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"The first great series of police thrillers.... Sjöwall and Wahlöö caught the color of the political times and are above all truly exciting." (Michael Ondaatje)
"For me, the best criterion of a good read is to wish that it had gone on a bit longer. I felt that here...This is a 'police procedural' from the top drawer." (Colin Dexter, from the introduction)
Retired, Diesel Mechanic, System Administrator, scale modeler, motorcycle collector, gardener, Historian, father. on the coast of California.
you can swap the foreign names for places and people for something from Chicago, and you would think these writers are American Policemen turned fiction writers. it is claimed that all modern police procedural novels stem from this 10 volume set. I can almost believe that!!
While I enjoy the books by Maj Sj?wall, Per Wahl?? the reader is not my favorite. Wish someone else narrated the books
The storyline itself was well constructed, but the translation choices (not sure who made them) ruined things for me.
* Translation is made into formal British English (which would have been fine if the narrator spoke it).
* Idiomatic conventions are translated literally from the original text, resulting in a form of address ("one person addressing another" sense) which will feel foreign to most English speakers.
* Narrator speaks American English.
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I'm about an hour into my first book by these authors and have put it down to post a warning to prospective customers about the humdrum job of reading "Fire Engine" by narrator Weiner. Admittedly spoiled by the likes of Timothy West, I find it hard to get into the story read by an expressionless performer. This is phone book reading at best.
The narrator needs to feel some enjoyment in the job, get into it, have an emotion, care about the language.
In my two years (almost) of membership, Audible has increased the number of quality books in its library. Now it needs to set higher standards for its narrators as well as possibly rerecording some old favorites, using higher quality readers. Some of the current readers are so good that they spoil us. Humdrum reading seems unfair to subscribers but it must really depress first-rate authors whose writing takes a hit from a poor choice of narrator.
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I think I need a break from police-murder-investigation-dramas; they just don’t hold my interest anymore. I suppose therefore it’s unfair for me to give it “just 2 stars” but alternatively, if it didn’t grab me and hold my interest how can I rate it any higher?
I thought I would give it a try because Swedish Authors are said to be the best in this genre… but since I did not “die” over the Millennium Trilogy (Stieg Larsson), I think I should have known better.
I was looking forward to a good police procedural story, but although a good story may be lurking inside, the narration/editing got in the way. I often listen while walking or doing other activities and I zoned out a number of times listening to this title due to the almost flat narration.
Mr. Weiner appears to be a talented narrator, but his performance in this title left me lacking. Much of the time one scene flowed into the next without a clear demarcation. A good example was at the end of the story when things were being resolved. The flow indicated that more story was following, but instead I got the "Audible hopes you enjoyed..." tag. Better pacing would have improved my experience.
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