Really got into the story, but didn't like the narrator - lots of odd pauses and just a hard voice for me to listen to so ended up in this place where I just wanted to hurry up and get to the end not only so I could figure out the mystery, but so I wouldn't have to listen to that voice anymore.
I've liked Mankell's other books much more than this one. The story is good, but I found it went on for too long. The narrator got on my nerves a bit. He made several noises, chuckling, exasperated blowing, and for one fellow he devised a slow, almost stutter-like voice. Maybe the script said that the guy was that way early in the book. But, he was a minor character. Tolerable enough to get to the end to find out whodunit.
I love to read but don't have much time so, listening to books has become a necessary passion. If I can't read, I'll listen and it makes mundane things like driving long distances and cleaning house bearable.
I think I would have liked this book better if I had actually read it instead of listened to it. It has all the elements of a mystery that I like, relatable characters, twists and turns. But, I just can't get over Dick Hill's voice. It's a generally agreeable voice but his portrayal of female characters is absolutely grating to me. He uses a very nasal, slightly higher than his own voice, squeal and it sounds almost like he's doing an offensive mock of some female he doesn't like.
I've listened to other books he's narrated and felt the same way. Had I paid attention to who the narrator was when I was just checking it out, I wouldn't have bought it.
This was my first Mankell mystery and I completely enjoyed it. I love the characters, particularly the hero detective. The narration is deadpan but you quickly stop paying attention to it as you are eager to hear what happens next. Nice integration of a bit of social commentary and a perspective about contemporary politics.
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
Dick Hill's reading, reminds me this is a Swedish novel.It is not English or American. It is translated. A lot of nuance is lost in language translation. It is not 2009, but 1994. Think of policing outside mobile phones and DNA testing and computer profiles. Policing at the beginning of information available on computers, policing in a relatively small community, policing by people who still have a life outside policing, are explored in this story
The pace alters from the start where many avenues are considered to the closing very fast action..
The fast pace at the end had me going back, to listen again, because I had missed a piece. Without knowing, I tend to think in many ways that this story reflects the reports that police have to write. Often as I hear the story unfold, in my minds eye I see a written report. More I have the contact with the officer's thoughts and feelings as the case gathers momentum.
It is provocative, not only in questioning Justice, but also in questioning changes in society values.
Poorly researched with respect to critical facts, ie use of ether as a method of putting someone out (I am of the few still alive that has used this extensivly) The sophomoric psychic descriptions are endless and boring.
I bought this book on the $4.95 sale and DIDN’T check the name of the reader...Groan!!! I really hate Dick Hill. I hate the inflection, the weird pauses and the odd pronunciation. I especially hate that he pronounces Wallander as Vo⋄Loń⋄Da... sounds like a New York hooker the way he says it. Maybe it should be pronounced this way and every other Mankell reader and TV series got it wrong? I dunno but it is awfully distracting. The story is great so 5 stars for the story minus two stars for Dick Hill.
The story moved along at a plodding pace. The reader paused his reading at the weirdest places. The Swedish accent???? There was none. The story was a good one - but the above issues made it difficult to get through....