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I'm a great fan of international TV series, and the Kurt Wollander Mysteries, based on Henning Mankell's stories are a must for those enjoying this read (and vice versa!) this story line was new to me, though it captured different moments in Wollander's life as I knew it. Nice to meet an old friend, see him in a new light (and the supporting characters, too). Great fun!
Wallander is an ever interesting character & it's interesting to witness the changes taking place in his life not long after his father's death. Overall a decent story.
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
Less repetition, better prose (or a better translator?) Maybe it's just me, but I don't get it.
Seriously, I do wonder if the fault is with the translator. The same phrases are used over and over to express the same ideas seemingly without any creativity or inventiveness. The plot outline was intriguing, but the dialogue and descriptions are - I hate to say it - boring.
First I noticed that Kenneth Branagh was the star of the BBC series called Wallender. Then I read the glowing reviews, so I figured oh boy, a great new series. I'm halfway through the audio book and don't know if I'm gonna make it. The prose is so mind-numbingly simple and repetitious, that I want to scream. The same obvious statements are made again and again and again, and in exactly the same words: Yes "we must solve this case" and yes "the murders are related but somehow we're missing something" and yes "maybe a woman did it - or maybe not."
Now and then we are reminded of how depressed Swedes are in general. Nobody exhibits a shred of the dark humor that keeps detectives from going nuts. That said, I'm still faintly interested to see if I'm right about who dunit and why, which seems so painfully obvious that I want to scream the answer at my IPad. This may put me off scandanvian Noir for some time. Back to the Irish and Scots I go!
The plot. Henning Menkell's plots are complex and rich. I want to ask him "Where do you get your ideas"!
Definitely, Who would the killer take next, how would the murder take place, will Wallander be able to stop him or her?
Yes. I have also listened to him read the novels of Ed McBain. He is perfect for those novels. His sometime staccato performance is ideal for McBain's writing. I struggled with his narration on these novels at first. I thought all of his characters sounded like a New Yorkers. Now, I cannot imagine the series without him.
Yes. I was deeply saddened by something that happens to Wallander regard his Father. No details!!
Read this novel, but don't start here. Start at the beginning with "Faceless Killers". These novels are among the best police procedural novels I have read. Menkell is a fine writer and these books are better savored in order.
I liked the realistic police work, lack of cliche chase scenes and gun battles. I least liked Dick Hill's interpretation of Wallander.Dick is good as the tough, grizzled cop like Harry Bosch, but he is nowhere capable of doing a character like Kurt Wallander. Dick also could not do a woman's voice or a European accent if his life depended on it. When I saw that the entire Kurt Wallander series was on Audible I was excited. I started with The Troubled Man and loved it (read by Robin Sachs). After hearing Dick Hill on The Fifth Woman I'm shaking my head. His interpretation of Kurt Wallander is unlistenable. What a shame.
Sure, many times. Mankell is an excellent author who knows how to build tension.
It is. They, the BBC, have done six of the books and they are all excellent. They're on Netflix, check them out. Kenneth Branagh plays the ideal Kurt Wallander, brooding, intelligent, tortured soul. That's why Dick Hill was so disappointing. It's like Harvey Keitel doing James Bond.
Henning Mandel weaves a complicated but enjoyable story into a mystery, not because you don't know whodunnit, but because you wonder how on earth Inspector Wallander is going to figure it out.
After listening to Sean Barrett, who is brilliant, Dick Hill was very off-putting at first, but as the story developed the quality of the narration seemed less important than the excitement of the narrative.
Worth the listen!
I wouldn't want to say for fear of writing a spoiler.
Dick Hill does an excellent portrayal of the very realistic and unglamorous Wallander, a character whose flaws and indecision are a refreshing yet very tense contrast to the usual do-it-all perfect detective. Wallander maintains his humanity while struggling with his near paralytic reticence. He changes, but very slowly.
OK, so I got hooked because I saw a TV series on Wallander, even saw the Fifth Woman and then up it came on an Audible list the next day. The book was a bit slow to start, but then, oh yes, a really good listen, so complex and compelling....and definitely so much better than the TV version - but then they had to condense it so much. I will look out for more Mankell books.