I am very disappointed by this book. Instead of the historical intrigue / mysterious thriller I signed on for, what I found was a thinly veiled documentary. The book goes on and on and on AND ON about the horrors of the holocaust.
YES--we know! The Nazis were terrible people. They killed millions of people. WE KNOW. Now, do you have anything else to say? Because my impression of this book was that I was going to be entertained by interesting characters and a well meshed storyline with several different layers and as much intrigue as action.
What this book gives is frequently two characters alone in a room going on and on and on about their personal experiences under Nazi captivity. If I wanted to know about the horrors of WWII, I'd watch the Discovery Channel. Worse than that, you have one character "teaching" another about the holocaust. Therefore the reader has to delve in to every disgusting nuance of what was war.
If the author wants to write about Nazi concentration camps, then great, by all means do that. But don't write that same book and call it "A Death in Vienna." This in ENTERTAINMENT. Not your personal soapbox.
The narration of this story was first rate, and for the first time in my audible membership I started searching for downloads by the same narrator rather than title or author. Unfortunately the story line and the book's outcome were so predictible that I tended to use it as bed time listening. I found setting the sleep timer on my ipod for 15 minutes usually meant I didn't hear it turn itself off. All in all a little disappointing. Silva is one of the better contemporary writers and his previous books like The Confessor are first rate thrillers with interesting characters and plot turns. This book, the third in his Holocaust trilogy is a little too predictable with Nazi villains like paper cutouts from a 1950s comic book. In the final couple of hours of the narration I found myself wanting it to end. My recommendation is to choose something else by Silva.
YES BUT WITH A DIFFERENT NARRATOR
YES,BUT HARD TO LISTEN TO
NO ONE TALKS LIKE THAT
NO, HARD TO LISTEN TO THAT VOICE
LOVE ALL OF SILVA'S BOOKS BUT WISH GEORGE GUIDALL WOULD NARRATE
Listen nearly every day to an audiobook.
I think it could only be enjoyed by someone who hasn't read the preceding Gabriel Allon novels. The first hour or so rehashes the character's history, and events that took place earlier in the series. At points, I wondered whether I had read this book already. After having listened to three long Allon novels, Death in Vienna comes across as formulaic. The author needs some new espionage themes, beyond discovering war criminals, conspiracies to cover up their crimes, and dishonesty within the Catholic church.
I would be careful about listening to a novel for which Mr. Lee is pressed to perform foreign accents. He an excellent reader in British English. However, his Israeli accent sounds like a speech impediment. He substitutes a "w" for an "r."
I would like to encourage the publisher/producer to hire more than one reader. Most readers can not carry off multiple accents, and/or play both female and male roles.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
The event of the holocaust effects everyone somehow attached to it in a deep way & it even has a dramatic effect on those who have nothing to do with the event except ensure something like that never happens again. In this book Silva does such an excellent job of inter-weaving an unlikely story into a race to ensure a monster does not get away with the atrocities he's done & rationalized himself into everyday society.
One of the most interesting parts is that each character who actually was a holocaust survivor remembers & deals with the trauma in different ways. For a main character in the book a simple painting brings back happy childhood memories that no amount of money could every replace, while Allon's mom never spoke to him about what she went thru during her holocaust experience. The difference between a writer like Silva & Flynn who I both love, is that Silva is much more discreet 'spy-craft' versus a character like Rapp that just busts heads. This subtle yet much more realistic version of espionage can be slow at times but Silva keeps u interested by making sure there are other underlying stories that are taking place.
As I've also mentioned before, Allon is no 'Lone-Ranger', he is part of a larger system of networking agents with their specific strengths, but Allon is the 'glue that holds the team together.' This book created a historical fiction about an event that changed a whole nation/culture/religion while at the same time was able to add a cat & mouse chase between a relentless hunter chasing after a prey that has been on the run since the end of World War II
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book for anyone who likes the Gabriel Allon series but also as a stand alone novel of spy-craft, espionage, & how all the different cogs of a war machine work to run an unstoppable force. This was one of the top 3 Allon books for me personally.
Rich characters. Well researched. Excellent writing. Less violence and more character nuances.
The plot was good. I figured out shortly after starting this book that the author has a primary character who is central to a series of books. I generally don't like those, but this was pretty good.
absolutely would recommend the book. All of my children have listened to it and loved it as well
there is certain amount of predictablity in all mystery stories some one always gets in trouble and then has to be rescued. it is the rescue and plots that make it fun. It is nice to read a book that has no graphic sex an no profanity but is still a good read or in my case listen. i look for Desilva's books because I know I will enjoy them and they will not be offensive.
I love his art descriptions it is obvious that the author loves art as well
Always on Edge
The other books in this series and the books by Dana Stabenow for all of the information you learn while reading a really good story.
Yes, very much
No, they were all good
I love this whole series, you learn so much about what is going on in the world today and in the past.
Silva begins with Allon restoring an alter piece and ends with Allon's contribution attempting to restore some piece, understanding and closure to Holicost victims. Silva respects that this sad part of history not be forgotten but believed (because the distruction of millions is difficult to comprehend) while the memories are kept alive. Perhaps through understanding comes toleration and growth.
What I especially like is the final outcome for the Nazi SS officer after 60 years. Listen to this book and see what you think.