As a journanist the author is familiar with the Middle-East and his insight is informative. Unfortunately his prose is second-rate. His characters are not believeable. No right-minded CIA boss would leave Ferris in the field; he's a jerk.
The reader's notion of the female voice is pathetic.
I recommend your avoid the author and the reader.
The plot of this novel has as a hero a totally self-centered, egotistical idiot. His acceptance at face value by every other character is completely unbelievable. It is really not worth the time it takes to listen to it.
the reader having a better style of reading very boring droning voice
d.e.d anything read by peter hoskings or david treddink
don,t know could not get passed first 20 minutes and that was a struggle
There were about 5 parts that seems like they were added as an afterthought. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story and the performance. Get the book, you won't be disappointed.
Married with 6 kids and 3 grand children. Love my job as a OHS & E manager working for a construction company in Perth. I listen to books in
I have seen the movie so i had a had an advantage...Good story line once it got going, and i thought the arrogance of the CIA was well portrayed throughout the book, and indeed at times adding to the suspense. I like the author, and i found the narrator to be OK (as opposed to all the other critics that are giving him a pasting). Worth a listen to.
Not even Dick Hill's narration could save this book . . . and after a while I think he quit trying. The book's downfall is its peculiar mix of topical material--terrorism, al Quaeda, Iraq, Afghanistan--and a peculiarly 1940s -sensibility romance. The protagonist is inexplicably naive, despite his experiences and his job; his marriage makes no sense, nor does his ext from it. His romance of the feisty young smart gorl is absurdly chivalrous, as though the author thinks each character must keep one foot on the floor at all times while in bed. The plot, while convoluted, is like a dull drive on an uninteresting windy road.This book is perfect if you have a lot of time and don't mind being bored.
The main character of this novel is simply not believable. Nor is he consistent. He begins as a veteran CIA case officer and winds up a sniveler whose maudlin emotions and goals seem contrived and completely unrealistic. This whole book could be sharpened up with a closer eye to forming and retaining the hero's character amid the environment in which he lives and operates. The narration leaves much to be desired, as well.
I found this book to be pretty boring. Rather than focusing on spycraft or politics it mainly focuses on the main character's sappy romance. Ignatius is an ok writer, but I simply felt that this book was sold as a CIA spy novel and turned out to be something completely different. I turned it off 1/2 way through.
Dick Hill is usually one of my favorite narrators, but I didn't feel he read this book particularly well. For those of you that can't stand Dick Hill, you will definitely not enjoy his work on this book.
I worried about buying this book after reading comments on the reader. While he is not my favorite, he does a very adequate job and does not distract from the story. If you know the difference between an Egyptian and a Jordanian accent, then you may worry. Otherwise enjoy a good story.
Each day of listening to this book I kept waiting for it to get better. It lacks a human connection to the main character. Try as I might, I just couldn't get into it. Finally I gave up. This happens rarely for me. How can you not enjoy a book being read to you? But, I did not enjoy this one.