On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vättern. Three months later, all that Police Inspector Martin Beck knows is that her name is Roseanna, that she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and that she could have been strangled by any one of 85 people.
As the melancholic Beck narrows down the list of likely suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveller with a penchant for the casual sexual encounter, and to the psychopathology of a murderer with a distinctive - indeed, terrifying - sense of propriety.
With its authentically rendered settings, vividly realized characters, and command over the intricately interwoven details of police detection, Roseanna is a masterpiece of suspense and sadness.
©1967 Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (P)2011 Audible Ltd
Detective fiction pared back to its simplest elements yet absolutely gripping plot. We have another depressed Scandinavian cop but this would be the original as it dates back to the mid 60s before mobile phones or any kind of modern technology. How refreshing!
The girl with the dragon tattoo - similar methods used
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
A sincere 'thank you' to Audible for producing this series and to who ever suggested they do so.
What I like most about European Crime Writers starts here.
Personally I may have prefered a more neutral voice to Tom Weiner as the story is European and the 'American' voice jars a little at times. To his great credit though he does capture the mood very well. There is the dry intensity and routine of Crime Investigation that Weiner does capture while still giving glimpses of the investigators' humanity.
This was written before the mobile phone and the pc. People are still sending letters and using phone boxes.. Published in 1965. For a few hours I was a happy couch potato as I became immersed in the unfolding of this story and had the 'close the windows. lock the doors' response to a good thriller. This was the 1960's.
There does not seem to be a wasted word anywhere.
Hennig Mankell gives an excellent introduction to the authors, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö and the relevance they have to the European Crime Writers who came after them.
"Always listen to the sample!"
I really should have used the sample arrow: I found Tom Weiner's delivery irritating I'm afraid, which overcame any interest in the characters. or plot. I hit the delete button and am just grateful that I only bought the first Martin Beck novel, rather than the whole set.
This is the first disappointing Audible purchase but I did learn a lesson.
"may be a good book but................"
The reader of this book makes it completely unnlistenable. Its an awful voice, much to fast and therefore very difficult to follow, and as the voice and accent prevent you wanting to. I struggled but couldn't cope for more than 10 minutes.
"So wanted this to good wish I'd played the sample"
A great book can be ruined by the wrong narrator and this is a perfect example. With ten books in the series all read by the same reader, the publishers have made quite an investment a narrator who seems unable to create any atmosphere or nuance rendering the end product dull and unlistenable. For this reason I'm afraid I can't comment on the content.
"Read the book"
This is a great story which was spoiled for me by the monotonous, droning narration.
Not one to be pernickety, but the speed of the narrator plus his endless characters voices makes this book almost impossible to listen, this is a shame as the content is of the highest quality, I shall just have to wait until Sean Barrett has a go at it.
"Shoot the Narrator but, Enjoy the Novel"
This is a great novel. I infinitely prefer audio books because I no longer have the time to 'read' books. From previous reviews one gets the impression that this may be a slow moving book because the emphasis is on how long it takes to solve a murder, that it is not all solved in an hour, or a week. But actually this is a great story, and the length of time it takes to solve does not detract from that!
If you like Peter James' 'Roy Grace' novels, then you may well enjoy this. It is almost a Swedish equivalent!
I have also listened to audiobooks by other Scandinavian authors, including Jussi Adler-Olsen, which I highly recommend, both for the storylines themselves and also because the narrator - Steven Pacey - puts so much life and character into the characters which, unfortunately, Tom Weiner does not do.
I note that he narrates all of the novels in this series and therefore I may not listen to the others, I think I'd rather read them. This is a shame because I do not get the opportunity to read as often as I'd like, so I may never get around to these. Mr Weiner has an unfortunate tone of voice and it is hard to distinguish between his characters. He has a very limited inflection range and at the beginning of the story, one gets the impression that the narration is all monotonal! It isn't, but it feels that way to begin with.
My advice: Play the sample first to decide if you can put up with his tone. If you can, then you'll enjoy this novel immensely!
Still considering if I can survive this narration. Mankell praised the authors and the book, but I don't know if I can make it to the end.
"Not the best"
I have to agree with the other reviewers. I found the rapid delivery very frustrating but battled on.
I enjoyed the book and you could definetly see the direct lines from Martin Beck to Kurt Wallander and Harry Hole.
I think this is a book that would read better than when listening to it. I found the numerous interviews with just the interviewee's initials in front very boring due to the repetition. The narrator doesn't liven things up at all. It is true that the book hasn't really aged (apart from not having any mobile phones in it and everyone smoking inside offices) but it just didn't hold my interest all the way through which is rare, especially for a book so short.
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