minds think greatly.” Translators don’t often get sufficient acknowledgement for their skill; but — to my mind — translator Martin Aitken and narrator Steven Pacey deserve almost equal credit with author Jussi Adler-Olsen for making Buried the wonderful audiobook that we get to listen to here.
Speaking of narrators: I, too — like several of Buried’s other reviewers — failed to notice that Buried is the same novel as The Marco Effect (even though it says so right up there ⬆︎, for Pete’s sake!); but I do not regret having downloaded both versions of this audiobook: The Marco Effect and Buried have two different — equally good — narrators. I love good acting, so I enjoyed listening to both versions of this audiobook one after the other. However, if you cannot afford to download both versions, then I would recommend choosing Buried to download … only because narrator Steven Pacey has a bit wider range of voices and accents than does The Marco Effect’s narrator, Graeme Malcolm. On the other hand, Mr. Malcolm reads a bit faster than Mr. Pacey, and Malcolm has the more beautiful voice; so you may want to listen to Audible’s 4-minute samples of each version, before you make your decision. I do not think that you can go wrong with either version.
In summary, I recommend Buried to all fans of crime fiction with just a soupçon of humor, and to all aficionados of good acting. Just remember to start the series at the beginning, and listen to the series in sequence.
"Dept Q... a winner"
a top ten for sure. This is my 3rd Dept Q books. Love the characters, love the dialogue, and enjoy the plots as well
It's not an edge of the seat book. This is one that is to move along through characters, and events to a logical conclusions. Yes, some doubts, some tension, but great story, and I enjoy the journey.
Enjoy Marco sitting in the safe hiding from Zola's thieves were looking through the house for him
Happy when the paralyzed detective was able to move, and felt bad when the main character's girlfriend dumped him.
These are the kind of character driven plots, ( like Len Deighton books) that are plausible, and travel at an enjoyable pace. Good stuff!!
"Great book, really like the characters"
I enjoy the Dept Q books. I read the first of the series and am looking forward to the rest. Didn't know there were so many and just kind of jumped into the middle it all.
Great character development but I wish Carl would see a Doctor about his anxiety! Yikes.
The story is complex, engaging and keeps the reader either interested or tense as the complex plot unwinds. A good listen
"Another Department Q Hit!"
Thrilling, moving, amusing
Only really the other department Q books, but in this one the characters have really grown into themselves, making it all the more enjoyable.
Yes, and he just gets better!
When the camel is in front, he seldom looks to see the dromedary behind him
Really good book, thrilling, compelling, excellent performance, thoroughly enjoyable! Made my train journeys go in what seemed like seconds, and almost went the long way round the circle line just to hear more of it!
"A thrilling thriller, that never stops."
Carl is back, he is acerbic, stressed and reluctant to investigate like no other police detective before but Assad and Rose keep on pushing him into new cases, and the complications of his personal life keep him working to avoid decisions. This creates the unusual humour that keeps the story from being just darkness.
The plot is well developed and the characters are all (old and new) well rounded and interesting, for me only Assad pushes the envelop a little too far, apart from that, this is good storytelling that delivers a balance of humour and serious topics of social commentary with some procedural elements.
If you liked the other four book this one will not disappoint, it adds to the series and delivers a new story that travels from Africa to Europe and even delivers a new character that was heroic and likeable.
The reader is excellent and brings back all the old characterisations, and a few new ones.
"More Than Just A Crime Book"
A crime thriller that made me laugh. a rare gem indeed.
His narration for the different characters is always very clear and believable.
I could have happily listened from start to finish, and always found it very easy to pick up from where I last finished.
Cannot wait for the next book.
"All round excellent."
Would make a good read too as all the department Q novels. Only problems is that they tend to keep me awake if I listen at night. compelling and addictive with plenty of humour. Great entertainment.
"Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!!!"
Now all I've got to do is wait impatiently for the 6th Department Q book to be translated! Loved it from start to finish
"A roller-coaster of a book"
I’ve listened to the first two books in the series and think your need to listen to at least book 1 first to get the most out of this fifth book, the early part of which is confusing enough as seemingly unconnected narrative threads take a long time to make sense. After a slow start the momentum of the novel builds into an unrelenting series of jeopardy scenes involving the young illegal immigrant, Marco, that went on a bit too long and made me hope for some variation in tone. I’d prefer less inter-personal sarcasm and quarrelling among the policemen and women who are becoming caricatures of irritable unpleasantness. My favourite character is Assad, the enigmatic dogsbody to Inspector Carl Morck, whose backstory from Iraq is slowly emerging.
Despite my criticisms it is a gripping thriller excellently narrated by Steven Pacy.
"Another Great Dept Q thriller"
Really enjoyed this one - Adler Olsen has built a wonderful cast of characters and Steven Pacey has a nicely relaxed style in his narration. An excellent listen.
"Couldn't stop listening!"
Another marvel...could be the best yet....and again...great narration....17 hours just whizzed by...can't wait for the next one!!
Very enjoyable listen, a bit better than the last couple I thought. Great narration as always from Pacey.
"Excellent as usual"
Another instalment of Dept Q. The usual characters. A mixture of crime, social commentary, humour and intrigue. All adds up to a great listen. As usual the narration is excellent
"My favourite series"
This is one of the few series where I am always sad to finish. Jussi Adler-Olsen is a terrific author and his characters are believable, funny and its a pleasure to get immersed in the story. Steven Pacey is perhaps one of the best narrators out there and if you are not already a fan then I strongly recommend listening to both author and narrator. 5 stars are not enough.
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