The Light of Day

  • by Graham Swift
  • Narrated by Graeme Malcolm
  • 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

George Webb is a divorced ex-policeman turned private investigator, a man whose prospects seemed ruined not so long ago. Kicked off the force for trying in all the wrong ways to put away the right man, he has recently crossed a line with a client - and upended his own life.In this masterful novel, Graham Swift takes us inside Webb's mind. For one dazzling day, we see what Webb sees and know only what his thinking reveals. We learn about his childhood and the secret it forced him to carry; his changing relationship with his once-renegade daughter; the last moments with his ex-wife; his fall from grace as a cop; the unexpected ease with which he has turned his police-learned skills to the more delicate demands of his new profession. And we learn how those demands have put him in silent league with the fateful client, a woman he has come to love.Fascinating in its slow and revelatory accumulation of physical and emotional detail, tender and humorous, intense and suspenseful, The Light of Day is a tour-de-force journey into human emotions.

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"He is a writer of immense gifts." (The Washington Post)

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A wordsmith no doubt.

Excellent book, a breath of fresh air in the musty chamber of the nearly good best sellers. Get it and prepare for a wonderful listen that will have you thinking of parallels and insights long before you know it :-)
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- Mike

Amazing, both the reading and the writing

Light of Day has a stream-of-consciousness style, telling the story of a private detective who has fallen in love with an imprisoned murderess. The writing is powerful, full of wonderful observations on life. The reading, however, is even better--a masterful performance that brings the book to life.

The first two-thirds of this book are best, with some of the most remarkable writing I've come across. Swift delivers wonderful, inciteful observations and metaphors. He does lose steam in the final third, but only ends up stepping back to a more average level of writing.

What makes this audiobook remarkable is the reading by Graeme Malcolm. Malcolm's voice and reading style bring this quirky British detective alive, handling the complex stream-of-consciousness text masterfully.

The amazing combination made the first two-thirds of this book one of the best audiobook experiences I've had. If you only like plot-driven books, this one isn't for you. If you have any taste for something more, however, this book is well worth the time.
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- Lori

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-13-2003
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books