Sidetracked: Kurt Wallander

Written by:
Henning Mankell
Narrated by:
Sean Barrett

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2010
13 hours 22 minutes
Random House presents the audiobook edition of Sidetracked by Henning Mankell, read by Sean Barrett.

Midsummer approaches, and Wallander prepares for a holiday with the new woman in his life, hopeful that his wayward daughter and his ageing father will cope without him. But his summer is ruined when a girl commits suicide before his eyes, and a former minister of justice is butchered in the first of a series of apparently motiveless murders. Wallander's hunt for the girl's identity and his furious pursuit of a killer who scalps his victims will throw him and those he loves most into mortal danger.
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Marion S

3 stars for the plot, not Mankell's best. 1 star for the recording. This was obviously dubbed from an old cassette version so every now then you would hear "End of Side 1", long pregnant pause, "Side 2" short pause and then the narration would start. Even worse, some of the original cassettes had obviously been damaged so there were about 15 -20 spots where the audio was distorted. Most often it would be brief (5 seconds) but there was at leas one spot where it lasted 15-20 seconds. Sometimes the distortion was intelligible, sometimes not. 3 stars for the narration. Sean Barrett is pleasant to listen to and reads in a pretty much un-accented voice. However his Britishness show through when voicing all the other characters; they have various British accents (almost as surreal as the atrocious TV Show Wahllander) It was especially hilarious when one character is described as having a strong Swedish accent from a particular region and Sean produces something that sounds Scottish!

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