A very exciting political thriller starring my favorite art restorer/assassin, Gabriel Allon. This story is narrated by a very fine actor by the name of Phil Gigante. Mr. Gigante has the formidable task of reading this book using voices for each character in many accents, including British, British gay, Israeli, Italian, Russian, Southern American, and four different women each with their own nationality accent. His superb rendition is very believable. It is probably a good idea to read Silva's book "Moscow Rules" first, as "The Defector" takes off from where the former ends.
Won't read Silva again. His characters have become cartoonish, and his plots repetitive and increasingly hackneyed. Descriptions ever more violent and unpleasant. The narrator did his best and was excellent but despite fine narration, the book was not worth the time or effort.
Not my first book by this author which is why I was shocked with this one. It was NEVERENDING!!!! I got lost with the characters. I certainly wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. It's the equivalent of a train wreck.
I have listened to them all to now and am sure I will finish the series. But, half of the book was pure drudgery. Plus, the author has to keep re-building all the characters and many past events to bring non series listeners up to speed. The last half delivered, but it was a tough hill to climb.
THE DEFECTOR is another excellent Silva and Allon story. Phil Gigante's narration, however, detracts from the quality of Silva's writing. His intonation and pronunciation both are less than desirable. Gigante's French usage is especially poor, but, even with English names like Grosvenor Square, Gigante pronounces the silent "s". Compare John Lee or George Guidall. Gigante comes across as an amateur.
This was my second time listening to this book. The story is exciting - no problem there. But this time I found some problems with Phil Gigante's pronunciations. There is no "s" in the pronunciation of Grosvenor, for example. A minor point that doesn't really diminish the book's quality but it is annoying. The author deserves his work be produced correctly.
That being said, this is one of my favorite book series.
I have been reading the Gabriel Alon series in order. They have all been enjoyable, but this one may have been the best. Thanks for creating enjoyable fiction.
Ice thoroughly enjoyed my first audiobook I was happy with the narrator and it has encouraged me to listen to more audio books.
This ability to listen to books is really fantastic I would recommend it to anyone who has any kind of I problems or just want to be able to listen to someone tell them a story!!
A Plot, Less history lessons, Better movement of story...
ONLY his earlier books. NOT the ones he writes now.
Ok. Not Great !
Most of the supporting endless stream of characters
I was so unimpressed with this book. I could ONLy listen to half of it... such a waste of time..