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    • The Martin Beck Stories

    • 10 BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
    • By: Per Wahlöö, Maj Sjöwall
    • Narrated by: Neil Pearson, full cast, Steven Mackintosh
    • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965 and 1975, the 10-book series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandinavian crime fiction. Long before Kurt Wallander or Harry Hole, Beck was the original flawed policeman, working with a motley collection of colleagues to uncover the cruelty and injustice lurking beneath the surface of Sweden's liberal society.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding

    • By Anniebligh on 09-27-17

    Regular price: $22.71

    • The Man Who Went Up in Smoke

    • A Martin Beck Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 126
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 78

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Minor, uneventful police procedural

    • By Mark on 08-25-13

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Roseanna

    • A Martin Beck Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 336
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 213
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 215

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Surprisingly Good

    • By chris on 02-16-12

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Locked Room

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 83
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great puzzler, another good Nordic noir tale!

    • By Old Hippy on 11-26-13

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Laughing Policeman

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 198
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 114

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By Meg on 07-12-09

    Regular price: $13.96

    • The Man on the Balcony

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 67

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Part of an Extra-Ordinary Series

    • By Lawrence on 09-23-10

    Regular price: $13.96

    • Murder at the Savoy

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 52

    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.

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Roseanna

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 1
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A real find

    • By Pocket Empire on 06-06-12

    Regular price: $15.98

    • Cop Killer

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 59

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • How many people live in Sweden?

    • By Jami E. Nettles on 04-24-11

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Terrorists

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 64
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • All Swedish. Martin Beck is my hero

    • By Susan on 08-10-10

    Regular price: $19.56

    • The Fire Engine That Disappeared

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 82

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • police procedural

    • By robert on 09-03-12

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Abominable Man

    • A Martin Beck Police Mystery
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Hmmmm

    • By BDHumbert on 04-03-15

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Fire Engine That Disappeared

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 5
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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?

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Good Grief. Narration of characters IS dreadfull

    • By Anniebligh on 03-29-17

    Regular price: $11.35

    • Murder at the Savoy

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 6
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    Regular price: $20.38

    • The Man on the Balcony

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 3
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book in a great series

    • By nokbee on 01-07-13

    Regular price: $20.38

    • The Man Who Went Up in Smoke

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 2
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    Regular price: $20.38

    • The Laughing Policeman

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 4
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fast moving and easy to listen to

    • By Pat on 11-12-12

    Regular price: $20.38

    • The Abominable Man

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 7
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    Regular price: $20.38

    • Martin Beck: The Terrorists

    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Steven Mackintosh, Neil Pearson, Katie Hims
    • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Steven Mackintosh stars as Martin Beck, with Neil Pearson as Lennart Kollberg, in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of The Terrorists. The Martin Beck books are widely acknowledged as some of the most influential detective novels ever written. Written by Swedish husband and wife team Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö between 1965-1975, the 10-book series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian crime fiction.

    Regular price: $12.91

    • The Terrorists

    • Martin Beck Series, Book 10
    • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Police work & procedures

    • By EDGARDO E. on 05-08-12

    Regular price: $15.48

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