I enjoyed this book, as I have all of the Kurt Wallander mysteries I've listened too. I was prompted to write this review because I disagree with other listeners who have complained about Dick Hill's narration. I don't know Swedish, but his pronunciation seems genuine to me. As for his ability to carry off other voices than the main character, I think he does a very good job! I don't mind at all when he does a female voice, as I have with some other narrators. His expression is right on and if he is a little monotone at times I don't have a problem. This is a Henning Mankell book! He is a slow, methodical writer and the cadence of Dick Hill's voice is perfect for these books.
I purchased this book, along with some others, based on others' reviews. Please! Who are the people who review some of these books. I find myself attempting so hard to finish some of these books simply because I paid for them. In the end, I remind myself that there are simply too many great literary works out there to waste one's time on drivel.
This book has moments where you become a bit interested, but it always moves back to yawning parts that one has to work to get through. I simply would skip purchasing the book. It's NOT worth it.
Usually I prefer books by ear than by eye, but this one is one of the exceptions. The narration is banal, the story slow to develop. I like Mankell, and the book, but the audio format does not work on this one.
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.
I have enjoyed Dick Hill's narration of other works but this time out he "overacts," if that is the right word. Mankell's story is weak and pedestrian.
Novel has repeated dialogue that could, and should, have been edited out.
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.
Yes, I think the reader brings the characters to life more than I would be able to in my head. I often feel that a good audio book with a gifted reader is more like a radio play than a novel. This book is no exception. The reading makes it feel very alive and immediate.
The killer was revealed in a very interesting manner, felt three-dimensional and believable. I thought that character was the best in the book, next to the ongoing unraveling of Kurt Wallander, who is a bit of a crumpled mess by this point in the series.
A man out jogging at night in preparation for some sort of orienteering event stumbles on the corpse of a victim. It was told well, quite exciting.
Mankell's work is not translated into English very fluidly. It messes up the story a bit, I think. For example, "It was 6 a.m. in the morning" and similar clunky phrases recur and distract.