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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,839 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henning Mankell Narrator: Henry Strozier Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781440774881
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With more than 30 million copies of his works published, in 37 languages, award-winning author Henning Mankell may be Sweden’s most accomplished novelist. Here he crafts the icy, atmospheric tale of Fredrik Welin, a disgraced surgeon living in exile on a small island. When Fredrik receives a surprise visit from a lover he abandoned decades earlier, he begins the difficult road to redemption. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mankell is in the great tradition of those whose works transcend their chosen genre to become thrilling and moral literature.”

    Michael Ondaatje, Booker Prize–winning author of The English Patient

  • “Moving…Mankell displays his considerable gifts for characterization as he succeeds in making his emotionally limited lead character sympathetic.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Mankell…offers a rich, thoughtful reflection on human isolation and redemption. Strozier’s controlled, nontheatrical performance is a perfect fit.”

    AudioFile

  • “[A] short, beautiful, and ultimately life-affirming novel.”

    Booklist

  • “Mankell…has an ability to create an intimate atmosphere that places the reader directly into the world of his characters, which is nothing short of brilliant.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorna | 2/8/2014

    " Very different type of Mankell. I loved the heavy atmospheric sense he created of that part of Sweden and for that he deserves a 3.5. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva | 2/1/2014

    " Finished. Thanks God. Only Mankell's Depths are more depressing. The 'home-made' cremation was simply the top. I will better wait for Wallander series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 1/9/2014

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this. Thanks to all who recommended it to me. I love the world of it, the kind of soft magical realism to it. The people are wonderful, familiar, true. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel Schaublin | 1/7/2014

    " Drifting through an unedited Bergman drama, the dark and brooding tone wears out and the darkness becomes attitude instead of meaning. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fiona | 1/4/2014

    " I just couldn't finish it. I really tried because I hat not finishing books, but then I though life is short and I should be spending my time on books I enjoy. For the things the characters did just didn't make much sense. Why does a man who has placed himself on a secluded island jump up and go when a woman from fourty years ago appears? He had left her after all.There were many other smaller instances when I just couldn't believe that it was what a person would do, but I won't get into all that since they are spoilers and I just don't care to spend anymore time thinking about this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran Caparrelli | 12/20/2013

    " this is a wonderful life affirming story by an author whose crime fiction I really like. a short heartwarming story of love and redemption. I would have liked to meet the characters in the story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah Weatherston | 12/14/2013

    " Henning Mankell has become one of my favorite authors, surprising because I had never picked up a book that was billed as "mystery." since reading (and loving) Nancy Drew. This, a novel by Mankell, is extraordinary. The setting is cold and icy; chilling; gripping, but beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/11/2013

    " Great characters, reflections on death. I read the French translation. Made me want to read one of his detective novels. Memorable and original, but melancholy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Shockey | 11/27/2013

    " On my Nook...can't wait as I love Henning Mankell "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/19/2013

    " OK, but a little cold and depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 10/24/2013

    " My first real disappointment from this writer. (Oh, those gloomy Swedes!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronda | 10/9/2013

    " Hard to take in places, but I liked that it was different and unexpected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 8/28/2013

    " This writer of mysteries has written a novel about a lonely guy trying to understand who he is and how to change that. His characters in mysteries and in this novel are always dysthymic, but the story is touching and I had no trouble reading it quickly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 3/24/2013

    " excellent story and told in that dark style that is so reflected by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bunny Maurer | 5/30/2012

    " The character is a tad bit intense. He suffers because he made a surgical mistake so he exiles himself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karolina | 1/3/2012

    " Nice little novel but not as good as Mankell's criminal stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bachyboy | 9/19/2011

    " One of my favourite writers. Once a successful surgeon, Welin now lives in self-imposed exile on an island after amputating the wrong arm. The only woman he ever loved turns up after 40 years with cancer and a secret. Not fast moving but compelling. Mankell tackles ageing and death with sensitivity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue B | 7/4/2011

    " good story - fun, sad, interesting people and relationships "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maura | 6/5/2011

    " Said to be a really good book, I found it disappointing. Another broken-down man isolated on a frozen island whose character is more flawed then I like. I want to like at least one character in a book - in this one, I didn't like an. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/16/2011

    " Not sure what everyone loves about this author. The plot moved as slowly as the ice receded along his remote northern island! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dax | 5/15/2011

    " Awesome...a must read...a great story of what is important and how we come to realize it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maura | 5/13/2011

    " Said to be a really good book, I found it disappointing. Another broken-down man isolated on a frozen island whose character is more flawed then I like. I want to like at least one character in a book - in this one, I didn't like an. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 5/3/2011

    " Good read, just good to read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/28/2011

    " Beautiful, slow novel about a guy who's both petty and sympathetic, hard and helpless. Human, in short. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edie | 4/14/2011

    " This is not a typical Mankell mystery. It's a story of a man who lives in isolation almost all of his life who must face the mistakes of the past and finds redemption at long last. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 4/11/2011

    " Hmmm, a bit odd, but I was curious to finish it. I'm fascinated by these bleak Swedish winterscapes and idiosyncratic characters, these stubborn, depressive men, these tough women a la Lisbeth Salander - definitely a people of survivors. Not great writing, but interesting enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 4/10/2011

    " This writer of mysteries has written a novel about a lonely guy trying to understand who he is and how to change that. His characters in mysteries and in this novel are always dysthymic, but the story is touching and I had no trouble reading it quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 4/5/2011

    " *Not* Kurt Wallander, but very well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mae | 3/26/2011

    " CD reader was excellent. I'm a fan of ths author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annika | 3/22/2011

    " His books are too depressive for me - but my father for example loves them... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gaile | 3/21/2011

    " I really really like this author. THis is a novel and not a mystery but it is a good story with many layers. I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcel | 3/18/2011

    " Leesbaar maar absoluut niet wat ik verwacht had. "

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About the Author
Author Henning Mankell

Henning Mankell (1948–2015) was Sweden’s most-read author worldwide. His novels, which include the bestselling Kurt Wallander mysteries, have been translated into thirty-seven languages with more than thirty million copies in print worldwide. He has received the Crime Writers’ Association’s Macallan Gold Dagger and the German Tolerance Prize and has been a three-time finalist for the Los Angeles Times Mystery/Thriller Book Prize. He divided his time between Sweden and Mozambique, where he worked as a director at Teatro Avenida.

About the Narrator

Henry Strozier has appeared in numerous films, including Contact, You Don’t Know Jack, Thirteen Days, and Sex in the City. Also a voice-over artist, he has worked extensively in video games and audiobook narration.