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Summary

A successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. At just 37 years of age, he is shocked when his doctor tells him that he's dying. What is more, the cause is discovered to be prolonged exposure to toxins; in other words, someone has slowly but surely been poisoning him.

Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a suspenseful roller-coaster journey full of unusual characters, bizarre situations and unexpected twists. With a nod to Fargo and the best elements of the Scandinavian noir tradition, The Man Who Died is a thriller brimming with the blackest comedy surrounding life and death, and love and betrayal, marking a stunning new departure for the king of Helsinki Noir.

©2017 Antti Tuomainen (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Knew it was good right from 1st page

Original. Interesting how time slows when you are in critical moments. How you notice many simultaneous minutiae. Well described here. Good yarn. Loved it. Narrator hit just the right type of delivery.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A murder with some humour.


Humorous and sometimes irreverent, but never boring, a crime story with a difference that will not disappoint especially if you are not a person who reads the genre all the time, and a breath of fresh air if you do.

A very entertaining read with a good plot and a likeable character that keeps you engaged and smiling.

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Very interesting and different

This was a fantastic listen, a bit sarcastic and with some irony but also different.

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Witty, Entertaining, Morality Tale

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's not just a comical, witty and wonderfully matter-a-factly delivered tale. It makes you think about humanity and what your reactions might be if you knew your mortality might end so soon.

What did you like best about this story?

The matter of fact, dry delivery

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scence when our here figures out how and then who has poisoned him.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Indeed, I am not listening to it a second time, it is that good.

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Excellent Scandinavian

This is a great crime novel with gritt, comedy and philosophy in exactly the right mixture.

The narrator does a great job in rendering both Finnish and Japanese names. He adds and deepens the joy of a brilliant story.

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Doesn't live up to its reputation

This was quite a good story and I did see it through to the end, but somehow it wasn't really what I expected having read the glowing reviews that talk about the amazingly funny writing. OK it had a few amusing moments – but a lot of the humour was plain silly.
Underneath it all there was a reasonable story, with OK characters and and a reasonable plot. I don't think I will search out any more books from this writer.

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dog walker sussex

Having read great reviews on Amazon, I was so disappointed with the narrator. Gave up!.

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Jaako is a Funguy (sic)

A book that achieves the novel scenario of allowing a man to investigate his own murder without any supernatural chicanery doesn't sound like one to be taken lightly. However The Man Who Died really can't be taken that seriously either. The disclaimer at the start of the book probably guides you towards the correct approach to this one.

For me this book was a really light ride. Plenty of wry smiles, I very much warmed to Jaako from the start. A decent guy in a ridiculous situation. There aren't too many laugh out loud moments but I was pleasantly charmed by the whole thing from early on and it's an intriguingly original story.

The narration by David Hackston feels to hit a lot of the right notes even if maybe it is a little dry in terms of delivery.

So, possibly a niche book but if you fancy something a little different in your Scandinavian noir then this tale set in the murky world of mushroom entrepreneurs is well worth a try.

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Refreshing

We could not stop listening. The audio is performed with perfection and it deserves undivided attention.

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Clever, wry and absorbing

A refreshingly original story, told with understated black humour, and beautifully delivered by the narrator.

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  • 21-01-18

A fresh story line albeit a bit slow

Not a fast mover but a good story with good characters. New storyline that I haven’t heard before.