It was an okay book. Not great but not bad. Slow as hell in the beginning but overall pretty good. I'm going to try another one of his titles and see if it's any better. One thing is for sure, Michael's wife Elizabeth... biggest pain in the ass I've ever heard. Someone should have shot her in the book.
I liked Moscow Rules and the Defector better by Dan Silva. This is very similar. In Moscow Rules and Defector the main character is a painter and carrys a 9mm Berreta. In Mark of the Assassin the Bad guy is the painter who carrys the Berreta.
Come on, mix it up a little. Its not bad though
Musician, composer, entertainer. I travel around Australia presenting clinics on drums and percussion. I write music from my home studio. I love film music and salsa music. Love being with Audible and listen constantly to comedy, thrillers etc on my iPhone when I'm setting up my show, packing the van or driving to and from the gigs. It's my friend in my ear!
Awful narration. Gave up on this one when the fourth rate James Stewart impersonation began. What do these guys think a listener will do when they hear that? Wait for the John Wayne character to come along? Not me, I'm off. This narrator joins a growing black list of story tellers to avoid. Rubbish.
A shallow, unimaginative novel. The plot is soooo cliche'; the protagonists are almost as unlikeable as the villains; and, the ending is weak. The only reason I gave it two stars is because the narrator does a fine job. However, good narration cannot save a poor novel.
Maggie in Boise
I love the Gabriel Allon series and the narration. I decided to venture into the Michael Osborne series. Unfortunately, the narrator ruins it. He just can't do women and makes the female characters sound whiny and irritating. The story itself is good, so I would recommend reading , rather than listening.
The narration when done regular voice is great but he made my hate all the female characters because he did voices and accents for them. Why can't books just be read and not acted?
Very well written and narrated. Predictably hero centered and assassin romanticized. A pleasure satisfied and grateful
After reading a lot of praise for the author and listening to a friend who likes his books very much, I took the plunge. I persevered through the first few chapters before I couldn't bear any more of the unbelievable opinions of a couple of the Israeli characters, the incredible premises on which the story seemed to be based (a super-agent for the Mossad who is also about the best art restorer in the world) and a super-assassin who is able to plan and coordinate highly complicated missions with split second timing that go off perfectly. It was just too ridiculous. If it's not fantasy or supernatural, it has to be reasonably credible and this book isnt. The only character I found at all likable or sympathetic was the young boy. The first hour was crammed with different stories that I found it hard to get into at all. I left it aside 2 or 3 times before I was able to get into it, by which time it was too late to return it.
I thought the narrator was pretty good, though his Israeli accent was completely wrong and he put the accent on the wrong syllable in a very common 2-syllable Israeli name (most listeners won't notice) and I didn't listen to more than about 3 hours of the book.