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Christine Falls | [Benjamin Black]

Christine Falls

Quirke's pathology department, set deep beneath the city, is his own gloomy realm: always quiet, always night, and always under his control. Until late one evening after a party he stumbles across a body that should not be there - and his brother-in-law falsifying the corpse's cause of death. This is the first time Quirke has encountered Christine Falls, but the investigation he decides to lead into the way she lived and died uncovers a dark secret at the heart of Dublin's high Catholic network.
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Publisher's Summary

The first in a compelling new crime series from Booker Prize-winning author John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black.

Quirke's pathology department, set deep beneath the city, is his own gloomy realm: always quiet, always night, and always under his control. Until late one evening after a party he stumbles across a body that should not be there - and his brother-in-law falsifying the corpse's cause of death.

This is the first time Quirke has encountered Christine Falls, but the investigation he decides to lead into the way she lived and died uncovers a dark secret at the heart of Dublin's high Catholic network; one with the power to shake his own family and everything he holds dear.

©2008 Benjamin Black; (P)2008 Macmillan Digital Audio

What the Critics Say

"A superb stylist . . . His control and pacing cannot be faulted, and the final outcome is almost unbearably moving . . .You're in for a treat." (Michael Dibdin, Guardian)
"Succeeds sensationally . . . An absorbing plot, beguiling characters and evocative settings . . . His pacing is impeccable." (Marcel Berlins, The Times)

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    Reina Grand-Lancy, Switzerland 01-03-13
    Reina Grand-Lancy, Switzerland 01-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good introduction to audible books"
    Where does Christine Falls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First audible book ever downloaded so difficult to compare.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Enough suspense to keep listening in one breath


    What about Timothy Dalton’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Dalton's voice was the main reason for choosing the book. I think the narrator has a great voice and I was not deceived. And much better listening to Dalton's reading a good book than watching him perform well in some crappy B films scrips. What I particularly like is the depth and range of tone, compared to some of the samples of other narrators I am listening to now which are by comparison so flat.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The changing relation between father and daughter


    Any additional comments?

    I only wish there were more good books narrated by Mr. Dalton

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Steve Flook
    Dunsfold, Surrey, United Kingdom
    2/19/10
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    "A Superbly Stylish Novel"

    Although recently listed as one of '50 Thriller Writers to Read Before You Die' , this will disappoint any reader looking for the traditional puzzling tale littered with bodies. Instead it is a pacy, intricate and well-plotted novel with excellent characterisation. Set in 1950s Dublin, it has in its main character, the flawed pathologist Quirke, who is inextricably linked with the main characters (and suspects) through marriage. The beautifully crafted writing is only what one would expect from a writer who, as John Banville is a previous Booker winner with 'The Sea'. Perhaps the greatest testimony to its success is that many readers other than me will be heartily relieved to know that a sequel, 'The Silver Swan' is also available on Audible.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Genny
    Chatham, Kent , United Kingdom
    5/25/09
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    "More than just a crime story"

    Whilst this took a while to get into it is a fascinating insight into guilt, lust, greed, love and the fear of the final retribution. If you like more than who done and enjoy why done it you will love this. The historical background plays well and reminds you how far we have come. Not yet perfect I agree but makes one less inclined to moan about the lot of women and children who fall out of a well rounded nuclear family. After this book keeping family secrets will seem an even more perilous idea.

    Having been brought up in convent the facts and the thinking behind those facts rang true. Take time for this thought provoking audio book. However, beware you have at least empathy if not sympathy for even the most un-likeable of this strong cast of seeming saints and apparent villains, who make you take a second look in the mirror.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • G
    Pire sur SeicheFrance
    3/29/14
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    "a dark story with brilliant writing"

    Don't expect the run-of-the-mill suspense novel here. The writing is of a literary style, dark and evocative. It somehow reminds one of Joyce's The Dead. Catholic Ireland of the 1950s is presented in all its harshness and without compromise. The plot is simple enough but engaging and coherent from start to finish, with different perspectives introduced that add dimension to the story. The main character is larger than life, and the many other characters each carry plenty of weight to make them remarkable. A very good read, albeit not for the light-hearted.

    Readers who witnessed or experienced the oppression of the Irish Catholic church during their childhood will no doubt feel that this story strikes a particular chord. There is a bitterness throughout that can only be evoked by someone who has experienced first-hand the control over society that the clergy of the period exercised.

    Finally, the narrator is excellent (I presume it's the Timothy Dalton of James Bond fame), a little fast at first but perfect for the job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gerard McKernan
    Scotland
    4/5/14
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    "I just can't be doing with JB what ever"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different author.


    What will your next listen be?

    New York Trilogy


    What three words best describe Timothy Dalton’s performance?

    Polished, bored, serious


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Christine Falls?

    Too hard a knot.


    Any additional comments?

    JB is sadly yet another example of a writer in love with the idea of being a writer. The result is invariably the same, self-conscious, laboured and lifeless narrative - no matter how styled, finally empty. A boring journey to to empty destination. Souless.. Best avoided.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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