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The Hanging Girl Audiobook

The Hanging Girl: Department Q, Book 6

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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.

    101 of 112 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!!!

    59 of 67 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 😕

    64 of 73 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.

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    Steven 07/06/2016
    Steven 07/06/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible performance"

    Bring back Steven Pacey, you really can't tell who is supposed to be being portrayed during conversations

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    KJ 29/05/2016
    KJ 29/05/2016
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    "Bring back Steven Pacey!"

    This narrator is dreadful - story is dead in his monotone voice. Bring back Pacey.

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    T J 14/05/2016
    T J 14/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Ruined by the narrator"

    I am a great fan of Jussi Adler - Olsen and the Department Q series but why oh why change the narrator from Steven Pacey who as always was brilliant? Steven Pacey can make a phone book sound engrossing but this narrator makes an engrossing book sound like a phone book. Had to give up trying to listen

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    Miss Worcester, United Kingdom 26/04/2016
    Miss Worcester, United Kingdom 26/04/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Not the same"

    Not as good with new narrator, voices are so different ,
    didnt enjoy it.

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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.

    48 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    Colette 27/12/2015
    Colette 27/12/2015

    Spend my time cycling, reading, listening to audiobooks and music, baking and running about after 3 grown up kids, cats and chickens.

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    "Why the change of narrator!!"

    I discovered the Department Q books quite early on in my Audible experience and they've been a kind of baseline of excellence. Great stories, interesting characters and a narrator that really enhanced the experience. Why then, was the narrator changed at this stage in the series! I tried really hard to be open minded about Graeme Malcolm performance but it really spoiled the book for me. His voice has a really strange way of ending sentences that really jarred with me.
    Such a shame, because it's another very good story with lots of twists and turns.

    51 of 59 people found this review helpful
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    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
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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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