The Man Who Died

Narrated by: Kris Dyer
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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Darkly funny

This is a pretty engaging mystery that plays out among Finnish mushroom entrepreneurs--really, I swear. Two things about the book made it stand out for me. First, the book opens with the main character finding out he's been poisoned beyond all hope of recovery and has weeks/days to live. This leads him to investigate who did it, but as a man with a terminal prognosis he goes about this in a manner only a "dead" man can. Second, as I was listening to the audiobook, I realized that the narrator sounds a lot like David Mitchell's character in Peepshow, and the character he voices has a lot of the same neuroses--not to mention a proclivity for dry asides about, say, how manufacturers of crappy printers must be in cahoots with antidepressant makers to drive humanity mad. Everything about the story, the off-kilter humor and occasional bursts of darkly humorous violence, feels like either a particularly warped episode of Peep Show, or a Coen Brothers film. If that sounds good to you, check it out.

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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.

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  • Simon
  • 08-05-18

Jaako is a Fun Guy

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 and surprisingly cut-throat world of mushroom entrepreneurs is well worth a try.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-29-17

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.

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  • Kaggy
  • 12-21-18

Innovative thriller with a wry sense of humour

I must admit I thought I had my fill of Scandi Noir after ploughing my way through the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series. This however tempted me in with a very promising storyline. A thriller based around the Finnish Mushroom industry is definitely unusual and when you add a charming and self-deprecating hero who handles the news of his imminent demise with bemusement, you really are in for a refreshing treat. This is a story that keeps you in the dark until the very end and delivers an almost equal quantity of laughs and thrills along the way. People say this reminds them of Fargo and I think they are spot on.
Kris Dyer presents this very well. His voice reminds me of David Mitchell (of Mitchell and Webb) and his natural sparkle is perfect for this material. This I my first book by Antti Toumainen and after this I will be in the market for more. Overall this is a 10/10 from me and a great pleasure to find a new and original author to enjoy.

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  • Marcus Bennett
  • 03-04-18

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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  • Wras
  • 02-08-18

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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  • Sjofn Thor
  • 12-31-17

Very interesting and different

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

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  • Biker
  • 06-24-20

Intriguing story but Finnish words mangled

Slow but intriguing thriller. I enjoyed it but the Finnish place and peoples' names were mangled. For comedy value listen to the mangling of Isoympärikatu, but only for Finnish speakers. I'm afraid the terrible pronunciation jarred, but if you don't speak Finnish then a gently moving thriller with an odd set of twists at the end.

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  • Riikka de Wit
  • 06-15-20

Great dark comedy

A gripping story set in the sunny town of Hamina, Finland. The only downside to this audiobook was the poor pronunciation of Finnish place names and names of characters that was very distracting and made the story at times hard to follow (e.g. the names of characters Sami and Sanni sounded awfully similar, whereas in Finnish they are pronounced distinctly differently). I wish more attention would have been paid to pronunciation of localities too as Tuomainen has clearly spent a lot of time on research for this book and describes the locations in and around Hamina in great detail. I would recommend this book if you like poetic, darkly humorous Nordic noir; don't let awkwardness of the reader put you off.

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  • Marlena
  • 06-14-20

Funny and thrilling story.

A man who knows is going to die takes back all of his power.
There is also some deeper meaning of this story: how is my life look like, am I living with my full potential? What would I do if I know I die soon?
I recommend !

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  • M. Clark-smith
  • 05-07-18

Great story but lost in translation

The premise is really interesting - a man sets out to find out who has murdered him and the story trots along well but, and it's a big repetitive but, the endless lists of details just ruins an otherwise excellent book (hence the 3). I think I know every road name in the small town where the action takes place! It's a real shame as the story stays with you once you've finished the book - which I always think is the mark of a good book.

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