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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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    Nicole 04-13-17
    Nicole 04-13-17 Member Since 2012
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen JOHANNESBURG, South Africa 12-28-15
    Colleen JOHANNESBURG, South Africa 12-28-15 Member Since 2012
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Alexandra Allan
    12/16/15
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    "Narrator???"

    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.

    98 of 109 people found this review helpful
  • paul
    soham, United Kingdom
    1/7/16
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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!!!

    56 of 64 people found this review helpful
  • Rhian
    12/28/15
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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 😕

    61 of 70 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    12/29/15
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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.

    46 of 53 people found this review helpful
  • liken
    12/24/15
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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.

    45 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • Colette
    Gorebridge, United Kingdom
    12/27/15
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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.

    47 of 55 people found this review helpful
  • Linda Carroll
    SHERBORNE, United Kingdom
    12/20/15
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    "Bring back Steven Pacey"
    Would you try another book written by Jussi Adler-Olsen or narrated by Graeme Malcolm?

    yes to former no to latter


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    gave up halfway as could not enjoy the narrator


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

    Very poor delineation of the characters and their voices which is the point of audio. No attempt to sustain the accents which came and went. Rose in the end was almost like a man character.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    not sure


    Any additional comments?

    LOved the other books to date and was waiting for this next one. Should have looked at narrator which I didn't , assuming they would keep Pacey. What a shame.

    44 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    12/28/15
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    "Bring back Steven Pacey"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Steven Pacey narrating it, then the continuity and animation of the characters would have been kept.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jussi Adler-Olsen again?

    Yes, I've really enjoyed his other books I've listened to.


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

    Graeme Malcolm has narrated several 4/5 star rated books, therefore he must have some talent for the job. So maybe!


    Any additional comments?

    I was so looking forward to listening to another Dept Q book by Jussi Alder-Olsen, but Graeme Malcolm ruined it for me. I found Carl, Assad and Rose a bit boring.

    27 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    London, United Kingdom
    1/13/16
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    "Good story ruined by narrator"

    The story was as good as the previous ones but the narration was really not good.
    Why did they choose this guy over the previous narrator? He has no skill with accents, his default accent is a Jewish/South African that does not suit Swedes, Danes or Norwegians. His interpretation of Assad was poor and lacked the mixture of naivety/common sense that was such a strength of the previous narrator.

    Whoever chose this guy should hang their head. Won't buy any more if this guy narrates again.

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    1/3/16
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    "Change of narrator AND change of translator?!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only one who hadn't listened to the first 5 Department Q books!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Why, oh why, has the narrator changed? I wish I'd seen that before buying this book. It's so jarring, almost like they are different characters! I'm not particularly keen on Malcolm's style, but if the narrator had to be changed, couldn't they have found one with the same tone and style as Pacey?


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't catch the translator's name, but I'm assuming that something has changed as the terms are all American English rather than British English. I have no problems with US words, but the other books didn't refer to 'cells', 'freeways' and 'sidewalks', so I don't know why this one does? Again, a disappointing and jarring change.

    22 of 26 people found this review helpful

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