A down-on-his-luck actor is paired with a weather-battered Land Rover Defender on a seemingly innocuous courier job. But some things are too good to be true, and this innocent journey quickly unfolds into a dangerous plot with a shadowy cast of characters.
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The ending makes it feel as though the author stopped writing, just as things were getting really good. other than that, I can't complain. Decent story; thought the narration left something to be desired.
This book didn't catch my interest ,I had a hard time to understand what was going on .Might be good for for someone whom is used to having the story read to them . To be fair I bought this book by mistake .
I woukd actaully pay for this book if I had the chance. I will definitely be looking into more books/short stories from this author. The narrator was pretty good as well, I actually enjoyed the corky-ness (so not a word) of this book. I liked how he was a struggling actor, I also enjoyed when his failed movies came up throughout the book.
I was left thinking this can't be it.
I guess I shouldn't have set my hopes up considering it was a marketing thing. I just don't see how building up interest only to disappoint the audience works for them.
Well one can always choose to see it as a clever symbolic representation of the marketing-consumer relationship outcome.
Well, there is one comfort in this disappointment. You don't pay for it.
seems like it was read too fast at times, and normal speed at other times. the way the speaker broke up paragraphs was kind of infuriatingly fast. the ending is pretty disappointing. though, it was written well.
Yes I would, I liked it very much
The main character was great
The whole story was great
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher
Review oif the Audible Edition. Great short mystery\adventure about about of work actor directed by people unknown to take on a task he doesn't know is dangerous. He finds out easy money may not be worth it. The action moves along at a good pace. Plausible story and logical ending. Excellent narration.
"A great taster for William Boyd"
If you are curious to find out what William Boyd's work is like, then you would do very well by starting here. This is a neat little short story thriller which has an excellent main character and a plot to keep you intrigued. Ultimately I prefer a novel to a short story and in this case it is because It seemed a shame to have such a good lead man in such a brief tale. The reader is excellent and really adds to the atmosphere.
"Good story rubbish ending."
I enjoyed this audiobook, a new genre for me so I didn't know what to expect.
I did enjoy the story and the narrator did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life, however I won't spoil it for future readers but I thought the end was appalling. It then ruined the story somewhat for me.
"Beware: A Very Short Story"
There's nothing wrong with a short story in itself and this book certainly has an engaging plot. But one of the problems with audiobooks is that, unless you check first - which I didn't, you have little idea of the length of the book. In this case the story stopped abruptly and caught me unawares. I seriously thought there must be a Part 2 to come. It's literally one of the shortest books I've ever read !
"The Vaanishing Game by William Boyd"
Downloaded this as a freebie to see what it was like but with fairly low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised as I really enjoyed the story. It was short but was a complete story with a bit of suspense and intrigue to keep you guessing.
Brilliant listen. Smooth and collected narration coupled with an invigorating storyline that just gets more exciting and perceptive the more you listen; certain you will want to keep listening after the first chapter. Awesome.
"Short, well-written but odd ending"
Although extremely short, it was definitely engaging, well-written and interesting. However, I agree with any reviews that the ending was far too abrupt and therefore it was a total anti-climax. It actually made the entire story pointless in the end.
"Felt like half a story"
Nothing really gets answered and you feel like you only listened to half a story. The reader had a nice voice but was not great a conveying emotions or swapping between inner monologue and speaking.
"Unsettling tense throughout abrupt nothingness end"
very tense and mysterious throughout rather fizzled out in last 2 minutes . then leaves you hanging
narration was excellent
"gripping and amusing"
loved it! beautifully written and deliciously narrated. gripping yet amusing, held my attention throughout. would highly recommend.
Implausible story, unconvincing characters, dull, monotone narration, unexpectedly disappointing ending. It occupied an hour and a half of my motorway journey, but that's all it did.
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