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  • The Return of the Dancing Master

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (250)

    Stefan Lindman, a young police officer recently diagnosed with mouth cancer, decides to investigate the murder of his former colleague, but is soon enmeshed in a mystifying case with no witnesses and no apparent motives. Terrified of the disease that could take his life, Lindman becomes more and more reckless as he unearths the chilling links between Molin's death and an underground neo-Nazi network that runs further and deeper than he could ever have imagined.

    Richard Delman says: "Plodding. Ponderous. Heavy. Slow."
    "I was disappointed"
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    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Return of the Dancing Master better?

    I agree with a previous reviewer who suggested that a better translation would have helped. It felt literal and stilted at times. I'm a fan of Mankell and I had a hard time believing he wrote this book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The pacing felt slow and repetitive. I kept listening, assuming things would pick up; alas, it was not to be, and at the end I was mad at myself for sticking with it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator had what I would describe as a "dry" voice. Combined with the slow story, it made for a dreary experience.


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