I love the last 150 years of history. Bully Pulpit and the Wilson biography absolute best!
This is one of the best Gabriel Allon books. Phil Gigante, the narrator needs to learn to pronounce French. He's a terrific actor and does all voices well but his mastery of French pronunciation and British accent is quite underpar. I could teach him in a minute!
The story has a good start and middle part, but it looses credibility towards the end. The performance is mediocre, with a few voices sounding similar to one-another. Also, it seems Mr. Gigante failed to consult for the correct pronunciation of words in Russian and Hebrew, which can be found in Wikipedia, like dacha and chupa.
I thought the last 50% of the book was right on, exciting Gabriel Alon. But, the first half, a bit hard to get through.
I love Daniel Silva's books. Even the ones that are not as perfect as others are still excellent. MOSCOW RULES had suspense, tough situations, and great character - both evil and good. One thing I really enjoy about Silva's work is the amazing dialogue. Some of the conversations are priceless!
I listen to a lot of audiobooks and usually Phil Gigante is a fabulous narrator. He read this well, for the most part, but there are too many words mispronounced to let it slide. And some are words he pronounced correctly in previous books. Is there an editor or director keeping track of this? It's a bit distracting.
But, all that aside, this is a great book.
This series is an all time favorite of mine. The characters, plot, pacing, and suspense that keeps me coming back for more. I find these novels to be written intelligently with no super heroes, theatrics, or super powers. Realistic, with a suspense that keeps you turning pages. Great stories by a great author. The narration is perfect!
Shiloh Bound Doc! University of Iowa graduate. Iowa Writer's Workshop fan. Hawkeye Fan! Believer. Husband. Father. Physician.
I think there is some steady improvement overall in Mr Silva's writing. Some passages seem to bog down and I often leave this book and listen to another one or two that I am listening to.
I find that then I often return rejuvenated and ready to dive back in! I don't know if that's just this series of books or just a new audible listening style that I'm developing. 😱
I am biased to audio books. You can listen throughout the day while doing other tasks. This read was easy to follow. Great depth developed around the characters.