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(3.9 based on 987 ratings)
  • 1

    Roseanna: Martin Beck Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    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.

    Pashminky says: "A real find"
    A real find

    Detective fiction pared back to its simplest elements yet absolutely gripping plot. We have another depressed Scandinavian cop but this would be the ..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 06 2012 by Pashminky (Melbourne, VICTORIA Australia)
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    Roseanna: A Martin Beck Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (113)

    On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden's 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 Beck narrows down the list of likely suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveler with a penchant for the casual sexual encounter.

    Patty B says: "Skip the audiobook and read the book..."
    Skip the audiobook and read the book...

    Tom Weiner's narration and voice characterizations were distracting and irritating. The original ten Martin Beck books were well-written, and the plot..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 30 2009 by Patty B ()
  • 2

    The Man Who Went Up in Smoke: Martin Beck Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    His holiday with his family has just begun, but a phone call sends Martin Beck packing off to Budapest, where a boorish journalist has vanished without a trace. With the aid of the coolly efficient local police, who do business while soaking at the public baths, Beck must troll about in the Eastern Europe underworld for a man nobody knows - while he is at the risk of vanishing along with his quarry.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

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    The Man Who Went Up in Smoke: A Martin Beck Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    His holiday with his family has just begun, but a phone call sends Martin Beck packing off to Budapest, where a boorish journalist has vanished without a trace. With the aid of the coolly efficient local police, who do business while soaking at the public baths, Beck must troll about in the Eastern Europe underworld for a man nobody knows - while he is at the risk of vanishing along with his quarry.

    Linda says: "need a new translation ??"
    need a new translation ??

    I listened to about 3/4 of this and finally gave up. A dull translation of a dated book.

    Reviewed on July 27 2012 by Linda (Longview, TX, United States)
  • 3

    The Man on the Balcony: Martin Beck Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Someone is killing young girls in the once-peaceful parks of Stockholm - killing them after having his way. The people of Stockholm are tense and fearful. Police Superintendent Martin Beck has two witnesses: a cold-blooded mugger who won't say much and a three-year-old boy who can't say much. The dedicated work of the police force seems to be leading nowhere, and with each passing day, the likelihood of another murder grows. But then Beck remembers someone - or something - he overheard.

    sethaput says: "Good book in a great series"
    Good book in a great series

    This isn't one of my favorites from the Martin Beck series but it is still pretty darned good. Pacing was a bit off in this one for my taste, but you..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 07 2013 by sethaput (Bangkok, Thailand)
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    The Man on the Balcony: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Someone is killing young girls in the once-peaceful parks of Stockholm - killing them after having his way. The people of Stockholm are tense and fearful. Police Superintendent Martin Beck has two witnesses: a cold-blooded mugger who won't say much and a three-year-old boy who can't say much.

    Lawrence says: "Part of an Extra-Ordinary Series"
    Part of an Extra-Ordinary Series

    While not my favorite, all 10 novels in the Sjowall/Wahloo Martin Beck detective series are part of the exceptional ground-breaking evolution of po..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 23 2010 by Lawrence (Brooklyn, NY, United States)
  • 4

    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

    Amongst the top ten

    Reviewed on November 12 2012 by Pat (Atherton, Australia)
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    The Laughing Policeman: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    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.

    Michael J. Cox says: "A disappointing reader"
    A disappointing reader

    I hadn't seen the film before listening (for all of fifteen minutes) to this book, nor had I read the book, but the narrator's clumsy characterization..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 16 2009 by Michael J. Cox (Vancouver, BC)
  • 5

    The Fire Engine That Disappeared: Martin Beck Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The cunning incendiary device that blew the roof off a Stockholm apartment not only interrupted the small, peaceful orgy underway inside, it nearly took the lives of the building's 11 occupants. And if one of Martin Beck's colleagues hadn't been on the scene, the explosion would have led to a major catastrophe because, for reasons nobody could satisfactorily explain, a regulation fire truck has vanished. Was it terrorism, suicide, or simply a gas leak?

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

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    The Fire Engine That Disappeared: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    The cunning incendiary device that blew the roof off a Stockholm apartment not only interrupted the small, peaceful orgy underway inside, it nearly took the lives of the building's 11 occupants. And if one of Martin Beck's colleagues hadn't been on the scene, the explosion would have led to a major catastrophe because, for reasons nobody could satisfactorily explain, a regulation fire truck has vanished. Was it terrorism, suicide, or simply a gas leak?

    robert says: "police procedural"
    police procedural

    you can swap the foreign names for places and people for something from Chicago, and you would think these writers are American Policemen turned ficti..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 03 2012 by robert (Lompoc, CA, United States)
  • 6

