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.
Having read and enjoyed The Third Policeman several times, I realise as I listen to Jim Norton that I only scratched the surface. Thank you Bishop!
The exuberant language, the vibrant characters, the crazy humour, the sinister core, make this book hard to categorise. Perhaps if you enjoyed Catch-22 you would enjoy this.
Jim Norton's performance is exemplary: pitch-perfect, even, intelligent, committed, involved and involving, tireless, with a magisterial command of characterisation and voicing - an absolute joy.
I'm not going to show my ignorance and say this book was complete and utter crap BUT unless you really want to think about what your listening to, as opposed to me who doesn't really want to have to think to hard about the plot, this book is not for you.
Perhaps by listening to the entire book it all becomes somewhat more worthwhile, but I got tired of searching for meaning, symbolism or just some connection between the various settings in the book and how characters were connected - if at all. and most of the time the absurbity of what is being discused is to hard to make sense of anyway.
However my husband - who thought it was rubbish also insisted we listen the entire book as he wanted to know how the first chapters tied into the remainder - so there must be some hook there somewhere.
Felt like I had wasted my eight hour trip to town!