Audio Review: The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup (Author) & Peter Noble (Narrator)

Friday, April 10, 2020

Title: The Chestnut Man 

Series: Stand-Alone

Author: Søren Sveistrup

Narrator: Peter Noble

Genre: Adult, Mystery Thriller

Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019 by HarperAudio 

Format: Audio

Source: Library (Overdrive)


The heart-pounding debut from the creator of the hit Scandinavian television show The Killing.

If you find one, he’s already found you.

A psychopath is terrorizing Copenhagen.

His calling card is a “chestnut man”—a handmade doll made of matchsticks and two chestnuts—which he leaves at each bloody crime scene.

Examining the dolls, forensics makes a shocking discovery—a fingerprint belonging to a young girl, a government minister’s daughter who had been kidnapped and murdered a year ago.

A tragic coincidence—or something more twisted?

To save innocent lives, a pair of detectives must put aside their differences to piece together the Chestnut Man’s gruesome clues.

Because it’s clear that the madman is on a mission that is far from over.

And no one is safe.

First I will like to say that The Chestnut Man audiobook is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I thought Peter Noble was a fantastic and excellent narrator in this audiobook. I just love him voicing the different characters in this amazing book, he voices each character in a unique way that you can tell which character he was voicing I never got confused on which character he was voicing. Now I wanted to read The Chestnut Man when it first came out back in September but never got the chance to check it out yet.

But I saw an amazing audio review on one of the book bloggers I am following who I think was Robin from Robin Loves Reading. Robin gave a fantastic audio review on her book blog about The Chestnut Man that her review convinced me to check out this book on audio through my library overdrive. And I would like to thank Robin to give me that push to check this book through audio because omgoshe this book was sooooo amazingly fantastic and very creepy. I never read a book set in Copenhagen before and love hearing the different dialects they have in Copenhagen I love learning new words from different countries as well.

Now I won't go into details about The Chestnut Man because I don't want to spoil for anybody. But The Chestnut Man is a Mystery Thriller book and there are very detailed gore scenes in this book that I did the mistake by eating launch before listening to this audiobook and right at the beginning of the book there was a gory scene that left me queasy for a few minutes. So lesson learned I will never eat anything before reading a gory book like The Chestnut Man. If you don't like listening to gory scenes than don't listen to this book in audio form because it does have detailed gory scenes on audio.

But after I learned my lesson I thoroughly loved and enjoyed listening to this book on audiobook it most definitely held my attention from the very beginning to the end. Also, I was on the tip of my toes listening to The Chestnut Man that I was guessing and had my theory's left and right who the serial killer Chestnut Man was. But when we finally discover who the real Chestnut Man was I so didn't see that twist who the real serial killer was, so bravo to the author for confusing me all the time and proving my guesses where so wrong.

And the ending, the ending you guys had me in tears that I never cry listening to audiobooks before like wow it was just a perfect ending to a fantastic book. All and all I thoroughly loved and enjoyed listening to The Chestnut Man that it won't be the last book that I will read by Søren Sveistrup and it most certainly won't be my last audiobook that I would listen to narrated by Peter Noble as well. 

Søren Sveistrup (Author)

Søren Sveistrup is an internationally acclaimed scriptwriter of the Danish television phenomenon The Killing which won various international awards and sold in more than a hundred countries. More recently, Sveistrup wrote the screenplay for Jo Nesbø's The Snowman.

Sveistrup obtained a Master in Literature and in History from the University of Copenhagen and studied at the Danish Film School. He has won countless prizes, including an Emmy for Nikolaj and Julie and a BAFTA for The Killing.

Peter Noble (Narrator)

Peter Noble was born in 1943 in the manufacturing town of Pudsey, Yorkshire. After attending the local grammar school (where his most significant achievement was joining the “Adventure Club” a year before being eligible) he drifted into Teacher Training College and three years later, back into school. His first year in a London comprehensive convinced him that he was in need of something new, something completely different and preferably something outdoors.

Teenage climbing experience on his native Yorkshire crags had led to climbing holidays in many parts of Britain plus Norway and the Alps so he applied for and secured a job with the British Antarctic Survey as a General Assistant/Mountaineer. In 1966 he sailed south for a two year tour of duty at Halley Bay, one of six British survey stations and the only one to be built on floating ice.

During the building of a new base at Halley Bay, new skills were added to his repertoire - electrician, plumber, decorator, carpenter, baker - but it was driving dog sledges over the ice cap that fired his imagination. After learning the basic skills he and three colleagues were left several hundred miles from base, with two dog teams, to reconnoitre a route to the remote Shackleton Mountains.

The following year Peter was invited to lead a tractor expedition along the reconnoitred route, an expedition that proved to be the longest and heaviest tractor journey ever undertaken by the British Antarctic Survey.

On return to England, Peter never did go back to the classroom, at least not the indoor one, preferring to work in outdoor education in the Lake District, Snowdonia and finally heading up a then new Outdoor Pursuits Centre in Derbyshire. On formal retirement he travelled widely - Peru, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Central Australia, Tibet, Namibia… either with his wife Jenny or leading young people’s expeditions. Peter and Jenny now live in Marlborough, Wiltshire


  1. Your excitement about this book resonates throughout your interview. I am glad you enjoyed it.

    1. Yes I really loved and enjoyed listening to this audiobook so much it is one of my favorites so far this year. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog my friend.

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    1. Yes it was an amazing audiobook! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog my friend.

  3. I own this but haven't read it yet! I need to!! Awesome review!

    1. Thank you it really is a fantastic book! I hope you enjoy reading this book when you get the chance to read it Erica. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog my friend.

  4. Glad you liked it! Looks great! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. You are very welcome and thank you so much for stopping by my blog my friend.

  5. I read and reviewed this last year. It is amazing and creepy. Glad you liked it.

    1. Thank you and I know right it really is an fantastic book! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog my friend.

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    1. It really is a amazingly fantastic book that I so loved and enjoyed listening to through overdrive! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog my friend.

  7. This looks great! And I love that it’s set in Copenhagen.

    1. I know right I never read a book set in Copenhagen before, thank you so much for stopping by my blog my friend.

  8. Excellent review. A good narrator makes all the difference.

  9. I want to read this one! It sounds amazing.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes