Nothing like a good read.....(or listen!).
Great detective plot, which kept one guessing nicely, but the backdrop of the slowly declining detective which starts early and is relentless is very grinding. The author clearly wanted to get a message across. The book needed editing. We don't need to know the dogs every movement or mood, or every cup of coffee (that's common to many of the Scandinavian detective series it seems!).
I love this author but this book was a total downer. The story of a loner who had purposely isolated himself from friends etc. Lives on the tip of a peninsula in Norway, where he is only guy on the mailman's route. VERY slow moving. Pulling teeth.
Mankell is a master at painting the picture, but the subject of this picture is a big yawner
This audio book kept us brilliantly entertained on an incredibly long car trip. The miles just flew by as we were lost in this marvelous, albeit sad, story. The writing flows so smoothly, and we never could figure out what came next. We love the Wallander books, but this one, the last of the series, was emotional and heartfelt. Highly recommend.
This book was great although it is very long and very dark and very introspective - not unusual for Henning Mankell books but don't read it if you are down. The narrator did a fine job of being Kurt Wallander, even against the great BBC and Public TV series that are beloved.
Enjoyed Mankell's writing, as always, and Robin Sachs did a terrific job. I'll be looking for more books narrated by him.
Loved with relationship between Wallender and his daughter.
Very good listen, the plot is good but the story development is the charm.
Character depth, and that is his hallmark, at least to me. His narrative and character development skills have enhanced every story I've had the pleasure of hearing him read.
Brooklyn dog owner and detective story fan. I also enjoy memoirs, short stories and literary fiction.
This was my first Kurt Wallander novel - and it seems I have started with the last book in the series. I'm usually fanatical about reading series in order, so this is a strange experience for me - watching a robust, beloved character draw the curtains on his story without having the benefit of being there when the curtain went up.
This story reads incredibly quickly and compellingly, but there is also a feeling of "Kurt Wallander, this is your life!" [Presumably] old character resurface. Old cases are referenced. In addition to untangling a knot of espionage, Wallander must also face his own aging and the mortality of those around him, which he does with an austerity of sentimentality that still manages to be powerful.
So, this may be Mankell's last Wallander, but it won't be my last.
First of all I would like to say that I just read online that the actor who narrated this book just died in Feb., 2013. I don't want to trash him, just say that he was not appropriate to narrate a Kurt Wallander book. Other Audible reviewers complained about Dick Hill's narration of previous Wallander books, but I say just wait till you listen to this guy. ( I liked Dick Hill's narration.) This guy has a very highbrow English accent with no expression except anger. Kurt can be short with people but he has a huge heart. This did not come through with this reader. Too bad Kenneth Branagh didn't narrate this book. He does such an excellent job in the PBS dramas of these Henning Mankell books. He's not to bad to look at either.
The book itself is sad because Kurt is toward the end of his career and is definitely feeling his age. He thinks more about dying than living, but then he always specialized in melancholy. As always, I appreciate how well these books are written. This one seemed to drag, but I honestly think it is because I was used to Dick Hill's voice narrating, and this narrator was very boring to listen to.
I do think that the translation is better in this book than in the previous ones. It flows better and the wording was more intelligent and creative. It was more professionally done, not so much like a high school student had done the translating.
If given the choice you may want to read this one, not listen to it, particularly if you liked the previous narrations. If you have listened to or read the other books in the series you should not leave this one out, but don't begin the series with this book.