Full cast dramatisation of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo's 10-book series featuring detective Martin Beck and his colleagues in the National Police Homicide Department in Stockholm in the 1960s and 70s.
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 ten-book series set a gold standard for all subsequent Scandanavian 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
January 20, 2022 Subject:
EXCEPTIONAL Crime Radio Series
From the BBC , —who else?
The Beeb remains the last broadcasting organisation still producing top-drawer radio drama that often exceeds the production values of the highest Hollywood budget films. This is an example of how radio can often exceed film technology. The radio stage has only the limits of your imagination. No digital film FX can possibly match YOUR mind.
The writing is exceptional. The dialogue is so authentic that it spits. The direction, acting and production exceed any radio programme I have heard over previous 60+ years. The technical realism is beyond any other crime drama radio programme I have heard.
This series, obviously, employs the finest writers, Foley artists, engineers, producers, directors, and actors.
The technical policing consultants have earned their salary!
October 11, 2021 Subject:
Solid work of Nordic Police Procedure!
While I wasn't as impressed, as by the TV adaptation I knew beforehand:
The audio quality is fine, and the roles are voice-acted properly. Also, my favorite, Gunwald Larson, is once again on the job.
September 13, 2020 Subject:
worth your time
Thank you for sharing.
July 16, 2020 Subject:
Fantastic BBC production. Really enjoyed these stories, the music, the narration and the characters. The authors aren’t keen on women, however, they are all nagging wives or nymphomaniacs!
November 8, 2019 Subject:
Score one to Sweden
Superb collection of stories that give something of an insight into Sweden and which wind up with a truly wonderful The Terrorists. Beck is a great central character. Of the collection...look out for The Locked Room which has an interesting conclusion with ambiguous morality.
If you are looking for other detective stories...search in archive.org using ´´Detective Chen Mysteries.´´ These are set in Shanghai and give a great insight into China alongside cracking mysteries.
September 2, 2019 Subject:
I listen to these stories before I go to sleep, I love the insight into characters etc I just wish there were more books 🌻
August 13, 2019 Subject:
Best crime ever
I have listened to all episodes of this series and listened again and again and each time an enthralled by the story, the characters, the narration. So so very good.