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The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell
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May 10, 10

bookshelves: audiobook, mystery, multi-cultural
Read from April 28 to May 10, 2010

The beginning is exciting and the ending almost so, but the middle was weighted down with more than most will like. The plot is strongest when it is in Sweden, and the long forays into history and other characters did the momentum no favors. Even so, Judge Roslin benefits from a world of coincidence and also somehow escapes the repercussions of very questionable decisions. I do like Mankell's work in general, but this wasn't one of my favorites. The lack of satisfaction in significant final details only adds to my disappointment.

audiobook note: Amazing narration by Rosalyn Landor, who can believably speak in an array of accents and steadily engage the listener. She deserves full credit for improving upon the material she was given.
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