Regular price: $15.98

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

From the author of the Man Booker short-listed His Bloody Project.

Manfred Baumann is a loner. Socially awkward and perpetually ill at ease, he spends his evenings quietly drinking and surreptitiously observing Adèle Bedeau, the sullen but alluring waitress at a drab bistro in the unremarkable small French town of Saint-Louis. But one day, she simply vanishes into thin air.

When Georges Gorski, a detective haunted by his failure to solve one of his first murder cases, is called in to investigate the girl's disappearance, Manfred's repressed world is shaken to its core, and he is forced to confront the dark secrets of his past.

The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau is a literary mystery novel that is, at heart, an engrossing psychological portrayal of an outsider pushed to the limit by his own feverish imagination.

©2014 Graeme Macrae Burnet (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    0
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    0
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
No Reviews are Available
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Deirdre More
  • 08-04-18

Absorbing Tale

This is an excellent and intriguing tale. Well worth listening to; you won't regret the purchase. Whatever you do, don't skip the translator's note at the end.

28 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rachel Redford
  • 04-19-18

Who's teasing who?


What an intriguing tease this is! For a start The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau isn’t Graeme Macrae Burnet’s follow-up to His Bloody Project (reviewed by me last year), but his first novel which never received much acclaim outside Scotland. It should have.

It’s a Simenon-esque murder mystery focused on the psychology rather than the act set in Saint-Louis, an undistinguished little town on the Rhine where loner Manfred Baumann has his lunch each day in the Restaurant de la Cloche whilst idly lusting after the amply proportioned waitress Adèle Bedeau. When Adèle disappears, the local detective suspects Manfred of murder, even though there’s as yet no body.

There are good reasons for his suspicions, but not the ones you might expect. The past lives of both Manfred and the detective are chillingly fleshed out, but just when you think it’s all about to be solved, there’s another clever twist.

And finally the real-life author comes in and says the whole story is his translation of a 1980s French cult novel by the teasingly anagramatic Raymond Brunet, and we get Brunet’s life which is uncannily like Baumann’s…

Puzzling, tantalising, intriguing, highly original, intelligent, it’s a top-rate listen, and the whole is enhanced by the narration.

38 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ms AC Blundy-Mortimer
  • 07-21-18

Brilliant and Sad

A wonderful depiction of provincial guilt. Funny, sad and, ultimately, brilliant to make the reader root for the central character. Also, I believed the French novel trope so enjoyed the joke when I found out.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Miss
  • 04-28-18

Great story- shame about the narrator

I enjoyed the story and characters but boy the narrator spoilt it I’m afraid. He has this daft way of pronouncing words like ‘’little’ as ‘littwl, ‘bottle’ as ‘bottwl’ ???!!! it was so irritating. He’s well-spoken and has a nice tone to his voice but his pronunciation thing nearly made me abandon the story. Oh and he says ‘simi-ultaneously instead of simultaneously.

22 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • JeremyJustice
  • 09-19-18

Narrator says 'wiv' constantly

He can say chapter 'THree' so I know it's possible, so why is he so lazy with his pronunciation? With constantly becomes wiv, father is farver, and 'probably' only has one B! Proberly the worst narrator ever. No mood felt and the 'suspense' which should be critical in a book like this just never appears because the narrator is duff. Story could be quite interesting, but find a narrator who knows how to speak, otherwise it's like fingers down a blackboard.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gary B.
  • 09-19-18

French provincial living + loneliness and ennui

Didn't know where this was going or what it was about or what was going to happen at the end. And I loved it all. I recommend this book wholeheartedly - not if you like car chases and curve balls thrown every second paragraph - but if you like thoughtful, meandering story yet absolutely on the money characters with piercingly cut to the quick insights, then this is for you. Captures small town smallness superbly (though being a city boy, what would I know?). Loved it.
8 hours of just letting a good story wash over you.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • L Gravett
  • 09-12-18

A worthy book

While I enjoyed this, I found myself bogged down in the overall heavy atmosphere of a book written in a rather dated style.
There were bits that gripped me but I came away feeling as if I should have appreciated it more. There is no doubt it is very well written, and I had no idea what the outcome was going to be so I didn't even try to guess.
The characters were very good, clearly defined and engaging in their own way, but they did nothing to lift the gloomy cloud that often descended.
A good book and a steady 4 stars.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • H. Fosdike
  • 09-10-18

Slow Going

Initially quite into this one - the title sums up the plot - eventually I somewhat tired of the slow nature of the story and its telling. A man is under suspicion for the disappearance of Adele, a man whom we are clearly not meant to like, yet we follow him regardless as he thinks, thinks and thinks again about what he should be doing to allay the suspicions of the police officer on his tail. At first this is interesting but when it happens for the umpteenth time and you have to wade through a few minutes of nothing-really-going-on-at-all, it feels as though the book was expanded merely to reach a publishable length. And it's not even that long!

The idea that the book was written in the early 80s by a French author, made into a Chabrol film and then translated recently by Burnet is a strange way to wrap everything up, especially as it acknowledges the book isn't really that good...which makes you think maybe Burnet knew this and came up with the 'translation' idea after it was written as a solid gimmick. Who's to say? Ultimately there's something good here but the way it jumps in a non-linear manner and constantly has the main character second guess himself left me somewhat lukewarm. The narration is decent without really having anything to recommend it by itself. Worth a listen but don't expect anything too exciting!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • GerryFitt
  • 09-10-18

Great read/ listen for the cooler autumn evenings.

Can't believe that I had never even heard of this spellbinding novel before. Uncomfortable subject matter therefore all the more interesting. All the nuances of french language and culture are not lost in translation, oh and beautifully narrated.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Claire
  • 09-09-18

An amazing book.

I was hooked before I realised it. Wonderful story telling, I was immersed into this world wholeheartedly. Brilliantly written. I didn't know that it had been translated. Thoroughly recommend. I usually listen to psychological thrillers and crime, this was a little different,whilst being the same. Enjoy