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Christine Falls Audiobook

Christine Falls: A Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Cory Beeville, TX, United States 05-22-12
    Cory Beeville, TX, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm a 36 yr. old master of no paticular trade, but currently working in the oil patch. I'm not very critical and love to consume audiobooks

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    "Wish I could forget it so I could read it AGAIN!"

    I absolutely was taken in by this book. I struggled at first with the place and culture, but very quickly I was drawn in and transported. I'm not very critical and generally enjoy what I consume, but this book went so very quickly. I enjoyed the characters, the dilemmas, and the conflict faced by these truly magnificent characters. Don’t pass it up.

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    James Chicago, IL, United States 02-04-09
    James Chicago, IL, United States 02-04-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Dalton and Black: perfection for the ear and mind"

    Dalton is an excellent reader who imbues this book with a texture of nuance, atmosphere and moral imperatives. Worth a thoughtful listener's time and involvement.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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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    "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.

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    Sharon Gingerich 04-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Magical"

    Timothy Dalton's voice made me try this book and it also delivered the goods. Now I am on the look for more books by Benjamin Black!

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    Catherine 03-23-17
    Catherine 03-23-17
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    "Well-written downer"

    The Irish moving back and forth between Ireland and Boston makes an interesting cultural perspective. Irish Catholics don't come out looking good. Depressing storyline, but well-written for all that.

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    T. Bruns Raleigh, NC USA 02-28-17
    T. Bruns Raleigh, NC USA 02-28-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Interesting Enough"

    I'm glad I got this on sale, and I'm glad I finished it. It was interesting. However, there was nothing remarkable. In my opinion, it was slow and dull. It was slightly predictable. The conclusion felt flat, although it left you with some thoughts to ponder.
    The narrator's voice was wonderful.
    I struggled to follow along with scene changes, though. That was frustrating. There were not adequate gaps. I was constantly confused and had to rewind to figure out that the had scene changed and now we were hearing about a different character.

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    Dan Ann Arbor, MI, United States 02-26-17
    Dan Ann Arbor, MI, United States 02-26-17 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Don't Quit Your Day Job!"

    Timothy Dalton's overwrought narrative made this book a labor to finish. It seemed to be a parody of an actor who's trying way too hard. I was amazed that in the Audible review they mentioned Dalton's Irish brogue. Irish it wasn't, Gerald Doyle would have been much better suited for this story, The story was just ok. The lead character Quirk wasn't all that likable and the plot just passable and the twist and turns were easily seen coming. The best I can say about the book is that it wasn't horrible.

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    thia912002 02-23-16
    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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