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Kurt Wallander
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  • 1

    Faceless Killers: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (383)

    It was a crime of senseless violence. On a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse, an elderly farmer was bludgeoned to death, his wife left to die with a noose around her neck. As if this didn't present enough problems for Ystad police inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word, his only tangible clue, were foreign. If publicized, they could be the match that would inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.

    Joanna says: "A new favorite detective series!"
    A new favorite detective series!

    After listening to a more current Kurt Wallander mystery, I bought this with the intent to start this series from the beginning. I have been going th..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 03 2010 by Joanna (SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States)
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    Faceless Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    One frozen January morning at 5am, Inspector Wallander responds to what he believes is a routine call out. When he reaches the isolated farmhouse he discovers a bloodbath. An old man has been tortured and beaten to death, his wife lies barely alive beside his shattered body, both victims of a violence beyond reason. Wallander's life is a shambles. His wife has left him, his daughter refuses to speak to him, and even his ageing father barely tolerates him.

    Jefferson says: "“What kind of world are we living in?”"
    “What kind of world are we living in?”

    Faceless Killers (1991), Henning Mankell's first Kurt Wallander detective/police novel, opens with an aged Swedish farmer waking up in the middle of t..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 10 2014 by Jefferson (Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan)
  • 2

    The Dogs of Riga: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (261)

    On the Swedish coastline, the bodies of two victims of grisly torture and cold execution are discovered in a life raft. With no witnesses, no motives, and no crime scene, Detective Kurt Wallander is frustrated and uncertain that he has the ability to solve the case. After the victims are traced to Latvia, Major Liepa of the Riga police takes over the investigation. Thinking his work is done, Wallander slips back into his routine - until he is suddenly called to Riga and plunged into an alien world.

    Stevon says: "My first Mankell book"
    My first Mankell book

    My interest was piqued when I read on the audible just released lists about Swedish author Henning Mankell. I read the publisher's summary and though..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 17 2006 by Stevon (Tempe, AZ, United States)
  • 3

    The White Lioness: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (237)

    The execution-style murder of a Swedish housewife looks like a simple case, except that there is no obvious suspect. Wallander follows a lead on a determined stalker. But when his alibi turns out to be airtight, Wallander begins to realize that what seemed a simple crime of passion is actually far more complex and dangerous. Eventually, his search uncovers an assassination plot, and Wallander soon finds himself in a tangle with the secret police and with a ruthless foreign agent.

    Amelie says: "Great boo."
    Great boo.

    What a great book. The story is well constructed and is arranged against a backdrop of the political landscape of South Africa in 1990's. What a fant..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 17 2008 by Amelie (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 4

    The Man Who Smiled

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (166)

    In this adventure from the pen of Sweden's master of crime and mystery, a disillusioned Inspector Kurt Wallander is thrown back into the fray when he becomes both hunter and hunted. Crestfallen, dejected, and spiraling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help and later turns up dead, Wallander realizes that he was wrong not to listen.

    Stevon says: "The Mankell Trilogy"
    The Mankell Trilogy

    I feel like I've just finished an Henning Mankell trilogy; Dogs of Riga, White Lioness, and now The Man Who Smiled. I must admit I enjoyed them all. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 14 2007 by Stevon (Tempe, AZ, United States)
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    The Man Who Smiled: An Inspector Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Crestfallen, dejected, and spiralling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Kurt Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help to investigate the suspicious circumstances in which his father has died, Kurt doesn't want to know. But when the solicitor also turns up dead, shot three times, Wallander realises that he was wrong not to listen.

    Lia says: "Classic Wallander"
    Classic Wallander

    Not the best of the Wallander series, still magic. Too much angst about the past to start. Then, when the plot thickens, wonderful mystery and minds f..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 29 2013 by Lia (Sutton, Australia)
  • 5

    Sidetracked: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (250)

    While tracking a demented serial killer, Detective Kurt Wallander is beset with obstacles: a department distracted by the threat of cutbacks and the frivolity of World Cup soccer, a tenuous relationship with a widow, and an unshakably haunting preoccupation with a girl who set herself on fire.

    Rebecca says: "Gripped again..."
    Gripped again...

    I've read and listened to Mankell's Wallander novels entirely out of order now but it hasn't mattered one bit. Each book is a novel unto itself, and ..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 10 2008 by Rebecca (brentwood, CA, United States)
  • 6

    The Fifth Woman: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (339)

    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 with an elusive connection to the fifth woman.

