It seems a satisfying tradition of Scandinavian detective stories that both the human condition and the individual psyche are examined in them. In the Troubled Man, the plot concerns a disappearance of two people that seems linked to spying dating back to the Cold War. Increasingly emerging from the background is Wallander's attempts to understand what is happening in his body and brain as he ages. He also reflects on the events of his past life and the continuing, in fact growing sadness associated with them. The result is a disquieting meditation on ageing and the fears it evokes within us as well as Henning Mankell's usual compelling storytelling. I find myself continuing to think about this story long after listening to it. The narrator does it full justice.
I have listened to Clare Corbett read other books and have enjoyed her narration, but not in this one.
No, because the story is improbable and over dramatic and these aspects are worsened by the histrionic reading by Clare Corbett. She became to me becomes increasingly irritating and makes the story all the more unbelievable.
Perhaps someone like Beth Chalmers would improve the credibility of the story.
Rather than cutting out particular scenes, it would be preferable to reduce the highly coloured action and events that constantly occur and cut out the improbable and constant over reactions of the heroine.
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