The Martin Beck Stories

  • by Per Wahlöö, Maj Sjöwall
  • Narrated by full cast, Neil Pearson, Steven Mackintosh
  • 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 seemingly liberal, democratic society.
This complete collection includes:


Roseanna (1965) - translated by Lois Roth and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth.
The Man Who Went Up in Smoke (1966) - translated by Joan Tate and dramatised by Katie Hims.
The Man on the Balcony (1967) - translated by Alan Blair and dramatised by Katie Hims.
The Laughing Policeman (1968) - translated by Alan Blair and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth.
The Fire Engine That Disappeared (1969) - translated by Joan Tate and dramatised by Katie Hims.
Murder at the Savoy (1970) - translated by Amy and Ken Knoespel and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth.
The Abominable Man (1971) - translated by Thomas Teal and dramatised by Katie Hims.
The Locked Room (1972) - translated by Alan Blair and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth.
Cop Killer (1974) - translated by Thomas Teal and dramatised by Jennifer Howarth.
The Terrorists (1975) - translated by Joan Tate and dramatised by Katie Hims.

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Gripping Swedish crime stories 5-stars* - Superb!


I seldom re-listen to books in my library, but the Martin Beck stories are superb. Actually I have already got them individually, but by buying them (again) all together has made it easier to download/ listen in order.

So good is this collection I would say they are near faultless - great performances by the actors and spot-on pacing. Gripping Swedish crime stories. Just wish there were more.

Fantastic, highly recommended 5*
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- Nigel

Fantastic adaption of a great series of books.

This is a fantastic adaption of the Sjöwall/Wahlöö books that gives them a new and fresh coat of paint. For me as a Swede who have heard about the books all my life and seen two tv-adaptations and more or less knows the story this felt fresh and at the same time familiar.
The cast do a great jobb portraying the characters and the production is well made.
Two thumbs up!
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- Peter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2017
  • Publisher: BBC Digital Audio