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Publisher's Summary

The much-anticipated return of Henning Mankell’s brilliant, brooding detective Kurt Wallander.

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.

Wallander is also haunted by his own past and desperate to live up to the hope that a new granddaughter represents, and will soon come face-to-face with his most intractable adversary—himself.

Suspenseful, darkly atmospheric, psychologically gripping, The Troubled Man is certain to be celebrated by readers, listeners, and critics alike.

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©2011 Henning Mankell (P)2011 Random House

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Wished Mr Robin Sachs had narrated the series

Would you listen to The Troubled Man again? Why?

Very good listen, the plot is good but the story development is the charm.

What does Robin Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Character depth, and that is his hallmark, at least to me. His narrative and character development skills have enhanced every story I've had the pleasure of hearing him read.

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The Start of my Love Affair with Wallander

This was my first Kurt Wallander novel - and it seems I have started with the last book in the series. I'm usually fanatical about reading series in order, so this is a strange experience for me - watching a robust, beloved character draw the curtains on his story without having the benefit of being there when the curtain went up.

This story reads incredibly quickly and compellingly, but there is also a feeling of "Kurt Wallander, this is your life!" [Presumably] old character resurface. Old cases are referenced. In addition to untangling a knot of espionage, Wallander must also face his own aging and the mortality of those around him, which he does with an austerity of sentimentality that still manages to be powerful.

So, this may be Mankell's last Wallander, but it won't be my last.

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  • Melissa
  • Pleasanton, CA, United States
  • 04-24-13

A Bilt of A Downer

First of all I would like to say that I just read online that the actor who narrated this book just died in Feb., 2013. I don't want to trash him, just say that he was not appropriate to narrate a Kurt Wallander book. Other Audible reviewers complained about Dick Hill's narration of previous Wallander books, but I say just wait till you listen to this guy. ( I liked Dick Hill's narration.) This guy has a very highbrow English accent with no expression except anger. Kurt can be short with people but he has a huge heart. This did not come through with this reader. Too bad Kenneth Branagh didn't narrate this book. He does such an excellent job in the PBS dramas of these Henning Mankell books. He's not to bad to look at either.

The book itself is sad because Kurt is toward the end of his career and is definitely feeling his age. He thinks more about dying than living, but then he always specialized in melancholy. As always, I appreciate how well these books are written. This one seemed to drag, but I honestly think it is because I was used to Dick Hill's voice narrating, and this narrator was very boring to listen to.

I do think that the translation is better in this book than in the previous ones. It flows better and the wording was more intelligent and creative. It was more professionally done, not so much like a high school student had done the translating.

If given the choice you may want to read this one, not listen to it, particularly if you liked the previous narrations. If you have listened to or read the other books in the series you should not leave this one out, but don't begin the series with this book.

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Depressing and Convoluted!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

No.

Would you recommend The Troubled Man to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Too Depressing and Uninteristing.

Have you listened to any of Robin Sachs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Robin Sachs can read the ingredients of a cooking recipe and sound interisting. He is a master.

Was The Troubled Man worth the listening time?

NO.

Any additional comments?

Sad that Kurt Wallander has to fade away in this manner.

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  • Ian
  • Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • 01-02-13

Start with another Henning Mankell

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I enjoy Henning Mankell's books a great deal. This one is for enthusiasts who might listen for completeness. This is not the book to start with because Henning Mankell is so much better than this book suggests.

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A strong subplot in this book

Overall, I liked this book. The main plot was entertaining and kept me guessing. I liked how it turned out. The subplot, which had the most impact, left me feeling sad and dissatisfied.

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Lost in Translation

Kurt Wallender is 60 and a grandfather. He's looking for his in-laws-to-be who disappeared a few weeks after a mysterious discussion on Soviet submarines in Swedish waters in the 1980's. This intriguing story is weighed down by a rough or too-literal translation. I've listened to other Wallender books, and don't remember the language being this primitive. Just isn't great writing. Doesn't mean the book isn't worth listening to, just means the dull language detracts from it.

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  • Jon
  • New London, NH, United States
  • 04-16-12

Blows you away!!

If you could sum up The Troubled Man in three words, what would they be?

Powerful... Provoking... Change!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Of course, as usual Mankell does his best to keep the reader tuned to the slightest hesitancy or breath of each character.

What about Robin Sachs’s performance did you like?

I liked Dick Hill much better. I wonder about the reason for the change. This narrator is okay, but lacks the force and depth of character for Wallander.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I can't tell you before you read it!

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Starts out interesting but the story comes apart

I was very disappointed in this book. I've listened to other Wallenders and really liked them. The plot starts out interesting and then just stalls and then comes apart. To the extent that I could follow the narrative I found it not either interesting or believable and the point of the story, when it does become clear, is not interesting, novel or exciting. Characters disappear and die for no reason and no believable reason is supplied as the book unfolds. Get it from the library if you really need to read/hear this final book in this detective series.

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  • Jonelle
  • Camp Hill, PA, United States
  • 11-01-11

Great Closer for Series

This was a great final entry in the Kurt Wallander mystery series. There is nobody better than Henning Mankell when it comes to following a detective and including the ordinary details of life amidst all the intrigue. I only hope that Mankell continues to the Wallander saga by giving us more stories about Kurt's daughter, Linda.