Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
I bought this book after reading a review of David Oyelowo's performance. The listener described his narration so beautifully, and raved about it so joyously that I bought the book just to hear his performance. And, I am glad that I ddid. His narration was masterful, full of heart and nuanced. Each voice was distinct and resonant. I absolutely loved this book more than I would have done without his voice. This book is worth listening to just to hear Oyelowo's acting chops.
David Oyelowo's magnificent performance brings this complex LeCarre book to life. This may be the single best performance I've heard in 10 years of Audible membership. Oyelowo should be narrating more Audible selections - he's brilliant.
The Mission Song story line is much too complicated to listen to in one sitting. To properly understand the narrative it helps to have some background on Congo history and African geography, but it's worth the effort.
I love just about anything written well with good narration. I love spy novels, WWII spies in particular. I love doggies! And Scott brick
I am an enormous fan of Le Carre' and looked forward tremendously to this audiobook. However Mr. Oyelowo mumbles throughout the entire production, making it nearly impossible to make out what he is saying. Sometimes he trails off entirely, it is almost like he had taken a valium before recording this, a good number of the words are slurred. Is this part of the character he is portraying? If so he was fabulous. Either way I cannot listen to or understand more than half of it so I will be returning. This brings to question the fawning adulation of the narrators by other so-called 'reviewers'. Almost universal love for the recording and narrator. I have been an audible member for 8 years and have never seen such a disparity between the reviews and actual quality of product. Something is going on that is not in our the consumer's best interest it seems. Perhaps the pc monster has struck again.
I like spy stories, and I like the idea of this one. Maybe a good read, but as a listen it just frustrates me. I've tried it twice, and I have failed twice to finish it. By early in the second half, I just want to give up.
If you like le Carre's books, buy the book. The story is probably very good. The performance of this audiobook is fairly good, but I cannot recommend it as enjoyable.
Interesting story and you learn a lot about Africa, but the storyline is often hard to follow
A good audiobook is dependent upon two factors: first, the quality of the original work, and second, the quality of the translation into its new, spoken word format. Unfortunately, the reader for this book was not up to the task, slurring his words together and making the piece all but unbearable. I couldn't come near to finishing it.
Ordinarily I am a fan, but this book must have been written over a single weekend to meet a contract deadline. I found myself saying, "who cares" about a hundred times during my read...I found no enthusiasm for the characters, little action, no suspense, and had to labor my way through it so as to not completely waste my listener credit...don't waste your time on this title.