The Third Policeman

the-third-policeman-audiobook-mp3Unabridged Audiobook
Written By: Flann O’Brien
Narrated By: Jim Norton
Publisher: Naxos Audio
Duration: 6 Hours 47 Minutes

Book Rating: stars_4

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Summary: 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.Read more.

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Flann O’Brien: The Third Policeman Audio Book Summary

The third policeman was written by Flann O’Brien but in its first edition used and pseudonym of Flann O’Brien, the creation of this novel was around 1939 and 1940, but could not be published since it did not find an editor, the manuscript Was kept for quite some time even O’Nolan said he lost it. Unfortunately it passes away in 1966 and the book was published a year later.

The voice of the narrator in the audio book is run by Jim Norton, a very famous actor in Ireland, his main collaboration has done in songs of Joycean and Ulysses, all during his long career in cinema, television Radio and theater. He was born in Dublin and spent most of his education there, where he spent his first years of acting on Irish radio. His life runs mainly in London and Hollywood, one of his iconic roles was to play Einstein for the famous Star Trek series. His most important roles in recording audiobooks have been for Seven Steps of Wisdom and Ulysses on Naxos AudioBooks.

download-flann-o-brien-the-third-policeman-audiobook-quotesThe plot of The Third Policeman takes place in a rural area of ​​Ireland, the narrator is an intellectual, who studies by hobby but very focused on the work of De Selby, a recognized scientist and also Irish philosopher created specifically for the plot by Brian O ‘ Nolan. The identity of the narrator is unknown, but details in the plot reveal that he lost his parents from an early age. While he was in boarding school he discovers the life and work of De Selby and is trapped by his writings is then that he becomes studious of its texts and turns it into an almost messianic figure. On one occasion his leg breaks in circumstances that were not normal – “If you prefer to believe it, I broke it myself,” says the narrator, which shows the interaction with the listener and makes the story more enjoyable. The result was a wooden leg instead of the original one. When he returns to the town where he was born he meets John Dicney, he is in command of the farm and the tavern, then a friendship arises between them. The time goes by and the narrator continues to be obsessed by the work of De Selby, he completely forgets the family business and leaves everything to John Divney.

After passing the years and the narrator turns thirty, and then writes what is in his opinion the best work, the best critic of the work of De Selby, but unfortunately does not have the resources to publish it. After several talks with his friend Divney, he realizes that this one has planned to assassinate and rob Mathers, a man of the locality that according to the words of his friend is worth nothing and nobody could miss. One night they find poor Mathers and they murder him together, Divney goes to the victim’s house and steals a box with all his money, hides it and does not reveal the location to the narrator, who to make sure that Divney does not run with him Money moves with him and becomes his shadow.