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Lies of Silence: Complete & Unabridged Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Nov 1990


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Nov. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745161715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745161716
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,224,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An armchair time bomb" (Mail on Sunday)

"This is a novel to mirror the disintegration of our times, the unstated irony of which is that a politics so provincial can breed a writer and an art so universal" (Observer)

"A gripping read which you will find impossible to put down" (Literary Review)

"Very much the thinking person's thriller - utterly tense and riveting, but also posing an acute moral dilemma for an ordinary person caught up in the troubled politics of Northern Ireland" (Daily Express)

"It insists on being read at a sitting, for it is imperative to know what happens next" (Financial Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A tremendously gripping and compulsive read, overshadowed by the dark threat of the IRA. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ewan Leafroll on 10 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
To suggest that this is no longer worth reading because the situation in Northern Ireland has changed is a bit like suggesting (say) that 'Richard III' is no longer worth going to see because the Wars of the Roses have ended. Moreover, there are still terrorists around, and there will still be moral dilemmas to be confronted by those unfortunate enough to come into contact with them, even if not in the same way or with the same type of terrorist. The moral dilemma set up in this novel is gripping: the protagonist faces the choice between (it seems to him) his wife being killed by terrorists, or leaving a bomb which will kill many others. The reader is forced to consider his or her likely reaction in similar circumstances. Against a persuasively-realised background, the ordinariness of the terrorists, and the variations in their attitudes, are bleakly and calmly captured. A few Americanisms (from recollection, examples were 'trunk' for boot of a car, 'going to the bathroom') jarred slightly in this realistic work but maybe (although I doubt it) these are also present in Northern Irish speech. Overall this is thoughtful, thought-provoking work, and, while it will do nothing to cheer you up, deserves to be read right to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
I chose to read the book "Lies of Silence," by Brian Moore because of the excellent title. It was well worth the effort. The book was kind of like an action movie, but with a little bit more depth. The dilemma faced by Michael Dillon is as realistic as it could be for a man living in Northern Ireland ten years ago. It was an action-filled adventure that sucks in the reader, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick thrill.
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Format: Paperback
This is a tense psychological thriller published in 1990 and set in Belfast during the latest round of the Troubles.

It covers a few days in the life of a hotel manager who is about to ditch his wife and flee to England with his student girlfriend.

However, his plans are upset, not only by the emotional pressures involved but also by the political violence.

Moore does a good job of contrasting Belfast's quiet middle class areas where sectarian violence is rare and the cordoned-off city center with its bombings and heavy security. There are some frenetic moments and results when the middle class hotel manager and his wife come face to face with the violence that underlies the book.

The characters, particularly the wife, are well portrayed although the girlfriend is a bit thin in comparison. The ending was just a bit too melodramatic for my taste but, overall, this is a highly recommended read.
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By Donegal on 16 Nov. 2012
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This is one of the recommended texts for the Irish State English Leaving Certificate Exam and, as such, it is a book that students should enjoy. The backdrop to the book is that it is set in Belfast during the time of the North's "Troubles". For those unfamiliar with the time period the novel captures the bitterness and ruthlessness of that era really well. The main plus point of the book, however, is the plot which moves along at a cracking pace - it really is a gripping read from start to finish.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb. 1999
Format: Paperback
Brain Moore describes the problems of Northern Ireland and he does this through an hotel manager who witnesses the bombing of his hotel. Michael, the hotel manager, wants to change his life, go away from Belfast and start a new life with his new girlfirend but he still has to divorce... The end surprised me, you will really enjoy reading this novel.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
Michael Dillon is a hotel manager of some distinction, with a record of turning around difficult business propositions. He is married to the glamorous Moira, but is also seeing the younger, much more congenial and attractive Andrea. They make plans to be together but the events of one devastating night change everything when an IRA gang invade his home and force him to plant a bomb in his own hotel. They hold Moira hostage at their home and give him explicit instructions with the warning that they will be watching him every step of the way.

This marvellous thriller is deceptively simple in tone and plot, but it's real aim is to bring to the fore the ambivalence of ordinary Irish people to the paramilitary forces in Northern Ireland, in particular, the IRA. The choices made by Michael Dillon, and by his wife Moira encompass many of the moral dilemmas posed by the paramilitary forces. Groups of men who believe they have a just cause, but who drag people against their will into their dangerous milieu. Moira and Dillon react in very different ways, but everything is thrown into shadow by the deeply troubling final moments of this thoughtful and harrowing thriller.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
I chose to read the book "Lies of Silence," by Brian Moore because of the excellent title. It was well worth the effort. The book was kind of like an action movie, but with a little bit more depth. The dilemma faced by Michael Dillon is as realistic as it could be for a man living in Northern Ireland ten years ago. It was an action-filled adventure that sucks in the reader, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick thrill.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vicky on 18 Feb. 2011
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This book has been criticised for not giving enough detail about the characters involved, but I actually found that this improved the book, as it allowed me to imagine myself in the situation and it increased the authenticity of the book. I liked the ending and despite the fact it was inevitable, it still shocked me. I have not read anything else by Moore, and considered this book to be an excellent read - I very much enjoyed it!
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