Karolina and the Torn Curtain Audiobook, by Maryla Szymiczkowa Play Audiobook Sample

Karolina and the Torn Curtain Audiobook

Karolina and the Torn Curtain Audiobook, by Maryla Szymiczkowa Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Moira Quirk Publisher: HMH Adult Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780358449478

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Longest Chapter Length:

83:10 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:53 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

44:47 minutes

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“An ingenious marriage of comedy and crime” (Olga Tokarczuk, Nobel laureate): when amateur sleuth and cunning socialite Zofia Turbotyńska’s beloved maid goes missing, she dives deep into Cracow’s web of crime, with only her trusted cook for company.

Cracow, 1895. Zofia and her maid Franciszka have their hands full organizing Easter festivities, especially with the household short one servant—where has the capable Karolina disappeared to?

Shortly after, Zofia hears that the body of a young woman, violated and stabbed, has washed up on a bank of the River Vistula. Domestic work can wait—Zofia must go investigate. Shockingly, the body turns out to be none other than Karolina. Working with the police, Zofia’s investigations take her deep into the city’s underbelly—a far cry from the socialite’s Cracow she’s familiar with. Desperate to unearth what happened to Karolina, though, she pushes her prejudice aside, immersing herself among prostitutes, gangsters, and duplicitous politicians to unravel a twisted tale of love and deceit. 

Narrated by Moira Quirk

“Written with abundant wit and flair,”* Cracow’s finest, and most iconoclastic, amateur sleuth returns in a highly politicized feminist murder mystery.

*Kirkus Reviews

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“Moira Quirk’s performance of this novel, set in 1895 Kracow, bristles with period politics and feminist viewpoints while offering a complex mystery and an appealing heroine…Quirk handles the Polish names and places with ease, adding atmosphere to Szymiczkowa’s original plotting…Quirk deftly delivers all the subtleties, conflicting attitudes, and even bits of humor in this unusual mystery.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Brings Cracow vividly to life and presents the period’s views on women with sly wit. This mystery will please readers looking for an unusual amateur sleuth and a picturesque setting.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “An ingenious marriage of comedy and crime.” 

    — Olga Tokarczuk, Nobel laureate

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About Maryla Szymiczkowa

Maryla Szymiczkowa is a pseudonym for partners Jacek Dehnel and Piotr Tarczynski. Dehnel is the award-winning author of numerous books, including the novels Lala and Saturn and the poetry collection Aperture. Tarczynski is a translator and historian. They live in Warsaw, Poland.

About Moira Quirk

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks. winning won more than fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.