Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £20.89

Buy Now for £20.89

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

Together with her one-year-old daughter, Maja, single mother Sofie Lund moves into the house she inherited from her grandfather. Sofie has such painful memories that she has had every trace of the old man removed - every trace but a locked safe that has been bolted to the basement floor.

Inside the safe Sofie finds something shocking that will also become crucial evidence in a case that has plagued Inspector William Wisting for a long time. To follow this lead, though, he must cut across important loyalties and undermine confidence in the police force.

©2016 Gyldendal Norsk Forlag AS (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"In the finest class of Scandinavian noir." (Caro Ramsay)
"Jørn Lier Horst is one of the most brilliantly understated crime novelists writing today." ( Sunday Times )

What listeners say about Ordeal

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    43
  • 4 Stars
    33
  • 3 Stars
    15
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    53
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    43
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

quite a good book,

this book was no littery masterpiece, but it was entertaining, I would buy books by this author again. At first the narration does not seem very good,but if you stick with for a little while you will become a fan of Saul Riechlin and the gentle way he tells the story

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Another very enjoyable book!

A very enjoyable book which continues well with the previous ones in the series. Saul Reichlin once again is a great narrator, but the only thing that detracts a little from the audiobook narration, is his use of Swedish pronunciation of some Norwegian words. In earlier books he correctly used the Norwegian pronunciation for names ending in 'g' such as Borg and Berg using a hard G - as in 'iceberg' but in this book, he has started to pronounce words that end in 'g' - for instance Berg - as 'Berrie' (or as close to that sound in English). Whilst this probably would not detract for most listeners who speak neither Norwegian or Swedish, it is a little off-putting if you do. Overall though, a good listen, well read. I hope that Saul will be asked to narrate all the Jørn Lier Horst books (including those already narrated by others if possible!)

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Enjoyable series

I’ve read and listened to this series, the only problem for me is the narration of the audiobooks, I love this narrator and I couldn’t do it, but the woman generally sound a little dim or on the verge of hysterics! Still worth listening to as I get used to it.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Spoiled by the reader

I wish there was a different reader. Saul Reichlin would make a wonderful children’s book reader, but a thriller narrated by him sounds childish and naive, with male characters coming out dumb and female characters with an invariably weak voice. I had to switch to reading the text version in order to approach it as an actual adults’ book!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Exquisite

I’m so sorry not to be just at the beginning of this story. Everything about it was perfect especially the brilliant narration.
Am now going to check other books by this wonderful author.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent storyline, well performed by Reichlin

As usual Horst keeps you guessing until the end. Another entertaining performance by Reichlin too.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

fantastic

first time I've listened to this author, will be downloading more of his. Loved it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Superb introduction to a new to me author

I really enjoyed this book, The characters were good to get to know - I was a little bit nonplussed by some of the reactions of the ladies - (If I found something I didn't like the look of I would want to pass the buck to the police), so their reluctance didn't gel with me. However apart from this minor point - I found the story excellent, well written and really difficult to put down.
I love Saul Reichlin and the way he puts life into the characters. Yes a very good purchase!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story well read

Great story ,many plots tied together well. Nice characters, showing a human touch with the main detective.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ron
  • Ron
  • 20-01-17

Author

This author has written another awesome book! I have listened to all the other books in this series and they just keep getting better. I hope Mr. Horst plans on writing for a long long time.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Donna
  • Donna
  • 12-06-16

It is OK

This book 's strength is in the unraveling of police procedural errors. Too many unsavory characters involved in the ugly life of crime are less than interesting for my taste. Bit it is a good detective story.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Paul
  • Paul
  • 02-10-16

Boring, predictable and pedantic

I am a fan of the narrator. He did a great job in the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, but he really didn't have much to work with here. The book is a "procedural" and it is just that. All process no substance or suspense.

1 person found this helpful