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Publisher's Summary

The second Quirke novel from Man Booker prize-winning John Banville, writing as Benjamin Black

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.

©2007 Benjamin Black; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Drug addiction, morbid sexual obsession, blackmail and murder, as well as prose as crisp as a winter's morning by the Liffey . . . Quirke is human enough to swell the hardest of hearts." (GQ)

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Série de Mistério para adultos.

O narrador tem uma voz agradável, porém não altera a tom para momentos distintos, como exitação, medo, apreensão, fúria. . .

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  • Yuefang
  • Luwuk, Indonesia
  • 01-17-14

Wow the narrator did his best

If you could sum up The Silver Swan in three words, what would they be?

Good,well written story, and well narrated.

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I've never keen on mystery or thriller, but something made me curious and listen till the end. I'm still finding my favorite mystery, but I'm glad Silver Swan was my first.

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Finished as fast as a couple of teenagers!

I was enjoying the book and performance. Enough complexity and characterisation (particularly the cockney hairdresser). And then 'blamo': the plot is tied up in what felt like a couple of minutes. A disappointing end to an otherwise good read/listen.

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  • Claire
  • 06-04-14

Impressive

Where does The Silver Swan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high - I love Timothy Dalton's pacy narration, he captures the noirish genre perfectly and distinguishes each character well.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters, their inner thoughts, the descriptions of place and era. My favourite character keeps changing with each new Quirke novel - I adore the frog-faced Inspector Hackett. Glorious nourishment for the mind and ear, a moreish recording. I have never smoked in my life but there is so much smoking in this novel I could practically taste the nicotine, feel the smoke and smell the bitter coffee - the mystery is seedy but believable.

What about Timothy Dalton’s performance did you like?

His delivery is brisk, gripping and pitch perfect for these stories - I wish he had recorded more than 3 of these novels.

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

Yes - the gradual, non-linear exploration of each character's experience keeps you guessing and the overall plot is exciting and enthralling.

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  • Louise
  • 12-01-17

So Slow...

I returned this Book as it just seemed dreary and slow - couldn’t get into it

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  • Gerard
  • 11-18-10

THIS IS AN AWFUL PIECE OF STUFF, I THINK.

A long and tedious piece of work. Dreadfully dull and altogether unoriginal... with a ghastly cynical nod to the corpse of Joyce. A revisiting of old themes, dished-up in a lifeless and typically self-satisfied manners. Knowing the author from earlier work, I can't say I'm surprised by this effort. I couldn't recommend it and I don't. Better to listen to the traffic.

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  • Jeanette
  • 09-28-16

Gripping story and best narrator ever

A great collection of stories from Black.
Atmospheric and grim as he delves into the fragility of the human condition.

Timothy Dalton is superb as narrator! The best listen so far In over 2 years of listening..,can't speak highly enough of his talents.