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.
The author went to so much trouble to familiarize a new reader with the characters and themes that I thought I was 're-listening' to a story I had already heard.
After hearing 8 in the series, they're all old friends
NO. Not in this series. Mispronounced too many words and names. Why wasn't this edited??
He did the voices well so probably should not do accents.
More Gabriel Alon
I enjoyed the Israeli history. This was more than just a spy/action novel. The Gabriel Allon series is starting to show symptoms of being historical fiction, for which I'm very happy.
A few reviews complained about the narrator, but I thought he did a great job (apart from the MI-5 -> M 15 blunder). I'd listen to him again.
The mispronunciation of so many people, places and organizations distracted me from an otherwise good story. Was no one with any knowledge of Israel listening as this was being recorded ? At least two dozen times I wanted to hunt down the one responsible and, Gabriel style "put him down!"
I am going to listen to this one again. I love Gabriel. The author did a masterful job of teaching the history of Palestine vs Israel in a way that every US voter should hear. I knew much of the history, but this was presented in a way that would make most people rethink what they know about the Middle East. well done, Mr. Silva.
This story is great as long as you can get past the narrator. He mispronounces many of the Hebrew words and names. But it's still a great book and I recommend it.
I enjoy the spy aspect but also the real jewish and palestinian history he weaves into the story.