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One Step Behind Audiobook

One Step Behind

It is Midsummer's Eve. Three young friends meet in a wood to act out an elaborate masque. But, unknown to them, they are being watched. Each is killed by a single bullet. Soon afterwards, one of Inspector Wallander's colleagues is found murdered. Is this the same killer, and what could the connection be? In this investigation, Wallander is always, tantalisingly, one step behind.
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It is Midsummer's Eve. Three young friends meet in a wood to act out an elaborate masque. But, unknown to them, they are being watched. Each is killed by a single bullet. Soon afterwards, one of Inspector Wallander's colleagues is found murdered. Is this the same killer, and what could the connection be? In this investigation, Wallander is always, tantalisingly, one step behind.

©2002 Henning Mankell (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks

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    Diane 06/05/2011
    Diane 06/05/2011
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    "Should be TEN stars!"

    This is by far the best novel I've come across for a long time. The story-line is tightly-written and fast-paced; a real rollercoaster of a listen. Kurt Wallander's meticulous approach to the murders is painstaking and meticulous but very far from boring. His character is sympathetically drawn by Mankell, complete with his weakness and foibles, and includes a rather shockingly amusing habit he has (made me snigger, anyway!). Sean Barrett's voice is hypnotic, and conveys the ambience of both the country and the characters to perfection. I enjoyed 'Faceless Killers', but Mankell has outdone himself with 'One Step Behind', which borders at times on literary genius. I enjoyed it so much that when it finished I immediately started listening to it again.
    I really hope Audible have plans to bring us more Wallender investigations in the very near future.
    Highly recommended!**********

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Isle of Bute Scotland 16/04/2011
    Amazon Customer Isle of Bute Scotland 16/04/2011 Listener Since 2009
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    "BRILLIANT"

    Just finished listening to this audiobook...'couldn't take the earphones out!' story totally compulsive, can't wait to download another book by MANKELL. The narrator has a brilliant and completely interesting way of putting the story across. I would class this book in the same league as the 'Dragon Tattoo Trilogy!'

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy 11/02/2014
    Lucy 11/02/2014 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy reading but never find the time to pick up a book so Audible has been a great find! Addicted to good detective crime books!

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    "Thoroughly enjoyable listen and excellent narrator"

    Well, what can I say, I really enjoyed my first Wallander listen! I moved onto this as I finished the Nesbo Harry Hole books as I really love listening to Sean Barrett's narration and I wasn't disappointed! Won't give away any of the book but has some good twists to keep you listening! Have already got book 8 and just about to start listening. Haven't started these in order as the previous reviews drew me to this one and don't think I've missed too much of the history?

    Great listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MISS cowbridge, United Kingdom 31/05/2012
    MISS cowbridge, United Kingdom 31/05/2012
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    "enjoyable wouldn't begin to describe it"

    Having enjoyed the TV series, i thought i might like this choice, but was concerned that it wouldn't live up to my hopes, or that my 'knowing' the plot would spoil it.

    however, it far surpassed what i expected. Totally enjoyable from start to finish- couldn't stop listening to it and didn't want it to end.
    Narrator: engaging and just right. Characters and plot galore. Impressive understanding of life's experiences at times.

    Advice: the plot won't be what you expect from the TV series, although the familiar characters and some events is comforting.
    Don't plan to do anything except listen to this once you start it. Enjoy

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Pedersen 26/07/2015
    Peter Pedersen 26/07/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Thrill from first to last page"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The scene is set very local in southern Sweeden but the plot is a world scene thriller with a lot of suspense and surprising turns - you actually don't know where the story goes until last possible moment. Enjoyed every minute and would have loved the story to go on. A must read for every fan of Scandinavian police thrillers.


    What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Great performance of Sean Barett bringing the Scandinavian scene acros to the bigger audience.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Corvax 06/01/2015
    Corvax 06/01/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Compelling Storytelling"

    Forget and ignore and negative comments , this is a brilliant book expertly told. If you are expecting a fast paced American styled detective thriller then this is not for you. It moves at Wallander's pace, the pace of Southern Sweden and captures with precision both the heat of a Swedish summer and the bleak beauty of the country itself. I'm hooked on this series but would love to know why there are books missing in the audiobook series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liz 07/07/2014
    Liz 07/07/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent as ever"
    Where does One Step Behind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right up there with the best...compelling and entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry of course


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favourite?

    Again it has to be Harry.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A twist at every corner.


    Any additional comments?

    Sean Barrett again reads this so well and engenders just the right atmosphere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Clive Bangor UK 31/03/2013
    Clive Bangor UK 31/03/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent story."

    Henning Mankell is one of my favourite authors and the combination of his writing and Sean Barrett's narration makes for an excellent audiobook. This is one of the best of the Wallander stories in my view and I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mollyeyre 02/03/2016
    mollyeyre 02/03/2016
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    "Not the best"

    I was quite gripped by this story and wanted to know what happened, but it somehow didn't seem a logical or reasonable story.
    Difficult to put my finger on the reason, but I felt dissatisfied when I finished the book.

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    Heather 29/01/2016
    Heather 29/01/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this book. It was an interesting plot but went nowhere.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story hinted at some interesting psychology which made the killer do what he did. But it just trailed off and went nowhere. Detective fiction is full of killers that kill again and again and get away with it until eventually they are caught by accident. I'd love to read about some clever detective work, where detectives detect! Maybe real detectives do blunder around and miss vital clues and evidence, but that doesn't make a good read.


    What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He's a good narrator and brought the different characters, male and female, to life.


    Could you see One Step Behind being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    There would have to be a lot of changes to make a good film of this. Wallander is dreary and irritating.


    Any additional comments?

    Surely our heroes or anti-heroes need to have some redeeming features? Wallander didn't seem to have any. Perhaps that makes him more real, but the world is full of dreary characters and we don't need to listen to them for 14 hours.

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    "Wonderfully read"

    An intricate and well crafted story read superbly by Sean Barrett who acutely depicts the work and personal strain experienced by Wallander, again emphasising the importance of the reader when selecting audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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