Martin Beck
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(3.9 based on 233 ratings)
  • 1
    Roseanna: Martin Beck Series, Book 1 | Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

    Roseanna: Martin Beck Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    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.

    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 plo..Show More »

    Reviewed on 19 November 2011 by Dee (Bedford, United Kingdom)
  • 2
    The Man Who Went Up in Smoke: Martin Beck Series, Book 2 | Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

    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
    (32)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    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.

    Can't stand the narrator

    Anybody else as the narrator

    Reviewed on 16 October 2016 by Rowe Patrick ()
  • 3
    The Man on the Balcony: Martin Beck Series, Book 3 | Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

    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
    (23)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    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.

    Brutal, simple and brilliant

    The Martin Beck series hits one of its peaks with the Man of the Balcony, the police procedural in perfect motion. A long hot summer in Stockholm, irr..Show More »

    Reviewed on 13 April 2013 by Dr B. ()
  • 4
    The Laughing Policeman: Martin Beck Series, Book 4 | Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

    The Laughing Policeman: Martin Beck Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    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.

    Quality crime fiction

    Not as good as other books in series but still superior to crime novels.

    Good narration.

    Reviewed on 24 May 2015 by Julian P ()
  • 5
    The Fire Engine That Disappeared: Martin Beck Series, Book 5 | Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

    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
    (18)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    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?

    Disappointing

    Terrible narration, delivery too fast, portrayal of characters not at all convincing. Very disappointing indeed. I so disliked the narration that I di..Show More »

    Reviewed on 28 December 2011 by Caz (Tasmania, Australia)
  • 6
    Murder at the Savoy: Martin Beck Series, Book 6 | Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

    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
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    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.

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  • 7
    The Abominable Man: Martin Beck Series, Book 7 | Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

    The Abominable Man: Martin Beck Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    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.

    Not as good a story as books 1to 6.

    I thought the story was rather flat.

    Reviewed on 08 June 2015 by victoria (wokingham, United Kingdom)
  • 8
    The Locked Room: Martin Beck Series, Book 8 | Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

    The Locked Room: Martin Beck Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    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.

    Is this a computer-generated narration??

    Not sure. The narration is so flat that - to me - it kills the book.

    Reviewed on 02 September 2014 by Robert (Bristol, United Kingdom)
  • 9
    Cop Killer: Martin Beck Series, Book 9 | Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

    Cop Killer: Martin Beck Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    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.

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  • 10
    The Terrorists: Martin Beck Series, Book 10 | Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö

    The Terrorists: Martin Beck Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    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.

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