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3.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Boyd Narrator: Rosamund Pike, Rosemund Pike Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9781427200204
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"I am Eva Delectorskaya," Sally Gilmartin announces, and so on a warm summer afternoon in 1976 her daughter, Ruth, learns that everything she ever knew about her mother was a carefully constructed lie. Sally Gilmartin is a respectable English widow living in picturesque Cotswold village; Eva Delectorskaya was a rigorously trained World War II spy, a woman who carried fake passports and retreated to secret safe houses, a woman taught to lie and deceive, and above all, to never trust anyone.
Three decades later the secrets of Sally's past still haunt her. Someone is trying to kill her and at last she has decided to trust Ruth with her story. Ruth, meanwhile, is struggling to make sense of her own life as a young single mother with an unfinished graduate degree and escalating dependence on alcohol. She is drawn deeper and deeper into the astonishing events of her mother's past—the mysterious death of Eva's beloved brother, her work in New York City manipulating the press in order to shift public sentiment toward American involvement in the war, her dangerous romantic entanglement. Now Sally wants to find the man who recruited her for the secret service, and she needs Ruth's help. Restless is a brilliant espionage audiobook and a vivid portrait of the life of a female spy. Full of tension and drama, and based on a remarkable chapter of Anglo-American history, this is listening at its finest.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Among longlisted titles for Audible.com 100 Audible Essentials, 2007
  • Winner of Audie Award Winner, 2007
  • Among shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2007

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harry | 2/19/2014

    " An entertaining spy novel set in pre-WWII Britain and America with an ending in the mid-1970's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/19/2014

    " I found the life story of the main character (the mother) very interesting. It was hard to put down. Too bad the daughter was such a drippy, boring creature! But, that's how life is, sometimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 2/15/2014

    " I liked this combo of history and mystery/spy novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bri | 2/5/2014

    " A book I would have never picked up on my own. It was so interesting and different. I love the way two stories are rolled up into one. Now, back to Before and After...I should stop getting so distracted with other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Marie | 1/29/2014

    " Interesting read - a little slow to get into, but the premise and plot makes you wonder what spies are lurking around the corner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie Gunn | 1/22/2014

    " I found this a bit of a strange book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barclay | 1/18/2014

    " This came recommended as a book that you can't put down. I enjoyed it, but something was missing. I kept thinking there would be deeper revelations about the characters or some more events would illuminate the narrator, but no. I was left a little bit hanging, though the story is a good one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/14/2014

    " This one started out a little shallow... but it picked up steam and I liked it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 12/27/2013

    " Excellent British spy novel. One of Boyd's many enjoyable books. Layers of intrigue. Deepening character progression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/16/2013

    " Let me preface this by saying William Boyd is one of my favorite authors. I believe his two best books are "A Good Man in Africa" and "Brazzaville Beach". That said this is a very enjoyable, brilliantly written book full of tension, treachery, murder and mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica Edinger | 12/8/2013

    " Extremely entertaining! I bet it is optioned already for a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 11/7/2013

    " Richly detailed, fascinating WWII spy story, told mainly in flashback. Audiobook perfectly read by talented narrator. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat Cripps | 10/27/2013

    " Read this having watched the two-parter on TV over Christmas. Enjoyed it well enough, although obviously I knew the outcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 8/28/2013

    " Solid Espionage Drama set in Britain over the course of four decades. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 8/17/2013

    " The characters weren't likeable, the storyline was difficult to buy into and the ending was disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth (Liz) | 5/13/2013

    " I liked this book, interesting take on intrigue and spying. Be sure to note it is set in the 1970's. It makes a difference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 3/20/2013

    " I quite enjoyed this one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 2/13/2013

    " Compelling story, but I can't shake the impression that it is a shameless capitalization on peoples' continuing interest in spy culture and stories. You'd fly right through it, and the book has several interesting layers. Fairly well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 8/28/2012

    " Nice World War II espionage tale. Interesting what if, or is it true?, look into the British spy network during the war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 andrew | 12/27/2011

    " An entertaining literary thriller set before and during WW II. Not as good as to other excellent books by Boyd : The Blue Afternoon and Brazzaville Beach. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyse | 10/31/2011

    " As a regular old novel it's pretty darn good. As a spy story it's a bit thin. The miniseries made a wise decision in cutting out most of the 1970's story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Marie | 5/20/2011

    " Yay! Engrossing spy novel, with strong female protagonists. Boyd continues to be a good find. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 5/20/2011

    " I really enjoy William Boyd (and spy thrillers), but found this to be a bit lacking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/15/2011

    " I found the life story of the main character (the mother) very interesting. It was hard to put down. Too bad the daughter was such a drippy, boring creature! But, that's how life is, sometimes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 5/4/2011

    " The sections dealing with Eva's experiences were the more interesting parts of the book, but overall it was a good read. An interesting look at using misinformation to manipulate the enemy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn | 4/19/2011

    " It's not for everybody, but it's the smartest and most compelling spy thriller I have read in a very, very long time. The characters are sharply drawn, the plot is clever, and the writing is superb. It's got more and better thrills than le Carre and without the bombastic moralizing and pretension. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 4/13/2011

    " I really liked this spy thriller, maybe not my favourite Boyd but it bowled along. Some good characters. Boyd is good at detail and I loved the 70's feel of the daughter's story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hairy Chord | 4/13/2011

    " Gosh, this was a pointless read. Unnecessary characters (Just exactly what was the point of the German porn star and the lovestruck pupil?) and the whole jumping back and forth was predictable and dull. For an author that is so highly regarded, this was a poor introduction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 2/27/2011

    " A good spy thriller. Not my usual genre, but a quick and interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/22/2011

    " Could not put this one down. It's a good mother/daughter story that's mixed with historical spy fiction. I plan to read more by this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanne | 2/22/2011

    " Sehr spannend und gut geschrieben. Dazu noch eine kleine Geschichtsstunde in Spionagegeschichte des 2. Weltkriegs. Definitiv empfehlenswert. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grace | 2/19/2011

    " Kept my interest; I wanted to know what was going to happen. Relationships didn't ring true and twists and turns became a bit too complicated for me. "

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About the Author
Author William Boyd

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

Rosamund Pike was born in London to a classical violinist mother and opera singer father. She traveled throughout Europe during her early childhood and now speaks fluent German and French. As an actress she has appeared in a number of films and television series, including Wives and Daughters, An Education, Jack Reacher, and the Bond film Die Another Day.