The Two Faces of January

  • by Patricia Highsmith
  • Narrated by Christopher Ragland
  • 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two men meet in the picturesque backstreets of Athens. Chester MacFarlane is a conman with multiple false identities, near the end of his rope and on the run with his young wife Colette. Rydal Keener is a young drifter looking for adventure: He finds it in one evening as the law catches up to Chester and Colette, and their fates become fatally entwined.
Patricia Highsmith draws us deep into a cross-European game of cat and mouse in this masterpiece of suspense from the author of The Talented Mr Ripley. Now a major film starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac (Drive, Inside Llewelyn Davis).


What the Critics Say

"An offbeat, provocative and absorbing suspense novel." ( The New York Times)
"Shifts of ground stand metaphor for shifts in relationship; psychology is beautifully interleaved with a gritty genius loci" ( Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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Not One Of Her Best

Would you try another book written by Patricia Highsmith or narrated by Christopher Ragland?


Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Highsmith again?


What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

I think the narrator did a more than adequate narration of a confused and incoherent story

If this book were a film would you go see it?

As their is a film of the book, i would go and see it if only to see if the books short comings had been improved in any way.

Any additional comments?

I've read a few Patricia Highsmith books such as the popular,The Talented Mr Ripley, Strangers On A Train, Cry Of The Owl and Deep Water and enjoyed them all. Sadly, the same cant be said for The Two Faces Of January which starts off well, but by the middle of the book becomes so muddled and implausible that i couldn't wait for it to end.

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- clint

The best audiobook I've listened to all year

What did you like most about The Two Faces of January?

This is my favourite Patricia Highsmith novel, and after listening on audio I downloaded the Kindle version and read that too!

What about Christopher Ragland’s performance did you like?

He captures the tension beautifully, and distinguishes well between two characters that are quite similar in some ways. He has the most listenable-to voice, which helps.

Any additional comments?

Brilliant story, one to listen to again and again.

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- Joanne Phillips

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-03-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK