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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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

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
  • Gripping Swedish crime stories 5-stars* - Superb!

  • By Nigel on 20-08-17

Excellent set of stories, well acted

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-12-17

Would you listen to The Martin Beck Stories again? Why?

I have had it on my MP3 player for 5 months, and listen to all or some if it most nights! It is one of the best dramas I have listened to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I find they all work well together, not too polished, all trying to the best they can under their different circumstances

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the part where Beck was responsible for the Senator and his safety, and how he involved all people, and luck played a part in them keeping him safe.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story where the little girl was murdered, it was dreadful and so sad.

Any additional comments?

I just wish there were more of these to listen to.

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  • Cat Out of Hell

  • By: Lynne Truss
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

A cottage on the coast on a windy evening. Under a pool of yellow light, two figures face each other across a kitchen table. A man and a cat. The story about to be related is so unusual yet so terrifyingly plausible that it demands to be told in a single sitting. The man clears his throat, and leans forward, expectant. 'Shall we begin?' says the cat….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unusually gripping

  • By mollymoon1 on 21-03-14

Interesting and enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-15

What did you like most about Cat Out of Hell?

I liked the fact I didn't know what was going on for quite some time. I have listened to it a couple of times now, and really enjoyed the characters and the plot.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Roger because deep down he wanted to do the right thing.

What does Mike Grady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He was able to give each of the characters their own personality and I got the feeling he enjoyed reading it too.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the two cats went down the well together.

Any additional comments?

I like Lynn Truss and admire her writing very much. She seems able to deliver different styles easily, and her books are always enjoyable.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful