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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,714 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henning Mankell Narrator: Henry Strozier, Cherise Boothe, Annie Henk, Mozhan Marnò Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781470323936
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International bestselling author Henning Mankell’s books have sold more than forty million copies worldwide. In The Shadow Girls, author/poet Jesper Humlin struggles under the pall of a frustrating life. Everything from his personal relationships to his professional pursuits to his finances seems to be failing miserably. Then Jesper happens across a group of young immigrant girls, and their stories of hardship and perseverance transform his outlook on life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mankell writes with both a social conscience and great humor…[The Shadow Girls] is both passionate and entertaining, and a strong indication that the Swedes are not as lugubrious as their crime fiction makes them out to be.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “Mankell is giving a voice to those who do not possess one. Some may feel that there are two kinds of novel here, which remain obstinately heterogeneous. But such is Mankell’s skill that we surrender to whatever mode the book settles into—and it might be argued that the comic sugaring of the pill in The Shadow Girls makes the hidden agenda all the more potent.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Mankell’s blend of comedy and moving drama provides a voice for those who lose theirs on their journey from oppression to imagined freedom; freedom which is often transient and blighted with prejudice and racism.”

    Irish Examiner (Cork)

  • “An original blend of cheerful satire, metafiction, and earnest social messaging…at turns absurdly amusing and genuinely touching…an enjoyable outing.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kruimel | 2/13/2014

    " 'Rode Schoenen' wordt voorgesteld als het vervolg op 'Chocolat' en in dat opzicht vind ik het wat teleurstellend. Nergens vind je de magische sfeer die 'Chocolat' zo bijzonder maakt terug. Het verhaal kabbelt maar wat en lost op in een happy ending die je al drie hoofdstukken lang ziet aankomen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jelena | 2/12/2014

    " If there was an option of 1/4 of the star that would be the rating! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia Appleby | 2/7/2014

    " Easy, light, read, with a sweet interest in French life. Loved the ideas of magic powers, and peole having their own colours. completely missed this magic in "Chocolat" the film, so am now going back to read the novel. Good holiday read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Stearman | 2/1/2014

    " Re-read pre the publication of Peaches for M. le Cure. Love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/30/2014

    " A much darker, deeper Chocolat. I loved the added complexity through the varying narration of Vianne, Anouk and Zozie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 AAmaal Ibrahim | 1/29/2014

    " i was hoping to find the mysterious charm i found in Chocolat, but i was disappointed. there was something i didnt really get in this one. i dont know if it was me expecting too much, or it is the book that really misses something. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chanele | 1/17/2014

    " This novel turned out very differently than I expected. Picking up with the same characters that I came to know and love in "Chocolat," Vianne and Anouk, now living in Paris, the story was a lot more supernatural and spiritual than "Chocolat." It was also a lot darker. As Vianne lacked her effervescence that permeated "Chocolat," the novel was weighed down, emerging slowly, as Vianne remembered herself. It was an interesting literary move, and it felt as if another author had crafted the story. I enjoyed the story and most of the characters, but it did not leave the lasting impression on me that "Chocolat" did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven Hicks | 1/17/2014

    " Beautifully written, as I've found other Harris' books, but I prefer the more subtle magic of "Chocolat" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rashmi Vij | 1/12/2014

    " A very run of the mill and predictable book. Did not grip me. I may not pick up a book by Joanne Harris in a hurry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami | 1/4/2014

    " A follow up to Chocolat? Are you kidding me? It took me a little while to get into this one, and then I was hooked. I must admit, I scared my boyfriend tho - spent some time looking up sacrafice rituals of the Aztecs. Apparently that's disturbing to some folks. Enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connieminden | 1/3/2014

    " I'm hoping for a movie sequel that's as true to the book as Chocolat... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeanine | 12/27/2013

    " This is the sequal to Chocolat, and I am excited to start reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annabelle | 12/26/2013

    " Definately not as good as the original chocolat but it was worth the read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hollis | 12/10/2013

    " This is a sequel to Chocolat, which was one of my favorites and I LOVED this - one of those 'just can't put it down' type books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 10/15/2013

    " I didn't even realize there was a second book about the characters from Chocolat until the third book came out! (They can all be read as stand-alones, even though there are brief references to earlier situations.) This one was, by far, the best of the three. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mammabird | 9/23/2013

    " It starts with a young lady who steals identities. She meets a young girl whose mother has forsworn their magical past. Awesome magical realism dealing with modern issues and times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 9/18/2013

    " I read this in a British edition- it had the title "The Lollypop Shoes". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 6/15/2013

    " I like her stories... interesting that I read them out of order but this one was different... not quite as emotionally touching and with less of a message that touched me... but she is a good storyteller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 5/24/2013

    " I'm rereading this after reading the third, Peaches. Then I'll go back to the first, Chocolat. There's the same ethereal feeling to this story, with the added interest of several viewpoints throughout - Vianne's, Anouk's and Zozie's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amity Westphalen | 1/7/2013

    " I enjoyed the continuation of the tale, but I am still not sure how I feel about the dark magic side. Overall, I would recommend it. Even if you haven't read Chocolat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lyra | 12/1/2012

    " this is the sequel to chocolat. after her first couple of books, which i liked, i read several which didn't inspire me, so i'd sort of given up. but this one came my way, and i was immediately drawn into the story. if you like chocolat, definitely give this one a try. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samye | 11/9/2012

    " After reading Chocolate I thought this book would be something along the same lines... it wasn't at all. Well, I thought it wasn't near as intriguing and the author made this book last FOREVER! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi | 11/8/2012

    " One of those rare instances when the sequel is as excellent, if not better than, the original novel. I have read several of Harris' novels and have yet to be disappointed. Lyrical prose, beautifully sculpted characters, mesmerizing story--all consistent elements in her works. "

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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 Narrators

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.

Cherise Boothe has worked extensively in theater, film, television, and narration. She has appeared in numerous regional plays, as well as in television shows such as The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, and Gossip Girl. She holds an MFA in acting from New York University. She was a finalist in 2015 for the prestigious Audie Award for best multivoiced narration.

Annie Henk is an active bilingual voice-over artist and actress who has worked on several educational projects such as, Voces and ¿Como se Dice?.  She has been seen in various productions such as Branches and X & Y Stories in Songs from Coconut Hill Festival. Her film career includes Quejios, which premiered at the Philadelphia International Film Festival and screened internationally at the Inside Out Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival, the MIX Mexico Film Festival, and the New Festival. She is a member of the Present Tense Theater Project.

Mozhan Marnò is an Iranian American film and television actress, most notably appearing in Charlie Wilson’s War and Bones. Her audiobook narration has earned her four AudioFile Earphones Awards.