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
Like most other reviewers here, I too feel that the narrator ruined this audible/audio book. Having read and/or listened all of Daniel Silvia's previous Gabriel Allon books, I of course enjoyed the story, as always. The narration, and particularly the HORRIBLE ACCENTS, especially having listened to the prior book in the series on audible with the great John Lee. This narrator cannot do a Hebrew Arabic or French accent. why no one taught to him the proper pronunciation of names of the characters is beyond me. As an ISRAELI, I was absolutely horrified at the fact that he could not even say the names correctly without an accent, which is understandable as its a hard accent to imitate, but let alone with an attempted fake Hebrew accent that made Ari Shamron's character, for instance, sound RUSSIAN. and whoever said he was terrible at impersonating the voice/tone of a WOMAN, I concur. The bottom line is that thiS narrator should never have given the job. Period.
This was a good story, but compared to the other titles in this series I found the narration to be a little monotone and the Hebrew and other language pronunciations to be pretty bad. Still enjoyable overall though!!
The story line felt like pieces of other stories strung together.
It lacked the usual strength of Silva's earlier novels. I limped toward the end trying just to finish, still hoping for something more compelling to pull me in.
I'll never tire of reading or listening to Daniel 's stories of Gabriel Allon. The story is compelling and interesting and keeps you wanting more. Five stars for such an excellent story
Worst reading ever. Understanding of foreign words and accents non existent. Jarringly atrocious. Pronunciations so off as to be satirical if intended, but instead simply ruined a perfectly good story. If I hadn't paid for the privilege, I would have deleted and read it rather than listen to it on Audible. Execrable performance.
Better story line; different reader
Not at all - I love Daniel Silva's work!
I tried, I really did. I wanted to like this book as much as I've liked others in the series.