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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • AF
  • 14-11-2018

Quite long and a little hard work

I struggled to finish this book, it was a little tragic and very long! Overall I enjoyed it.

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  • barry holloway
  • 07-11-2018

As usual

William Boyd is one of my favourite authors.
This book does not disappoint.
There is not a dull part so no chance to become bored.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-11-2018

Best narrator ever!

I love the novels by William Boyd and this one is no exception. The story takes us on a long journey together with the main character Brodie Moncur. It never gets boring and all the characters are well worked out and believable. Boyd has obviously done a lot of research in the various topics which feature in this novel but it never feels laboured and contrived. I loved the story and really didn't want the book to end. Last but not least the narrator is extraordinary good. He manages to give each character their own voice and his way of reading carries the novel to an even greater height.

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  • MIck Leyland
  • 28-10-2018

Boyd the master storyteller

Loved it ! Really was worth waiting for ... got to wait for the next one now

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  • Mark
  • 25-10-2018

Absorbing!

Great storytelling with tragic interesting central character with good narration. I was immersed in the time and the locations and can only admire the research which must have gone into this book.

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  • pauline wallin
  • 22-10-2018

A Thriumph

The most poignant, erudite novel I have heard in a very long time. William Boyd is a master of the classic narrative and, the unexpected twist. And, boy, does he know how to play those heartstrings.

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  • Carol
  • 20-10-2018

Wonderful book!

This brilliant story is a good old fashioned ripping yarn, beautifully narrated by Roy McMIllan.
The pace is fast and it is packed with adventure, love, loss and derring do. It is the sort of book
that takes over your life when reading it, and makes one bereft on finishing. I will never look at a
piano tuner in the same way again..