• April in Spain

  • A Novel
  • By: John Banville
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

National best seller

Booker Prize winner John Banville returns with a dark and evocative new mystery set on the Spanish coast.

Don't disturb the dead....

On the idyllic coast of San Sebastian, Spain, Dublin pathologist Quirke is struggling to relax, despite the beaches, cafés, and the company of his disarmingly lovely wife. When he glimpses a familiar face in the twilight at Las Acadas bar, it's hard at first to tell whether his imagination is just running away with him.

Because this young woman can't be April Latimer. She was murdered by her brother, years ago — the conclusion to an unspeakable scandal that shook one of Ireland's foremost political dynasties.

Unable to ignore his instincts, Quirke makes a call back home to Ireland and soon Detective St. John Strafford is dispatched to Spain. But he's not the only one en route. A relentless hit man is on the hunt for his latest prey, and the next victim might be Quirke himself.

Sumptous, propulsive, and utterly transporting, April in Spain is the work of a master writer at the top of his game.

©2021 John Banville (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Brilliantly constructed; vintage Banville

For those of us who admire the character Quirke, this work pulls you back in place and time. The location of the action is San Sebastián. To say the book is atmospheric does not do justice to it. John Lee’s narration enhances the experience!

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The voice of an autamatone what a disappointment

I am a huge John Banville fan and this was a bore. And the narrator was ridiculous, chopping along but pretending that was an Irish accent was preposterous. I want my money back.

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I love John Banville and I love John Lee...but...

I bought this book without reading reviews just because I love the author and the narrator, but I'm returning it. I listened to it for over an hour and it consisted of non-witty bickering between Quirke and his new wife, and his constant complaining about being away from home. He hates vacations and travel in general and nothing his wife can do or say can persuade him to have an open mind. Marital arguing is unpleasant to listen to under any circumstances, but especially when it's all there is in the first chunk of what is supposed to be an exciting mystery. Also, the first character to enter this miserable scene is a haughty doctor who does not want to be spending time with Quirke and wife. I didn't want to spend any more time with him either.
I know John Lee's father is/was Irish, but this is a very, very poor, overworked stage Irish accent. Get an Irish narrator next time, please, Mr. Banville.

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Violent and Sexist

The character Quirke was nothing like the BBC version. It was violent and sexist. This book should have come with a warning

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Wonderful writing

A good mystery story and written with wonderful descriptions of interesting characters. This author is a fine writer.

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What a writer!

Banville's descriptions are so good you feel like you know the history, foibles and strengths of every character. And he does all that in just a few perfect examples.

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