Fifth Business : Deptford Trilogy

  • by Robertson Davies
  • Narrated by Marc Vietor
  • Series: Deptford Trilogy
  • 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Hailed by the Washington Post Book World as "a modern classic", Robertson Davies’ acclaimed Deptford Trilogy is a glittering, fantastical, cunningly contrived series of novels, around which a mysterious death is woven.
This first novel in the trilogy introduces Ramsay, a man who returns from World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross but who is destined to be caught in a no man's land where memory, history, and myth collide. As we hear Ramsey tell his story, we begin to realize that, from childhood, he has influenced those around him in a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious way. Even his seemingly innocent involvement in as innocuous an event as throwing a snowball proves to be neither innocent nor innocuous in the end.


What the Critics Say

"A marvelously enigmatic novel, elegantly written and driven by irresistible narrative forces." (The New York Times)
"Robertson Davies is one of the great modern novelists." (Malcolm Bradbury, The Sunday Times, London)
"One of the splendid literary enterprises of this decade." (Newsweek)


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Customer Reviews

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Great story narration less so.

Robertson Davies seems to be less well-known than many of his contemporaries. I read his books some years ago and decided to listen to this one on a long drive through Europe. The story is as fresh and well told as I remember and overall I'd recommend it highly. The narration was just a bit strange though. I'm not sure if the accent is Canadian- certainly not from the areas I have visited, and it comes across as very mid-Atlantic.
If you've never read Davies, start with the Cornish Trilogy and as they stand alone, go for What's bred in the bone first. This is not quite as good but certainly will intrigue and entertain if you can live with the narration.
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Perfect story

Perfect story beautifully narrated with great tone. Slow build of plot well crafted and written well
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- jesjaspers

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios