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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,367 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Brett Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Charles Paris tackles his sixth case when, between acting jobs (what else is new?), he's hired by BBC Radio to research and write a program on Swinburne for a new series called Who Reads Them Now? Paris hasn't glanced at Swinburne since leaving Oxford nearly 30 years ago, but the pay is good and the surroundings congenial. Then a young studio manager is found dead, her wrists slashed. When Charles learns that she was involved with a shady American record producer who has also turned up dead - another apparent suicide - he begins an investigation. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Molly | 2/14/2014

    " i always kind of shied away from bellow, i think because i didn't want to be one of those girls who said things like 'gee, i really love bukowski', because it seems really disingenuous somehow. or burroughs, i mean, i've read burroughs, but i can't imagine ever doing it again. and not to split along gender lines, but bellow definitely seems to me like a 'man's' writer. but this novel was quite compelling, just a really good story, and well-told. a few bits where sammler's monologues got preachy towards the end, but overall, i really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ronald Wise | 2/11/2014

    " A novel about a Polish Jew who escaped death in the Holocaust by crawling from the mass grave in which he and his wife were buried, and then hiding in a mausoleum until Poland was liberated. He is now living in New York City and the Americans are about to make their first landing on the moon. The hospitalization of his nephew with a fatal medical condition forces upon him reflections and conversations that trouble him. His intellectual need to concisely summarize the meaning of life from his unique perspective is continually challenged by the antics of his younger relatives. A careful and thoughtful reading of Bellow's frequent three-page paragraphs of Mr. Sammler's reflections were well worthwhile. Bellow won a National Book Award for this novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lee (Rocky) | 2/8/2014

    " This is the story of a holocaust survivor living in New York City in the 1960s, trying to deal with illness and misbehavior in his family while coming to terms with the evolving culture of the place in time that he is living, in contrast to the life that lead him there. Like other Bellow novels, the book often meanders off into intellectual pontifications that are sort of an aside to the story itself. I had a little bit of trouble wrapping my head around the characters. There are a couple interesting scenes in this book but overall not nearly as enjoyable or engrossing as the other Bellow novels that I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Abailart | 2/1/2014

    " A first reading, the second to follow soon, the nature of a commonplace book so filled with (dangerously) seductive short-view snippets that try to make sense of life. The life of octogenarian Sammler, surviving, reborn from the heap of corpses in a routine Nazi operation (no one cares, or knows) that includes his wife. Survivor with a damaged eye from a rifle butt, half blind half seeing, the details of physiognomy, bushy eyebrows, Wallace a filmic charade of too-real contours and shapes. It is a wonderful book, very Jewish and therefore universal. And, yes, funny too! Funny even though I found myself ponderously affirming various theses on the collapse of values in decadent modernity, found myself thirstily drinking from the sentimental wordlessness of human action as affirmation, seduced beyond consciousness to both agree that axplanations are turgid while lapping them up at every pahe. In the end, the site of our misery is words themselves, our entrappment in grammar. There is the miracle of all great novels, that while mounting a wholesale attack on their own very constructing, somehow the catechrestic lumps of dead words is transcended. A novel of hope, therefore, in very dark times. "

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About the Author
Author Simon Brett

Simon Brett worked as a producer with BBC radio before turning to writing full time. A former president of Britain’s Crime Writers Association, he is the creator of the Mrs. Pargeter mysteries and the Charles Paris series as well as the Fethering mysteries. He lives in southern England with his family.