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Pat

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  • The Laughing Policeman: Martin Beck Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by an unknown assassin. The press, anxious for an explanation for the seemingly random crime, quickly dubs him a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad suspects otherwise. This apparently motiveless killer has managed to target one of Beck's best detectives - and he, surely, would not have been riding that lethal bus without a reason.

    Pat says: "Fast moving and easy to listen to"
    "Fast moving and easy to listen to"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Laughing Policeman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Amongst the top ten


    What did you like best about this story?

    A seemingly unfathomable mystery is gradually solved by painstaking police work with contributions from a team of individuals with very different personalities who bring their own slant on life into the equation. The portrayal of life in Sweden in the 1960's is also interesting in its perceptions.


    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The variety of accents and intonations help depict the different characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed several Martin Beck books as they have clarity and excellent character depictions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Solomon's Carpet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Michael Pennington
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Eccentric Jarvis lives in a crumbling schoolhouse overlooking the tube line, compiling his obsessive history of the Underground. A group of misfits are also drawn towards his strange house: Alice, who has run away from her husband and baby; Tom, the busker who rescues her; truant Jasper who finds his terrifying thrills on the tube; and enigmatic Axel, whose deadly secret casts a shadow over all their lives.

    Pat says: "Fascinating"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    Thoroughly enjoyed listening to King Solomon's Carpet. I had read the book many years ago when staying in London and found the background information about the London Underground fascinating. As usual Barbara Vine portrays a variety of characters and intermingles them in her storyline. They are all fallible and as the story evolves around the Undeground, their fallibilities lead to their undoing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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