Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray, read by Charlie Anson.
What links the Bank of Torabundo, www.myhotswaitress.com (yes, hots with an s, don't ask), an art heist, a novel called For Love of a Clown, a four-year-old boy named after TV detective Remington Steele, a lonely French banker, a tiny Pacific island, and a pest control business run by an ex-KGB man? You've guessed it....
The Mark and the Void is a stirring examination of the deceptions carried out in the names of art, love and commerce - and is also probably the funniest novel ever written about a financial crisis.
©2015 Paul Murray (P)2015 Penguin Books Ltd.
Great book and the performance by Charlie Anson was outstanding. I loved every second of this and cannot recommend it more highly. Alongside the evisceration of amoral bankers and banks, the humorous story of the relationship between Claude and Paul, supported by a cast of colourful characters such as Igor, Remmington and the literary luvvies is both funny and tragic. Definitely going to buy Paul Murray's other book, and sign up to more Charlie Anson performances.
"Well read - and with patches of brilliance..."
...but I was disappointed that this book did not reach the standard of Skippy Dies, which I really loved. I didn't want this book to be the same, but I did want it to be as good. In my opinion, it isn't.
The trademark dark humour is there but only in patches really; and I was not gripped by the story.
The narration was very good.
"Intelligent writing that translAtes well to audio"
Set in ireland in pre crash banking, various characters play out their different stories. There is a lot of humour and an anti capitalist theme, with touches of nihilism. Interesting points are made about human overpopulation ..yes there are way too many of us . There was a bit too much shouty dialogue in places that i hit forward on ..but overall this is a thought provoking listen as well as a good story that got me laughing a lot.
"My favourite narrator to date!"
I thoroughly enjoyed Charles Anson's performance of this book which made it easy to listen to and hard to put down. The story is good with some very funny lines, I recommend!
"Trying too hard? Hilarious - but only in patches"
The Mark and the Void is set in Dublin with the country facing the consequences of the financial crash. The characters include loadsamoney bankers and economic migrants all aiming to survive. Not perhaps the most obvious or promising environment for hilarity? But I liked Skippy Dies sufficiently to give it a go.
I got into it quickly and some early sections I found really very funny - read with great pace by a narrator who handles many different accents consistently and well. Some of Murray's observations are not just witty but sometimes so sharply observed that I had to pause the book and listen again to appreciate some genuinely deep observation, delivered with dry humour among some more slapstick scenes.
Unfortunately for me the book lost pace and direction about a quarter of the way through and by half-way I wasn't even sure I would stick with it to the end. I did finish it and am glad because there were more chapters that I enjoyed, but overall it was too patchy for my taste.
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