    Murder at the Savoy: Martin Beck Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Viktor Palmgren, a powerful Swedish industrialist, is shot during his after-dinner speech in the luxurious Hotel Savoy, it sends a shiver down the spine of the international money markets and puts the tiny town of Malmö on edge. No one can identify the gunman when Martin Beck takes over the scene and finds a web so despicable that it's hard to imagine who wouldn't want Palmgren dead.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

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    Murder at the Savoy: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    When Viktor Palmgren, a powerful Swedish industrialist, is shot during his after-dinner speech in the luxurious Hotel Savoy, it sends a shiver down the spine of the international money markets and puts the tiny town of Malmö on edge. No one can identify the gunman when Martin Beck takes over the scene and finds a web so despicable that it's hard to imagine who wouldn't want Palmgren dead.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 7

    The Abominable Man: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    The bloody murder of a police captain in his hospital room exposes the particularly unsavory history of a man who spent 40 years practicing a horrible blend of strong-arm police work and shear brutality. Nonetheless, Martin Beck and his colleagues scour Stockholm for the murderer, a demented and deadly rifleman. As the tension builds and a feeling of impending danger grips Beck, his investigation unearths evidence of police corruption.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

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    The Abominable Man: Martin Beck Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The bloody murder of a police captain in his hospital room exposes the particularly unsavory history of a man who spent 40 years practicing a horrible blend of strong-arm police work and shear brutality. Nonetheless, Martin Beck and his colleagues scour Stockholm for the murderer, a demented and deadly rifleman.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 8

    The Locked Room: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    A young blonde in sunglasses robs a bank and kills a hapless citizen. Across town, a corpse with a bullet shot through its heart is found in a locked room - with no gun at the scene. The crimes seem disparate, but to Martin Beck they are two pieces of the same puzzle, and solving it becomes the one way he can escape the pains of his failed marriage and the lingering effects of a near-fatal bullet wound.

    Old Hippy says: "Great puzzler, another good Nordic noir tale!"
    Great puzzler, another good Nordic noir tale!

    No. Never re-listen to books.

    Reviewed on November 26 2013 by Old Hippy (PA)
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    The Locked Room: Martin Beck Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A young blonde in sunglasses robs a bank and kills a hapless citizen. Across town, a corpse with a bullet shot through its heart is found in a locked room - with no gun at the scene. The crimes seem disparate, but to Martin Beck, they are two pieces of the same puzzle, and solving it becomes the one way he can escape the pains of his failed marriage and the lingering effects of a near-fatal bullet wound.

    sethaput says: "Great book in a great series"
    Great book in a great series

    Terrific book. Narration doesn't do the book justice, but you eventually get used to it.

    Reviewed on January 07 2013 by sethaput (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • 9

    Cop Killer: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    Now head of the National Murder Squad, Martin Beck is called in to a sleepy Swedish town to investigate a woman's disappearance. When she is found already murdered, her body dredged from the bottom of a lake, suspicions swirl around arrest Folke Bengtsson, the killer Beck caught in the first novel of the series for committing a similar murder, and who has since been released. But Beck is beginning to doubt that Bengtsson is guilty of any murder at all.

    Mike says: "Slow and Mundane"
    Slow and Mundane

    It it so slow to develop. I finally quit after about 2 hours. I really tried to persevere and listen to the book. It is just plain boring.

    Reviewed on October 18 2012 by Mike (Casa Grande, AZ)
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    Cop Killer: Martin Beck Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The thrilling ninth installment in the classic Martin Beck detective series from the 1960s - the novels that have inspired all crime fiction written ever since. In this penultimate instalment of the series, Beck is drawn into a case that turns up mysterious echoes of his past cases.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • 10

    The Terrorists: A Martin Beck Police Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    The Terrorists is the last Martin Beck mystery, finished just a few weeks before Per Wahlöö’s death. The book is, in effect, a marvelous summing up of the series. The story centers on the visit of an American senator to Stockholm. Martin Beck tries to protect him from an international gang of terrorists, while they decide that Beck too should be removed from the scene.

    Susan says: "All Swedish. Martin Beck is my hero"
    All Swedish. Martin Beck is my hero

    I now have the entire Martin Beck mystery collection. I will enjoy listening to the complete series for years to come. What can I say except every boo..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 10 2010 by Susan (Boise, ID, United States)
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    The Terrorists: Martin Beck Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Terrorists is the last Martin Beck mystery, finished just a few weeks before Per Wahlöö’s death. The book is, in effect, a marvelous summing up of the series. The story centers on the visit of an American senator to Stockholm. Martin Beck tries to protect him from an international gang of terrorists, while they decide that Beck too should be removed from the scene. Interwoven with this basic story are two fascinating subplots. One, a classic mini-mystery, is the story of a millionaire pornographer bludgeoned to death in his own bathtub.

    EDGARDO E. says: "Good Police work & procedures"
    Good Police work & procedures

    I had only the audio version

    Reviewed on May 08 2012 by EDGARDO E. ()