Brazzaville Beach

  • by William Boyd
  • Narrated by Harriet Walter
  • 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Disappointing despite 4 stars

I loved Restless and Any Human Heart, listened to it that order and although I enjoyed this, it's not as good as the other two and I can't put my finger on the reason. I wonder if it's the reader? Harrier Walter reads beautifully, the voices are very well done and yet ... and yet... She has a very distinctive voice and the very clarity of her diction and the rather clipped vowels create a brittle feel to Hope Clearwater, who is anything but brittle or fragile; like the women in Restless she is independent, strong and resourceful. I think Harriet Walter would be brilliant reading Jane Austen or PG Woodhouse - the crisp accent just letting through the emotions, humour and wit - but I thought she was a bit too posh for this and maybe, oddly, too good for it too. She would be more suited to writing with more depth to it. The editing has also been severe with the break between chapters often non existent so, especially near the beginning before I realised this was the case, I was floundering as the story moved backwards and forwards in time and place without any perceptible pause to indicate a new chapter. But I decided to give it 4 stars - 3 seemed really too mean for what was still a very enjoyable listen.
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- Maddy

Brazaville Beach

Another great story by William Boyd. This audio book was well narated and I thoroughly enjoyed another of Boyd's excellent novels. Please record some more.
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- mike

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-10-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios