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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.
33 of 33 people found this review helpful
A gripping tale but it was too drawn out by constant and unnecessary repetition. The reading was marred by very phoney accents and, in particular, the Scottish doctor.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
What a story! Such an unexpected start and the even but realistic continuation is what makes the listener reluctant to take a break. The narrator did an exceptional job considering the different accents that were needed. I hope you pay him well , he is a keeper 😁😁😁