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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 MankellHenning Mankell's novels have been translated into forty languages and have sold more than forty million copies worldwide. He is the first winner of the Ripper Award (the new European prize for crime fiction) and has also received the Glass Key and Golden Dagger awards. His Kurt Wallander mysteries have been adapted into a PBS television series starring Kenneth Branagh. Mankell divides his time between Sweden and Mozambique.
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.