Faceless Killers : Kurt Wallander

  • by Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by Sean Barrett
  • Series: Kurt Wallander
  • 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 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. He works tirelessly, eats badly, and drinks his nights away in a lonely, neglected flat. But now Wallander must forget his troubles and throw himself into a battle against time.

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Worth a listen

After reading the books at the end of this series I headed back to the beginning where I should've started! I did enjoy this book and as usual excellent narration. This did fill in some of the gaps for me with incidents mentioned later on, story not as good as the others but still worth a listen.

After this book I found The Dogs of Riga -2nd book and I really did enjoy that - an excellent listen I couldn't put down- fills in the gaps of how Wallander met Bieber and the story behind her- thoroughly enjoyable listen and highly recommended. Great story with lots of twists and turns right up to the end! Am miffed that this was the last book for me to read in the series so off to find a new series!
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- Lucy

So simple, yet so captivating

The first time I head of Kurt Wallander was when I watched an episode of UK series Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. It was a truly refreshing experience. The lead character who is human enough to be believable and yet exciting enough to observ and follow. Since then, I've watched all the available episodes and decided to turn to the source.



The biggest disappointment about the book was that the episode based on it follows it almost to the point. I always knew what was going to happen - hardly anything was changed in the adaptation. Which was the right thing to do as the original, this book, is simply fantastic. The main theme of the book is a very present-day problem not only in Sweden, but all over Europe.



The narration is slow. And is rightly so. Kurt is not one of the those detectives that runs around shooting his gun at everything that doesn't look right. He is very down-to-earth, he is smart, but, what's most important, he is persistent. He will try over and over, and over again, until he succeeds. Slow pace of narration helps to get into the mood of the world surrounding Kurt Wallander.
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- NeverwinterMoon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2011
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks