Besides being hard to understand (accent was really thick for some characters) the story was incomprehensible for giant stretches. Maybe he wrapped it all up, but I had to abandon the story about 1/2 way through.
interested in history, science, and pulp fiction
I chose this after a recommendation from list of bicycle themed novels. I was expecting an Irish Poirot, investigating murder in the countryside while pedaling about. Ha! The bicycle ended up being such a MacGuffin, the joke was on me. Instead, it is an entrancing and original story about fate and death. Events unfurl in a causative but illogical manner, as one would expect from a novel described in the synopsis as "surrealist" (though how did I miss that?!). I found the ending highly satisfying, like a fuzzy image coming into focus over a long, long take. I admit that I never would have picked this up if I weren't confused about it - but I am really glad I did. Kafka meets Joyce. Delightful.
Be kind to someone today.
The narrator's acting ability, clear speech and irish accent.
All moments of comic terror.
Eternity and your bicycle.
If you're looking for a bizarre, metaphysical, down the rabbit hole adventure and occasional comic terror, this book is for you. The lovely writing keeps it all together. The one thing I did not like was the many footnotes referencing the philosopher de Selby. For me they were a distraction from the story. If I read this again (not listen) I will put more effort into following the de Selby footnotes. Reading a study guide or literary discussions at the same time would help lots. Loved the bicycles.
This book is far and away the best-narrated audiobook on all of Audible.com. Jim Norton is an absolute genius, without parallel.
You should listen to this audiobook to experience O'Brien's novel, which is surreal, funny, and disturbing. But you should also listen to it for Norton's incredible performance. Both Norton and O'Brien are one-of-a-kind geniuses.
I've read many many books from a wide variety and genres. This book has no rhyme or reason. No beginning or seemingly end that makes sense. It is awful. It's the worse I've ever come across. I cannot say whether I liked or disliked the story because the story never came about, the plot was not apparent, the dots did not connect. WTF! And how did it get published.
There are a couple of my friends who am sure would enjoy the quirkiness of this novel.
I really can't think of a book to compare it to.
This is the only novel I have heard Jim Norton narrate but I would like to listen to him again.
The Third Policeman is a very strange story that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was very well narrated by Jim Norton and it is a novel I can see myself listening to again and again.
john in RI
I have only purchased one other audiobook-Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell. They are both excellent.
The narrator because it is his story, although he is telling it while dead.
He was perfect.
I have the feeling the people who hated this saw the word policeman in the title and expected one of those books located by the cash register in the supermarket. If you can't enjoy something because it doesn't "make sense" you won't like this. However if you like Samuel Becket or James Joyce you will find this very funny.
The mind numming nonsense. I kept listening to the end thinking it must get better. What a waste of listening time.
To have not spewed random nonsense on page after page.
The narrator was great. He was not the problem.
Everything from his entering the house to get the black box to his going back to see his partner in crime.
As quoted from the book. "What I [heard] made my brain shrink painfully in my head".
Droll and absurd.
The narrator. His plight was so poignant.
It's hard to imagine this zany mystery story without his voice. Or voices. He can play five parts at once in a funny, convincing way.
Crime and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance
Jim Norton's droll delivery is worthy of a prize. The writing is rich and witty. And the plot is ridiculous. Highly recommended.