Ordinary Thunderstorms

  • by William Boyd
  • Narrated by Martyn Ellis
  • 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Beginning and ending not as good as the rest

At first I thought I wasn't going to enjoy this book as the whole roller-coaster of a story depends on an intelligent and well-educated man making a stupid and unrealistic decision. However, once I got into the tale of how he manages to live outside society and evade the powers that be I was hooked and wanted to know more. I had to grit my teeth a bit at some of the "facts" about how new drugs get investigated and approved by regulatory bodies, as I've carried out such trials, but wasn't surprised by the skull-duggery attributed to drug companies. I was surprised by the ending of the book: are we being left hanging for a sequel?
The reader of the book was excellent.
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- Kirstine

A wonderful book, beautifully read.

I love William Boyd's previous work, most notably Any Human Heart, and I eagerly anticipate any new publications. His latest, Ordinary Thunderstorms, did not disappoint. The book tells the story a young scientist whose chance encounter with a stranger leads to his rapid and decline and fall. Indeed, the main plot-line of 'ordinary bloke propelled into a nightmare' had echoes for me of Waugh's Decline & Fall, Buchan's 39 Steps and Hitchcock's North By Northwest. Besides the thriller plot, the book takes us on a socio-economic ride through the social strata of the UK today. Boyd's cast of characters, worthy of Dickens or Waugh, are all made flesh by Boyd's deftly handled pen and the acting talents of narrator, Martyn Ellis. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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- L. Fuchs "grandmalisa"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2009
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks