The Final Solution

The Final Solution

A Story of Detection

Downloadable Audiobook - 2005
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In deep retirement in the English countryside, an 89-year-old man, vaguely recollected by the locals as a former detective, is more concerned with his beekeeping than 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 grey parrot. What is the meaning of the mysterious strings of numbers the bird spews out-a top secret SS code? A Swiss bank account? Or do they hold a far more sinister significance? Though the solution to this case may be beyond the reach of the once-famed sleuth, the true story of the boy and his parrot is revealed in a wrenching resolution.
Publisher: [North Kingstown, R.I.] : BBC Audiobooks America, 2005
ISBN: 9780792744221
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (3 hr., 20 min.))
Additional Contributors: York, Michael 1942-


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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

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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