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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,064 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Banville Narrator: Bill Wallis Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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Victor Maskell has been betrayed. After the announcement in the Commons, the hasty revelation of his double life of wartime espionage, his photograph is all over the papers. His disgrace is public, his position as curator of the Queen's pictures terminated... Maskell writes his own testament, in an act not unlike the restoration of one of his beloved pictures, in order for the process of verification and attribution to begin.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marguerite | 1/30/2014

    " This one was highly recommended and highly dull. The language was fusty and glacial, though in all likelihood a perfect example of class and character. I gave it almost twice my customary taste test, lasting till page 58. The oncology waiting room offered better reading material. 'Nuff said. Back to the library, you ponderous old thing, you! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 1/27/2014

    " Banville is a beautiful writer. Because his books are dense, they are slow going and it took me almost 100 pages to get into the flow of this book. His story sticks fairly closely to the real story of the Cambridge spies, but has a more existential feel by having the main character both looking back on his life and describing the present. The irony of wealthy, upper class men claiming to be socialists and yet living the decadent lives they lived is not lost. I think it is a good description of England between the wars and the hypocrisy and brutishness of the English upper class. There are no heroes here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenna | 1/16/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books ever. It's beautifully written, about a gay, Irish man who acted as a spy for Russians during the second World War. Really fascinating, and for anyone who loves descriptions of the U.K., very powerful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Hull | 1/15/2014

    " A brilliant fictional take on the Cambridge spy ring, reinventing the story of Anthony Blunt by mixing versions of Maclean, Burgess and Philby with imaginary takes on Alan Turing and Graham Greene while throwing a liberal dash of Louis Macneice. Beautiful prose in the service of a fascinating psychological investigation at the same time as being a quick, fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne Gass | 1/8/2014

    " I loved this novel! Having just read The Sense of an Ending--the Booker Prize winner--and finding it just another older male naval gazing exercise, I was elated to be reading this send-up of the Cambridge Apostle and spy--Anthony Blunt. Not that the the novel isn't serious; it's very serious. Banville's prose is rich, poetic, sensuous, sly, everything one could want. It's a meditation on identity, art, betrayal, English class consciousness, treason--I could go on and on. I wonder what the Booker folks were thinking when they gave the prize to Julian Barnes???? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Albert | 1/8/2014

    " In the end, I found the book chilling in its portrayal of a man without authentic emotional ties. He is alienated from his children. Apparent friends have betrayed him. He doesn't even seem particularly tied to the politics that have supposedly driven him into his life as a double-agent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristin Wellenstein | 12/25/2013

    " very british spy circa 1940. The references were to obscure for me....you need to either be British or really old to get this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lee | 12/22/2013

    " Nearly a perfect novel--perfect mastery of lst person voice--wonderfully dense and poetic language--superbly evocative of the thirties, forties & fifties "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 12/9/2013

    " I'm over John Banville. I didn't like our book club book, Book of Evidence, and I really couldn't get into The Untouchable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 12/6/2013

    " Reflections on art and beauty and identity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Debruicker | 12/2/2013

    " The protagonist is a closeted homosexual and a double agent for the Russians during the Cold War. Banville then milks the parallels for ALL that they're worth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hugh Gurney | 11/10/2013

    " Stunning use of language. I am jealous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth L. | 10/20/2013

    " I wanted this to be a cross between Anthony Powell and Graham Greene- but it was ultimately a bit heartless- like Goodfellas if Henry Hill was a misanthropic Poussin scholar working for the Russians on the sly.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 9/21/2013

    " This was a difficult but ultimately rewarding read. I actually had to look up some words, which was kind of fun and definitely educational. The writing is superb, if dense, and while the story was fairly depressing, I'm glad I took the time to get through this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty Harrison | 5/8/2013

    " Very complicated and absorbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 3/27/2013

    " Limp-wristed nancy boy serves up a treasure trove of exquisite epiphanies laced with a strong dose of class-bound aestheticism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 3/20/2013

    " Although the pace was a little bit slow, the plaintive tone of the 'memoir' felt authentic and the prose possessed a dreamy character. I appreciated the dual themes of the 'Untouchable' moniker (revealed spy and the married-but-gay gentleman). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran | 1/2/2013

    " I'm definitely a John Banville fan! Intriguing, sets the atmosphere very well, and keeps the plot moving just fast enough to keep you reading but not so fast you miss the language. Funny and serious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 12/23/2012

    " Although I disliked so much about this book, I have to say that I was fairly gripped right to the end. I found most of the characters quite unpleasant in their disregard for humanity. However, the story line obviously had something that caught my interest and kept me reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua Jones | 11/8/2012

    " Brilliant. An extraction of will itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 8/8/2012

    " Good, but disappointing. It's written very well, but the prose is a bit too purple, it has a number of patterns that became predictable, and it sacrifices substance for style. Very much like a real memoir, it fails to answer--or even address--your most pressing questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 5/6/2012

    " historically based novels are often either too dry or too embellished -- this one is perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Shields-Szostak | 12/31/2011

    " 2nd printing before pub, signed by author "

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About the Author
Author John BanvilleJOHN BANVILLE, the author of fifteen previous novels, has been the recipient of the Man Booker Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, and a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. He lives in Dublin.
About the Narrator

Bill Wallis has performed in more than two hundred radio productions, series, and plays. He has numerous television and film credits, including Poirot, Dangerfield, The Secret Life of Ian Fleming, and House of Cards.