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    • The Vanishing Game

    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Russ Bain
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 866
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 862

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not enough

    • By Carrera Hallett on 01-12-15

    Regular price: $0.00

    • Love Is Blind

    • A Novel
    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Brodie Moncur is a brilliant piano tuner, as brilliant in his own way as John Kilbarron - "The Irish Liszt" - the pianist Brodie accompanies on all of his tours from Paris to Saint Petersburg, as essential to Kilbarron as the pianist's own hands. It is a luxurious life and a level of success Brodie could hardly have dreamed of growing up in a remote Scottish village, in a household ruled by a tyrannical father. But Brodie would gladly give it all up for the love of the Russian soprano Lika Blum: beautiful, worldly, seductive - and consort to Kilbarron. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captures the protagonist's struggles

    • By galcarm on 10-15-18

    Regular price: $31.50

    • Martin Chuzzlewit

    • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
    • By: Charles Dickens, William Boyd - introduction
    • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, William Boyd - introduction
    • Length: 41 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      1 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 1

    Deeply distressed at thought of his singularly money-minded family circling around his inevitable death bed, when Old Martin Chuzzlewit comes across a young and kindly orphan girl, he immediately decides to take her into his employment. Offering her a comfortable living in exchange for her care and protection, Martin rests easy in the knowledge that her comfort will last only as long as he does; upon his death, Mary the orphan will find herself on the cold and dirty streets from whence she came. 

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Least enjoyable Dickens' books I've ever read or listened to.

    • By Brain on 12-06-18

    Regular price: $43.63

    • Love Is Blind

    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
    • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Love Is Blind by William Boyd. Love Is Blind is William Boyd's sweeping, heart-stopping new novel. Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum.

    Regular price: $24.00

    • Any Human Heart

    • A Novel
    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 464
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 417
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 417

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • very satisfying story-telling

    • By connie on 07-15-11

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Brazzaville Beach

    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Harriet Walter
    • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An absolutely brilliant book

    • By Sheila V. on 07-31-13

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Restless

    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,409
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 560
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 555

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Favorite Book of 2007

    • By Susianna on 12-27-07

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Waiting for Sunrise

    • A Novel
    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 123
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 100

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • No need to wait.

    • By Thomas D Kennedy on 07-25-12

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Solo

    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Dominic West
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 188

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • More Please!

    • By Mario on 10-12-13

    Regular price: $25.09

    • Sweet Caress

    • The Many Lives of Amory Clay
    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
    • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A good book killed by the narrator

    • By Margaret M. Bell on 01-07-16

    Regular price: $31.49

    • The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth

    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: William Boyd
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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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.

    Regular price: $25.52

    • The Dream Lover

    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Peter Noble
    • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Funny, moving and sharply observed, these stories are confirmation of Boyd's status as one of English fiction's finest writers. Here are 24 gripping tales told in bold, distinct voices from Brazil to Africa and from Nice to Hollywood. This eclectic collection by the acclaimed author of Restless and Brazzaville Beach is a must for any lover of the short story.

    Regular price: $22.27

    • Sweet Caress

    • The Many Lives of Amory Clay
    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
    • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator destroys story

    • By Michele L Rousseau on 02-16-18

    Regular price: $22.27

    • One for the Trouble

    • Book Slam, Volume One
    • By: Irvine Welsh, Jon Ronson, William Boyd, and others
    • Narrated by: Richard Milward, Hari Kunzru, Simon Armitage, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interestingly bizarre

    • By Bella Insch on 01-22-15

    Regular price: $8.25

    • The Blue Afternoon

    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Lorelei King
    • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

    Regular price: $20.34

    • Solo

    • Une nouvelle aventure de James Bond
    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Thibault de Montalembert
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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    Espion chevronné, membre surdoué des services secrets de Sa Majesté, James Bond célèbre ses quarante-cinq ans avec une mission peu ordinaire...

    Regular price: $23.97

    • Ordinary Thunderstorms

    • A Novel
    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 112

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Extra-ordinary Exploration of Identity

    • By Pamela Harvey on 03-20-10

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Ordinary Thunderstorms

    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Martyn Ellis
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 23

    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.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • Armadillo

    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 5

    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.

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Restless

    • By: William Boyd
    • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 12

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enthralling story

    • By Andre on 10-08-07

    Regular price: $23.93

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