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  • The Vanishing Game | William Boyd

    The Vanishing Game

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Russ Bain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    sean huebner says: "Abrupt ending"
  • Restless | William Boyd

    Restless

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Susianna says: "Favorite Book of 2007"
  • Any Human Heart: A Novel | William Boyd

    Any Human Heart: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Best-selling author William Boyd—the novelist who has been called a “master storyteller” (Chicago Tribune) and “a gutsy writer who is good company to keep” (Time)—here gives us his most entertaining, sly, and compelling novel to date. The novel evokes the tumult, events, and iconic faces of our time as it tells the story of Logan Mountstuart—writer, lover, and man of the world—through his intimate journals. It is the “riotous and disorganized reality” of Mountstuart’s 85 years in all their extraordinary, tragic, and humorous aspects.

    connie says: "very satisfying story-telling"
  • Sweet Caress: The Many Lives of Amory Clay | William Boyd

    Sweet Caress: The Many Lives of Amory Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Born into Edwardian England, Amory's first memory is of her father standing on his head. She has memories of him returning on leave during the First World War. But his absences, both actual and emotional, are what she chiefly remembers. It is her photographer uncle Greville who supplies the emotional bond she needs, who, when he gives her a camera and some rudimentary lessons in photography, unleashes a passion that will irrevocably shape her future.

    Margaret M. Bell says: "A good book killed by the narrator"
  • Waiting for Sunrise: A Novel | William Boyd

    Waiting for Sunrise: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Lysander Rief, a young English actor in town seeking psychotherapy for a troubling ailment of a sexual nature, becomes caught up in a feverish affair with a beautiful, enigmatic woman. When she goes to the police to press charges of rape, however, he is stunned, and his few months of passion come to an abrupt end. Only a carefully plotted escape - with the help of two mysterious British diplomats - saves him from trial. But the frenzied getaway sets off a chain of events that steadily dismantles Lysander's life as he knows it.

    Thomas D Kennedy says: "No need to wait."
  • Solo | William Boyd

    Solo

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Dominic West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It's 1969, and, having just celebrated his 45th birthday, James Bond - British special agent 007 - is summoned to headquarters to receive an unusual assignment. Zanzarim, a troubled West African nation, is being ravaged by a bitter civil war, and M directs Bond to quash the rebels threatening the established regime. Bond's arrival in Africa marks the start of a feverish mission to discover the forces behind this brutal war - and he soon realizes the situation is far from straightforward.

    Mario says: "More Please!"
  • The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By William Boyd
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    The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth depicts the random encounters that bring the past bubbling to the surface, the impulsive decisions that irrevocably shape a life and the endless hesitations and loss of nerve that wickedly complicate it. These funny, surprising and strangely moving stories are a resounding confirmation of Boyd's powers as one of our most original and compelling storytellers.

  • Ordinary Thunderstorms: A Novel | William Boyd

    Ordinary Thunderstorms: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    One May evening in London, Adam Kindred, a young climatologist in town for a job interview, is feeling good about the future as he sits down for a meal at a little Italian bistro. He strikes up a conversation with a solitary diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterward. With horrifying speed, this chance encounter leads to a series of malign accidents, through which Adam loses everything—home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, cell phone—never to get them back.

    Pamela Harvey says: "Extra-ordinary Exploration of Identity"
  • Sweet Caress: The Many Lives of Amory Clay | William Boyd

    Sweet Caress: The Many Lives of Amory Clay

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    It is Amory's photographer uncle, Greville, who gives her a camera and some rudimentary lessons in photography and unleashes a passion that will irrevocably shape her future. Her search for life, love and artistic expression will take her to the demimonde of Berlin of the late 20s, to New York of the 30s, to the Blackshirt riots in London and to France in the Second World War, where she becomes one of the first women war photographers.

  • Susie Bright Presents: Three The Hard Way: Erotica Novellas by William Harrison, Greg Boyd, and Tsaurah Litzky | Susie Bright (editor),William Harrison,Greg Boyd,Tsaurah Litzky

    Susie Bright Presents: Three The Hard Way: Erotica Novellas by William Harrison, Greg Boyd, and Tsaurah Litzky

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Susie Bright (editor), William Harrison, Greg Boyd, and others
    • Narrated By Susie Bright, Kathe Mazur, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
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    Pull down the shades and settle in for pleasure with this trio of erotic novellas - handpicked by Susie Bright - showcasing stories that are hot and masterful. Susie Bright, hailed by The New York Times as "the avatar of American erotica", is the undisputed grandmaster of the genre. Now she has handpicked three rising stars - new masters - whose stories will delight, arouse, and captivate you. Connected by a central theme - the idea that one sexual moment can change a person forever - each story is wildly different from anything you have read or heard before.

