I know that Steinhauer has a legion of admirers, but I guess I'm not smart enough to be one of them. I simply couldn't follow the plot. It's one thing to be in the dark as events are occurring, but at the end, I do like to know how it all turned out, a desire that eluded me in The Tourist. Yes, there were several interesting characters and the action and motives, in isolation, did provide some excitement, but how it all fit together was something I, for one, never figured out.
Topic of Suicide over and over at the first part of the book. Could not get past that.
would recommend this audiobook, nicely crafted and well performed.
this is all I have to say, silly that audible has a 15 word minimum
Great story and writing. I've often wondered if the thriller hero could ever be a truly ordinary person in skills, equipment and resources. Steinhauer answered my question with a resounding, "yes." Although Milo Weaver's CIA tech resources aren't much more than can be found in Radio Shack and his talents and intelligence aren't extraordinary, one third through the book i was spellbound. This is not just a riveting story, Steinhauer either accidentally or intentionally changes the readers perspective maximizing the book's emotional drama. I think Steinhauer may manipulate the reader as well as he writes providing the reader with profoundly thrilling experience. Moreover, he adds far more depth to Milo's"civilian" side than most of our "dark-humble-thriller-heros." Initially, I was motivated to turn the next page to catch up to Milo, then once caught, a perspective bigger than Milo envisions emerges giving us glimpses into the diabolical intrigue awaiting our protagonist letting the reader actively bring the clues together to formulate the conspiracy afoot, versus spoon feeding us the plot. For those who don't work on guessing the underlying plot, it is soon revealed by the author. But Milo''s way out and any solution remains seemingly impossible. Tiny clues provided by the author though out the story give life to deeper dimension and storyline. The book stands easily on its own even though it's the first of a trilogy. I didn't have that unfinished feeling a cliffhanger provides, but I was so enamored with Milo, I couldn't wait to get to the next one.
I'm a neophyte suspense novel reader. I had enjoyed the Stieg Larsson trilogy, so I was drawn to this series after reading a review in the New York Times. I was not disappointment by The Tourist. I found the main characters to be well developed and the plot maintained my interest throughout. I enjoyed the narrator's rich voice. The female voices were a bit distracting at first, but the descriptive context of the story made it a pleasant listen. I usually listen to audio books at 11/2x to 2x speed, but this reading was perfect for me at standard speed. I look forward to rejoining the characters in "The Next Exit".
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Great spy thriller. It is set up for a new book at the end. It is in the vain of the best of the Bourne books (I only read the originals not the new ones). I listened to this as an audiobook and the narration was very good.
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I read all the posts above and, yes, they were helpful to me; they let me know that I am not crazy; this book not really Le Carre. I particularly winced at Tom Weiner's whistled sss-es. It hurt my ears. I might have gone back to listen further if he had not had such a poor reading voice.
I love to listen to books while driving. This is one of the best I have listened to. Made me want to go out and just drive around the block to finish it!
I usually like to liten to Audible downloads at bed time. sorry to say this was a great way to fall asleep. had to find my way back the next night. Slow paced and very little depth to bad people. Ending did not make sense. Milo turned out to be a loser and Simmons the heroine.