This is one of the best audio books that I have listened to for some time - out of about 250 in all! William Boyd's books transfer to audio really well, and 'Restless' is no exception. He always has a thoughtful and believable plot, characters are interesting and well drawn, the story both grips and provokes, the pace of the book never lets up, and it is never for a moment dull. He gets inside of the mind of what it might have been like to be a spy, trusting no-one.
The background detail is very convincing too (though I heard him on the radio saying that he had made much of it up!).
Narration is excellent too.
Get this book - you will not be disappointed.
This was the second John Irving audiobook I have listened to - the other being A Prayer for Owen Meany. It's taken me a while to get round to it as I was slightly put off by the length; although I enjoyed Owen Meany, it did lack the narrative momentum that makes a really good audiobook, and I was a little concerned that Son of the Circus might be the same, and this might make it a demanding and long listen.
But I was very pleasantly surprised. The plot is certainly an original one, very interesting and inventive, and the book never flags. The cast is quite a big one, but the author paints them all with a sure and vivid touch, and yoou want to know what is going to happen to them. Narration by David Colacci is excellent and he really makes the book such a pleasure to listen to.
All in all, a very enjoyable book and strongly recommended.
Nabokov is a truly great writer (a Nobel prize winner I think); only a great writer could take such a potentially tawdry subject - a middle aged man's obsession with and sexual exploitation of a 12-year old girl - and turn it into a compelling story of the complexity of human relationships without glossing over the darkness, the emptiness and the pain. And the combination of Nabokov's brilliantly fluent and poetical prose and Jeremy Irons' superb narration is such an intoxicating mix - an outstanding audiobook by any yardstick. Superb stuff indeed. I've listened to around 500 audiobooks over the last 15 years and this must be one of the best. Strongly recommended. A genuine 5-star listen.
Audible addict. Listens while commuting,walking and any chance possible. Enjoys all genres although is yet to read a sporting biography.
This is a deceptively simple story told through the eyes of a young man who has been driven mad by events in his life. Despite the subject matter it is full of warmth and love and even moments of great humour. This is a stunning debut novel and as somebody who was a teenager in the 70's I can completely vouch for the authenticity of the setting. If you want to read something that is brave and honest this is highly recommended. The relationship between the young brothers and their father will stay with me for years to come.