    Rebecca says: "A new Henning Mankell fan is born"
    A new Henning Mankell fan is born

    I often expect to be entertained with a good mystery, but my expectations save for a handful of writers usually end right there. This is my first Man..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 01 2008 by Rebecca (brentwood, CA, United States)
  • 7

    One Step Behind: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    On Midsummer's Eve, three role-playing teens dressed in 18th-century garb are shot in a secluded Swedish meadow. When one of Inspector Kurt Wallander's most trusted colleagues, someone whose help he hoped to rely on to solve the crime, also turns up dead, Wallander knows the murders are related. But with his only clue a picture of a woman no one in Sweden seems to know, he can't begin to imagine how.

    Joanna says: "Definitely Recommend"
    Definitely Recommend

    This was my first listen to a Kurt Wallender mystery, and I enjoyed it so much that I will now be going back and getting them from the beginning. Man..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 02 2010 by Joanna (SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States)
  • 8

    Firewall: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (154)

    A body is found at an ATM, the apparent victim a of heart attack. Then two teenage girls are arrested for the brutal murder of a cab driver. The girls confess to the crime, showing no remorse whatsoever. Two open-and-shut cases. At first these two incidents seem to have nothing in common, but as Wallander delves deeper into the mystery of why the girls murdered the cab driver, he begins to unravel a plot much more complicated than he initially suspected.

    Kathleen says: "Good but not my favorite"
    Good but not my favorite

    I am a big fan of Henning Mankell. I liked this story but it was not my favorite of his. The story is a typical Mankell crime story with seeming dispa..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 16 2009 by Kathleen (NEWTOWN, CT, United States)
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    Firewall: An Inspector Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    Stopping to use a cash machine one evening, a man inexplicably falls to the ground: dead. A taxi driver is brutally murdered by two teenage girls. Quickly apprehended they appal local policemen with their total lack of remorse. One girl escapes police custody and disappears without trace. Soon afterwards, a blackout covers half the country. When an engineer arrives at the malfunctioning power station, he makes a grisly discovery. Inspector Kurt Wallander is sure that these events must be linked - somehow.

    Lia says: "Great book"
    Great book

    I am a fan of Kurt Wallender and appreciate Mankell's methodical and thorough narrative. This is not a fast read, but a great read. I like knowing the..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 29 2013 by Lia (Sutton, Australia)
  • 9

    The Pyramid and Four Other Kurt Wallander Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (141)

    The Pyramid is the long-awaited addition to Henning Mankell's critically celebrated and internationally best-selling Kurt Wallander mystery series: the 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.

    Corinne says: "Pyramid story is extraordinary"
    Pyramid story is extraordinary

    I really liked these stories. I agree with the other reviewers who have noted that they provide the early history of Kurt Wallander. The story calle..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 21 2010 by Corinne (Washington, DC, United States)
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    The Pyramid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    When Kurt Wallander first appeared in Faceless Killers back in 1990, he was a senior police officer, just turned 40, with his life in a mess. His wife had left him, his father barely acknowledged him; he ate badly and drank alone at night.The Pyramid chronicles the events that led him to such a place. We see him in the early years, doing hours on the beat whilst trying to solve a murder off-duty; witness the beginnings of his fragile relationship with Mona, the woman he has his heart set on marrying.

    Lia says: "Another Great Book"
    Another Great Book

    Kurt Wallander, the intuitive inspector, first came upon the scene as a 42-year-old detective with many years of experience in the first novel in the ..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 29 2013 by Lia (Sutton, Australia)
  • 10

    The Troubled Man: A Kurt Wallander Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson (translator)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (260)

    Håkan von Enke, a retired naval officer, disappears during a walk in a forest near Stockholm. Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation, but he is personally affected—von Enke is his daughter’s father-in-law—and Wallander is soon interfering in matters that are not his responsibility. He is confounded by the information he uncovers, which hints at elaborate Cold War espionage.

    Rebecca says: "I'd expect nothing less..."
    I'd expect nothing less...

    A troubled, troubling, stirring, well-wrought end to the Wallander cycle that has me wanting to read and listen to all of them again. I discovered th..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 18 2011 by Rebecca (brentwood, CA, United States)
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    The Troubled Man

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Every morning Håkan von Enke takes a walk in the forest near his apartment in Stockholm. However, one winter’s day he fails to come home. It seems that he has vanished without trace. Detective Kurt Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation but he has personal reasons for his interest in the case, as Håkan’s son is engaged to his daughter.... The return of Kurt Wallander, for his final case, confirms Henning Mankell’s position as the king of crime writing.

    Lia says: "Another Great Mystery"
    Another Great Mystery

    Kurt Wallander solves his last case before descending into dementia. As a Mankell/Wallander fan, I regret writing these words but find this ending som..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 29 2013 by Lia (Sutton, Australia)