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 novel in the Quirke mysteries, now a major TV series starring Gabriel Byrne. Now a major TV series: Quirke starring Gabriel Byrne and written by Andrew Davies.
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 whom 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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Where does The Silver Swan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high - I love Timothy Dalton's pacy narration, he captures the noirish genre perfectly and distinguishes each character well.


What did you like best about this story?

The characters, their inner thoughts, the descriptions of place and era. My favourite character keeps changing with each new Quirke novel - I adore the frog-faced Inspector Hackett. Glorious nourishment for the mind and ear, a moreish recording. I have never smoked in my life but there is so much smoking in this novel I could practically taste the nicotine, feel the smoke and smell the bitter coffee - the mystery is seedy but believable.


What about Timothy Dalton’s performance did you like?

His delivery is brisk, gripping and pitch perfect for these stories - I wish he had recorded more than 3 of these novels.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - the gradual, non-linear exploration of each character's experience keeps you guessing and the overall plot is exciting and enthralling.


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- Claire

THIS IS AN AWFUL PIECE OF STUFF, I THINK.

A long and tedious piece of work. Dreadfully dull and altogether unoriginal... with a ghastly cynical nod to the corpse of Joyce. A revisiting of old themes, dished-up in a lifeless and typically self-satisfied manners. Knowing the author from earlier work, I can't say I'm surprised by this effort. I couldn't recommend it and I don't. Better to listen to the traffic.
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- Gerard

Book Details

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