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Ordinary Thunderstorms - A Novel

William Boyd

One May evening in London, Adam Kindred, a young climatologist in town for a job interview, is feeling good about the future as he sits down for a meal at a little Italian bistro. He strikes up a conversation with a solitary diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterward. With horrifying speed, this chance encounter leads to a series of malign accidents, through which Adam loses everything—home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, cell phone—never to get them back. The police are searching for him. There is a reward for his capture. A hired killer is stalking him. He is alone and anonymous in a huge, pitiless modern city. Adam has nowhere to go but down—underground. He decides to join that vast army of the disappeared and the missing who throng London’s lowest levels as he tries to figure out what to do with his life and struggles to understand the forces that have made it unravel so spectacularly. Adam's quest will take him all along the river Thames, from affluent Chelsea to the gritty East End, and on the way he will encounter all manner of London's denizens—aristocrats, prostitutes, evangelists, and policewomen—and version after new version of himself. Ordinary Thunderstorms, William Boyd's electric follow-up to his award-winning Restless, is a profound and gripping novel about the fragility of social identity, the corruption at the heart of big business, and the secrets that lie hidden in the filthy underbelly of every city.

One May evening in London, Adam Kindred, a young climatologist in town for a job interview, is feeling good about the future as he sits down for a meal at a little Italian bistro. He strikes up a conversation with a solitary diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterward. With horrifying speed, this chance encounter leads to a series of malign accidents, through which Adam loses everything—home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, cell phone—never to get them back. The police are searching for him. There is a reward for his capture. A hired killer is stalking him. He is alone and anonymous in a huge, pitiless modern city. Adam has nowhere to go but down—underground. He decides to join that vast army of the disappeared and the missing who throng London’s lowest levels as he tries to figure out what to do with his life and struggles to understand the forces that have made it unravel so spectacularly. Adam's quest will take him all along the river Thames, from affluent Chelsea to the gritty East End, and on the way he will encounter all manner of London's denizens—aristocrats, prostitutes, evangelists, and policewomen—and version after new version of himself. Ordinary Thunderstorms, William Boyd's electric follow-up to his award-winning Restless, is a profound and gripping novel about the fragility of social identity, the corruption at the heart of big business, and the secrets that lie hidden in the filthy underbelly of every city.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

One May evening in London, Adam Kindred, a young climatologist in town for a job interview, is feeling good about the future as he sits down for a meal at a little Italian bistro. He strikes up a conversation with a solitary diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterward. With horrifying speed, this chance encounter leads to a series of malign accidents, through which Adam loses everything—home, family, friends, job, reputation, passport, credit cards, cell phone—never to get them back. The police are searching for him. There is a reward for his capture. A hired killer is stalking him. He is alone and anonymous in a huge, pitiless modern city. Adam has nowhere to go but down—underground. He decides to join that vast army of the disappeared and the missing who throng London’s lowest levels as he tries to figure out what to do with his life and struggles to understand the forces that have made it unravel so spectacularly. Adam's quest will take him all along the river Thames, from affluent Chelsea to the gritty East End, and on the way he will encounter all manner of London's denizens—aristocrats, prostitutes, evangelists, and policewomen—and version after new version of himself. Ordinary Thunderstorms, William Boyd's electric follow-up to his award-winning Restless, is a profound and gripping novel about the fragility of social identity, the corruption at the heart of big business, and the secrets that lie hidden in the filthy underbelly of every city.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Gideon Emery

Length:

12h 4m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:21


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

33:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

10:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

15:50


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

16:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

12:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:03


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:00


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

30:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

34:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:32


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:19


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

27:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:48


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

13:35


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

09:50


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:23


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

13:07


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:59


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:19


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

11:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

17:19


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:31


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:55


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

24:25


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

19:16


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:29


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

11:23


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:21


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:31


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

11:02


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:59


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

16:59


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:21


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:33


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:06


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

13:06


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:52


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

15:44


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

23:07


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

00:33