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The Dogs of Riga

An Inspector Wallander Mystery
Narrated by: Sean Barrett
Series: Kurt Wallander, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell, read by Sean Barrett.

Sweden, winter, 1991. Inspector Kurt Wallander and his team receive an anonymous tip-off. A few days later a life raft is washed up on a beach. In it are two men, dressed in expensive suits, shot dead.

The dead men were criminals, victims of what seems to have been a gangland hit. But what appears to be an open-and-shut case soon takes on a far more sinister aspect. Wallander travels across the Baltic Sea, to Riga in Latvia, where he is plunged into a frozen, alien world of police surveillance, scarcely veiled threats and lies.

Doomed always to be one step behind the shadowy figures he pursues, only Wallander's obstinate desire to see that justice is done brings the truth to light.

Audio updated as of December 2017

©2001 Henning Mankell (P)2010 Random House Audiobooks

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Not a Good Story

I really thought this second Wallander book was awful. I have listened to more than 40 books and this is in my top 5 books of the worst books I've listened too. It was so unrealistic, the fact that Wallander would put his life in danger so many times in going to another country on a case that really did not have a great storyline. I also did not like the fact that this story was previously on tape and has been put on audible without tidying up the annoying breaks in the story saying, end of side one, then saying after a pause, saying side two and so
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Great read, but with a niggle

This is very well read. I especially like the way that Sean Barrett switches to a Swedish accent when Wallander and his colleagues are speaking in English to their Latvian counterparts.

But, I have a niggle. This is apparently a transfer from an original "Book-on-tape" as every 30 minutes or so you get an "End of Side X -pause- Side X+1" break lasting what seems like 15 seconds or so, which is invariably in the middle of a chapter, breaking the flow. In some cases there's a Chapter break within a few minutes which is even more galling. Please can someone re-master this to remove these breaks?

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Good story but ending over dramatised

A gripping story, well read, with building tension, but the final chapters are a bit over the top without a plausible explanation of some of the narrative events. The residual tape pauses are annoying and could be deleted easily - so why haven't they been?

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Great start to the Wallander series of books

As the first of the series of books featuring inspector Wallander, Mankell introduces us to many of the characters that feature in future books. The narration is really good, and I have heard Sean Barrett reading other Scandinavian novels also to great effect.
The story features an interesting time, and though a bit escapist at times, is an interesting and enjoyable listen throughout.
If you are a Wallander/Mankell fan, or a Euro Crime Fan, this has a great feel and is worth the purchase.

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Spoilt by narration!

Why on earth did the narrator choose to give Wallander such a peculiar accent when he was in Riga and supposedly speaking English to Latvians?! Was it supposed to be a Swedish accent? This completely spoilt the book for me and I gave up listening at Chapter 10.

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Dogs of Riga

A good storyline, excellently told with some quite exciting passages. I enjoyed this book more than Faceless Killers. The action, the locations, the plausibility all ticked boxes for me. I felt some bits were a little rushed but overall a very good read.

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Dogs of Riga

I found this story too predictable but enjoyed it nevertheless. The detail of Riga was exceptional. worth the read.

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Mystery until the last chapter

As usual Henning Mankell kept the reader guessing until the last chapter, having lured the reader in the wrong direction.

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Excellent-gripping crime thriller

I read this after seeing a TV adaptation of the story, as I suspected the TV version hadn't done the story justice and I was right. This crime story was excellently narrated and kept me in suspense the whole time. I was so engaged in it that I was actually frightened for Wallander (the main character) at times!

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  • 04-03-12

Classic Wallander book

Well written with a good plot and great narrater. All those who like detective mysteries this book is for you. I enjoyed the listen from begining to end.

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