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Publisher's Summary

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. As the melancholic Beck narrows down the list of likely suspects, he is drawn increasingly to the enigma of the victim, a free-spirited traveler with a penchant for the casual sexual encounter, and to the psychopathology of a murderer with a distinctive - indeed, terrifying - sense of propriety.
With its authentically rendered settings, vividly realized characters, and command over the intricately interwoven details of police detection, Roseanna is a masterpiece of suspense and sadness.
©1967 Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö (P)2008 Blackstone Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Patty B on 12-30-09

Skip the audiobook and read the book...

Tom Weiner's narration and voice characterizations were distracting and irritating. The original ten Martin Beck books were well-written, and the plots and character developments were exceptional. I can recommend the books, but not this audiobook. The narrator's performance ruined the experience for me. I still plan to buy the other audiobooks in the series, but I wish someone else had been chosen to narrate the stories because Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall wrote a great series of novels when they penned the Martin Beck mysteries. "Roseanne," along with the other books in the series, deserves 5 Stars, but Tom Weiner's narration only rates 1 Star. My overall rating for this audiobook is 3 Stars, and that's only out of respect for Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brad Simkulet on 09-10-16

5 Times Now

I can't even remember how I found Roseanna now, but I vaguely remember it having something to do with Henning Mankell's Wallander books, something about Mankell's influences, which is particularly fitting considering the fact that Mankell provided the foreword for this first volume of the Martin Beck series.

Regardless how I got to Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo's Decalogue, the Martin Beck Series (which has become the conventional way to refer to their ten books despite the fact that it is a flimsy description of a series wherein each member of the National Murder Squad gets a turn at centre stage and it already has a collective, albeit little used name: The Story of a Crime) is one of the finest pieces of fiction I have ever read, and this first book, Roseanna, is compelling.

This was my fifth time listening to Roseanna (and Tom Weiner's vocal performance remains one of my favourite audiobook performances ever given), but it was my seventh time with the story altogether, and it is as good the seventh time as it was the first. Sure the mystery is no longer a mystery, but the procedure of the police, the way they slowly work their way to discovering Roseanna's murderer, and the way in which they catch their suspect is completely satisfying.

If you like Scandinavian lit at all, you should give Roseanna a listen; if you love Scandinavian lit and haven't read/listened to Rosenanna already, what have you been doing with yourself? And if you've listened to it before, listen to it again. You will be glad you did.

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