Having just finished and LOVED The Cairo Affair, I was excited to begin this trilogy...
When I first heard the narrator's grating and guttural voice I thought I could get used to it, but by chapter 6 I had to bail.... His vocal fry is horrendous!
So many twists and turns. One of the best spy stories I ever read. Olen Steinhauer is to intrigue what Stephen King is to horror. I must read more of his books. Starting today I think I will find another one to read.
I liked the book. It was interesting, and an easy listen. I would have scored it as a 4 star book, but I couldn't stand the wife of the main character. I didn't think she was well written.
Reader was a 3 out of 5 at best. Strange accents given to some of the characters (Wife Tina and Boss Granger to be specific)
I loved this book. The narrator was a little weak on some of the voices, but the plot and story were excellent. Definitely on par with Le'Carre
I really like this story, my first from this author. I tend to favor a bit more action, but came to appreciate this one regardless. Very well told story. I had to rewind now and then since it got a bit complex at times. But I listen while I commute so it's easy to get distracted anyway. The author did a good job of providing recaps now and then that fit seamlessly into the story.
I look forward to more from this author.
The story succeeds most when it focuses on the character of the broken spy. The narration is fine for the straight text and Milo Weaver's voice, although the tough-guy affect becomes tiring. All other voices are overly weakened, detracting from the story. Other male characters are spoken in high pitched, vague tones. The female character readings are the most off-putting. Two women characters are arguably the two strongest characters in the book. They are read, though, with a strange falsetto vagueness and a breathy weakness that conjures dependence and vacillation rather than decisiveness and mental acuity. The reading seems inconsistent with their characters.
I have listened to many audiobooks, but this was the first that I have had difficulty in following the narrator. He spoke so rapidly, I had to turn the setting to 75% of regular speed. The story was somewhat puzzling, as several of the characters did not act as rational people would. I did not feel as though I could relate to the characters. It was also hard to tell when they were telling the truth, or when they were lying.
Good story. slow development. Struggled to finish. It seemed very familiar. A cross between Jericho Quinn and The interns handbook.
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Maybe someone who enjoys an espionage tale. To me the characters a very boring and one dimensional. They are mostly all just names with "no faces". The dialogue is canned and the storyline is very dull. I keep daydreaming while I am listing to it and just cant make it through. The is too much "talk" and not enough action.
A little, yes.
Ok, alright, and bla.
In his defense, usually the performance, no matter how great, can not do much to improve a lack luster writing style.
Really cant think of any. that is why I will ask for my money back. It was part of a buy one get one free so I don't know how that works? I guess that could be a plus in it's favor. I did enjoy the other book "Hypothermia".