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This audiobook takes the number one slot on my list of downright peculiar narrative interpretations. Cassandra Campbell does not seem clear on what basic punctuation means to a sentence (pause for commas, full stop for periods). She sounds like she thinks she is reading poetry or something, drawing out syllables in odd ways. The list of irritating choices she made is, for me, a long one, but most egregious is that she read every line of dialogue that Kurt Wallander uttered in a scornful angry tone of voice that was really odd and irritating - even the most benign statements he made were snarled. It was incomprehensible. I've listened to every Wallander - Dick Hill is amazing (he does the first 6 or 7), then the guy who does Return of the Dancing Master was ok but not great. I'd avoid Cassandra Campbell at all costs. I usually get through an audiobook in a few days - this one took me six weeks of pure determination to complete - I could only take listening to her in small doses!
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I love Wallander and I like the idea of Wallander and daughter Linda working together. But this one was very tedious, with lots of "and she walked and opened the door, and walked to the chair, and walked back over to the door, and looked out" and on and on. Tedious too was all the awkward antagonism between Linda and her mother as well as her father. A very unbelievable, uncomfortable scene between Linda and mom. And the mystery didn't amount to much; the ending was quite aniclimactic. This one just didn't have the oomph or the sensitivity of other Wallander novels.
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