I'm an avid mystery reader and listener. Henning Mankell is a skilled author, and I have overall enjoyed his books, even though I believe they would be better if he stayed clear of political commentary. Although his left leaning sensibilities are pervasive throughout his novels (in particular the Man Who Smiled), the Anti-Americanism in The Troubled Man was tiresome. If you aren't an apologist for the Soviet Union, perhaps you will also be frustrated and bored by the intrigue in this novel.
Frankly, this is my first disappointing purchase on audible. I have not been able to make is through more than 4 hours of this book. I am particularly surprised at the positive reviews of the narrator, whom I find very difficult to follow. He seems to confuse the voices on occasion. I have noticed that the text itself does a poor job of clarifying who is speaking, and differentiating between spoken words and silent thoughts. This may be an excellent listen for someone who has already read the book, and can fill in the blanks where the narration and text flow fails.
Given the positive reviews by other audible listeners, I had high hopes. Perhaps I will try to come back to it at another time. I really wish I had spent my credit somewhere else.
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