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Restless

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: William Boyd has crafted an espionage thriller that's as good as anything by John Le Carré. Even better, it's narrated by Rosamund Pike, whose careful, measured, and precise performances as the novel's two main characters held me spellbound. Not surprisingly, this production was a multiple Audie Award nominee and winner. –Corey Thrasher

Publisher's Summary

It is the summer of 1976 in Oxfordshire, England, and someone is trying to kill Sally Gilmartin. The only person she can trust is her daughter, Ruth, a young single mother struggling with her own demons. Now Sally must tell her daughter the truth: she is actually Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigré recruited for the British Secret Service in 1939. Sally has buried many secrets along with the name Eva Delectorskaya, including her work manipulating the press in order to shift public sentiment toward U.S. involvement in the Second World War and her dangerous love affair with another spy. As the truth comes out, Ruth is drawn deeper and deeper into the astonishing events of her mother's past. Restless is a tour de force from William Boyd. Full of tension and drama, and based on a remarkable chapter of Anglo-American history, this is storytelling at its finest.

©2006 William Boyd; (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a divison of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Fiction, Unabridged, 2007

"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)

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    Gregory 05-01-08
    Gregory 05-01-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Restless"

    Excellent!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chandler Vaughn 12-09-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Buy this book"

    This was the best audio book I have listened to this year.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 12-07-07
    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 12-07-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Well Written and interesting"

    Well written and narrated book. Not the best, most stunning, or dramatic book ever written but very interesting story which will keep you entertained. Not too fast and not too slow. Story is narrated from two first person points of view and it takes about 30 minutes to an hour to fully comprehend what is going on. However, this is part of the enchantment of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cate P 11-11-07
    Cate P 11-11-07
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    "Fun Listen"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carole Cable 06-14-07
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    "Yes, more books by Boyd"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Crosby LONDON, UK 06-07-07
    J. Crosby LONDON, UK 06-07-07 Member Since 2015

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    "Masterful"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    rockdoc 05-11-07
    rockdoc 05-11-07 Member Since 2015

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    "This book is a ten"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara New Hartford, NY, USA 05-02-07
    Barbara New Hartford, NY, USA 05-02-07
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    "More Boyd"

    Loved listening to Restless....makes me want to hear more of William Boyd's books. One of the better selections from Audible for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 04-26-07
    Susan 04-26-07
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    "Wonderful"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Clearwater , FL, USA 04-23-07
    Thomas Clearwater , FL, USA 04-23-07
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    "Very Good Read"

    Long time subscriber, now finding it difficult to find a good listen. This is definately one to grab.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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