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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginning, Ordinary Ending., 8 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Ordinary Thunderstorms (Hardcover)
Ordinary Thunderstorms is a book that starts extremely well. Adam due to an unfortunate set of circumstances has his life turned upside down. Hunted by the police and a hired killer he if forced to go into hiding and draw on resources that he was unaware that he had.

In so many ways this is a wonderful book, I read the first two thirds loving both the fantastic characterisation and the truly compelling plot. There is so much of Boyd at his best from the grimy descriptions of "The Shaft" to the invention of the eccentric "Church of John." He has a knack of evoking so much with a relatively lean style.

Despite this praise, I did think that it petered out at the end. The first part of the book is written in much more depth than the last third. It feels as though Boyd ran out of steam or indeed hurried the end, maybe his deadline was looming In the end it is all slightly unsatisfying.
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Initial post: 9 Oct 2009 14:21:43 BDT
Yellow Duck says:
This story recently featured on the BBC "Book at Bedtime" It's quite unfair to compare the written with the spoken word, particularly as:-
1. I haven't read the written word version, and
2. The adaptation for radio was done as lamentably badly as usual. Is there no one left in the BBC who knows that a "read" story is a play with only one actor and adapts the novel accordingly? Imagine being in a theatre, and every time a character finishes a speech, someone sitting in the wings says - to "help" the audience - "Hamlet said" or "Ophelia replied"

And even WORSE! You get this sort of thing in these miserable BBC adaptations

Hamlet - "To be or not to be"
VOICE OFF - "said Hamlet"
Hamlet - "That is the question!"
VOICE OFF - "he continued" It's excricuating. Unlistenable! . . . grumble grumble

Nor can I usefully comment on the perspicacity and wisdom of your review. Because I fell asleep before any of the 10 episodes ended.
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