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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1471325857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471325854
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.2 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation starring Steven Mackintosh and Neil Pearson. The sixth book in the classic Martin Beck detective series from the 1960s - the novels that shaped the future of Scandinavian crime writing.When a wealthy and corrupt businessman is shot in front of a dozen witnesses in a hotel restaurant in Malmö, Martin Beck is sent down to solve what threatens to become an embarrassing scandal not just for the police but for the Swedish government.Written in the 1960s, 10 books completed in 10 years, they are the work of Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö a husband and wife team from Sweden. They follow the fortunes of the detective Martin Beck, whose enigmatic, taciturn character has inspired countless other policemen in crime fiction.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Sept. 2013
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The good old BBC have done it again with this excellent dramatization of the Martin Beck series.

I have listened to one and quite liked it.

BUT some plotlines did seem familiar.

The reason is of course is that Sjowall and Wahloo were actually the originators of the style.
They are the forerunners that blazed the way for this style and genre.

The cast are excellent and the plot is good.
Yes based in the 6os with South Africa and Rhodesia involved but still gripping.

Steven Mackintosh in the lead role is convincing as the world weary Beck.

Lesley Sharpe and Nicholas Greaves as narrators make sure we, the listeners are kept up with what is going on and explain the various actions and organizations well- a good way to do this in my opinion- some may disagree.

The action and story has the add interest in that the setting is Scandinavia.
An enjoyable listen,

The only thing wrong with this CD is that at just 55minutes it's too short!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Redman VINE VOICE on 5 Sept. 2013
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This single CD lasting 55 minutes contains a Radio 4 dramatization, rather than a reading.

The plot is that of a murder taking place in southern Sweden, and the fictional hero Martin Beck is the subject of ten books about his adventures written by a man and wife team. The dramatization is also narrated by a male and female voice, which adds a certain sympathy with the books.

The adaptation is pacey, descriptive and is accompanied with tasteful sound effects.

The story is interesting and generates in the listener a desire to find out what happens in the end, but it is a little disappointing when you get there - there remains a sense of rushing to an end that is a non-event.

This is a well-produced adaptation that is a little disappointing in its plot or at least in the way the plot is conveyed. It is entertaining to a degree but on the basis of this example I won't be running out there to buy more in the series. On the other hand I wouldn't turn another down, because I am the sort of person that lives in hope that the next will be better...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on 18 Sept. 2013
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I am a great fan of both the Beck novels and Radio drama so these BBC adaptations of the bestselling novels put me in seventh heaven. As you'd expect from the BBC Radio Drama departments these are expertly done and paced really well. The actors bring the drama to life and when listening under headphones the listener is transported to another reality. Wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Williams TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2013
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This is yet another BBC dramatisation of the terrific Martin Beck series by the godfather and godmother of Scandinavian noir, Sjowall and Wahloo.

The cast is uniformly excellent, with Steven Mackintosh particularly convincing as the drily insolent and rather world-weary hero: when told by a very senior figure that a speedy resolution of the case would be a feather in his cap as it is a 'sensitive' problem for the establishment, he replies 'I don't have a cap'. The performances are deliberately understated and 'un-theatrical', though Beck's principled engagement is never in doubt. The production, as with the others in the series, overcomes the problem of exposition that so many radio dramatisations suffer from by using the wonderful Lesley Sharpe and Nicholas Greaves as narrators, a common device, but here adding particularly to the tone of the piece by a delivery which is almost choric in its distant almost cynical objectivity. This is light-years away from the Paul Temple type of derring-do and sudden flashes of extraordinary detective insight so common on radio years ago.

For those hooked on police procedurals designed to lead to dramatic resolutions brought about by stunning detective brilliance, this may well not be for them: indeed that was part of the realist intention of the politically committed authors of the original novels. I, for one, find ample space in my enthusiasm for detective fiction in both approaches.

A pity it's only 55 minutes long!

Great stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2013
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*Warning, contains a plot spoiler*

This is the sixth of the BBC adaptations of Sjowall and Wahloo's Martin Beck series of books, starring Steven Mackintosh as Beck and Neil Pearson as Kolberg.

The book was originally written in 1970, and the production is set in that time. A wealthy man with political connections and some dodgy dealings to his name has been assassinated at the Savoy hotel in Malmo. A man just walked into the restaurant and shot him, and no one seems to have managed to get a good look at the killer. And no one apart from a few uncomfortable politicians really seems to care that he is dead. Beck is dispatched to investigate, under heavy pressure from the powers that be to bring it to a quick and non-scandalous resolution.

The tale is well told, with a framing device of two narrating voices who drily discuss the case and social conditions in Sweden at the time. These are at the heart of the case, and Mackintosh and especially Pearson as his sidekick Kolberg do an excellent job of conveying their characters discomfort and downright disgust with the way some people are treated. It's a nicely told story with an intriguing mystery, some nice character moments and a quite thought provoking tone. At the end of the tale I could not help but dig out Simn and Garfunkel's "Richard Cory", as that song sums up the play in about 3 minutes.

Its about an hour long and on a single disc. Liner notes are limited to a cast list and some notes about the Beck series. All in all 4 stars for this production.
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