What ensues is a case that will test Wallander's strength and patience, for in order to solve these murders he will need to uncover their elusive connection to the earlier unsolved murder in Africa of the fifth woman.
©1996 Henning Mankell; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"The darkest of Swedish noir." (Publishers Weekly)
"Intricate plotting, chilling psychological divination, and thrilling police procedural." (Library Journal)
mostly change of the story.
yes actually, until I find a new LeCarre
yes, I did read it to the end, so I guess does evoke some suspense
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Kurt Wallander is able to take seemingly unrelated events and clues and piece together a cohesive picture that solves several murder cases. The book seems to progress at a moderate pace, gain speed, and then explode in the "aha moments."
Mankell writes in a similar style to other Scandinavian authors. However, I am not left feeling the gruesome depravity and evil found in some of the others. He weaves a great story and tucks in all of the threads at the end.
Dick Hill is an excellent narrator.
I have enjoyed Dick Hill's narration of other works but this time out he "overacts," if that is the right word. Mankell's story is weak and pedestrian.
Novel has repeated dialogue that could, and should, have been edited out.
I enjoyed this book, as I have all of the Kurt Wallander mysteries I've listened too. I was prompted to write this review because I disagree with other listeners who have complained about Dick Hill's narration. I don't know Swedish, but his pronunciation seems genuine to me. As for his ability to carry off other voices than the main character, I think he does a very good job! I don't mind at all when he does a female voice, as I have with some other narrators. His expression is right on and if he is a little monotone at times I don't have a problem. This is a Henning Mankell book! He is a slow, methodical writer and the cadence of Dick Hill's voice is perfect for these books.
Usually I prefer books by ear than by eye, but this one is one of the exceptions. The narration is banal, the story slow to develop. I like Mankell, and the book, but the audio format does not work on this one.
I bought this book on the $4.95 sale and DIDN’T check the name of the reader...Groan!!! I really hate Dick Hill. I hate the inflection, the weird pauses and the odd pronunciation. I especially hate that he pronounces Wallander as Vo⋄Loń⋄Da... sounds like a New York hooker the way he says it. Maybe it should be pronounced this way and every other Mankell reader and TV series got it wrong? I dunno but it is awfully distracting. The story is great so 5 stars for the story minus two stars for Dick Hill.
This is the first book I did not finish. It is horrible. I am the easiest to please in this genre and I found myself turning to the news in the car for more excitment. The plot takes forever to get going and is boring. Also the narration is brutal. It is filled with ridiculous banter between characters that is a complete waste. Blah!!
This mystery is paced so slowly and has so little action or character development, that it is the opposite of suspense or intrigue. I had no interest in finishing the story. Mystery writer who give away the identity of the murder in the beginning, run a high risk of loosing their readers/listeners. The inspector spends most of his time going over and over what he doesn't know while the "in the know" reader is wondering when he and his dull witted staff will put the 2+2 together. Definitely not recommended. A mystery needs much better use of language and local color - his lack luster depiction of both Africa and locations of Sweden were drab, boring, and without any specificity or flair.
near the top
each new murder was memorable
doesn't fit the character
this is one of Mankel's greatest books. He displays great pacing and powerful character development with a few side trips that are memorable for their unique insights into Swedish life.
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