The Swimmer : Klara Walldeen

  • by Joakim Zander
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim, Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Series: Klara Walldeen
  • 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A deep-cover CIA agent races across Europe to save the daughter he never knew in this electrifying debut thriller - an international sensation billed as "Homeland meets Stieg Larsson" that heralds the arrival of a new master sure to follow in the footsteps of Stieg Larsson, John Le Carré, and Graham Greene.
In the end, you cannot hide who you are.
Klara Walldéen was raised by her grandparents on a remote archipelago in the Baltic Sea, learning to fish and hunt and sail a boat through a storm. Now, as an EU Parliament aide in Brussels, she is learning how to navigate the treacherous currents of international politics: the lines between friend and enemy, truth and lies.
But Klara has accidentally seen something she shouldn't have: a laptop containing information so sensitive that someone will kill to keep hidden. Suddenly, she is thrown into a terrifying chase across Europe, with no idea who is hunting her or why.
Meanwhile, in Virginia, an old spy hides from his past. Once, he was a man of action, an operative so dedicated that he abandoned his infant daughter to keep his cover. Now, he is the only man who can save Klara... and she is the only woman who can allow him to lay old ghosts to rest.


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Customer Reviews

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I listen to tons of audio books, since I am a) very short sighted and b) travel a lot. Most of my listening I do for entertainment and do not expect much in the way of "deep and meaningful". So this book was a total surprise. An exciting espionage story not full off predictable heroism and clear good and evil camps. if this story would happen, it wold happen like this. The discrepancy between US and European views and attitudes is brilliantly depicted and the narrators do their part bringing this story to life.
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- H. Boos

Outstanding thriller

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

It did, because it moves back and forth between the story of a repentant CIA operative in the 80s and 90s and several young Swedes in 2013 caught up in a deadly hunt to destroy them.

Have you listened to any of Peter Ganim and Elisabeth Rodgers ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't, but I have to say that Elizabeth Roger's rendering of male voices is not very convincing.

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

There were several, but I won't say so as not to spoil it for other readers.

Any additional comments?

I heartily recommend this book for readers who are interested in contemporary international intrigue.

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- Rollin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio