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The Fifth Woman Audiobook

The Fifth Woman: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

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Publisher's Summary

In an African convent, four nuns and an unidentified fifth woman are brutally murdered, and the death of the unknown woman is covered up by the local police. A year later in Sweden, Inspector Kurt Wallander is baffled and appalled by two strange murders. Holger Eriksson, a retired car dealer and bird watcher, is impaled on sharpened bamboo poles in a ditch behind his secluded home, while the body of a missing florist is discovered strangled and tied to a tree. The only clues Wallander has to go on are a skull, a diary, and a photo of three men.

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.

What the Critics Say

"The darkest of Swedish noir." (Publishers Weekly)
"Intricate plotting, chilling psychological divination, and thrilling police procedural." (Library Journal)

What Members Say

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    Thomas FARMINGTON, NM, United States 05-15-12
    Thomas FARMINGTON, NM, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2016

    Alleline

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    "Clever story, but maybe a bit too clever"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fifth Woman to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Sho Sunaga 12-06-11
    Sho Sunaga 12-06-11

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    "Great ambience"

    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.

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    Sonya 08-18-11
    Sonya 08-18-11

    Sonya Worona

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    "transported."

    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.

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    K. Olson 04-22-11
    K. Olson 04-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good story - didn't like narrator"

    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.

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    Tom 04-19-11
    Tom 04-19-11
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    "a bit too long and"

    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.

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    Carol 04-08-11
    Carol 04-08-11

    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.

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    "Ruined it for me...."

    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.

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    gardener97 Atlanta 03-19-11
    gardener97 Atlanta 03-19-11 Member Since 2015
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    "I am so stupid!!!!!"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Staten Island, NY, United States 10-30-10
    Julia Staten Island, NY, United States 10-30-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great listen, despite the narration"

    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.

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    Heidi Lake Havasu City, Azerbaijan 07-08-10
    Heidi Lake Havasu City, Azerbaijan 07-08-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Not his best"

    Way too many words.

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    Michael J Southport, NC, USA 03-06-10
    Michael J Southport, NC, USA 03-06-10
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    "Psychobabble"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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