If you can get past the narrator sounding like he's speaking from the bottom of a barrow, the story is thrilling and hard to press pause because you just wanted to hear more. As soon as I was done listening to this book, I downloaded The Messenger next in the series.
Another great Allon book. Enjoyed the continuing story from last book. It is best to listen to the series in order. We started with one of the most recent and have since started from #1.
Daniel Silva takes a nugget from the beginnings of the Country of Israel and weaves an interesting story of strife and survival.
There needs to be better coaching for correct pronunciation of place names and people's names. It is difficult hearing a very bad attempt at a name.
I listen to a books while riding my bike, driving, running or working around the house. Keep your mind active.
If you have not read or listened to the first four books in the series, start at the beginning. This is book five. I am a big fan of the Gabriel Allon series. They are great spy novels, with outstanding action and intrigue. While the narrator does not completely ruin the book, I would say that his narration does not add to the story. Mr. Barry reminds me of listening to NPS news cast. Narration is very monotone and boring. Guerin Barry does not compare to the narration of the previous books by John Lee.
Good to read not to listen to
Horrible pronunciation of ethnic names. YO-natan (Hebrew for Jonathan) was pronounced yo-NAtun. Narrators voiceover of the main character made him sound like a child not "grey around the temples" from all that he had been through. Moreover all of the "voices" constructed for the characters detracted from their strength within the book.
Never read another Guerin Barry narrated book again.
Mr. Silva, please consider having this re-recorded. I love your work. I normally find myself unable to put it down. Guerin Barry's narration of your work does a complete disservice to you and the characters you have created,
The story is good and is key to back story for Gabriel and the office crew. As for the narration, it is well read and I would listen to other books with him but he does Hebrew and Arabic accents poorly and it can be distracting.
This is the fifth book I have read in the series. It is a lot of fun. Reminds me of Mitch Rapp series but I like the historical aspect with Israel and Europe on center stage.
I would not say edge of my seat but very enjoyable and well developed.
I'm conflicted about how I feel about this book. It is my first Silva novel, I almost called it quits in the beginning. I found the characters mundane and the plot moving to slowly, I think in an attempt to be cerebral... I hung in there to then came to the thought that this novel is nothing more than an author making a political statement in support of the Zionists... The last third of the book the pace picked up and became a novel of suspense, action, and intrigue. The final chapter was anti-climatic and did nothing for me. I really don't know whether I thought this was a novel that was as good as other reviews said it to be. I rated it good, not great will try another Silva novel, "the messenger" to give him a fair shake but say if you are a fan of John Corey,r John Wells, or Mitch Rapp this may be a little to slow and political for your taste...