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Love Is Blind

Narrated by: Roy McMillan
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Love Is Blind by William Boyd. 

Love Is Blind is William Boyd's sweeping, heart-stopping new novel. Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. 

When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie's love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the 19th century becomes the 20th. 

Love Is Blind is a tale of dizzying passion and brutal revenge; of artistic endeavour and the illusions it creates; of all the possibilities that life can offer, and how cruelly they can be snatched away. At once an intimate portrait of one man's life and an expansive exploration of the beginning of the 20th century, Love Is Blind is a masterly new novel from one of Britain's best loved storytellers.

©2018 William Boyd (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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A beautiful story

A delightful evocative tale of life in the late 1800’s. The characters are beautifully executed and the atmosphere of the era finely represented.

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  • Mark
  • 27-09-2018

Boyd on Top Form

Any William Boyd novel is a big event for me and I am delighted to say that 'Love is Blind' has been well worth the wait and fully lives up to expectations. The blend of character and plot is excellent with a sweeping narrative that convincingly depicts time and place. The research really pays off. For me, as a listener, the quality of the narrator can make or break a book and whereas, 'Sweet Caress' was (to my ear) unlistenable Roy McMillan has done an impeccable job with 'Love is Blind'. He has all the warmth, depth, empathy and authority required to bring this impressive novel to life. I did not want it to end.

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  • Sarklet
  • 14-10-2018

Brilliant

William Boyd is a superb writer and Love is Blind ranks in his top three, with Any Human Heart and The new Confessions. Once again he gives us a fascinating, multi-layered work of art that captivates throughout. His characterisation is so sure-footed that it was a pleasure to meet the people he created and to be taken through late nineteenth century Edinburgh and Paris, to Nice and St Petersburg and a far flung corner of the earth was a thrill. Thrilling too was the plot-line, and subtle the references to the arts, music and the life and literature of Chekov.
Roy McMillan narrated very skilfully . His voice is pleasant, well modulated and varied. I frequently find myself irritated by narrators who do not check out the pronunciation of non-English names and phrases and so I was pleased to find that the French and German was well handled.

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  • colin_y
  • 17-12-2018

Far too quiet, no volume

I cannot hear this properly even on full volume,
Why?
I was looking forward to this, I have tried 3 sets of headphones but the sound is still poor

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  • Wras
  • 18-10-2018

We see very little when we want to.


This is not my usual taste in books but it was written by William Boyd, and that makes it something I would explore. I was not disappointed.

The story is a beautiful period piece that describes time and places in a beautiful way and develops a plot and characters you naturally care for; Brodie Moncur became real and his travels and period became alive, and his fictitious life was real for a few spackling hours.

A definite yes, if you like good writing and something delicate.

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  • Willy
  • 28-09-2018

William Boyd

Great story which was very well narrated by Roy McMillan which made it a very enjoyable listen. I spent too much time listening when I should have been working!

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  • Gabbi
  • 17-01-2019

Brilliant book. Excellent narration.

I loved this book. William Boyd is a master at bringing his characters to life and this novel worked on every level, helped in no small way by the superb narration by Roy McMillan.
Reminded me in a way of "Love in the time of Cholera".

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  • Anthea
  • 15-01-2019

Brilliant storytelling

This is a lovely story with some of the best narration I have heard yet on Audible. The accents and the character building is strengthened significantly by Roy Macmillan and I found myself wanting to check back in regularly to continue Brody's story.

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  • Radioman
  • 08-01-2019

Stunning Odyssey

This is an amazing novel – unpredictable, far reaching both from a literary and a geographical perspective.

It is expertly interpreted by Roy MacMillan, someone who has mastered his art and who entertains his extremely fortunate listeners.

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  • KCT
  • 07-01-2019

More cat and mouse than a real get your teeth into

I was really looking forward to this book and kept waiting for the story to evolve, but for me it was a simple tale of cat and mouse, I really don't get where the real grit / story comes into it. I found it boring, only made more pleasurable by the narrator who was great. Sorry, not one for me...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-12-2018

Sweeping Tale

Great writing and excellent reader. I would highly recommend it. Epic sweep with believable characters .