Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
I'll not get another Kurt Wallander mystery… for a while, anyway. Everything about this book is competent. So competent that Henning Manekell and Dick Hill bring Wallander alive. And I don't like him much. As usual with northern Europe mysteries, there's a darkness poured over everything that's deeper and longer than a Swedish winter night. It seems to be a rule for these authors. That's not the problem. The thing is that making Wallander so human, he becomes a boring kind of human who I'd not even want to chat up at a cocktail party. I picture his skin, conversations, and feelings all in chilly shades of grey-blue. The story isn't boring, it's lead character though…
I gave the book four stars.. yet can't recommend it.
Mankell's #5 Wallender is well written from a crime perspective. That makes it slightly difficult to follow as it sometimes gets "sidetracked" and wanders. The twisty part is what makes it fun. I'll look for another Wallender after awhile.
This is one of the first in the series and I liked it much better than the later ones. This one was much more up beat and you didn't feel like he had to drag himself where ever he needed to go.
This review could actually apply to any of the Wallander novels read by Dick Hill. First, I would say that, being a Brit, I tend to prefer a British narrator for British and non-US novels. It's not a prejudice, and it certainly doesn't always apply. It's just what I'm used to, I suppose.
Dick Hill is exceptional. I have to say that sometimes I find his pronunciation a bit odd; for example, "calm" is pronounced to rhyme with "comb." However, that's a trivial point. His performance is outstanding. He reads at exactly the right pace, capturing the mood of the story and the idiosyncrasies of the characters without flaw. I look forward to more of his performances.
This is my third Mankell book listened to and the tremendous humanism expressed in these books is what makes them of interest. The only tiresome part is the frequency with which Wallender forgets his phone or his gun. Please!
Sidetracked is right! I had a hard to following the characters and story plot till I was half way through. Dick Hill is a great narrator, but the story was just ok.
Awesome mystery thriller.
All the unknowns. The mystery really hangs around and you don't know what's happening until the end.
The wonderful pronunciations.