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The Silver Swan: A Novel | [Benjamin Black]

The Silver Swan: A Novel

Two years have passed since the events of the best-selling Christine Falls, and much has changed for Quirke, the irascible, formerly hard-drinking Dublin pathologist. His beloved Sarah is dead, the judge lies in a convent hospital paralyzed by a devastating stroke, and Phoebe, Quirke's long-denied daughter, has grown increasingly withdrawn and isolated.
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Publisher's Summary

Two years have passed since the events of the best-selling Christine Falls, and much has changed for Quirke, the irascible, formerly hard-drinking Dublin pathologist. His beloved Sarah is dead, the judge lies in a convent hospital paralyzed by a devastating stroke, and Phoebe, Quirke's long-denied daughter, has grown increasingly withdrawn and isolated.

With much to regret from his last inquisitive foray, Quirke ought to know better than to let his curiosity get the best of him. Yet when an almost-forgotten acquaintance comes to him about his beautiful young wife's apparent suicide, Quirke's "old itch to cut into the quick of things, to delve into the dark of what was hidden" is roused again. As he begins to probe further into the shadowy circumstances of Deirdre Hunt's death, he discovers many things that might better have remained hidden, as well as grave danger to those he loves.

Haunting, masterfully written, and utterly mesmerizing in its nuance, The Silver Swan fully lives up to the promise of Christine Falls and firmly establishes Benjamin Black (aka John Banville) among the greatest of crime writers.

Listen to Christine Falls.

©2008 Benjamin Black; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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    David High River, Alberta, Canada 04-07-08
    David High River, Alberta, Canada 04-07-08
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    "A great sequel!"

    Two points regarding "Christine Falls" and "The Silver Swan":

    1) Benjamin Black is a fabulous writer who knows too well the weakness of the human condition. Those who have read Dennis Lehayne ("Mystic River", etc.) will love this series. Highly recommended!

    2) Why doesn't Timothy Dalton narrate more audiobooks?! He is simply outstanding.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Happy Woodstock, NY, USA 10-21-08
    Happy Woodstock, NY, USA 10-21-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Utterly compelling and brilliantly read"

    The richness of Benjamin Black's prose coupled with the emotive reading by Timothy Dalton made for an absolutely compelling listen. This is the kind of literary mystery book I love, laden with atmosphere and filled with arresting descriptions and deeply-drawn characters. I actually re-listened to many parts of this book just to hear the brilliant turns of phrase that Mr. Black has conjured from a seemingly deep well of creativity.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Spicewood, TX, United States 01-24-10
    Gail Spicewood, TX, United States 01-24-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Sneaks up on you"

    When I began listening to this book I was a little confused and had a little difficulty putting the pieces together. But once they came together I had even more difficulty turning off my IPOD and leaving the car. This is a GREAT story with breathtaking narration. Like a prior reviewer said, I would double back to hear the beauty of the authors phrasing. This is the first Benjamin Black book I have ever listened to and I was captivated by the imagery. Enjoyed every minute of this one and I am heading into Audible to buy more that he wrote and look up more that Tim Dalton narrates.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frank San Diego, CA, United States 10-11-12
    Frank San Diego, CA, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Dark is only good if it goes somewhere"

    Jeez, this book is tedious. Unattractive characters with problems. . .and it just goes on and on. I loved Christine Falls, and I like noir mysteries in general. But I couldn't get through this one. Dalton is a great reader but he goes a little far with the bitterness. I mean, I know Quirk's life is a mess but even the least sentences in the narration are delivered like the world is ending. It just gets to be too much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pat NY 10-10-10
    Pat NY 10-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Series, Excellent Narration"

    This is the second in a trilogy (so far) of Quirke mysteries. The stories are compelling, the characters very real and Timothy Dalton's eloquent narration is spot on. I've listened to all three novels and he enunciates so well I haven't missed a word. Best narration I've heard of the twenty books I've purchased from Audible so far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 10-05-13
    Jennifer Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 10-05-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Fabulous narration, pretty good story too"

    I enjoyed this book even more than Christine Falls, but not as much as Elegy for April. Timothy Dalton is fabulous, fabulous, fabulous in bringing the characters to life. I can't imagine a better narrator.

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    marilynne Sonoma, CA, United States 01-02-13
    marilynne Sonoma, CA, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Irish Dark"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yep. Great story and made even better by Timothy Dalton's dark voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were multi dimensional and were revealed in the story in an interesting way -


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

    His voice is just so rough and gruff and dark. Perfect for these stories. In addition he seems to understand the material and the words. His inflection are on target. He's a good actor.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan edgewater, NJ, United States 12-29-12
    Susan edgewater, NJ, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Darkly Irish mystery"

    This is an engrossing and darkly moody mystery, very well narrated. Several surprising turns of event, and interesting characters. I will read more of Black's books, for sure.

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    Amy Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 12-12-12
    Amy Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 12-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Captures the nature of the book very well."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Defintely an enjoyable listen, but preferred the first and third books in the series more.


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

    He is very dramatic which worked well with the dark aura of the story.


    Could you see The Silver Swan being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh yes! I would love to see Ciaran Hinds as Quirk. He is Irish and could easily portray the broody Quirk!


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    J Grafton, OH, United States 06-19-12
    J Grafton, OH, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Wish author and narrator did more stories together"
    What did you love best about The Silver Swan?

    The book kept me guessing


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

    He has a full, vibrant voice that brings the characters to life and keeps you listening


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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