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The Hanging Girl Audiobook

The Hanging Girl

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Publisher's Summary

In the middle of a hard-won morning nap in the basement of police headquarters, Carl Mørck, head of Department Q, receives a call from a colleague working on the Danish island of Bornholm.

Carl is dismissive at first, but then he receives some shocking news. Carl then has no choice but to lead Department Q into the tragic cold case of a vivacious 17-year-old girl who vanished from school, only to be found dead hanging high up in a tree.

The investigation will take them from the remote island of Bornholm to a hidden cult, where Carl and his assistants must stop a string of new murders by a skilled manipulator who refuses to let anything - or anyone - get in the way.

©2016 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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    Alexandra Allan 16/12/2015 Member Since 2010
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    I love the department Q books but for me, this book was seriously let down by the choice of narrator. Don't know why Jussi has gone with a different narrator from the previous books but not a good choice. I won't be listening to any future department Q books if Graeme Malcolm is going to be the narrator. Bring back Steven Pacey.

    96 of 105 people found this review helpful
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    Anna 06/02/2016
    Anna 06/02/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrible, disappointing narrator"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is very good, I love the 3 main characters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too hard to listen, too monotone for me and the difference between the characters so slight I didn't know who was saying what at times Didn't have the same pleasure of listening to the story as I had with the others, and never laughed aloud like before. But as the book is good and I love the previous books I endured.


    Any additional comments?

    Please choose better narrator next time.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    paul soham, United Kingdom 07/01/2016
    paul soham, United Kingdom 07/01/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "WHY O WHY CHANGE NARRATOR!"

    I have absolutely loved every Dept Q book, the characters were brought alive by Steven Pacey and I was genuinely so excited to see another in the series. I was a little perturbed that the narrator was different but with open mind gave it a go...

    Why..... Just why did anyone listen to this guy and think Ahhh he'll follow nicely in Steven Paceys footsteps?????

    Im struggling to get past chapter 7 - there's no life to the narration, an awful sing song voice with inflections at the end of words and sentences that shouldn't be there... No distinct characters, Karl and Rose just blend into the background and my favourite Assad has no enthusiasm no wit no comedy value anymore...

    Ruined absolutely ruined by the narrator (who sounds better suited to children's books) GUTTED!!!

    53 of 60 people found this review helpful
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    Rhian 28/12/2015
    Rhian 28/12/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Bring back Steven Pacey as the narrator!"

    I just couldn't listen to this narrator. So I didn't listen beyond chapter 6. Such a shame as I was so excited to listen to the next Dept Q book 😕

    58 of 66 people found this review helpful
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    liken 24/12/2015
    liken 24/12/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Very disappointed"
    What would have made The Hanging Girl better?

    Steven Pacey


    Has The Hanging Girl put you off other books in this genre?

    No but dept Q will not be the same unless Steven Pacey returns


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Graeme Malcolm?

    Steven Pacey


    Any additional comments?

    I returned this title purely due to the narrator. I found the change of narrator distracting and found the story extremely difficult to follow. I normally persevere with a book but not in this case. I wish I'd read the previous reviews before buying.

    44 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 29/12/2015
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 29/12/2015 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin.

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    "Imperfect Chemistry"

    As a long-standing fan of Olsen’s excellent Department Q series I was delighted to find another one had been released on Audible. While this one is still very good quality crime fiction there have been some changes of direction which have changed the experience significantly from the earlier books. Previously Olsen did a fabulous job of mixing the back stories of his characters with a gripping crime story leading to a delicious mix of dark humour and tension-building drama. In this volume Olsen has almost pruned much of the wider character interaction out and trimmed the cast with previously significant characters like his gay lodgers almost removed from the stories. While there are still plenty of Assadisms the characters seem much steadier, less stressed and in turn, sorry to say it just a touch duller.

    With this story Olsen has taken just a touch more of the Dan Brown style as the investigators get involved with a Sun God Cult. The story itself has a lot of depth, some intriguing developments and an excellent twist at the end which is tied into a very dramatic and indeed satisfying conclusion. That said, I don’t think it builds the tension in the same way as most of the previous stories. It does deliver as a crime story should, just in a more steady fashion.

