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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.

©2014 Jaguar Land Rover USA (P)2014 Jaguar Land Rover USA

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Not enough

I didn't realize this was a short story. It was good and I liked the first person narrative. However it left me hanging as it didn't really have an ending.

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anticlimactic.

boring. kept waiting in something big to happen but really a whole bunch of nothing was going on the time. bit of a let down

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I actually loved this book!

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.

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1 word: dissapointment

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.

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Pretty good story

Good short story, aside from unnecessary add ins. the reader was fine. A bit more emotion and changes of pace would have helped.

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I loved it all, well mostly.

I it was well written and very well performed. I loved the mystery! It kept me wanting to listen until the end. But the end? Well, I didn't love that. It didn't end really did it? Just kind of stopped.

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Abrupt ending

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.

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Frustrated

The end just left you with more ?'s than answers...I hate stories that don't really ever end, they just stop abruptly.

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The Vanishing Game

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 .

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  • Matthew
  • LOS ANGELES, CA, United States
  • 04-09-15

Boyd does Buchan - Lots of fun!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Vanishing Game to be better than the print version?

Not necessarily. The ebook version is illustrated with a lot of photographs. They aren't necessary to enjoying the story, but a reader might want to see them. There's also an opening quote from Isaac Asimov that IS pretty key to understanding the story that's left out of the audio version ("It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly."), but the narrator is excellent, so I would still recommend the audiobook. Since both are free, though, why not also download the ebook on Amazon to have both.

Any additional comments?

After trying his hand at James Bond, one of the best contemporary novelists alive takes a crack at another sort of classic British thriller. This story is Boyd doing John Buchan--specifically his spin on the Buchan classic The 39 Steps. Like that, The Vanishing Game follows an innocent Londoner caught up in a conspiracy he can't comprehend in the wilds of Scotland. It's even got a scene with him hiding from a helicopter on a moor! But Boyd is as influenced by the movie as the book, and tips his hat to other Hitchcock man-on-the-run classics as well. Many of the tropes of that genre are incorporated, most quite cleverly. One gets the feeling that were this a whole novel (which the premise could easily sustain), Boyd would have done more with deconstructing these tropes (I liked the way several potential love interests were introduced as they might be in a Hitchcock film, but none of them pan out as expected), but in the short story he's sometimes content with just trotting them out. Mostly that's okay, but I did wish he went into more detail explaining why his hero wouldn't just go to the police when suspicious things start happening. That happens in all of this type of story, and the reasoning is never satisfactory. Overall, though, The Vanishing Game is a whole lot of fun and a great way to pass an hour and a half! If you like it, I recommend Boyd's espionage novel Restless.

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  • Kaggy
  • 10-20-16

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.

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  • ddodson
  • 09-26-16

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.

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  • Cathyt
  • 06-13-16

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.

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  • Patches
  • 02-15-17

gripping and amusing

loved it! beautifully written and deliciously narrated. gripping yet amusing, held my attention throughout. would highly recommend.

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  • r
  • 08-05-16

Beware: A Very Short Story

Any additional comments?

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 !

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  • Thomas Els
  • 06-12-16

Fantastic

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.

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  • Clifford Thurlow
  • 10-09-18

Great Read

Russ Bain does an excellent job with Boyd’s Vanishing Game. The story is gripping right through to a faintly anticlimactic ending. Almost perfect but not quite.

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  • gk
  • 09-21-18

Xvbnm

Righting. h h I I think ok. I ok I. Ok I I. Ok I I I

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  • David
  • 07-26-18

A mystery in Scotland

A good story and well delivered. It managed to keep me well enough interested that, unusually, I listened to the whole book in one evening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-18

Nice

Good audible and every one must hear this audible. Good and nice. Thank you everyone

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-18

Interesting read

This book will awaken your thoughts and you will find yourself picturing this adventure. Great book stunning finish. P

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-17

Good beginning, lack lustre end

this started well but by the end seemed rather ridiculous and several moments in the final chapters i had to replay as i wasn't sure if i had missed something important or the story just jumped around.

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 09-12-17

An actor appears to learn life skills on the job.

An actor finds a lot of apparently unrelated events may actually cost his life.

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  • MysticMisfire
  • 09-18-16

Good Voicing, Slightly Annoying References

I liked the voice over performance by the voice artist. The story was pretty good but all the references to the characters past (performances) was slightly irritating. Lastly the every chance possible referencing to the characters vehicle was kinda annoying but otherwise it was an okay book.

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  • Kate Cefai
  • 09-08-16

intriguing story

so engaging!! disappointed the story was resolved completely...it did feel like there was a lot still to answer for...but it was good nonetheless!