The Final Solution

The Final Solution

[a Story of Detection]

Audiobook CD - 2004
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In The Final Solution , Michael Chabon has condensed his boundless vision to craft a short, suspenseful tale of compassion and wit that re-imagines the classic nineteenth-century detective story.

In deep retirement in the English countryside, an eighty-nine-year-old man, vaguely recollected by locals as a once-famous detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than with his fellow man. Into his life wanders Linus Steinman, nine years old and mute, who has escaped from Nazi Germany with his sole companion: an African gray parrot. What is the meaning of the mysterious strings of German numbers the bird spews out -- a top-secret SS code? The keys to a series of Swiss bank accounts perhaps? Or something more sinister? Is the solution to this last case -- the real explanation of the mysterious boy and his parrot -- beyond even the reach of the once-famed sleuth? Subtle revelations lead the reader to a wrenching resolution.

This brilliant homage is the work of a master storyteller at the height of his powers.

Performed by Michael York

Publisher: [New York?] : HarperCollins, p2004.
ISBN: 9780060765712
Characteristics: 3 compact discs (ca. 3 hr.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: York, Michael


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Feb 28, 2017

Although not classed as a children's book, I think it ought to be. It was entertaining and fresh and playful with its use of language, the humour created with exaggeration and sarcasm. It was delightful and I will be (eventually) reading more from Chabon. The book was narrated masterfully by York (famous for playing Tybalt in Zeffirelli's version of Romeo and Juliet), giving each character their own voice and altering the intonation to indicate slyness, subdued smart-alec-ness, and the sarcasm mentioned above.

Jan 19, 2016

Great story, I like the character development. the overall themes it touches on and his beautiful prose

Angela_biblio Nov 11, 2010

Excellent narration by Michael York.

Aug 15, 2009

This is an excellent little detective story. What is not to love about 1) An old man who keeps bees yet has an innate knowledge of people and their motivations. 2) The love between a boy and his pet - his unique pet. 3) An espionage, WWII, secret code, mystery. All this is wrapped in a short, fast-paced little gem.
Michael York is an excellent reader of this if you get the audio version.

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