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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup, read by Charlotte Melén.

Winner of the 2020 Audie Award for Mystery.

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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Superb!

Greet read. Sveistrup delivers an ecxellent thriller, straightforward and at a steady pace, and rich in detail. The only fault is in the Danish pronunciation of the names, which makes it hard to distinguish between characters. Cant wait for the next one!

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Worst performance ever

Only just started but decided to quit. This may well be a great book but what an annoying performance. Someone had the brilliant idea (not!) to have all the names pronounced in local Danish, which is very hard to distinguish. I still don’t know who is who. Next to that the narrator sounds like the automated voice of my navigation system. Her sentences seem not connected and lack any warmth.

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Gripping...

Yes, the Danish names/pronunciations are a bit difficult at times... but the story is absolutely gripping, gut wrenching and exceptionally well written. Very much Jo Nesbo style. I can't wait for more from this author!

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A riveting read

Having thoroughly enjoyed The Killing, i thought I’d give The Chestnut Man a try. Absolutely gripping. Brutal in parts but I loved all the twists and turns!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-31-19

Shame

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

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  • Katy Klinck
  • 05-29-19

First ever book returned

The narration is so bad, I gave up after an hour! I think I’ll actually just read this one myself...

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  • Liz Young
  • 10-02-19

Terrible narrator! Sure novel is worthwhile

Now to be very clear-this is NOT a critique on the novel itself but as an avid audiobook listener on my commutes etc, this is how I love to find new and exciting works. I’m actually sure this is one (a new and exciting novel) when I concentrate hard-BUT the utter lack of life this narrator affords this narrative is criminal itself! I thought Siri was reading it to me. So sorry to review like this as it is really no reflection on the work itself but such an audiobook fail is doing his new author no favours at all. I have marked this as something I’d like to read when I get the time, but I’m afraid the narrator has let this author down badly. I’d love to listen again when you have a more animated and engaged narrator. Disappointed yet also hopeful. L

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  • Nicolle
  • 10-08-19

Awful Narrator

I had such high hopes for this book and they were swiftly dashed. Very disappointed. Slow start, begins to pick up, unexpected villain, seems to be getting better, ends. I feel like there should have been a better explanation as to motive. Why did Becker confess? What did he get out of it? What happens with Thulin and Hess? Too many loose ends.

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  • looking glass
  • 02-17-19

Too gruesome.

I really enjoyed The Killing on Tv so I thought I’d give this a go. At times the story engaged me but too often I thought it was gratuitously violent, particularly against women. But worse the voice reading it was a horrible monotone. I’ve never had that experience with Audible before.

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  • Beth
  • 01-21-19

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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  • Andrea Edan
  • 02-03-19

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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  • RosePetal86
  • 12-08-19

Worst narrator buy the book

Why would you use a robot voice to narrate a story I couldn’t even get past the first chapter.

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  • M
  • 10-31-19

Wrong choice of voice artist.

This book is held back by the voice artist; monotone and full, her Scandi/Swedish doesn’t do it any favours, and her way of making her voice when deeper whenever she reads the part of a male character who’s angry etc is bordering on ridiculous. I tried to get used to her voice but just found it really off putting. Of course, her pronunciation of Danish names and words is perfect (or at least seems to be) but that dull, unwavering monotone drawl just really ruined the book - I can’t see how they thought she’d be a good choice.

Story wise it’s a good book, although with a few disappointments in the plot along the way. Bit gruesome in places but that’s part of the concept anyway.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-21-19

Listen on cold nights

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

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  • DAVID KIRKPATRICK
  • 07-17-19

Intriguing, clever story....robotic reader.

Although I also have the book on my Kindle, I wanted to listen to it while driving, cooking and pruning vines etc.....however reading it turned out to be preferable.
The reader clearly speaks remarkable English but, as a story teller, I found her voice featureless and flat with, seemingly out of nowhere, some very odd pauses. I found it an increasing distraction from the story line.
An exiting, intriguing, if rather complicated thriller. Not for the squeamish, but cleverly done.
I hope there are more to come.... but I will be buying the book only!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-19

Give me Sullivan Jones

Good book but absolutely awful narration. Names incomprehensible and sounded like the apple drone voice. I couldn’t listen to it and had to read on kindle...

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  • 04-02-22

The Chestnut Man

Warning: Graphic descriptions of bodies, maiming was suitable for a murder thriller, but be warned - there is a fair amount of sexualised abuse of children.

My understanding is the translation of the book has a native perhaps Danish speaker. I want to say this as kindly as possible, the monotonous speech was something I struggled extremely while listening to this book. There was very little variation to tone and little colour in speech to provide interest while listening, but once this factor was understood as perhaps a cultural/linguistics issue, it was relatively easy to follow (except some foreign names that were tricky to know who was being discussed/spoken about).

The story is typical to Scandinavian noir thrillers that I've read or seen before. If you can bypass the strain of the narration, it sometimes felt choppy with some extremely short chapters about things that I found didn't really need to be provided for the fluidity of the story or to help expand on storyline details. However I enjoyed the outcome of the story, and the way the author finished the book was done well.

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  • 01-14-22

Shocker

Wonderful story completely butchered by the reader. No intonation inappropriate pauses and quite frustrating to listen too. Real disappointment.

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  • Amanda
  • 12-30-21

Gory but gripping

This was quite gory, but I found it compelling to keep listening. Initially found the narration flat, and sometimes hard to distinguish between characters. This somehow added to the appeal of the story.

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  • Ekkab
  • 12-17-21

too many twists

interesting idea but execution leaves to be desired. narrator didn't help. monotonous and unclear .

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  • Tiffany
  • 03-27-21

Terrible narration

The narrator almost makes this audible book unlistenable. I had to really persevere just to get through to the end. The whole thing is in monotone.
There are no tonal differences for each speaker, so it’s hard to work out who is saying what in conversations. And if there’s more than two people talking, it’s impossible. Further, she uses really strange pauses. A pause between someone who is being interrupted by someone else is seconds long, so it makes the scenario not make sense. And then there were times she paused for so long I thought it was the end of the chapter, but no, it was the pause between two people talking. But then there are really short pauses between chapters.
I cannot believe someone actually reviewed this narration before publishing it. Surely there must have been a mistake?
I highly recommend that if you want to know this story, buy the actual book/ebook, so what is essentially a good book isn’t ruined.

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  • MissiMaris
  • 08-20-20

A compelling read.

Although the narration is rather monotone, this is a compelling story, well constructed and multi-layered. It is grim and dark, with often shocking violent scenes described. As the author is the writer of the original Nordic Noir TV series The Killing, this is a natural companion. A lead female detective, a single mother, who is reluctantly teamed up with an outsider, a detective who has joined the squad after some mysterious failings at Interpol. There is also a touch of Borgen, with a successful female politician also a key part of the story. I enjoyed it and look forward to Sveistrup's next book.

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  • Kate CHAPLIN
  • 03-24-19

A real thriller

A very long and exciting tale, beautifully performed. Very clever twists and turns, wonderful characters and an appalling series of events leading to some unforeseen outcomes.