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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).

©1964 Patricia Highsmith (P)2014 Isis Publishing Ltd

Critic reviews

"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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  • clint
  • Coventry, United Kingdom
  • 24-09-14

Not One Of Her Best

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

Yes

Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Highsmith again?

Yes

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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Good but not as riveting as the Ripley books

Good read. Sags a little in the middle with some improbable plot lines. But still enjoyable. Narration is good and brings you along. Even if the female sounds like Dustin Hoffman in tootsie

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  • Pierre-marie
  • 11-10-14

Boring, superficial, artificial

Would you try another book from Patricia Highsmith and/or Christopher Ragland?

No

What could Patricia Highsmith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Be a proper writer

What didn’t you like about Christopher Ragland’s performance?

Not really

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Two Faces of January?

All

Any additional comments?

I'd love to return this book, but you won't let me...