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)
OK, so I got hooked because I saw a TV series on Wallander, even saw the Fifth Woman and then up it came on an Audible list the next day. The book was a bit slow to start, but then, oh yes, a really good listen, so complex and compelling....and definitely so much better than the TV version - but then they had to condense it so much. I will look out for more Mankell books.
Yes, I think the reader brings the characters to life more than I would be able to in my head. I often feel that a good audio book with a gifted reader is more like a radio play than a novel. This book is no exception. The reading makes it feel very alive and immediate.
The killer was revealed in a very interesting manner, felt three-dimensional and believable. I thought that character was the best in the book, next to the ongoing unraveling of Kurt Wallander, who is a bit of a crumpled mess by this point in the series.
A man out jogging at night in preparation for some sort of orienteering event stumbles on the corpse of a victim. It was told well, quite exciting.
Mankell's work is not translated into English very fluidly. It messes up the story a bit, I think. For example, "It was 6 a.m. in the morning" and similar clunky phrases recur and distract.
A wonderful mystery with a dark and complex plot in the middle of Sweden’s countryside. The quite ambience and its slow story tempo were a 180 degree turn from my usual fair of vampires and mayhem. In spite of or maybe because of that I found myself getting sucked into Wallander’s careful examinations and contemplation of the mystery and his life. I don’t think I will be devouring this series like I usually do with a new found series. Instead I’ll save them and read only when the mood strikes.
I heard there is a TV series based on this. I’d love to see it.
Once again Mankell has transported me from my mundane life to one of adventure and pathos. From Africa to Sweden. The amazing thing is the personal life of detective Wallander so parallels the lives that people in his age group are experiencing at this moment in time. Family problems, parents ill and dying, adult children without direction, divorce, searching for meaning and love, being under appreciated for the work they do, and along side this he weaves an enthralling mystery that keeps you involved with the plot. A Great Writer and a great Book.
Really got into the story, but didn't like the narrator - lots of odd pauses and just a hard voice for me to listen to so ended up in this place where I just wanted to hurry up and get to the end not only so I could figure out the mystery, but so I wouldn't have to listen to that voice anymore.
I've liked Mankell's other books much more than this one. The story is good, but I found it went on for too long. The narrator got on my nerves a bit. He made several noises, chuckling, exasperated blowing, and for one fellow he devised a slow, almost stutter-like voice. Maybe the script said that the guy was that way early in the book. But, he was a minor character. Tolerable enough to get to the end to find out whodunit.
I love to read but don't have much time so, listening to books has become a necessary passion. If I can't read, I'll listen and it makes mundane things like driving long distances and cleaning house bearable.
I think I would have liked this book better if I had actually read it instead of listened to it. It has all the elements of a mystery that I like, relatable characters, twists and turns. But, I just can't get over Dick Hill's voice. It's a generally agreeable voice but his portrayal of female characters is absolutely grating to me. He uses a very nasal, slightly higher than his own voice, squeal and it sounds almost like he's doing an offensive mock of some female he doesn't like.
I've listened to other books he's narrated and felt the same way. Had I paid attention to who the narrator was when I was just checking it out, I wouldn't have bought it.
This was my first Mankell mystery and I completely enjoyed it. I love the characters, particularly the hero detective. The narration is deadpan but you quickly stop paying attention to it as you are eager to hear what happens next. Nice integration of a bit of social commentary and a perspective about contemporary politics.
Poorly researched with respect to critical facts, ie use of ether as a method of putting someone out (I am of the few still alive that has used this extensivly) The sophomoric psychic descriptions are endless and boring.
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