The Silver Swan : Quirke

  • by Benjamin Black
  • Narrated by Timothy Dalton
  • Series: Quirke
  • 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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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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- Yuefang "Mom of 3 and a book lover."

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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- Andrew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2008
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.