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Summary

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. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie's love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the 19th century becomes the 20th. 

Love Is Blind is a tale of dizzying passion and brutal revenge; of artistic endeavour and the illusions it creates; of all the possibilities that life can offer, and how cruelly they can be snatched away. At once an intimate portrait of one man's life and an expansive exploration of the beginning of the 20th century, Love Is Blind is a masterly new novel from one of Britain's best loved storytellers.

©2018 William Boyd (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Mark
  • Essex
  • 27-09-18

Boyd on Top Form

Any William Boyd novel is a big event for me and I am delighted to say that 'Love is Blind' has been well worth the wait and fully lives up to expectations. The blend of character and plot is excellent with a sweeping narrative that convincingly depicts time and place. The research really pays off. For me, as a listener, the quality of the narrator can make or break a book and whereas, 'Sweet Caress' was (to my ear) unlistenable Roy McMillan has done an impeccable job with 'Love is Blind'. He has all the warmth, depth, empathy and authority required to bring this impressive novel to life. I did not want it to end.

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Brilliant

William Boyd is a superb writer and Love is Blind ranks in his top three, with Any Human Heart and The new Confessions. Once again he gives us a fascinating, multi-layered work of art that captivates throughout. His characterisation is so sure-footed that it was a pleasure to meet the people he created and to be taken through late nineteenth century Edinburgh and Paris, to Nice and St Petersburg and a far flung corner of the earth was a thrill. Thrilling too was the plot-line, and subtle the references to the arts, music and the life and literature of Chekov.
Roy McMillan narrated very skilfully . His voice is pleasant, well modulated and varied. I frequently find myself irritated by narrators who do not check out the pronunciation of non-English names and phrases and so I was pleased to find that the French and German was well handled.

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William Boyd

Great story which was very well narrated by Roy McMillan which made it a very enjoyable listen. I spent too much time listening when I should have been working!

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BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE

This is a beautifully written story of love. It takes one into a world at the turn of the 19th Century. So sensitively performed, a masterful performance..

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Another great yarn

This was a captivating life and love story. All the loose ends were nicely tied up at the end.
The narrator did a good job with all the many characters and accents.
Overall an excellent listen!

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Riveting!

An excellent story from beginning to end. Narrator was also excellent and range of language skills impressive.

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Loved this book

An enchanting, romantic story, I loved it and will seek out more from William Boyd

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Best audio book ever listened to, I feel affected

Truly memorable book/ listening experience. bide your time, soak it up and stay with Brody

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Disappointing

Sorry to say (being a major WB fan), this novel did not work for me, on a number of levels. Firstly, the plot and premise - the life of a piano tuner - seemed overdone. It just seemed a stretch for a likeable piano tuner to be imployed by a maestro in the first place, let alone in getting caught up in all the plots and subplots of the life of a musical performer. seconde - the characters, aside from Brodie, seemed 2-dimensional, especially Leica; there was little character development, so no understanding for me of the intense love interest. As expected, there was good pace and enjoyable locations to keep you listening, but at times I wondered where the book was going, and whether WB was making it up as he went along. A curious final section, but not out of character for a WB work. One huge positive though - the brilliant reading of Roy McMillan, he possibly made the book sound better than it was, which I appreciate is a form of damning praise. So often a book is let down by its reading; here, the reader lifted an uneven book into something just about passable.

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  • JOHN
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Simply Superb

William Boyd is one of my favourite authors and this, his latest work, is his best since Any Human Heart. It is a wonderful story with a great range of characters (including James Joyce and his brother Stanislaus who feature in a little vignette while Brodie Moncur, the main character, was living in Trieste). The narration by Roy McMillan is masterly and he has an admirable command of accents including Irish, something that non-Irish narrators usually fail at.