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  • The Third Policeman

  • By: Flann O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

Flann O'Brien's most popular and surrealistic novel concerns an imaginary, hellish village police force and a local murder. Weird, satirical, and very funny, its popularity has suddenly increased with the mention of the novel in the TV series Lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative brilliance

  • By Nigel Nicholson on 10-03-14

Another wonderful reading by Norton

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Jim Norton reads it perfectly, as he does every book put before him. If O'Brien and Joyce happen to find themselves discussing bicycles and pancakes in heaven, they'll probably also take a few moments to say how blessed they each are that Bishop Brennan was chosen to record their books... He's brought these brilliant works to even more brilliant life.

  • The Aspern Papers

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

An American editor arrives in Venice on a quest to acquire some unpublished letters written by his favorite Romantic poet, Jeffrey Aspern. He tracks down the mistress to whom the letters were addressed, a now elderly Miss Bordereau, and presents himself as a prospective lodger. In hopes of gaining access to the secret papers, he begins courting Miss Bordereau's plain spinster niece, Miss Tina.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Alan on 24-02-17

Highly recommended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-17

Great story and great narration. James' sensitivity to the subtle shifts in his characters' motivations and emotions is apparent on every page. A wonderful book, with an ending that manages the very-Jamesian trick of being genuinely dramatic without ever for a moment straining credibility.

  • The Noise of Time

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

In May 1937, a man in his early 30s waits by the lift of a Leningrad apartment block. He waits all through the night, expecting to be taken away to the Big House. Any celebrity he has known in the previous decade is no use to him now, and few who are taken to the Big House ever return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The noise in his head

  • By Annelie on 15-02-16

Not Barnes' best, but still worth a look

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-16

Although this isn't one of Barnes' most insightful or substantial contributions, it is (as with all the best works by this author) written with an admirable restraint and clarity, and with Barnes' typically subtle use of structure and repetition. It provides a humane depiction of the composer at three critical phases of his life and is well worth reading if you are a either Barnes or Shostakovich devotee. The reader's performance is also excellent, and perfectly serves Barnes' sensitive and controlled prose.

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