Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
I love the author's inspector Q series. I thought this was another in series. It is not. It is better. Highly plausible innovative theme that keeps you listening. With over 1000 books in my library I rarely find something that I would classify as innovative. This book is. Kudos to the author.
I bought this book because it was on sale. Typically I would not purchase a book like this because I am a 50 year old man, but I enjoyed it. Somewhat silly at times, but always fun. So many CIA/Spy thrillers have the 40 year kung fu master who can use any weapon know to man, jump in a helicopter and fly it, and can hack any computer known to man. Not Mrs Pollifax. She can barely walk 5 miles, but manages to get out of trouble because no one would ever see her as a threat. Hey, who would ever expect their mother or grandmother of being a CIA agent?Again, kind of silly but it works. Although I hate to characterize this a a "chick" book, I would see where any woman over 50 would enjoy this. I know it's probably not fair to stereotype this book, I do believe am elderly audience would identify with this.
This a good "spy" thriller mostly because of the narration and the subject: the Arab spring. Set in Europe and Egypt it involves the revolution in Libya. Although it is sort of "old news" its much more current that anything involving Russia and the cold war. There is also something going on in the "background" that keeps you guessing. I won't give it away.
The narration is great. You would swear that there are several narrators instead of just Edoardo Ballerini. This is one of those books that is a much better listen than read.