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Author: William Boyd Narrator: Roy McMillan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2018 ISBN: 9781984841452
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The Whitbread Award-winning author of A Good Man in Africa and the Costa Award-winning Restless now gives us a sweeping new novel that unfolds across fin-de-siècle Europe as it tells a story of ineffable passions--familial, artistic, romantic--and their power to shape, and destroy, a life.

Brodie Moncur is a brilliant piano tuner, as brilliant in his own way as John Kilbarron--"The Irish Liszt"--the pianist Brodie accompanies on all of his tours from Paris to Saint Petersburg, as essential to Kilbarron as the pianist's own hands. It is a luxurious life, and a level of success Brodie could hardly have dreamed of growing up in a remote Scottish village, in a household ruled by a tyrannical father. But Brodie would gladly give it all up for the love of the Russian soprano Lika Blum: beautiful, worldly, seductive--and consort to Kilbarron. And though seemingly doomed from the start, Brodie's passion for her only grows as their lives become increasingly more intertwined, more secretive, and, finally, more dangerous--what Brodie doesn't know about Lika, and about her connection to Kilbarron and his sinister brother, Malachi, eventually testing not only his love for her but his ability, and will, to survive. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • This audaciously unpredictable tale of passion and pianos in 1880s France and Russia is worthy of adulation. . . . William Boyd has pulled of an audaciously cunning trick, a literary bait and switch that both delights and surprises. . . . Boyd has always been a brilliant chronicler of both character and place . . . Vibrantly alive, full of the hum and filth of life . . . hugely readable, entirely engaging and frequently funny. Alexander Larman, The Guardian
  • Perfectly pitched . . . On the surface Love Is Blind has all the hallmarks of a slow-burning thriller—the event packed story of a single decade in [a character’s] life. . . . [But] the book balances the sad and ordinary randomness of life—its bathos even—with a kind of transcendence. . . . A finely judged performance: a deft and resonant alchemy of fact and fiction, of literary myth and imagination. Carys Davies, The Guardian
     
  • Reading this masterly novel from Boyd is like easing into a comfortable prose chair. The language, story, and setting all converge in a richly satisfying human drama; highly recommended. Henry Bankhead, Library Journal (starred review)
  • Boyd’s lively 15th novel careens across the world . . . a wild story . . . ageless and very entertaining. Publishers Weekly
     
    Praise for William Boyd
  • Britain’s greatest living novelist . . . [Boyd] has probably written more truly classic books than any of his contemporaries. . . . There’s a rare, graceful permanence to Boyd’s work. ―Tom Cox, Daily Telegraph (London)
  • A worthy heir to Waugh and Amis . . . Boyd seems singularly blessed with both an innate love of storytelling and the talent to render those stories in swift, confident prose. Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
     
  • To read a William Boyd novel is to open a bottle of wine, light a fire, sit back in your favorite armchair and trust that the master practitioner will take you on an intriguing and unpredictable journey. Charles Cumming, The Spectator (London)
  • A 21st-century avatar of Graham Greene . . . [and] the most reliably page-turning of modern English novelists, full of old-fashioned storytelling virtues, of place evocation, pace, drama and sex. . . . [A] prodigiously gifted master storyteller. John Walsh, Independent (London)
  • Like [Sebastian] Falks, Boyd . . . has that rare gift of being popular and literary at the same time. His 15th book will surely be complementing living rooms across the country soon. Johanna Thomas-Corr, Evening Standard (London)

    “Boyd has long been a master of the technical aspects of fiction-writing, and in Love Is Blind this is again in evidence: plotting, pacing and historical detail are all adroitly handled, and he succeeds in making the world of piano tuning—as well as the wider milieu of fin de siècle Europe—come alive. . . . Extremely enjoyable.
  • [Boyd] is exceptionally good at evoking a vivid sense of place. . . . Love is Blind is a cautionary tale in how passion can both lift up and destroy lives. Amy Scribner, BookPage
  • [Boyd is] a debonair, versatile, casually philosophical literary entertainer—clever and thoughtful. Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times Book Review
  • Boyd is a born story teller whose clear, taut prose never gets in the way of his characters and their unpredictable fates. Cynthia Crossen, The Wall Street Journal
  • Few contemporary writers are able to evoke the ambiance and drama of our recent past as forcefully as Boyd . . . And [his] characters are as beguiling as his prose. ―Stephen Amison, The Washington Post
  • “One of the very best prose stylists and storytellers in the English language.
    Benjamin Healy and Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic Monthly
  • William Boyd is in his element with this sweeping, involving tale. . . . A novelist on top form . . . There are few reading pleasures as great as giving in to a William Boyd novel when he’s on song. The best are beautifully plotted, arcing across and expansive stretch of time, and stuffed with wonderfully individuated characters who will be quirky without being ridiculous. . . . If you like ‘disappearing into a book’ then Boyd is on form in the ultimate in immersive fiction, and Love Is Blind is Boyd at the top of his game. . . . He conjures up a world and a story so extraordinary and yet so convincing you feel they must be real. David Mills, The Times (London)
  • Boyd is a golden combination of high literary credibility and popular acclaim. . . . Love Is Blind is part adventure and part misguided romance. Beneath the surface are two ghosts—Robert Louis Stevenson and the wise, sad Russian realist Anton Chekhov. Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times (London)
  • “You won’t want to miss Roy McMillan’s performance of William Boyd’s engrossing novel of obsession, passion, betrayal, and piano tuning…McMillan’s diction perfectly reproduces the ambiance of the nineteenth century with its flourishes and excesses…McMillan delivers the continually twisting plot and its revelations with elegance…Intriguing listening.”

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About the Author

William Boyd, Scottish novelist and screenwriter, was born in Accra, Ghana, and attended university in Nice, Glasgow, and Oxford. He is the author of ten novels and a number of screenplays and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. He lives with his wife in London.

About the Narrator

Roy McMillan is a director, writer, actor, and an Earphones Award–winning narrator. Among his audiobook readings are Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, A Dog’s Heart by Mikhail Bulgakov, and The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx.