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What happens when everything you thought you knew about your mother turns out to be an elaborate lie? During the summer of 1976, Ruth Gilmartin discovers that her very English mother, Sally, is really Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigrée and one-time spy. Recruited for the British Secret Service at the start of the Second World War by the mysterious Lucas Romer, Eva learns to become the perfect spy, to mask her emotions and trust no one. Since then, Eva has carefully rebuilt her life - but once a spy, always a spy. And now she must complete one final assignment. This time, though, she needs Ruth's help.
©2006 William Boyd; (P)2006 Bloomsbury Publishing
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By Elanjelian on 01-02-10

A worthwhile listen

'Restless' is an enjoyable listen that's fast paced, even gripping at times, although its 'final analysis' was somewhat unconvincing, and perhaps even shallow (for an award-winning novel). Nonetheless, I'd gladly recommend it to anyone, particularly those who enjoy spy novels. And, as others have noted elsewhere, Rosamund Pike has done an excellent job narrating the book!

By the way, I chose this version of 'Restless' over the other version by Macmillan Audio as it was a lot cheaper, and I have no regrets.

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By Rajeev on 07-11-12

Feel 'restless'

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Simply the best audiobook I've 'read' so far.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Restless?

The escape through the parking lot in Europe after the 'double cross'.

What does Rosamund Pike bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She successfully alternates between past and present, clearly bringing out the flavour of the times. Her narration brings out the 'cold' and unforgiving nature of the events of the past as against the familiar present and finally brings out the uncertainty of the present that needs and leads to (unpleasant?) resolution. No doubt a large part of this is the authors skill, but I will always somehow connect this with the dramatic portrayal of the protagonist.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, though there's a contrary sentiment of wanting to savour it (familiar to every reader?).

Any additional comments?

Narration plays a huge roll in the appreciation of an audiobook, and Restless is a hands down winner on this account. It has also put me on to the talent of William Boyd who I had not read before.

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By Tom on 11-03-07

A gripping and thoughtful book

This is one of the best audio books that I have listened to for some time - out of about 250 in all! William Boyd's books transfer to audio really well, and 'Restless' is no exception. He always has a thoughtful and believable plot, characters are interesting and well drawn, the story both grips and provokes, the pace of the book never lets up, and it is never for a moment dull. He gets inside of the mind of what it might have been like to be a spy, trusting no-one.

The background detail is very convincing too (though I heard him on the radio saying that he had made much of it up!).

Narration is excellent too.

Get this book - you will not be disappointed.

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By MrsFiddleback on 07-15-09


What an AMAZING book! This is probably the best that I've listened to, to date.

It relates the stories of a mother's past, and a daughter's present, which meet near the end in a tense, exciting and unexpected fashion.

The reading of it is slow, and the female voice didn't 'translate' the male voices very well. At first I found this distracting and irritating - but after a while I discovered that this story needs to be read carefully, as while the plot is not over fussy or difficult as it evolves, the listener needs time to think everything through. The 'hypnotic' quality of its reading was very effective, particularly when relating the events of the past.

I was utterly gripped by this story, which is fascinating, exciting, and very believable.

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By Tony Wood on 01-27-16


I always loved the spy thrillers in the style of Len Deighton and Le Carre.
This book carries on that tradition and really brings to life the era.

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