©2006 William Boyd; (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a divison of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"This fascinating story is well told." (Publishers Weekly)
"[An] espionage thriller and domestic drama by one of the very best prose stylists and storytellers in the English language." (Atlantic Monthly)
This title was more fun than deep. Relatively well-written and interesting plot for mystery lovers. Entertaining but I forgot it pretty quickly. Good car listening. Ocassionally hard to follow. Good narration.
Style, narrative, interrelationships, setting, and all the myriad details of espionage life - expertly packaged in this prize-winning book. Please make more of his novels available on Audible.com
It was such a pleasure to listen to an intelligent novel whose beauty lies in it's simplicity. Boyd manages to inter-weave two distinct plot lines and end up with a satisfying conclusion. It's tense, thrilling and romantic. A must listen in unabridged form. The female narrator is an accomplished British actress (even been in a Bond film!) and she's sublime in the delivery and pitching of each character. She even has the French words spoken without fault. So in conclusion the source material from Boyd is great and the delivery even better.
I never wrote a review for Audible before, but I wanted to say that I enjoyed this book and reading as much as any book I've downloaded for years. I usually read spy novels, King, Clancy, Koontz, etc. This ranks right up there.
The author is a Brit, and the reader, also British, has a wonderful command of American and German accents as well. It's interesting that it was written by a man about two women, and read by a woman. It's intriguing and suspensful in parts, but overall just very riveting. Didn't want to put it down.
I hope Audidble gets more of his books.
If you're new to William Boyd's books this will be a particular treat. An interesting and gripping account of mother's past life and her daughter's reaction to learning about it. Beautifully read by Rosamund Pike. It was hard to move onto another audiobook once I finished this one because I had enjoyed Restless so much.
This is storytelling at its best. Beautiful language and a straight-forward plot creeping up on you until you are hooked. An unfolding intrigue marks this spin: no flatout fear, just reader/listner curiosity turning into an intense 'must know' right up to the end. Boyd has such a wonderful way with words, never extraneous, always amplifying the characters, the locale and the story. Ms. Pike has just the right sound and convincing multiple voices to make the read reminiscent of my early 'read-me-a-story' experiences. Can we please have more of William Boyd's books on audio? He's a delicious writer!
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