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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Customer Reviews

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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

A good story, not sure about the reader

This is the first experience of William Boyd. I don't normally read thrillers, but got really drawn into this book, and, once I'd accepted the slightly unlikely course of action the main character takes at the start, I thought the story hung together really nicely, and kept you interested all the way through. The only thing that really spoiled it for me was the reader - he has a rather sad and weedy voice, not suited to this dynamic story, and has a limited range of quite unconvincing character voices; the two female protagonists in particular sounded very similar to me.
Overall though, I would definitely recommend this book.
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- Grace

Book Details

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