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The Pyramid and Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries Audiobook

The Pyramid and Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries

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Publisher's Summary

The Pyramid is the long-awaited addition to Henning Mankell's critically celebrated and internationally best-selling Kurt Wallander mystery series - a book of five short mysteries that takes us back to the beginning. Here are the stories that trace, chronologically, Wallander's growth from a rookie cop into a young father and then a middle-aged divorcé, illuminating how Wallander became a first-rate detective and highlighting new facets of a now canonical character.

Kenneth Branagh will play Kurt Wallander in a new PBS Masterpiece Theatre Mystery! series this summer.

More mayhem? Listen to all of our Kurt Wallander mysteries.

©1999 Henning Mankell; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Like the Wallander novels, these stories rank among the finest police procedurals being written today." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 10-29-16
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 10-29-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Good title story; the others are OK"

    If you like the series, you'll like these five novellas that take place before the first book in the series — but probably just like them. You finally learn the full story of Detective Wallander getting stabbed as a young cop. The title story is memorable; the others not so much. And why Kurt and Mona ever married, I'll never understand. Bechdel test: Fail. Grade: B

    Excellent narration as usual from Dick Hill.

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    Zeta Cross Philadelphia, PA 07-11-16
    Zeta Cross Philadelphia, PA 07-11-16 Member Since 2014

    real estate agent, owner of a fixer upper

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    "Anything by Henning"

    I can't get enough Wallender. The reader is excellent. These stories fill in the life details. I resisted short stories but am so glad I got this.

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    Celia Almazan 12-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love a good mystery"

    I very much enjoyed the flow of the stories and its main characters. I think I will listen to the other Wallender stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pianomom Aleutian Islands, AK 10-15-15
    Pianomom Aleutian Islands, AK 10-15-15 Member Since 2010

    Alaskalynda

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    "Fabulous. More, please."

    I liked the detective series with Kenneth Branaugh (I believe it was BBC) so bought the audio book despite the fact I've never been much interested in reading detective stories. Silly me. I've been missing out on so much.

    From what I read in reviews this series is a hit with the well-versed mystery readers as well. I want to find more like this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Shockley 06-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Likable stories, good performance"

    Could tell the stories didn't have the normal Wallander zing but was a short listen that wasn't too bad.

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    Alexandra 05-25-15
    Alexandra 05-25-15
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    "Not as good as rest o series"

    I liked the idea behind this series of novallas - to capture the young Kurt Wallander and show how he became the detective we have come to know and enjoy. But instead,these came across as hurried short stories without the depth we have come to expect of the Kurt Wallander mysteries. learned some superficial facts about the wife, Kurts relationship w his father and his mentor Reedberg but not much depth to these. Not a bad listen but nowhere near as compelling as the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Nashville, AR, United States 02-11-15
    Maria Nashville, AR, United States 02-11-15
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    "Can't get enough!"

    Good stories, good to have some background. The narrator, however, is boring and too slow. While his enunciation is good, his pace and over dramatization of some words are annoying. I usually skip books read by him.

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    Treetown reader 04-30-11 Member Since 2004
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    "The Narrator spoils the story"

    I have loved the PBS Wallander series and eagerly anticipated starting from the beginning to learn more about Wallander. While the story was intriguing, the narrator was so off putting that I had a hard time continuing to listen to it. His monotone recitations were sleep inducing (not a good thing when listening while driving) and his inflections never changed no matter what was happening to the plot. There was little difference in the character voices and his female voice was downright disparaging. Although I have other Wallander books on my 'wish list' I doubt I'll get them based on what I foound to be horrible narration. I'd rather 'read' them. Very disappointing.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brid Ni Ghruagain Ireland 05-03-12
    Brid Ni Ghruagain Ireland 05-03-12
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    "Not for European Mankell fans..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    American audiences might be ok with this audio book. Or people new to the Wallander series. I'm a huge Henning Mankell fan but the American mispronunciations of names and places drove me batty. I listened to ten minutes before switching it off. I'll just buy the books myself, so I didn't want to spoil the suspense by wasting it on listening to an unenjoyable performance.

    Perhaps a European actor could record a version for the non-US audience.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I'm eligible for a refund but I wish I could get one... That's eight hours of audiobook I'm never listening to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff Hanger 10-29-09
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    "slow"

    I loved the previous Wallender books, but this one seemed to take forever. A disappointment.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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