Before the Frost : Kurt Wallander

  • by Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • Series: Kurt Wallander
  • 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this latest atmospheric thriller, Kurt Wallander and his daughter, Linda, join forces to search for a religious fanatic on a murder spree.Just graduated from the police academy, Linda Wallander returns to Skane to join the police force, and she already shows all the hallmarks of her father - the maverick approach, the flaring temper. Before she even starts work she becomes embroiled in the case of her childhood friend, Anna, who has inexplicably disappeared.As the case that her father is working on dovetails with her own, something far more dangerous than either could have imagined begins to emerge. They soon find themselves forced to confront a group of extremists bent on punishing the world's sinners.

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What the Critics Say

"Powerful....Thoroughly engaging....Amazingly human characters....Mankell [is] a master storyteller." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Gripping, beautifully orchestrated....Henning Mankell is an addictive writer." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)

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Worst Narration Style EVER

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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- Anthony

Not the Best Wallander

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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- Ellen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-26-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.