I enjoy this series for two reasons: the implausible luck reminds me of fantasy and the accurate reference to reality is an interesting blend. The voices and accents were particularly good in the one. The authors comments at the end about reference to true events was very interesting
I've only listen to four of Daniels audiobooks and enjoyed all of them – guess it's time for me to finish the series!
I've read a number of the Daniel Silva books and at time I've found them somewhat formulaic (same elements etc.) but this one had more - and really held my attention. Perhaps it was the inclusion of a recruited American highly educated woman into the Israeli service, her training, and her level headedness, the "newly discovered" Van Gogh and it's owner's (also a woman) eventually decision to loan it to Gabriel - anyway - a good story, well constructed, well narrated, with characters I really cared about, and bits of jewish history (art stolen or hidden during WWII from or by Jewish families in Germany) that added a drama and a context.
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
I have not read the print version but I enjoy this performer so much I wouldn't even try the print version.
I have read/listened to all of the Silva books. I enjoy his plots and characters. His books are timely and relevant.
His accents and nuances are masterful.
Yes, however I saved it for long trips so I could savor the story and performance
The story was detailed with an intriguing plot. It kept my interest throughout. I found it exciting and loved the narrator. He was exemplary with his skill of accents. What a performance!
It was about terrorism and counter terrorist agencies and the process of trying to foil their attempts as well as catch the bad guys. It was very detailed and well thought out with many twists and turns including suspense that kept you on the edge of your seat. Will they get there in time, will this one be saved , is that cover blown, etc..
No, I haven't. However, I will look for his name from now on. His performance was exceptional. There were so many nationalities and he was able to display an array of accents that made it seem as though several different people were narrating. His transition from one character to the next was flawless.
Loved, loved, loved the ending. Awesome way to finish the story, all loose ends tied up and some justice doled out besides.
Well worth your time. This is a very good book. Now I want to read the whole series.
The narration left me cold and the story was slow. This followed a really good book but it still seemed too slow. I invested 30 minutes of listening in hopes that it would take off but it was a gooney bird for me.
I have listened to a few of Daniel Silva's other works and have enjoyed the twists and turns in the plots.
There were some moments that brought intrigue and kept me wanting to listen more to find out how things turned out.
The performance was very well done.
There were times that I wanted to keep listening... I actually listened to most of it on a 5 hour road trip and back...and being able to listen continuously helped me enjoy the story and keep fresh the preceeding events of the story.
Overall the listen was just "OK". I found the first 10 chapters not very exciting as there was to much talk about middle eastern politics. After that the action got started and was good until the end which was a little disappointing. If you like novels with a underlying theme of Saudi vs Israeli & U.S and it's political problems, then you will enjoy this novel.
Highly recommend. I am planning on reading many more books from Silva, this being my first.
Daniel Silva has grown to be my favorite author with his wonderful novels of Gabriel Allon, and this one was no exception. Terrific action, wonderful plot, lots of realistic information about Saudi oil money and the terrorism it supports, and the precarious position of modern day Israel in international politics. I highly recommend all the Gabriel Allon books, and look forward to this one which is supposed to be the first made into a motion picture.