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  • 1
    Christine Falls: A Novel | Benjamin Black

    Christine Falls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
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    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.

    Great Listen

    I start a lot of books I don't finish. I usually give it a couple of hours if it's an audiobook. Once I gave a book 7 hours before quitting because ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 11 2008 by Stephen McLeod (New York, NY USA)
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    Christine Falls | Benjamin Black

    Christine Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
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    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.

    it falls

    the narrator should keep to movies his mono log voice is boring 2 chapters was enough

    Reviewed on August 24 2015 by Tracey (craigmore, Australia)
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    The Silver Swan: A Novel | Benjamin Black

    The Silver Swan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    A great sequel!

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

    1) Benjamin Black is a fabulous writer who knows ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 07 2008 by David (High River, Alberta, Canada)
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    The Silver Swan | Benjamin Black

    The Silver Swan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
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    Time has moved on for Quirke, the world-weary pathologist first encountered in Christine Falls. It is the middle of the 1950s, that low, dishonourable decade; a woman he loved has died, a man he once admired is dying, while the daughter he for so long denied is still finding it hard to accept him as her father. When an old acquaintance approaches him about his wife's apparent suicide, Quirke recognizes trouble but, as always, trouble is something he cannot resist.

    Wow the narrator did his best

    Good,well written story, and well narrated.

    Reviewed on January 17 2014 by Yuefang (Luwuk, Indonesia)
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    Elegy for April: A Novel | Benjamin Black

    Elegy for April: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    April Lavery has vanished. A junior doctor at a local hospital, she is something of a trail-blazer in the deeply conservative and highly patriarchal society of 1950s Dublin. Though her family is one of the most respected in the city, she is known for being independent-minded; her taste in men, for instance, is decidedly unconventional, as evidenced by her current boyfriend, a handsome and charismatic medical student from Nigeria.

    Great Series, Excellent Narration

    This is the third in a trilogy (so far) of Quirke mysteries. The stories are compelling, the characters very real and Timothy Dalton's eloquent narrat..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 10 2010 by Pat (NY)
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    Elegy for April: Quirke, Book 3 | Benjamin Black

    Elegy for April: Quirke, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
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    1950's Ireland. As a deep, bewildering fog cloaks Dublin, a young woman is found to have vanished. When Phoebe Griffin, still haunted by the horrors of her past, is unable to discover news of her friend; Quirke, fresh from drying out in an institution, responds to his daughter's request for help. But as Phoebe, Quirke and Inspector Hackett speak with those who knew April, they begin to realise that there may have been more behind the young woman's discretion and secrecy than they could have imagined.

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  • 4
    A Death in Summer: A Novel | Benjamin Black

    A Death in Summer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    One of Dublin's most powerful men meets a violent end— and an acknowledged master of crime fiction delivers his most gripping novel yet. On a sweltering summer afternoon, newspaper tycoon Richard Jewell—known to his many enemies as Diamond Dick—is discovered with his head blown off by a shotgun blast. But is it suicide or murder? For help with the investigation, Detective Inspector Hackett calls in his old friend Quirke, who has unusual access to Dublin's elite.

    Disappointing

    Bought and enjoyed the previous Dr. Quirk books, esp. Christine Falls, but having a hard time with this due to the change in narrator. The cadence ge..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 12 2011 by Aun Aprendiendo (El Paso, TX USA)
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    A Death in Summer | Benjamin Black

    A Death in Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By John Keating
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    When newspaper magnate Richard Jewell is found dead at his country estate, clutching a shotgun in his lifeless hands, few see his demise as cause for sorrow. But before long Doctor Quirke and Inspector Hackett realise that, rather than the suspected suicide, ‘Diamond Dick' has in fact been murdered. Suspicion soon falls on one of Jewell's biggest rivals.

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  • 5
    Vengeance | Benjamin Black

    Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By John Keating
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    It's a fine day for a sail, and Victor Delahaye, one of Ireland's most successful businessmen, takes his boat far out to sea. With him is his partner's son - who becomes the sole witness when Delahaye produces a pistol, points it at his own chest, and fires. This mysterious death immediately engages the attention of Detective Inspector Hackett, who in turn calls upon the services of his sometime partner Quirke, consultant pathologist at the Hospital of the Holy Family. The stakes are high: Delahaye's prominence in business circles means that Hackett and Quirke must proceed very carefully....

    Noir-ish

    Benjamin Black is, of course, the name under which the high-literary writer John Banville indulges his love of genre, specifically of noir procedurals..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 10 2012 by Michele Kellett (Seattle, WA United States)
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    Vengeance | Benjamin Black

    Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By John Keating
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    Why would suicide need a witness? On the east coast of Ireland, Victor Delahaye, one of the country's most prominent citizens, takes his business partner's son out sailing. But once at sea, Davy Clancy is horrified to witness Delahaye take out a gun and shoot himself dead. This strange event captures the attention of Detective Inspector Hackett and his friend Pathologist Doctor Quirke.

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    Holy Orders: Quirke, Book 6 | Benjamin Black

    Holy Orders: Quirke, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By John Keating
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    In 1950s Ireland the Catholic Church controls the lives of nearly everyone. But when Quirke’s daughter, Phoebe, loses her close friend Jimmy Minor to murder, Quirke can no longer play by the Church’s rules. Along with Inspector Hackett, his sometime partner, Quirke investigates Jimmy’s death and learns just how far the Church and its supporters will go to protect their own interests.

    Great book

    Benjamin Black never fails to entertain and what a superb mystery writer with wonderful details

    Reviewed on July 09 2015 by isabella ()
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    Holy Orders: Quirke, Book 6 | Benjamin Black

    Holy Orders: Quirke, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By John Keating
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    1950s Dublin: When a body is found in the canal, pathologist Quirke and his detective friend Inspector Hackett must find the truth behind this brutal murder. But in a world where the police are not trusted and secrets often remain buried there is perhaps little hope of bringing the perpetrator to justice. As spring storms descend on Dublin, Quirke and Hackett's investigation will lead them into the dark heart of the organisation that really runs this troubled city: the church.

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    Even the Dead: A Quirke Novel | Benjamin Black

    Even the Dead: A Quirke Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A suspicious death, a pregnant woman suddenly gone missing: Quirke's latest case leads him inexorably toward the dark machinations of an old foe. Perhaps Quirke has been down among the dead too long. Lately the Irish pathologist has suffered hallucinations and blackouts, and he fears the cause is a brain tumor. A specialist diagnoses an old head injury caused by a savage beating; all that's needed, the doctor declares, is an extended rest.

    Quirk resolves it all

    Having read all the previous books, the strands of each story thread were neatly tied together for a satisfying end. Each character with unique virt..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 21 2016 by Judith ()
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    Even the Dead: A Quirke Mystery | Benjamin Black

    Even the Dead: A Quirke Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
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    Down among the dead men... Pathologist Quirke works in the city morgue, watching over Dublin's dead. The latest to join their ghostly ranks is a suicide. But something doesn't add up. The victim has a suspicious head wound, and the only witness has vanished, every trace of her wiped away. On the trail of the missing woman, Quirke finds himself drawn into the shadowy world of Dublin's elite - secret societies, High Church politics and corrupt politicians.

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