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Night Boat to Tangier

Narrated by: Kevin Barry
Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (149 ratings)

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Summary

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019
The Number One Irish Times Best Seller

It's late one night at the Spanish port of Algeciras, and two fading Irish gangsters are waiting on the boat from Tangier. A lover has been lost, a daughter has gone missing, their world has come asunder - can it be put together again?

Night Boat to Tangier is a novel drenched in sex and death and narcotics, in sudden violence and old magic, but it is obsessed, above all, with the mysteries of love. A tragicomic masterwork from a multi-award-winning writer, Night Boat to Tangier is both mordant and hilarious, lyrical yet laden with menace. 

©2019 Kevin Barry (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"Gloriously freewheeling." (Guardian

“Barry is a marvel: menacing, insistent, switching from brooding descriptions of the men’s nocturnal surroundings to their terse dialogue. The conviction with which he explores their search for Charlie’s missing daughter never fails.” (Financial Times, Audiobooks)

"A true wonder." (Max Porter)

"Beautifully written." (Guardian)

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My book of 2019

This is the audiobook that provides the ultimate justification for the author reading his own work. Kevin Barry’s quiet, insinuating ‘Cork’ accent conveys all the wit and menace of the two protagonists, and a richly atmospheric sense of danger around the ports of Bearhaven, Barcelona or Algeciras. I was puzzled at first by the mispronunciation of the Spanish until I realised that we listening to two Irishmen who have been resolute in their unwillingness to learn the language. The two drug dealers, now in their 50s and down on their luck wait endlessly for a daughter arriving on the ferry from Tangier. It’s Waiting for Godot recast for the 2st century. They have done awful things yet are ultimately forgivable in their humanity and their washed up lives provide a compelling narrative. The best book I have heard or read this year.

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Fantastic

Another masterpiece by the genius of Kevin Barry. Haunting tragic and beautiful . What an utter joy to listen to the author bring it to life

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Authentically Cork

A book that is all the better on audible, particularly because it’s read by the author. This is a love story...a mad, crazy love story. I fucking loved it!

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Wonderful language

Hard to get into at first but worth it. For those with Irish heritage it’s a wonderful reminder of the richness of the southern Irish dialogues.

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Polm from Morocco

This book draws you in, and in.
So close, you can taste it.
Polm from Morocco, by the chillum loaf.

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Sublime storytelling

What a beautifully written tale, lyrical and poetic prose ( if you can have such a thing) juxtaposed with the coarseness of the Cork accent and the even coarser language. This sometimes melancholy sometimes hilarious novel was an enthralling listening and I highly recommend it.

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Think I would have much preferred this in print

Full on Literary fiction that I found difficult to follow unfortunately in the audio format. I don’t think the author reading was the best decision here; address too monotone and perhaps this is why I lost some of the detail. I think I would have preferred this in print format.

Notwithstanding, the language is delicious. I can see why it is on this years long list for the Booker prize and will be surprised if it is not shortlisted.

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Interesting story.

This one fell a bit flat for me, mostly because of the narrator's performance which I felt was a bit dull, lacking in variety of expression and with a very slow pace. This was a shame because the story, of two Irish gangsters reflecting on their lives and crimes whilst looking for a missing daughter, was actually very good and beautifully plotted. It just needed bringing to life.

The novel has been longlisted for prestigious book prizes so the quality of writing is really good. Give it a go if you like literary fiction. Style of narration is a very personal thing, so what bothered me will not apply to everyone.

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Entrancing

I found listening to this book hypnotic. It's also funny, sad and believeable with a great story of two really dreadful but engaging people looking back on their epically awful lives.

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A great story

I really enjoyed listening to this superb story and hearing the accents from the horses mouth made it all the more enjoyable. Will listen again.