- Audio CD
- Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books; Unabridged edition edition (Oct. 1 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781407441139
- ISBN-13: 978-1407441139
- ASIN: 1407441132
- Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.7 x 13.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,346,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ordinary Thunderstorms Audio CD – Oct 1 2009
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"William Boyd's Ordinary Thunderstorms is a pacey thriller that lends itself peculiarly well to narration, as Boyd puts us into four contrasting mindsets. The narrator, Martyn Ellis, transfixes the listener with a bravura performance, voicing Rotherhithe deadbeats, Southwark evangelists, upper-class Chelsea twits and ruthless South Americans with equal conviction." The Times "Compellingly read by Martyn Ellis, it is a serious, thoughtful and provocative novel. And it speeds along faster than a cheetah." The Independent"
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William Boyd is an amazing writer from the inside out, but in this novel it seemed to me that he was listening to outer voices - e.i. Okay, write your next novel, hurry hurry hurry.
Boyd has an extraordinary command of the language and of the voices of his characters, but in Ordinary Thunderstorms I think he came up with an idea (a lot of little thunderstorms gathering into one HUMUNGOUS climax), chose a bunch of characters to fill the roles of thunderstorm, and then put them to work to create his climax. I was so distracted by jumping from one character to another, chapter by chapter, that I was never able to feel anything for any of them. Each seemed extremely stupid in his own little way. Why would a professional person (the heart of the novel) relinquish logic for fear? Why not just march into the local police station, Bud, and explain yourself? Why would a professional killer focus on the very person who is taking the heat away from him? These questions go on and on.
I could not read past p. 75 (hardcover edition).
I love Boyd's writing style. But this time it wasn't enough.
Two stars for style. Three stars off for improbability and for forcing his plot beyond reason.
is a worthwhile read.
While it was a good book, I don't think it was fantastic or anything, and I wouldn't believe all the hype.
The story keeps you reading, and I was up until 3 a.m. finishing the book but ultimately I was left dissatisfied. I feel the plot wraps up too quickly, too succinctly.
There's also a moralistic overtone to the book, where everyone who commits a sin gets their comeuppance. Life is not so black and white and again it is overly simplistic to have bad things happen to all the bad people and good things to the good.
It works as a story, and it's a good beach read, perhaps I was just expecting too much.
Great London scenes and characters from the underbelly of that immense and complex city. Read it would be my recommendation.
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