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Mercy Audiobook

Mercy: Department Q, Book 1

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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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    Tracey Toowong, Australia 12/03/2016
    Tracey Toowong, Australia 12/03/2016 Member Since 2015

    I'm a middle-aged career woman who has no time to read, the book must be intelligent and grab me straight away, love thrillers.

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    "Give it time to warm up!"
    Where does Mercy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. I'm going to listen to the other 4 or 5 in the series, so good to know you can have more of the characters you have gotten to know.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mercy?

    Getting to know the characters and the unwinding of the story, how the seemingly unrelated separate stories come together, but the author doesn't treat you like a ninny, he knows that you know and you keep up together.


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

    Assad! Brilliant Steven! Made me laugh. I was even speaking to myself in 'Assad' by the time the book finished..


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Love the gritty irony of Carl and how things can't get any worse. Made me feel better about my own life...


    Any additional comments?

    Steven Pacey's narration made it feel as though there was a cast of 100's. His best and most 'natural' voice was that of the main character, it was easy to listen to, and then, Assad's character brought a bright ray of orange zest, although he too was a survivor and that made his character brilliant. The author kept the suspense up until the end. As this was the first book in the series, I decided to start with it, so I would understand how the characters first began. There was a lot of 'setting up the story' at the start, and I had to persist with that, but after the first third of the book, it warmed up and the characters came alive. I am now working my way through all 5 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim 03/02/2016
    Tim 03/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Ripping good stuff"

    A fantastic novel that blends humour with dark crime mystery. Great work by the author and the utterly engaging narrator. Highly recommended. Looking forward to the rest of the Department Q series!

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    Jonah 08/11/2015
    Jonah 08/11/2015
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    "Nordic noir"

    dark theme - plot was gripping

    I have listened to all the books on the series up to buried (book5).

    in general the plots are good, usually a race to catch a criminal(s) in time on cases.

    I'm not sure if it's because the books lost some vibrancy in translation but the characters can feel quite one dimensional and sometimes it's hard to imagine anyone behaving quite like them in real life, and in other ways they are quite hackneyed caricatures, the divorced smoking grumpy detective who clashes with his superiors is hardly revolutionary.

    however the plots and the baddies in the books are great and I've enjoyed listening.

    if you're not sure you're going to like them, I think you probably won't, but if you like the killing and steig Larsson you probably will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alison 15/03/2015
    Alison 15/03/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Does it get any better than this?"

    The combination of Adler-Olsen's story with Pacey's narration, and particularly his depictions of the various characters, is superb. Great stuff!

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    Sandra 07/06/2014
    Sandra 07/06/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Well worth listening to."
    What did you like most about Mercy?

    It was a little slow to start with, but the story was woven together with interesting complexity, leaving the listener with the feeling there was definitely more beneath the surface. The reader was excellent too, very clever with his accents. The only incongruous thing was that it's set in Denmark, yet all the characters have regional English accents!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Assad! There is much richness to be discovered here as the series develops I'm sure.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Hard to find a particular scene that was more noteworthy than others.


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

    If I had all the time in the world, yes, I'd want to listen from beginning to end. But stopping draws out the tensions too.


    Any additional comments?

    As a fan of Steig Larson, this author fills the space left by him adequately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • G Matt
    Alberta
    3/06/14
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    "Fantastic Crime Thriller From Denmark"

    One of the best crime novels I have ever experienced. This can be favorably compared to the best of Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, John Sanford and Henning Mankell. A powerful, emotional ending that will remain with me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • leon
    munstergeleen, Netherlands
    7/09/12
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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
  • Janice Dunlop
    Hampton, Victoria, AU
    27/09/15
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    "Stereotypes Spoilt It"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    This book was spoiled for me by the author's frequent use of denigrating stereotypes to describe women - witch, cow, harpy, bitch etc. He didn't demean men in the same way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juliette K Fitchew
    13/07/15
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    "Riveting Scandinavian thriller"

