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Download The Third Policeman Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,649 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Flann O'Brien Narrator: Jim Norton Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2007 ISBN:
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Flann O'Brien's most popular and surrealistic novel concerns an imaginary, hellish village police force and a local murder.

Weird, satirical, and very funny, its popularity has suddenly increased with the mention of the novel in the TV series Lost. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shan | 2/19/2014

    " This is the best and most distinctive novel I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brittneigh | 2/15/2014

    " This book was absolutely the best thing that came out of my horrible, horrible, English 351 class in college. It was beautiful and wonderful and I love this weird, weird book. I can't say I remember or got everything that came out of it, but I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iniville | 1/23/2014

    " Not as sublime as At Swim-Two-Birds but very funny. De Selby's crackpot philosophy killed me. The footnotes alone are priceless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry (sethurner) | 1/20/2014

    " It seems to me I read this one because somebody said it held a clue to what is going on in the television program "Lost." I'm not so sure about that, but it is a really really strange and nightmarish little book. It might appeal to people who like Kafka, or Douglas Adams. You definately have to be in the right mood for this one. Be patient, it becomes clear by the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 1/19/2014

    " A zany, hilarious, frightening take on hell, this book is the best (unintentional?) representation of synesthesia I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francisco | 1/18/2014

    " one of the funniest things I've ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George | 1/18/2014

    " dark comedy - especially interesting to those who have "survived catholic school" or who are devoted to joyce. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sierra | 1/12/2014

    " Bicycle sex! Puzzles! Math! Fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin | 12/14/2013

    " I was laughing out loud on the subway reading this. Genius! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammy | 11/3/2013

    " I hated this book. What the hell is it about? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason ("jcreed") | 9/28/2013

    " Super weird, very good. Watch out lest you become more bicycle than person! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Meagher | 8/14/2013

    " in my opinion, Flann O'Brien's best. At Swim gets more critical praise, but this is my favourite of all his work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 6/25/2013

    " Read once upon a time and reread on a whim, The Third Policeman has somehow in the fifteen or so years since that initial reading gotten funnier. Or I've gotten smarter. Or dumber. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jerry Landry | 5/30/2013

    " I wasn't able to finish this book. I just was not able to get into it. I don't know if it was the book or my headspace, but it just wasn't clicking with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 12/10/2012

    " Darkly funny. One of those books that makes you surprised at the fact that it isn't read more, or considered a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loosechanj | 8/8/2012

    " Seven kinds of weird, three kinds of strange, and at least one or two kinds of bizarre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 7/21/2012

    " Difficult to read, even more difficult to explain. I think drugs would help. Intruiging nevertheless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drew | 6/2/2012

    " The only satisfactory way I can describe this is to say it's like The Phantom Tollbooth for adults. Just read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suellen | 1/23/2012

    " Deep, dark and distressing ... But brilliant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Snow | 1/1/2012

    " Definitely 3 stars, maybe even 4...this is a bizarre little gem of a book with some distractingly long footnotes. While i loved the accents and voices in the audible version, I think I would have rated it higher had I read it in the print. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/11/2011

    " Absurd and beyond surreal, but an extraordinarily phantasmagorical tale about something (I'm not sure what), complete with philosophical diversions and footnotes into the thought of the deranged half-wit (or genius) de Selby. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keiron | 5/21/2011

    " Read it in one go - reads like some compelling nightmare you should but won't wake up from till you find out what happens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 5/14/2011

    " I loved the escapism of it, the fantasy/dream element was fascinating. I really couldn't find the lesson in the fable, but i still enjoyed it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zing | 5/14/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books. It is absolutely brilliant but hardly anyone has heard of it. Buy it today. Buy it right now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Frank | 4/26/2011

    " One of the funniest books I have ever read. Fantastic use of language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 4/14/2011

    " It's a tough pancake to describe. It's like a better, darker, adult version of Alice In Wonderland. It's about a bicycle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie | 3/26/2011

    " Hilariously funny and sickeningly terrifying; I absolutely adore this book. Please, please, please read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 3/18/2011

    " After being sorely disappointed by "At Swim-Two-Birds" I gave this a shot and was pleasantly surprised. What an imagination! I suspect fueled by Irish whiskey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dtronic | 3/17/2011

    " One of my favorite books. An Irish friend of mine, hearing I am a writer, asked me if I had met Flann O'brien. I said no and he brought it to me. I was blown away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 3/10/2011

    " Great, obscure book. The more I think back about it the more I like it, which is something that doesn't happen often for me. The ending is superb. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lolotehe | 3/9/2011

    " It's all about life, death, light, and bicycles. I was a little disappointed by the ending, as everything had been interesting to that point. The reveal really let the air out of everything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/12/2011

    " A lot like Donald Barthelme and Jonathan Lethem's sci-fi stuff, both in good and bad ways - opening was great, but once the main character starts enduring his punishment, the reader does as well. Beat a few of the jokes completely to death... "

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