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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,153 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Hoeg, Peter Høeg, Nadia Christensen Narrator: James Gale Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781427202178
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Set in Denmark in the here and now, The Quiet Girl centers around Kaspar Krone, a world-renowned circus clown with a deep love for the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and an even deeper gambling debt. Wanted for tax evasion and on the verge of extradition, Krone is drafted into the service of a mysterious order of nuns who promise him reprieve from the international authorities in return for his help safeguarding a group of children with mystical abilities—abilities that Krone shares. When one of the children goes missing, Krone sets off to find the young girl and bring her back, making a shocking series of discoveries along the way about her identity and the true intentions of his young wards. The result is a fast-paced, philosophical thriller blending social realism with the literary fantastic and pitting art and spirituality against corporate interests and nothing less than the will to war by the industrialized world. The Quiet Girl is a masterful, inventive novel that marks the triumphal return of one of the great writers of the international literary world.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jane Wise | 2/11/2014

    " Huh? I couldn't get figure this book out book after 234 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Farrell | 1/14/2014

    " This is a good book that is hard to put down once you start. I recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/8/2014

    " This book was very difficult to read -- I had to read very carefully -- but it was really well-written. The language was beautiful, even if I had to work for it. The plot was really confusing, though. I enjoyed reading it, but it was a mixed bag. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne-marie | 12/18/2013

    " I love this guys writing, not sure I understand it all but gets you thinking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 12/13/2013

    " i'm so confused! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Syuhadah | 12/13/2013

    " da dua bulan, tak habis lagi baca coz habiskan buku lain dulu. huhu "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona Van | 12/7/2013

    " This is a strange, rather wonderful book, which I feel sure will be one of the titles I return to again. It shares one aspect with Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow, in that the women are powerful and a bit disturbing, but in this book they are endowed with capacities which are not only different from men's but in some ways superior. The main character is Kasper,a world famous circus clown, in deep trouble with the tax authorities of several European countries, broke and fleeing abroad who is drawn by a little girl into a weird underworld populated by nuns, financiers, violent criminals and meterologists. Kasper is drawn to the child because of his own psychological quirk - he experiences other people as music and colour and the little girl offers him silence. He promises to help her and the promise takes him into deeper trouble than he could have envisaged. The book is a well-worth reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 11/29/2013

    " The effort this book required was entirely worth it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda Harkins | 10/29/2013

    " Although I'm only on page 131, I'm finished with this book. It's too farfetched for my tastes. It neither teaches nor entertains. I have better things to do with my time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fraemone | 7/31/2012

    " strangely enough, i really liked this one. it doesn't actually flow very logically in terms of plot etc, but there's something about this book that really gets you. you kinda got to just roll with it and not think too much "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayle | 5/12/2012

    " Very odd but intriguing book. Still not sure what exactly happened or why it happened, but the main character (Kaspar) is a world famous circus clown and I always wanted to read what he would do or say next. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 10/12/2011

    " Maybe I don't care for Scandinavian authors, but I couldn't get into this story either. It jumped around, kept introducing character names without defining the previous ones. After 78 pages I was still lost and tired of trying to keep up with the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey | 9/9/2011

    " A challenging book to follow, but extremely interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 10/24/2010

    " Long, tedious, boring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 7/22/2010

    " By author of Smilla's Sense of Snow. Very suspenseful, Danish, sometimes confusing, but no less gripping. Professional clown main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim Trusty | 2/17/2009

    " Initially, I find the time frame very confusing but the premise was weird enough and the protagonist was engaging/fascinating enough to reel me in. Oh, and the music! It made me listen to Glenn Gould playing Bach's Goldberg Variations again and that is a very good thing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 11/10/2008

    " I found myself often baffled by what this book was trying to tell me. Judging from the rave reviews, I suspect this was more a product of my shortcomings rather than the book's. When I could grasp a thread, it was suspenseful, curious, and sometimes beautiful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 becca | 4/20/2008

    " if someone can tell me what is actually going on in this plot, i'll buy you a cheeseburger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/20/2007

    " I very much enjoyed this book; this is a literate psychological mystery. He never dumbs down to the reader and you find yourself reading large segments of material about mysticism or Bach or synchronicities of Jung or the Orthodox church - I found it fascinating. Highly recommend "

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About the Narrator

James Gale is an accomplished stage and screen actor and an acclaimed narrator. He was educated in England at the Leys School Cambridge and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art London. He has performed in many productions, including Titus Andronicus, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth.