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.
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.