Restless

  • by William Boyd
  • Narrated by Rosamund Pike
  • 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Richard and Judy Best Read, 2007.
Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Novel of the Year, 2006.
A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
What happens when everything you thought you knew about your mother turns out to be an elaborate lie? During the summer of 1976, Ruth Gilmartin discovers that her very English mother, Sally, is really Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigrée and one-time spy. Recruited for the British Secret Service at the start of the Second World War by the mysterious Lucas Romer, Eva learns to become the perfect spy, to mask her emotions and trust no one. Since then, Eva has carefully rebuilt her life - but once a spy, always a spy. And now she must complete one final assignment. This time, though, she needs Ruth's help.

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A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.

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A gripping and thoughtful book

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.
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- Tom

Restless

What an AMAZING book! This is probably the best that I've listened to, to date.

It relates the stories of a mother's past, and a daughter's present, which meet near the end in a tense, exciting and unexpected fashion.

The reading of it is slow, and the female voice didn't 'translate' the male voices very well. At first I found this distracting and irritating - but after a while I discovered that this story needs to be read carefully, as while the plot is not over fussy or difficult as it evolves, the listener needs time to think everything through. The 'hypnotic' quality of its reading was very effective, particularly when relating the events of the past.

I was utterly gripped by this story, which is fascinating, exciting, and very believable.
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- MrsFiddleback

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-10-2007
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc