Winner of the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award.
Los Angeles, 1936. Kay Fischer, a young ambitious architect, is shadowed by Salvador Carriscant, an enigmatic stranger claiming to be her father. Within weeks of their first meeting, Kay will join him for an extraordinary journey into the old man’s past, initially in search of a murderer, but finally in celebration of a glorious, undying love.
©1993 William Boyd (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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"The Blue Afternoon"
Another cracking good story from William Boyd. Each book has a different and novel theme; where does he keep getting these tales from? One thing they have in common is that the reader is quickly captivated. Lorelei King narrates this book very well and the listener is easily involved.
"A strange and complex story"
The story starts with Kay, a talented young architect living in Los Angeles in the 1930's. She has been cheated by her ex partner and maintains a complicated relationship with her ex husband. She is sharp and feisty and if this was a film, reminded me of the sort of woman who would have been played by Barbara Stanwyck or Bette Davis. She meets a stranger claiming to be her father and against her better judgement embarks on an adventure with him to investigate the mysteries of his past. From then on the story turns into the tale of Salvador Carriscant, a surgeon living in Manila in the early part of the 20th century. At this point Kay turns into the narrator of the story which is a bit of a loss because we lose sight of her fascinating character. Salvador's story however does make up for this. Life in an exotic colonial community is vividly portrayed and there are fascinating sub plots about rival surgeons, murder and experiments in flight. This tale doesn't provide easy or obvious answers. Instead you are left with a strong sense of what is really important in life and the enduring quality of love.
I do hope this title appears again in the Audible catalogue as I personally found it a very rewarding experience.
another wonderful tale
Lorelei King is the best narrator imaginable for any American book. She reads slowly and with great care, never a slip. Beautiful reading of different voices too. 100%
Like all William Boyd's books this is marvellous. Always a different type of story set in different places and times, always a really good read.
I might, if I run out of other books, in an attempt to make sense of it
I didn't get parts of the story. I always felt that I was on the brink of getting it, but parts of it didn't make sense to me. I had the feeling that threads were started at the beginning that were never fully wrapped up, new threads were introduced I didn't understand where came from and I never really got the connection between them.
The book contained some great stories, I just think they could maybe have been better stories if told separately?
"Epic, intriguing and engrossing story"
I've read/listened to several of the author's books and am impressed by the divergent range of subjects he uses as props for his novels. Blue Afternoon takes the listener across time from the beginning of the 20th century to the rise of the Nazis in 1936 and across continents from the West Coast of the USA, brief excursions to Scotland, before a long section in the Philippines and finally ending in Portugal. At first I thought it was going to be just of story of a father's quest to reunite with his daughter, but, instead the book takes off as a complex combination of murders, detective work, medical heroics and romance. The characters are well drawn and easily identifiable, and the story flows naturally so well-suited to be an audio book.
All narrated with skill by one of the best in the business, Lorelei King.
Absolutely loved this. Loelei King is a brilliant reader, even getting the male voices convincing, and William Boyd a great author so a very good combination.
Armadillo in the same category and brilliantly read.
Listened to it on holiday in Lisbon where the book is partially set.Characters walked up the street I was in at one point.
Is Ordinary Thunderstorms available on audio yet? That is a great book and although I have read it I would like to listen to the audio version.
"Boyd, brought to life by a regal narrator"
This is the umpteenth book by Boyd that I've read. He never disappoints: weaving labyrinthine tales with superb wordcarft and imagery; keeping the reader guessing until the end.
Ms King is without doubt the queen of narrators - I would listen to a book read by her just the hear those melodic tones spanning the octaves with such self-assurance. Her rendition of Attwood's "The Blind Assassin" is both subtle and polished.
This story was not what I was expecting. It is a story of loss and love, excitement and tragedy.
This story follows the "lost" daughter and her enterprising father as they travel, both literally to the Philippines, and in their minds, through his past on a search for the truth. The truth when it finally emerges is both troubling, heart-wrenching and yet somehow joyful. Both the main characters veer between reluctance to follow the long-ago events but have an eagerness to understand exactly what has led them down this road. Very well written and great characters.
Yes - Where less adept writers can leave big lumps of historical research all over the place in a book like this - William Boyd manages to immerse himself and his readers into a world that is seamless and convincing as if he had inhabited it himself. The characters and situations he dreams up (obsessive surgeons, bizarre colonial murders, dreams of pioneering flight and elaborate romantic machinations) are compelling and vivid - but sit convincingly in a fascinating world which is exotic but persuasively real. The narrative is fun and there are plenty of ideas here too, but no simple resolutions or answers. So far I have only listened once - but a second visit would surely reveal much that I missed first time around
It's always great to hear Lorelei King's reading - with this book she has a fine collection of characters to take on - The most likeable is surely the original narrator within the story - the ambitious architect Kay Fischer - In this book Kay's story gets somewhat usurped by other characters but she seems to have so much potential and a potentially long life ahead of her. I can't be alone in thinking that Kay could return and resume her story in a future novel.
The slow lazy american accent added to the book content
main protagonist... injured yet triumphant and sympathetic woman
again her rich accent
yes... the final reunion
hear it, buy it now
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