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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 traveller 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)2011 Audible Ltd
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4 out of 5 stars
By Pocket Empire on 06-06-12

A real find

Would you consider the audio edition of Roseanna to be better than the print version?

Detective fiction pared back to its simplest elements yet absolutely gripping plot. We have another depressed Scandinavian cop but this would be the original as it dates back to the mid 60s before mobile phones or any kind of modern technology. How refreshing!

What other book might you compare Roseanna to and why?

The girl with the dragon tattoo - similar methods used

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anniebligh on 07-25-13

A good Listen

A sincere 'thank you' to Audible for producing this series and to who ever suggested they do so.
What I like most about European Crime Writers starts here.

Personally I may have prefered a more neutral voice to Tom Weiner as the story is European and the 'American' voice jars a little at times. To his great credit though he does capture the mood very well. There is the dry intensity and routine of Crime Investigation that Weiner does capture while still giving glimpses of the investigators' humanity.

This was written before the mobile phone and the pc. People are still sending letters and using phone boxes.. Published in 1965. For a few hours I was a happy couch potato as I became immersed in the unfolding of this story and had the 'close the windows. lock the doors' response to a good thriller. This was the 1960's.

There does not seem to be a wasted word anywhere.

Hennig Mankell gives an excellent introduction to the authors, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö and the relevance they have to the European Crime Writers who came after them.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Dee on 11-19-11

Always listen to the sample!

I really should have used the sample arrow: I found Tom Weiner's delivery irritating I'm afraid, which overcame any interest in the characters. or plot. I hit the delete button and am just grateful that I only bought the first Martin Beck novel, rather than the whole set.

This is the first disappointing Audible purchase but I did learn a lesson.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Marilyn on 02-07-12

may be a good book but................

The reader of this book makes it completely unnlistenable. Its an awful voice, much to fast and therefore very difficult to follow, and as the voice and accent prevent you wanting to. I struggled but couldn't cope for more than 10 minutes.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary Neylan on 12-01-16


Where does Roseanna rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Reader was great and story line different from norm.

What did you like best about this story?

In a different era. Not too many characters.

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

His tone and pronouncing excellent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I refuse to do that with any book.

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