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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Boyd Narrator: Rosamund Pike, Rosemund Pike Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2006 ISBN: 9781427200228
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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 shortlisted titles for Audie Award Finalist, 2007
  • Winner of Audie Award Winner, 2007
  • Among longlisted titles for Audible.com 100 Audible Essentials, 2007

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 2/18/2014

    " Not normally a fan of books about spies but I really enjoyed this one. Dual time frame novel between the 1970s and the years of WW2. Tells the story of Eva and Sally, who's modern day tale is narrated by her daughter. I actually enjoyed the modern day sections more but there were parts in story of Eva which were real page turners. Wasn't sure what to expect from this book but ultimately enjoyed it and it's an easy book to get into. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie G | 2/16/2014

    " After reading a few so-so books, I am so happy to have found this involving book. I loved both stories, alternating back and forth, getting engaged by each for different reasons. Sally was fascinating and extremely skilled at disappearing. Her daughter has a much more normal life, but I kept seeing mysteries in her stories as well. I definitely will read another by Boyd. "

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

    " Dit is gewoon een heel spannend goed geschreven boek. Deels spionageroman, deels gewoon een verhaal over een moeder en dochter in Oxford. De spionage vindt plaats in de eerste jaren ven de 2de wereldoorlog, de rest speelt in de 70er jaren. Het is zonde om de plot te vertellen,maar ik kan het iedereen aanbevelen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 2/1/2014

    " Can't put it down!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth (Liz) | 1/30/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizabeth | 1/26/2014

    " I am almost done with this book - and I used an audiobook and the performance was fantastic. I am thoroughly enjoying this novel more than I have any in a very long time. I'm going to have to check out Boyd's other works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gillian | 1/17/2014

    " Loved this one. Like thrillers and spy things. However I did wonder afterwards the point of having so much detail about the daughters life and her ex-lovers brother and girlfriend. I really wanted the mother to be watched and not just have it as part of her imagination. I liked the way it jumped back and forth though time it made you work at bit to keep with the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie Gunn | 1/6/2014

    " 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 Sara | 11/30/2013

    " This was a decent book, but didn't captivate my attention. The characters weren't as well-developed as I would have liked to see. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 11/18/2013

    " I saw the TV production of Restless over Christmas and really loved it. So I was delighted when it was this months book in our Book Group. An easy read, but absolutely fascinating even though I already knew the story. Loved every minute of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Howard Goodman | 11/10/2013

    " Terrific spy story, elegantly told. I wasn't sure of the point of much of the plot in the more modern scenes, involving radical international politics, however. Perhaps some other readers might enlighten? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 11/1/2013

    " very interesting, lots of twists and turns "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 9/5/2013

    " I am still looking for a great, contemporary literary spy thriller that doesn't rush to wrap up, after such a nice ride. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holden | 8/2/2013

    " This is the first Boyd I have read, and enjoyed it so much I am now reading his earlier novel 'Brazzaville Beach'. Solid writing with a good plot and likeable characters. recommended! "

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

    " Thumbs up. Intriguing story, great characters - an all around good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirsty Melville | 12/15/2012

    " Very interesting psychological study of spies in world war 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tess | 9/12/2012

    " I really enjoyed this spy thriller - like a John Le Carre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyse | 7/18/2012

    " 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 Janet | 6/15/2012

    " I quite enjoyed this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Woo | 5/20/2012

    " Who's running whom? How? Why? And for how long? Here is a literary spy novel that takes on these questions, masterfully and memorably. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariola Clark | 9/22/2011

    " This was an enjoyable book. I liked the way it played out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shifra | 8/30/2011

    " Charming good old fashioned spy novel where characters secrets are peeled away slowly but surely. A single mom and her adorable son discover that her mother was spy during WWII. The author goes back a forth telling us this story from the mothers perspective and the daughters. Really enjoyed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 7/9/2011

    " Meh. Maybe I hate it because someone is killed with a pencil to the eye. Maybe it was just lacking. Read LeCarre or Joseph Kanon instead. "

  • 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. "

  • 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.