The Fire Engine That Disappeared : Martin Beck

  • by Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
  • Narrated by Tom Weiner
  • Series: Martin Beck
  • 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The cunning incendiary device that blew the roof off a Stockholm apartment not only interrupted the small, peaceful orgy underway inside, it nearly took the lives of the building's 11 occupants. And if one of Martin Beck's colleagues hadn't been on the scene, the explosion would have led to a major catastrophe because, for reasons nobody could satisfactorily explain, a regulation fire truck has vanished. Was it terrorism, suicide, or simply a gas leak? And what if, anything, did the explosion have to do with the peculiar death earlier that day of a forty-six-year-old bachelor whose cryptic suicide note consisted of only two words: "Martin Beck"?

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What the Critics Say

"The first great series of police thrillers.... Sjöwall and Wahlöö caught the color of the political times and are above all truly exciting." (Michael Ondaatje)
"For me, the best criterion of a good read is to wish that it had gone on a bit longer. I felt that here...This is a 'police procedural' from the top drawer." (Colin Dexter, from the introduction)

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Where does The Fire Engine That Disappeared rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

you can swap the foreign names for places and people for something from Chicago, and you would think these writers are American Policemen turned fiction writers. it is claimed that all modern police procedural novels stem from this 10 volume set. I can almost believe that!!


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wonderful listen!!!

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- robert "Retired, Diesel Mechanic, System Administrator, scale modeler, motorcycle collector, gardener, Historian, father. on the coast of California."

Crippled by translation choices

The storyline itself was well constructed, but the translation choices (not sure who made them) ruined things for me.

Specifically:
* Translation is made into formal British English (which would have been fine if the narrator spoke it).
* Idiomatic conventions are translated literally from the original text, resulting in a form of address ("one person addressing another" sense) which will feel foreign to most English speakers.
* Narrator speaks American English.
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- Jason

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.