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Christine Falls Audiobook

Christine Falls: A Novel

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Why we think it's Essential: Whenever I'm asked for an example of the perfect marriage of a story's characters, language, and pacing and a narrator's talent and presence, this is my first recommendation. Timothy Dalton's smoky, boozy, world-weary Irish brogue is truly haunting. He is so convincing as the fictional lead that I felt as if he was Quirke, sharing a story as he lived it. —Steve Feldberg

Publisher's Summary

It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse, and concealing the cause of death.

It turns out the body belonged to a young woman named Christine Falls. And as Quirke reluctantly presses on toward the true facts behind her death, he comes up against some insidious and very well-guarded secrets of Dublin's high Catholic society, including members of his own family.

Set in Dublin and Boston in the 1950s, the first novel in the Quirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of Booker Prize-winner John Banville's fiction to a thrilling, atmospheric crime story. Quirke is a fascinating and subtly drawn hero, Christine Falls is a classic tale of suspense, and Benjamin Black's debut marks him as a true master of the form.

©2006 Benjamin Black; (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

"In this expertly paced debut thriller from Irish author Black (the pseudonym of Booker Prize-winner John Banville), pathologist Garret Quirke uncovers a web of corruption in 1950s Dublin surrounding the death in childbirth of a young maid, Christine Falls." (Publishers Weekly)
"Christine Falls is deeply atmospheric. Clydesdales drag drays through the streets of 1950s Dublin, and the pubs are 'fuggy with turf smoke'. Nearly all the characters are painstakingly detailed and developed - even though they're likely to be morally mysterious." (Booklist)

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    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 05-05-08
    William Winston Salem, NC, United States 05-05-08
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    "Didn't care / didn't finish"

    I gave up on this book about 2 hours from the end. Like another reviewer here, I realized I just didn't care about any of the characters and I wasn't curious to see what happened to them.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Fairbanks 06-21-07
    Amazon Customer Fairbanks 06-21-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Christine Falls"

    This book has some interesting twists, but it does give you pause to think about what people did to others in the name of "what is best for them", not taking into consideration what the consequences might be for those they were "helping"

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne 01-08-08
    Suzanne 01-08-08

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    "Difficult to follow"

    While the writing style was acceptable and the reader did a good job with all the characters, the plot twisted and turned. This could be good, but these twists seemed to go on and on. I didn't even care to finish it to find out the resolution. Too bad, I really wanted to like it.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    thia912002 02-23-16
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    "This story is nice."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I love listening to Timothy Dalton Narrate this story. his voice makes the characters come to life. I could fall asleep listening to his mellow deep husky voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    EVERYTHING!


    What does Timothy Dalton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    HIS VOICE. his accent, his knowledge.


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

    Yes, Timothy Dalton voice is mesmerizing!


    Any additional comments?

    Nope, just keep them coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam 12-30-15
    Adam 12-30-15
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    "So bleak almost it becomes parody."

    Everyone is so steeped in misery I lost interest in the story. The writing is good and it's well performed but it's a joyless slog and the plot just isn't that interesting.

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    Bill Lohmeyer 08-01-15
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    "Disappointing story with non-sense ending. Excellent reader."

    The story had an interesting premise, but went nowhere. The character development was fair. Timothy Dalton is an excellent reader.

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    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 07-25-15
    Eugenia Chatsworth, CA, US 07-25-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Your Light Summer Reading"

    Not that it has to be, but this book dragged on in endless boring detail with every character, no matter who they were, thinking and seeing things in the same poetic way.
    But that was only one of the difficulties that I had with this book. Other reviewers said it as well---the characters were so unlikeable and every one of them utterly depressed that it was impossible to care. And not even one moment of lightness or humor!
    And to make matters worse, Timothy Dalton, whom I adore, read this so morosely, so heavily with every single character sounding the same utterly depressing tone, even if they were saying "Do you want fries with that?" It made me want to take to my bed.
    So I slogged through this downer with intrepid resolve only to reach the unsatisfying ending. Whereupon, I immediately started listening to a nice, fun romance novel.

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    Rebecca 07-25-15
    Rebecca 07-25-15

    I read like a madwoman all my life but now I have bad eyes. Thank goodness for audio books

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    "Not my favorite"

    This book did not get me going at all. It had too many un-redeeming characters I did not like any of them and therefore they were not interesting. Some like it but it was not for me.

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    Carole 02-12-15
    Carole 02-12-15

    Mystery lover from waaaay back when.... Especially love those dark police/detective procedurals and the comic caper. I'm pretty tough as a reviewer. Writing must be smart and well-edited. Plots must be credible and a bit of twistiness and surprises are always welcome. Favorite authors [partial list]: Donald Westlake, Tana French, David Rosenfelt, Ruth Rendell, Ed McBain,

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    "Predictable with unpleasant characters"

    Predictable plot that took a very, very long time to unfold. I can't think of a single main character who was interesting or attractive in any way. Waste of time and a credit.

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    DesertLizzie Mesa, Arizona 02-08-15
    DesertLizzie Mesa, Arizona 02-08-15 Member Since 2012

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    "a plodding nightmare of a story"
    What disappointed you about Christine Falls?

    It's complete lack of plot is probably the first problem. I kept waiting for something to happen that I could wonder about: "how will Quirk figure this out?" But there were just things that happened that you knew must have something to do with the story but it could have just as easily been some boring persons diary (went to work today. Had lunch with John. Wondered about a dead woman. Got told to quit wondering. Didn't. Got beat up.) I mean, really? We never do find out why Quirk cares so much.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Benjamin Black again?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Timothy Dalton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but Timothy was the only thing that kept me listening. He could make a shopping list sound sexy (but NOT a boring persons diary, obviously).


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    In the end I was just happy the whole gloomy mess was over.


    Any additional comments?

    Even the big reveal at the end was ruined by the authors clumsy, boring, gloomy meandering. Instead of owning this twist the reader finds that it really isn't a twist at all. Just some bit of offhand information that most everyone, but the reader, already knew.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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