    STEPHANIE says: "Boring & Hard To Follow."
  • One for the Trouble: Book Slam, Volume One | Irvine Welsh,Jon Ronson,William Boyd,Hari Kunzru,Joe Dunthorne,Bernardine Evaristo,Helen Oyeyemi

    One for the Trouble: Book Slam, Volume One

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Irvine Welsh, Jon Ronson, William Boyd, and others
    • Narrated By Richard Milward, Hari Kunzru, Simon Armitage, and others
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    One for the Trouble: Book Slam, Volume One is the first release from the UK’s premier literary event. Eighteen Book Slam alumni, from household names like Irvine Welsh and William Boyd to newcomers like Kate Tempest and Sophie Woolley, were approached to take a song title for inspiration for a new short story or poem. Some took this literally (Jon McGregor’s moving reimagining of A House’s 'Endless Art', for example); others suggestively....

    Bella Insch says: "Interestingly bizarre"
  • Solo: Ein James-Bond-Roman | William Boyd

    Solo: Ein James-Bond-Roman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Dietmar Wunder
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    1969. Ein altgedienter Geheimagent. Ein einsamer Auftrag. Eine Lizenz zum Töten. William Boyd, Meister der Täuschung und des doppelten Spiels, gilt seit seinem Roman Ruhelos als Großer der Spionageliteratur und führt nun erstmals 007 selbst auf Abwege. Ein raffiniert-verwickeltes James-Bond-Abenteuer: Klassisch, voll unerwarteter Wendungen, mit zwei enigmatischen Bond-Girls und endlich wieder einem 007, der Wodka Martini trinkt - geschüttelt, nicht gerührt.

  • Any Human Heart | William Boyd

    Any Human Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Mike Grady
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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.

    Margaret says: "A fabulous book"
  • Restless | William Boyd

    Restless

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Rosamund Pike
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    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.

    Andre says: "Enthralling story"
  • Waiting for Sunrise | William Boyd

    Waiting for Sunrise

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Roger May
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    Vienna. 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor, walks through the city to his first appointment with the eminent psychiatrist, Dr. Bensimon. He is sitting anxiously in the waiting room when an extraordinary woman enters.... Moving from Vienna to London's West End, the battlefields of France, and hotel rooms in Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a feverish and mesmerising journey into the human psyche, and a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe.

    Chrissie says: "Too complicated"
  • Solo | William Boyd

    Solo

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Dominic West
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    A James Bond novel written by William Boyd. It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge. A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M’s orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice.

    antonio says: "This sounds really like Bond, James Bond.."
  • Brazzaville Beach | William Boyd

    Brazzaville Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
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    I live on Brazzaville Beach... I am here because two sets of strange and extraordinary events happened to me... One in England, first, and then one in Africa. On Brazzaville Beach, on the edge of Africa, Hope Clearwater examines the complex circumstances that brought her there. Sifting the details for evidence of her own innocence or guilt, she tells her engrossing story with a blunt and beguiling honesty that not only intrigues and disturbs but is also completely enthralling.

    Sheila V. says: "An absolutely brilliant book"
  • Ordinary Thunderstorms | William Boyd

    Ordinary Thunderstorms

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Martyn Ellis
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    Adam Kindred, visiting London for a job interview, comes across a little Italian bistro as he walks along the Embankment, admiring the views. During his meal he strikes up a conversation with a diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterwards. With horrifying speed, Adam's encounter leads to a series of accidents through which he will lose everything.

  • The Blue Afternoon | William Boyd

    The Blue Afternoon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (10)
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    Los Angeles, 1936. Kay Fischer, a young ambitious architect, is shadowed by Salvador Carriscant, an enigmatic stranger claiming to be her father. Within weeks of their first meeting, Kay will join him for an extraordinary journey into the old man’s past, initially in search of a murderer, but finally in celebration of a glorious, undying love.

  • Armadillo | William Boyd

    Armadillo

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Simon Shepherd
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    One winter’s morning, Lorimer Black - young, good-looking but with a somewhat troubled expression - goes to keep a perfectly routine business appointment and finds a hanged man. A bad start to the day by any standards and an ominous portent. Sure enough, Lorimer’s life is turned upside down and inside out in ways he could never have foreseen...An unabridged reading by Simon Shepherd.

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