Kenneth Branagh will play Kurt Wallander in a new PBS Masterpiece Theatre Mystery! series this summer.
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©1999 Henning Mankell; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Like the Wallander novels, these stories rank among the finest police procedurals being written today." (Publishers Weekly)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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