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Night Boat to Tangier

Narrated by: Kevin Barry
Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019
The Number One Irish Times Best Seller

It's late one night at the Spanish port of Algeciras, and two fading Irish gangsters are waiting on the boat from Tangier. A lover has been lost, a daughter has gone missing, their world has come asunder - can it be put together again?

Night Boat to Tangier is a novel drenched in sex and death and narcotics, in sudden violence and old magic, but it is obsessed, above all, with the mysteries of love. A tragicomic masterwork from a multi-award-winning writer, Night Boat to Tangier is both mordant and hilarious, lyrical yet laden with menace. 

©2019 Kevin Barry (P)2019 Canongate Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Gloriously freewheeling." (Guardian

“Barry is a marvel: menacing, insistent, switching from brooding descriptions of the men’s nocturnal surroundings to their terse dialogue. The conviction with which he explores their search for Charlie’s missing daughter never fails.” (Financial Times, Audiobooks)

"A true wonder." (Max Porter)

"Beautifully written." (Guardian)

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ONE of the best books I've ever read

This book is so brilliant, dark, funny and Irish. I listened to it once, then bought the eBook. I'm now listening to it and reading it at the same time (well, not literally). Every sentence is amazing. There is not a wasted word in the whole book. One of my favourite books, ever. Barry is a great reader. You have to hear him to get the Irish idioms and cadences. But you have to read it in print as well to savour every fascinating word.

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Great story.. Great characters

Great story. Great characters. Loved ambling along with the two boys. Narration was just perfect.

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  • Wickham Woman
  • 20-08-2019

My book of 2019

This is the audiobook that provides the ultimate justification for the author reading his own work. Kevin Barry’s quiet, insinuating ‘Cork’ accent conveys all the wit and menace of the two protagonists, and a richly atmospheric sense of danger around the ports of Bearhaven, Barcelona or Algeciras. I was puzzled at first by the mispronunciation of the Spanish until I realised that we listening to two Irishmen who have been resolute in their unwillingness to learn the language. The two drug dealers, now in their 50s and down on their luck wait endlessly for a daughter arriving on the ferry from Tangier. It’s Waiting for Godot recast for the 2st century. They have done awful things yet are ultimately forgivable in their humanity and their washed up lives provide a compelling narrative. The best book I have heard or read this year.

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  • Aideen O'Riordan
  • 07-11-2019

Fantastic

Another masterpiece by the genius of Kevin Barry. Haunting tragic and beautiful . What an utter joy to listen to the author bring it to life

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  • Deirdre Motherway
  • 19-09-2019

Authentically Cork

A book that is all the better on audible, particularly because it’s read by the author. This is a love story...a mad, crazy love story. I fucking loved it!

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  • jane m.
  • 30-08-2019

Wonderful language

Hard to get into at first but worth it. For those with Irish heritage it’s a wonderful reminder of the richness of the southern Irish dialogues.

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  • eoin73
  • 27-08-2019

Polm from Morocco

This book draws you in, and in.
So close, you can taste it.
Polm from Morocco, by the chillum loaf.

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  • Joseph Dunne
  • 27-08-2019

Sublime storytelling

What a beautifully written tale, lyrical and poetic prose ( if you can have such a thing) juxtaposed with the coarseness of the Cork accent and the even coarser language. This sometimes melancholy sometimes hilarious novel was an enthralling listening and I highly recommend it.

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  • janien
  • 23-08-2019

Think I would have much preferred this in print

Full on Literary fiction that I found difficult to follow unfortunately in the audio format. I don’t think the author reading was the best decision here; address too monotone and perhaps this is why I lost some of the detail. I think I would have preferred this in print format.

Notwithstanding, the language is delicious. I can see why it is on this years long list for the Booker prize and will be surprised if it is not shortlisted.

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  • bookylady
  • 16-08-2019

Interesting story.

This one fell a bit flat for me, mostly because of the narrator's performance which I felt was a bit dull, lacking in variety of expression and with a very slow pace. This was a shame because the story, of two Irish gangsters reflecting on their lives and crimes whilst looking for a missing daughter, was actually very good and beautifully plotted. It just needed bringing to life.

The novel has been longlisted for prestigious book prizes so the quality of writing is really good. Give it a go if you like literary fiction. Style of narration is a very personal thing, so what bothered me will not apply to everyone.

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  • fjonny
  • 08-08-2019

Entrancing

I found listening to this book hypnotic. It's also funny, sad and believeable with a great story of two really dreadful but engaging people looking back on their epically awful lives.

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  • Kevin D.
  • 30-07-2019

A great story

I really enjoyed listening to this superb story and hearing the accents from the horses mouth made it all the more enjoyable. Will listen again.