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Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, but Logan Mountstuart's - lived from the beginning to the end of the 20th century - contains more than its fair share of both. As a writer who finds inspiration with Hemingway in Paris and Virginia Woolf in London, as a spy recruited by Ian Fleming and betrayed in the war and as an art-dealer in '60s New York, Logan mixes with the movers and shakers of his times. But as a son, friend, lover and husband, he makes the same mistakes we all do in our search for happiness. Here, then, is the story of a life lived to the full - and a journey deep into a very human heart.

©2002 William Boyd (P)2011 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Gillian
  • 07-08-15

I loved this...

What a deep and lasting pleasure this was. A ramble through a life that Diana the 20th century, with all its ups and downs, pleasures and pains, laughter and sorrows. Such a credible story, with a small cast at its core, and a much wider stage for them to act out their lives. I'm definitely planning to end my days like LMS - I may just have discovered my life plan by reading this delightful novel.

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  • bibliophile
  • 07-07-15

Excellent performance though some longeurs.

Some sections are more interesting than others - the New York part of the narrative tended to be tedious. Part of the difficulty is the protagonist's lack of self-knowledge and hence unlikeableness. The narrator is excellent!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • MAGGS
  • 06-21-15

Any Human Heart -worth a listen


I didn't enjoy this book in the beginning but kept listening & I'm so glad I did. It sad funny warm & excellent but of storytelling, Mike Grady was superb, it was like Logan himself was reading it.

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  • simon atkins
  • 04-13-15

just brilliant

I have read, watched the mini series but still thought this was the best outing for Logan Mountstuart. A fabulous novel brought to life

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  • R. W. Robinson
  • 03-26-15

Convincing account of an eventful life

Sad, nostalgic and intimate with an unusual structure. This is a moving book musing on the chance and tragedies that exist in everyday life. It will stay with you long after you finish it.

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  • Will
  • 11-08-14

A delight!

What did you like most about Any Human Heart?

I have read the book and seen the C4 series a few years ago but the narration makes this version my favourite.
There are many lines that deserve to be quotes in their own right and the story makes you think about your own life and legacy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

LMS of course!

What about Mike Grady’s performance did you like?

His voice perfectly matched my image of LMS, enhancing the story greatly.

Pedant alert: The only error in the book is the mispronunciation of Caius (Cambridge college) a couple of times, which as any fule kno is 'keys'..

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes though would be a test of stamina

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  • Android
  • 09-22-14

the architect of his own life

What made the experience of listening to Any Human Heart the most enjoyable?

The reader has the voice and personality to embody the character

What did you like best about this story?

The long and winding journey, taken with such enthusiasm and responsibility

What about Mike Grady’s performance did you like?

Mike Grady embodied the character

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the tears came on recollecting his wife during the conversation with the Icelanders

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  • cosmobunter
  • 04-07-13

Don't read Boyd all at once!

I had just finished 'waiting for sunrise' and really enjoyed it. I'd listened to 'restless' ages ago. But this is too similar to Sunrise to be a comfortable next listen. I felt that I'd already enjoyed parts of this before. Whilst I know they weren't written in that order, it did became an issue for me. I'll let him alone for a year or two and then see what the rest are like. Having said that, he's a good author. Just maybe recycling a few ideas? ;-)

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  • Alison
  • 01-03-13

So glad I have found this author

I must be one of the very few who hadn't read WB. I read the reviews of this and I am so happy I went ahead and got the download. Such a beautifully written, long and engaging book. Also, I did very much appreciate the narration - perfect.

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  • tracey
  • 12-23-12

Any Humam Heart

Absoloutly loved this book, make some time and settle into Logan's world spanning decades and continents with Logan will make you consider how lives can be lived outside of the usual constraints the humdrum and predictable.A word of warning however, this will start a William Boyd habit.

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