I am quite fond of the Kurt Wallender stories, and have read them in order. This one was a bit uneven - we discover Kurt is experiencing symptoms of diabetes, and they play a big part of the first half of the story. However, when he's on the track of the killer, suddenly he is no longer experiencing symptoms??? The thirst and frequent urination was a big part of the first half of the story, but all of a sudden, that thread disappears.
The back -story is more uneven than in previous stories.
awesome. Dick Hill could read the phone book.
I love Will Patton and will listen to anything he narrates... that about says it!
Dick Hill brings alive Kurt Wallander, like not other.. his version, quality of his voice, emotions, even when he "does" a woman , is so compelling.. He brings me hours and hours of entertainment.. love him
Kurt in pursuit of killer with a wooden plank in a dark park
every moment with Kurt Wallander's tortured soul as spoken by Dick Hill
Will listen to everything every done by Dick Hill.
I don't believe I would read these stories. Of course, that is why I listen to books. I will always listen to books that I wouldn't pick up to read.
Not exactly on the edge of my seat, but Henning does write a good story. I find the contrast between his writing style and most American authors interesting. I believe that American authors are more into the action and violence, while Henning seems to want us to know Wallender as a human being as well as a detective.
I am not a great fan of Dick Hill but will listen to him because of the story.
This is an excellent, complex mystery. However, the narrator's voice is somewhat off-putting, especially when he tries to do women's voices. His voice is also somewhat sleep-inducing.
A so-so detective in a well-plotted book. I guess the protagonist is portrayed as a normal human being, complete (maybe replete?) with flaws. I think the way the investigation progresses may be more realistic than others in the genre too.
However, Wallander's flaws are too numerous to render it enjoyable - and I like to escape when reading fiction. Others have mentioned this already.
My major gripe is with the language used within the book. Is it a feature of the Swedish language, or is it a poor translation - or, indeed, is Mankell simply an average writer? I would suggest against the first, as I have heard the Stigg Larsson trilogy and that was well-written. My point is that there is NO vernacular or slang throughout the book. When someone in the force in alluded to, they're always called a "Policeman", or "Police Officer" (the latter for gender-neutrality). It really grates after a while. This makes for poor characterisations, and reduces sympathy for the characters - they're all rather wooden.
The narrator is subpar too - but not the worst I have heard. He has few voice characterisations, so everyone sounds incredibly similar.
This was my first, and sadly it will be my last Henning Mankell novel. Gimme James Lee Burke any day of the week.
Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.
The central character (I think "hero" would be a definite misnomer) of this book is not going to win any awards for sparkling intuition or deduction or even common sense. He is set about with human weakness and distraction and his progress on the case in hand often seems to come in spite of rather than because of his efforts. This is not to say he is not interesting. He is, in a plodding, sympathetic sort of way. But this is one of those books where you spend a lot of time thinking, "Wait a minute. Have you forgotten..." Or, "You really ought to rethink your decision to go there without back up or a ready weapon."
Mankell also tells us several times too often that his character is bothered by some detail in a situation but cannot put his finger on it.
Still, our struggling detective (and he struggles in every possible way: physically, socially and professionally) is warm and appealing enough to keep us engaged. At least he did me. This is the first book I have read from this series, and it was good enough to warrant another sampling. Perhaps I just like the poor guy because I relate to all those weaknesses which assail him.
I finished all of the Michael Connelly books and was wondering how I'd get along without Harry Bosch. I have also read a number of Stephen White's books and feared I would soon be without a detective I liked as much as Alan Gregory or Harry Bosch. AND then I discovered (through some really helpful reviews) Kurt Wallander and I"m no longer worried. The narrative is excellent, the reader perfect for the book. I like the kind of low key committed case-solving by Bosch and Connelly without hype or pretension. Like Alan Gregory and Harry Bosch, Kurt Wallander is a real person with strengths, weaknesses, blunders, and and an abolute committment to his job. Henning Mankell is now on my list of really good authors (along with Greg Iles, Michael Connelly, Stephen White, Lee Child) in the Mystery area. I recommend the author highly.
The book gets a 4 even though Wallander is written to make mistakes which no "old salt" cop would make. But Wallander is not Rambo and should not be read that way. Please, someone, rerecord this series using Scott Brick or one of the two Simons (Vance or Prebel)!!!!!
The series deserves a 5. At least read those not read by Dick "Rambo" Hill.
Mankell puts together a good plot and an interesting locale. What annoys me and makes me unwilling to read more is the protagonist's (Kurt W's) ineptness: never remembers his cell phone; never has something to write on; never seems to ask relevant follow up questions. While characters have to have character, I don't like the choices here. Moving the plot forward with these made my teeth chench.
I enjoy books with an unfamiliar setting, and the Swedish scenes do provide this for me.