• Waiting for Sunrise

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-22-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.7 (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Vienna. 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor, walks through the city to his first appointment with the eminent psychiatrist, Dr. Bensimon. He is sitting anxiously in the waiting room when an extraordinary woman enters....
Moving from Vienna to London's West End, the battlefields of France, and hotel rooms in Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a feverish and mesmerising journey into the human psyche, and a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe.
©2012 William Boyd (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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1 out of 5 stars
By Chrissie on 12-25-14

Too complicated

Too complicated. Too unclear. It is pretty meaningless to say that life is totally subjective.

Narration by Roger May fine.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jack C on 03-18-14

Superb story let down by weak narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of Waiting for Sunrise to be better than the print version?

The print edition is better but not by much. With a more accomplished narrator it would be comparable.

What did you like best about this story?

The central character, who is flawed, humane and very easy to empathise with.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

High pitched voice, lacked the gravitas to read the autobiographical sections as the theatrical Lysander. Otherwise a bland, effete British voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Read the book

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5 out of 5 stars
By Julian E. Boyce on 04-05-12

Writer or Reader?

I got this book as part of my subscription. I have two books per month and, with a small stockpile behind me, decided it was time for another William Boyd. I enjoyed Restless immensely, so felt happy about this.
I enjoyed this so much, I am about to buy the book itself. The way the whole story is built, measured, parcelled, and then delivered, is beyond me. If ever I needed convincing that I could never be a writer, this book was the thing that did it.
I have to say though. that I am not totally sure who should have the most credit. The writer, or the reader. I have not heard Roger May before, but he is/was simply magnificient. He just brought the book to real life. So, William Boyd, Roger May, I salute you both. This was just Wonderful.
More. Please!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Keith D. Brown on 06-17-12

Literate thriller

Much of the publicity for this novel centred around the fact that events take place in Freud's Vienna but in fact this only accounts for the first section after which the plot heads into Graham Greene, John le Carre territory. It consequently wasn't what I had expected, but I did enjoy it and thought the writer could stand comparison with these two masters of the spy genre. He creates a central character who is also a professional actor, and this talent enables him to get out of a couple of sticky situations. I don't think this has been done before: the spy who can also act.The author might consider a series of novels about this character as it's a good trick. A sort of 007 who takes on a different persona as his mission requires.

I digress, this is a really good writer, cleverly changing pace and the order of events in a pleasingly non-linear way. The psychoanalytic section gives the main character real depth as we saw him in a completely unguarded state visiting events from his childhood. The plot becomes quite complex but I think I understood it, and the denouement is thrilling and again stands comparison with Le Carre.

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