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The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository

Narrated by: Eric Yves Garcia
Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (154 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Retired Mr. Berger watches a suicidal woman vanish into thin air, an event that leads him on a strange investigation. Irish crime novelist John Connolly spins this mysterious tale with the talent expected from this best-selling author. Eric Yves Garcia's performance, though, is really the big hit. Yves proves to be an incredibly skilled actor, obviously well trained in elocution, pitch, and pacing. His engaging voice sucks listeners right into the audiobook's eerie English countryside. Garcia's passionate performance perfectly complements Connolly's suspenseful storyline.

Publisher's Summary

Edgar Award Winner, Best Short Story, 2014

Mr. Berger has spent 34 years keeping his life as empty as possible. His job title as a “Closed Accounts Registrar” doesn’t spark much interest, and his cautious flirtation with a woman at his company was cut short upon her engagement to another man. This doesn’t bother him, however, as he much prefers the company of books to that of people. 

When a series of fortunate events leads to an early retirement in the English countryside, Mr. Berger is content to spend the remainder of his years nestled comfortably between the pages of a book. But fate has other plans. 

His serene life is rendered strange when he witnesses a tragedy chillingly reminiscent of Anna Karenina as a woman flings herself before a train. When he rushes to the scene, she has vanished, leaving no body on the tracks. Berger’s investigation into this event leads him to The Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository, where the line between fiction and reality becomes blurred beyond comprehension. 

©2013 John Connolly (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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A note on narration....

Everyone values a narrator that can capture the essence of an authors voice but more often than not we assume what the writers voice SHOULD sound like. Thankfully it is not our job to pick the writers voice; someone at Audible has already filled the position.

Whoever it was that chose Mr. Garcia for the narration of this book should be given a substantial raise and a paid vacation to their destination of choice, all expenses paid.

Not only was Mr. Garcia transformative in his telling of Mr. Connolly's story but to each character he brought a truly vivid and familiar sense of family and friendship to them. We as readers feel as if we know EXACTLY who these people are; as if we got off the phone with them just a moment ago.

Yet, the consistency of overall tone that the writers voice was given was thick enough to cut with a knife. Smooth, soothing, with an almost dry sense of humor that most readers attribute to British authors, Garcia had me laughing out loud at numerous bits which surely would have left me with only a faint smile had I read the book myself.

I would like to hear Mr. Garcia read all my favorite stories.

I could listen to him all day.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
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  • 04-19-16

Just get this book!

If you love books, literature, this beautiful story is for you The Audible member price is $1.95 for this marvelous book. It's only two hours in length. The authors imagination blows me away. Narration is perfect.

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A must read.

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What shelf does it go on?

Is it a mystery? Fantasy? Speculative fiction? Metaphysics? A little bit of all of the above. Eric Yves Garcia does a great job of bringing the quirky characters to life.

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  • Jane M.
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  • 12-30-18

Absolutely wonderful-all my favorite bits including

-a good British mystery draped in a ‘believable’ fantasy, charming characters with witty dialogue, hint of romance, and a clever ending.

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Charming tale of bibliophilia

This is an absolutely delightful little book which I purchased because I had recently finished a young adult fantasy by the author. This is a charming tale of a book obsessed man who witnesses a horrifying suicide (I know, doesn't sound charming but trust me!) and his investigations lead him to some delightful discoveries about who the woman is and what the library is. Like Narnia, Oz or the land in Connolly's Book of Lost Things (the book which led me to this one under review), disbelief must be suspended, and the reader quickly becomes entranced with the idea central to this novel--that books create worlds and characters so real that they acquire real existence. Yes, it is totally predictable, but then when you think about it, many books are so vital to our lives that one can't be sure whether it was predictable because of a flaw in the writer or because it just had to happen that way.

A final note--Eric Yves Garcia's reading is virtually perfect and I had just given up on a dreadful book (not sure whether I have the heart to review it) so it made listening to this one that much better.

Think I will look into this genre more. It has been fun so far.

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Mystery?

Not what I would call a mustery. And the idea was handled earlier and better by Jasper Fford.

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Completely Delightful!

A literature lover's dream of a story, narrated perfectly--the right voice for the right story. I'll be mentioning this story to my friends.

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Delightful

An intriguing exploration of how our best loved fictional characters continue to encourage our better selves. A quick listen, this is recommended to get readers out of doldrums

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Laid-back fantasy

(As posted in GoodReads)
What an enjoyable and amusing little book :-). Although the end was no surprise, it didn't need to be. The premise was well-established and justified. The library and home for fictional literary characters made for a pleasant evening's enjoyment :-).

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Cozy interesting story

The narrator was a bit dull at times but the story is unique and intriguing.