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.
Life long compulsive reader & lover of recorded books
This is an international spy thriller that moves at a very fast pace. Supremely entertaining. The writer keeps the action going so that the reader has no time to analyze the logic of it all
I read this book before I listened to it. In most cases, the narrator adds dimension to the work. In the case of this novel it was not so.
This book kept me awake wanting to know what happened next!
This is an espionage spy novel. This is not an action thriller with fireworks every other page and feats of a super human strength... This is a novel that requires patience and thought as the story develops into an plot of intrigue and mystery. This novel is not for folks looking for Mitch Rapp or "The Gray man" type of action, this is more on the order of Silva and le Carre.... The characters are complex, the plot complex, and the ending fulfilling. Someone once said you can tell the quality of the novel by how long after you finish the book you continue to think about the characters; I won't forget these characters anytime soon!!! If you are into espionage novels that are complex cat and mouse spy stories I recommend you give this novel a try.
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!