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あらすじ・解説

The sumptuous, propulsive, sun-kissed follow up to the best-selling Snow, from the Booker Prize-winning author.

'He wanted to know who she was, and why he was convinced he had some unremembered connection with her. It was as simple as that. But he knew it wasn't. It wasn't simple at all.'

When Dublin pathologist Quirke glimpses a familiar face while on holiday with his wife, it's hard, at first, to tell whether his imagination is just running away with him. Could she really be who he thinks she is, and have a connection with a crime that nearly brought ruin to an Irish political dynasty?

Unable to ignore his instincts, Quirke makes a call back home, and Detective St John Strafford is soon dispatched to Spain. But he's not the only one on route: as a terrifying hitman hunts down his prey, they are all set for a brutal showdown.

©2021 John Banville (P)2021 Faber Audio

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dr. E. Townsend
  • 2021/10/07

What a team. Great script, great performance.

After ‘reading’ SNOW I was looking forward to April in Spain. I was not disappointed. Excellent.

We will forgive Stanley Townsend’s Michael Caine impressions in the “Cockney” chapters. Part of the entertainment.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    4 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    4 out of 5 stars
  • yew
  • 2022/03/06

Disappointed

Disappointing after Snow but easy listening and an okay story. I was confu by Evelyn’s dying comment about her boy

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    1 out of 5 stars
  • AM
  • 2022/02/17

Ruined by reader's painful Michael Caine parody

Basically fairly boring beginning but hard to tell if things might have picked up because I had to stop listening. I just couldn't carry on with the reader's bad, laborious and mildly comic Michael Caine impression for the cockney character. A shame because the book might be okay (though signs weren't good).

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Wendy Barton
  • 2022/02/17

Gripping and atmospheric.

I've read all the Quirke novels and this one doesn't disappoint. Full of suspense, it builds to an inexorable climax.

  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Ms. Angela M. Denneny
  • 2021/10/30

Implausible plot and too many unrounded characters

That was my 4th and probably my last John Banville book. Two Quirke books, one Strafford book and now one Quirke/Strafford book. If anything I think they are getting worse or I just wanted them to be really good after seeing the Quirke TV series which was fantastic.

There is almost no plot in this one and what there is is so full of holes you wonder whether Banville really had his heart in it. For example if Inspector Strafford is sent over you would think he would be told do some questioning of Quirke and Quirke's daughter as to who else they may have told about the sighting. Or to try to at least think about the reason why the young lady is happy to let her friends believe she is dead? Oh no none of that goes on. (I dont think this is a spoiler)

Also for my mind there is too much characterisation and background of the minor players. For example lots of description of a doctor who works with the missing young lady and has lunch with Quirke. Why if he turns out to be nobody in particular - and its pretty obvious he is not by the way? Maybe Banville is playing with us saying you "you might want to be interested in this one".

I am not saying characterisation is bad in itself and would have been ok if the book was an extra five hours of plot but it was not. It was nine hours and I was thinking at about seven hours "Oh no we are not going to fill in any of the inconsistencies here are we". And Banville did not he just steamed full ahead and then it was over.

So my challenge to Mr B is if you want me to read your next one it must be 15 hours plus.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • HelenJ
  • 2022/04/03

Wonderful

John Banville could write about washing up and it would be wonderful. The prose is perfection, characters are created with great care and attention, and the story is woven together beautifully. The way that JB writes about women, and in particular the way that men think about women is sublime. His characters and their flaws are explored throughout. JB is in my opinion a truly great writer of our time.

  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    2 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Hillman
  • 2022/03/20

Disappointing drama

Very slow pace eventually picks up. Characters are more caricatures and the narrator's OTT accents make it more comical than realistic.

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 匿名
  • 2021/11/18

Great charactisation, great settings, great story

John Banville is a master with words. His character development, story outline and settings are immaculate!!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ストーリー
    5 out of 5 stars
  • elizabeth b.
  • 2021/10/07

Now this is a well written book and a terrific story

Oh John Banville is such a special writer. I love his work. Love his work.