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Description

Vienna. 1913. Lysander Rief, a young English actor, walks through the city to his first appointment with the eminent psychiatrist, Dr. Bensimon. He is sitting anxiously in the waiting room when an extraordinary woman enters....

Moving from Vienna to London's West End, the battlefields of France, and hotel rooms in Geneva, Waiting for Sunrise is a feverish and mesmerising journey into the human psyche, and a beautifully observed portrait of wartime Europe.

©2012 William Boyd (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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  • Global
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  • Chrissie
  • 25/12/2014

Too complicated

Too complicated. Too unclear. It is pretty meaningless to say that life is totally subjective.

Narration by Roger May fine.

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  • Jack C
  • 18/03/2014

Superb story let down by weak narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of Waiting for Sunrise to be better than the print version?

The print edition is better but not by much. With a more accomplished narrator it would be comparable.

What did you like best about this story?

The central character, who is flawed, humane and very easy to empathise with.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

High pitched voice, lacked the gravitas to read the autobiographical sections as the theatrical Lysander. Otherwise a bland, effete British voice.

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  • antonio
  • 06/02/2013

Enjoyable !

The story develops in many European cities just before world war 1. Initially the characters are well shaped , the atmosphere captivating and the plot intriguing . Boyd writes with a confident and fluent style which makes the reading very enjoyable...However as the story progresses the plot becomes shaky (and frankly less credible) and Boyd seems uncertain as to how wrap it up . The end of the journey is somewhat disappointing , particularly because the first half of the book is so engaging..

All in all enjoyable (i.e. good,but not great)