Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd audiobook

Waiting for Sunrise: A Novel

By William Boyd
Read by Robert Ian MacKenzie

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Vienna, 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor in town seeking psychotherapy for a troubling ailment of a sexual nature, becomes caught up in a feverish affair with a beautiful, enigmatic woman. When she goes to the police to press charges of rape, however, he is stunned, and his few months of passion come to an abrupt end. Only a carefully plotted escape—with the help of two mysterious British diplomats—saves him from trial. But the frenzied getaway sets off a chain of events that steadily dismantles Lysander's life as he knows it. He returns to a London on the cusp of war, hoping to win back his onetime fiancée and banish from memory his traumatic ordeals abroad, but Vienna haunts him at every turn. The men who helped coordinate his escape recruit him to carry out the brutal murder of a complete stranger. His lover from Vienna shows up nonchalantly at a party, ready to resume their liaison. Unable to live an ordinary existence, he is plunged into the dangerous theater of wartime intelligence—a world of sex, scandal, and spies, where lines of truth and deception blur with every waking day. Lysander must now discover the key to a secret code that is threatening Britain's safety, and use all his skills to keep this murky world of suspicion and betrayal from invading every corner of his life. Moving from Vienna to London's West End, from the battlefields of France to hotel rooms in Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a mesmerizing journey into the human psyche, a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe, a plot-twisting thriller, and a literary tour de force.

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A New York Times bestseller

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

Selected for the May 2012 Indie Next List

Vienna, 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor in town seeking psychotherapy for a troubling ailment of a sexual nature, becomes caught up in a feverish affair with a beautiful, enigmatic woman. When she goes to the police to press charges of rape, however, he is stunned, and his few months of passion come to an abrupt end. Only a carefully plotted escape—with the help of two mysterious British diplomats—saves him from trial.

But the frenzied getaway sets off a chain of events that steadily dismantles Lysander's life as he knows it. He returns to a London on the cusp of war, hoping to win back his onetime fiancée and banish from memory his traumatic ordeals abroad, but Vienna haunts him at every turn. The men who helped coordinate his escape recruit him to carry out the brutal murder of a complete stranger. His lover from Vienna shows up nonchalantly at a party, ready to resume their liaison. Unable to live an ordinary existence, he is plunged into the dangerous theater of wartime intelligence—a world of sex, scandal, and spies, where lines of truth and deception blur with every waking day. Lysander must now discover the key to a secret code that is threatening Britain's safety, and use all his skills to keep this murky world of suspicion and betrayal from invading every corner of his life.

Moving from Vienna to London's West End, from the battlefields of France to hotel rooms in Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a mesmerizing journey into the human psyche, a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe, a plot-twisting thriller, and a literary tour de force.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A tantalizing, fast-paced spy novel…beguiling, suspenseful…Seductive as it is, Waiting for Sunrise is no bodice-ripper. It’s a brainteaser, charged with uncertainty and danger, electric with restraint.” New York Times Book Review
“Few contemporary writers are able to evoke the ambiance and drama of our recent past as forcefully as Boyd…Boyd’s prose is radiant, yet it is a brilliance that serves to illuminate his story…Waiting for Sunrise might have the feel and place of a thriller, but its ultimate focus is on the psychic damage inflicted on some of those who enter the permanent night of espionage.” Washington Post
“So rich with surprises and reversals, so rife with false friends and treacherous ‘saviors’…This is a terrific yarn, but it’s also a complex work full of telling detail and rich in allusions literary, mythical, and psychological.” Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“Celebrated English literary virtuoso Boyd creates an express-train read. Once you’re on board, you won’t even think about stopping until the last page is turned…Boyd’s delectably mercurial characters, astute use of this complex historical milieu and the dawn of psychoanalysis, superbly torqued plot, and exceptionally evocative language that is, by turns, lush and tensile, witty and wrenching, coalesce into a long, dark night of the soul.” Booklist (starred review)
“With intelligence and humor, acclaimed author Boyd explores the themes of truth and betrayal in the human psyche…Boyd has developed his characters with depth and crafted an exciting plot that moves along at quite a clip.” Library Journal
“Classy entertainment from the British virtuoso—a period caper that evolves into an adventure story of wartime counter-espionage…Boyd’s latest has the irresistible charm of a vintage car that’s still eminently roadworthy. And it’s great fun.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: William Boyd

Author Bio: 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 13.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English