    Finally though, the change in narrator. It may be that with his change of character and story direction Olsen or his publishers felt a new narrator was in order. To me this just magnified what was missing. Pacey and Department Q were an excellent combination, he was able to deliver the stress, tension, chaos and humour of the earlier books with aplomb and genuinely added to the production mix. Graeme Malcolm operates at pretty much one pace and one tone. I can imagine him doing some books quite well but following on from Pacey his style jars and his delivery drags the whole experience down.

    In all this is a quality piece of crime fiction with enough clever nuances, twists and turns to make it a worthwhile purchase. It also gives us a character cliffhanger to entice us into the next book of the series. However, in comparison with previous books in the series it falls down in ways that are significant and simply doesn’t fully deliver what we’ve come to expect from Department Q. For me personally this instalment has moved the series from “Must Buy” to “Worth considering”, especially if they persevere with the same narrator.

    43 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Mandie United States 30/12/2016
    Mandie United States 30/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Change of Narrator spoiled the book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I would but would suggest they left time between listening to this and the previous book due to the different narrator which gave a completely different slant the the characters and the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like all the characters felt like I knew them having listened to all the Department Q books fairly recently, just found the different narrator made me see the characters very differently. Assad in particular I just couldn't gel with in this book but had loved him in previous books


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Graeme Malcolm?

    Yes I would was a good narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Not planning on listening to others in this series unless Steven Pacey is back narrating

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Miles Wheathampstead, United Kingdom 20/12/2016
    Miles Wheathampstead, United Kingdom 20/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Why change a winning formula?"

    I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks and just occasionally you find the perfect combination of storyteller and narrator. Jussi Adler-Olsen and Steven Pacey was one such pairing. All the books up to The Hanging Girl have been compelling and hard to put down. Pacey's performances perfectly captured Carl Merck's world weariness and Assad's boyish enthusiasm ... and mysterious past. His accents, tone and pace have always worked so well.

    So WHY has such a perfect partnership been broken up in this book? Graeme Malcolm is probably a good narrator for other stories, but he does not come close to Steven Pacey for this novel. For the first time I became indifferent about finishing the book. Assad's character became flat and ordinary. Carl Merck was inconsistent and Rose was a just rude and dull.

    Please bring Pacey back!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    M E Pittard 31/01/2016
    M E Pittard 31/01/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator spoilt the story"
    What would have made The Hanging Girl better?

    Normally love Department Q. Bought it without checking the narrator. Did not recognize any of the characters I have grown to love.


    What was most disappointing about Jussi Adler-Olsen’s story?

    The narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Graeme Malcolm’s performances?

    No


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was Ok it was changing the narrator that ruined the story.


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    SGdeCT 18/01/2016
    SGdeCT 18/01/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing..."
    What did you like best about The Hanging Girl? What did you like least?

    Liked least: The narrator


    If you’ve listened to books by Jussi Adler-Olsen before, how does this one compare?

    Story isn't as good and I kept losing track of where I was due to the narrators voice. It doesn't keep you gripped like previous books in the Department Q series.


    What didn’t you like about Graeme Malcolm’s performance?

    Wasn't Steven Pacey - who was brilliant at the voices and the general story telling.


    Could you see The Hanging Girl being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    No I couldn't. I could imagine other books by Jussi Adler-Olsen working as movie.


    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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  • Nicole
    Milford, New Zealand
    13/04/17
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    "Enjoyable"
    What did you love best about The Hanging Girl?

    The characters within department Q


    What three words best describe Graeme Malcolm’s voice?

    He got the characters a little better by the second part


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen Pacey really nailed the characters and their voices and gave them such a good sense of humour in previous books, which was lost on the new narrator. Story was good but the ending hurried slightly exaggerated to make it work. Nonetheless I really enjoy the book I love the team their antics and the extended friends/family their stories jolly clever writing

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  • Colleen
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
    28/12/15
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    "What's the big deal"

    I don't understand this fuss about the change in narrator. I'm a big fan of the series (i purchased every title so far) and thought that Graeme Malcolm did a good job. Admittedly I was a little hesitant as i enjoyed Steven Pacey so much, but the story was so good that I didn't miss him after the first chapter. I really don't care who the narrator is there is no way I'd miss a single installment of this fantastic series!

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