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Love Is Blind

Narrated by: Roy McMillan
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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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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Not the author’s best book

The main character seems wise and full of promise in the early chapters, but slowly as a reader I became to increasingly dislike his characterisation. Not easy for me to understand why he couldn’t see beyond the blind love that rules and ruins a life otherwise full of potential happiness and achievement. A good read other than the disappointment of the main character.

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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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  • Jane Carter
  • 18-02-2019

Wonderful

William Boyd is my favourite author and he didn't disappoint. What has compelled me to write a review is the narration..I hope Roy McMillan continues to narrate books he's a genius.

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  • antonio
  • 16-06-2019

A long journey in time and space

William Boyd is such a good writer who charms you with a beautiful prose, engaging story-plots and strongly drawn characters. This time i felt my "Boyd experience" was repeating itself : an unusual , passionate and complicated love story set in the 1890s to 1900s with twists and turns that take the reader from Scotland to Paris, Russia ,and India.The story is elegantly told and the pleasure to read grows page by page. Towards the end , however, i felt that Boyd was lacking passion for his own characters and wanted to get it done (the end of the book is really rushed). This bit of disappointment makes the book "good, but not great".

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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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  • 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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  • penhalligon
  • 30-01-2019

Beautifully written and read

This novel has everything: a heart-rending and unusual love story, combined with such a wealth of period detail as to bring life at the beginning of the twentieth century vividly to life in front of your eyes. William Boyd paints wonderful landscapes and cityscapes but doesn’t get bogged down in too much description, so the story moves along at a pace, with never a dull or jarring moment. I can’t praise this book enough!
Add to the mix a superb narrator who gets the tone exactly right and you have a dozen hours or so of unadulterated listening pleasure. His voice manages to capture the loving tenderness of the ill-starred couple and the sheer malevolence of the ‘baddies’ perfectly. At times I was moved to tears, at others frightened out of my life! Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-01-2019

Beautifully Read

As moving and brilliant a book as one would expect of Willim Boyd, done marvellous service by the talented reading by Roy McMillan.

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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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  • 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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  • Cabaspre
  • 28-09-2018

Faultless narration. Amazing story

Wow! I love this author anyway but this was astoundingly good, well researched, fascinating and at times hilarious. There was a passage where the language was so foul it made one blush (said inside the swearer's head) followed by such a gentlemanly reply to the object of the profaner. Excellent! A perfect package for me really. The narrator was empathetic to the story and with so many accurate accents. I think I would like a prequel to this and find out more about Brody's awful father. The details of the nuances of piano tuning were wonderful - who knew?? I am so sorry to have fininished this - please get to work immediately Mr Boyd.

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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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  • Mark H
  • 10-10-2019

Excellent

Great story, beautifully written and very entertainingly read by Roy McMillan (whose narration of my - coincidentally- previous book, The Second Sleep, impressed me more than Robert Harris’ now obligatory anti-climactic ending).
Love is Blind is enthralling and William Boyd constructs his story beautifully, as ever. This isn’t as perfect a novel as Any Human Heart (which is one of my favourite novels of the last 50 years), and I’m still not sure how much I warmed to the protagonist (despite Roy McMillan’s best efforts to inject him with an endearing voice), but ignore this book at your peril.

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  • Julie Anderson
  • 25-09-2019

Enchanting

I read this book in 4 very busy days and was waking up early to squeeze extra minutes into each opportunity to find out more. The characters were developed beautifully and I was transported back to the turn of the 20th century and to lots of wonderful places, a delightful and immersive experience, thank you Messrs Boyd and McMillan (superb accents!)