This bizarre tale, considered a modern Irish classic, is experiencing renewed attention. An unnamed protagonist and his accomplice, John Divney, commit a robbery and murder. The story suddenly falls into a fantastical, almost stream-of-consciousness, tale of time-travel, with one of the men journeying with police officers in an investigation of a missing bicycle. This complicated novel's saving grace is an unexpected ending, and Jim Norton's narration. He employs varying tones and pitches, and one of the officers' voices is a wonderful Indian-British accent with a friendly, commanding authority.Norton’s interpretation is fitting for the surrealism of the narrative and may appeal to those with a taste for the eccentric.
Flann O'Brien's most popular and surrealistic novel concerns an imaginary, hellish village police force and a local murder. Weird, satirical, and very funny, it is read by Irish master reader Jim Norton.
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I read The Third Policeman many years ago and found it strange, confusing and totally wonderful. I was therefore pleased to see that the production team have done such an excellent job with the audiobook.
Jim Norton was an excellent choice as narrator, and his voice adds an engaging lilt to the text.
Yes, it's still as confusing as before, and there will be times when you rewind because you think you've lost the plot. It's okay, everyone does. I'm still not completely sure I understood the ending, but I will be happy to give this one another listen.
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