    Best thriller I have read (listened) for a long time. Steven Pacey is a marvellous narrator and I can't wait to follow other books by Adler Olsen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dave
    17/04/15
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    "For any Nordic fans"

    Loved the characters, loved the plot, loved the humor. Not quite a Nesbo, but a must for Nesbo/Larsson fans

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • T J Clark
    15/03/15
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    "Awesome"

    Great book. The story held your attention the whole way along. Now onto the next one in the series. Well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Knight
    20/02/15
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    "Perfect Book"

    Jussi rocks. What more can you say! Buy all the dept Q books. We finally have someone to stand in Steig's shoes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    9/06/14
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    "Totally weird and awfully gruesome"

    This may stretch your imagination. It certainly stretched credibility - to breaking point.
    The book is at least twice as long as it ought to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Sydney, Australia
    16/03/15
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    "Premise for cruel, tortuous revenge absurd."

    Believability and credibility crucial for me to really enjoy a book like this. My first time with this author and I probably won't go back. All the Danish towns and landmarks mentioned only added to my disinterest. I thought the narrator did a good job and I was particularly drawn to the Syrian cohort and police enthusiast Assad. After a steady diet of Clancy, Flynn etc where every Arabic character is a bitter,fundamentalist thug who spits on the rest of the world and the 'infidels' in it, a more sympathetic Arab character was a most refreshing change. Loved Assad. The story though was daft. The authors attempt to find a reason for the horrendous torture he wanted to describe was just lame and hard to accept. Don't waste your credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Nick
    WEMBLEY, United Kingdom
    8/02/13
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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..

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Saffy
    UK
    8/04/13
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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.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Cabaspre
    Mallorca
    14/10/13
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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

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    London, United Kingdom
    23/01/14
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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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • GORDON
    United Kingdom
    26/10/12
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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.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    United Kingdom
    17/01/14
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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Annie
    Brentwood, United Kingdom
    5/10/14
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    "Mercy?"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book, ensuring that I will listen to more.

    I found the beginning and Carl aggravating. It took three attempts to get me into it, after I was, there was no leaving it. Enjoy!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    17/06/14
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    "Turns out better than my first impression"

    Maybe I read/listen to too much detective fiction but I sighed at the beginning of this book as the formulaic clichés of the genre rolled out: maverick cop, separated from wife, insubordinate towards superiors and bolshie over smoking bans. Fortunately once that was out of the way an interesting story slowly emerges. It’s a kidnap and imprisonment case that’s a bit different: complicated but eventually gripping. It takes a while to get used to all the unfamiliar sounding Danish names and the surprise that the Danish cops are differentiated by the narrator by giving them British regional accents. But when one thinks about it, it’s logical: Denmark must be full of regional accents. Two murder cases come into the narrative that don’t add much to the book, particularly the one involving a cyclist killed in a park the solving of which is hastily described without much evidence being provided. The main story is carried by Carl a detective appointed to head a small department looking at old, unsolved cases. Small being the operative word as his only assistant is a Syrian political refugee, Assad, given asylum and ostensibly employed as a cleaner. However Assad is an enigma who displays surprising talents of observation and deduction and gradually becomes Carl’s side-kick. If this is the beginning of a series the cultural and language differences of the duo provide welcome light-relief.

    Steven Pacey does a superb job of narration using a wide range of accents from Geordie to Glasgow and encompassing different ages and genders.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Linda
    London, United Kingdom
    26/07/15
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    "Something just a little bit different"

    This is certainly not in the same mould as other Scandinavian or indeed most other thrillers - because heaped in with violence and suspense is a hefty portion of humour. What is even cleverer is that it's contained in exactly the right place - in the asides made by the head of the newly created Department Q as he comes to terms with the way in which he has been sidelined as well as the general factotum in rubber gloves he has been given in place of a new team. It is therefore possible to be gently smiling to yourself one minute and appalled by the main storyliine the next. Steven Pacey excells with an enormous range of characters that are instantly recognisable and yet never a caricature. A very good new series to have found.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Corazie
    UK
    21/01/14
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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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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