Working wife, mom, nurse discovered listening to books is relaxing, entertaining and fulfilling. I listen almost everyday.
it was a story that provides an insight into what some of our brave military have endured to collect information and keep us safe. felt like I was educated and entertained at the same time.
Story is enthralling and the characters are real. What makes it hard to listen to is the obvious lack of any attempt by the narrator to pronounce the Arabic phrases with any accuracy at all.
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
I enjoyed the mystery, intrigue and the pace.
The concept of a US spy carrying a Koran around with him and struggling with his faith issues while he was fighting Islamic terrorism was unexpected and yet believable. It brings to light one of the major issues confronting modernity in many countries. Do we dare embrace Islam without compromising our value systems?
For the last two days, I haven't gotten anything of value done. In fact, I dared not start listening to another segment of the book, because I knew that nothing would get done.
If you start this book, you better block out some time.
I am a big Vince Flynn fan. This book is comparable to Viince Flynn's work.
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.
Many years ago the spy genre was my favorite. But at some point I tired of them as I began to find most of the books I read to be formulaic and predictable. Recently the Alex Berenson novels were on sale and I picked up the first four of this series. I am so glad I did -- though I wish I had purchased more. This book was thoroughly enjoyable. I like John Wells very much. Oftentimes I find that the male leads of books like this are characters -- too strong, too macho, too perfect. I get turned off by the weak female characters and overly protective men. It just comes off as sexist rather than sexy. But, John Wells is flawed, intense, mysterious and funny. I like him. And, I like the story.
I am ending this review and starting book #2.
I am so excited how this story MOVED! Lately, it seems all I have ready is stories that it takes the author 7 chapters to tell me one detail. This book kept moving with new twists and great characters. I fell in love with John Wells and I know the narrator had a lot to do with that. The narration was Great!!! The story made me feel like I was "there" and I would recommend it to everyone. Take a break from the courtroom dramas and get to know John! I'm glad for the $4.99 sale. I never would have bought this book. Now, I'm hooked and I'll pay full price for the rest of the series. Nice move audible.
At $4.95 this book was fine, at full price I would've felt ripped off.
There are a lot of 5 star reviews for this book, which seem wholly unjustified to me. I'm left wondering if American readers are able to more closely relate to the plot than international readers.
As far as the plot went, it was relatively unrealistic / convenient at times, and I could have done without the border line romance aspect. The prose was OK but barely managed to convey anything beyond the surface of our American hero.
I think the narrator exacerbated the issues I have with this book by not being capable of anything but a deep monotone which rang really false at times.
If you're looking for an easy going listen & forget / aeroplane throw away novel then this is perfect, otherwise I would recommend moving on.
I thought the story was good. Held my interest most of the way.
no. Good strong voice but did a poor job on some of the characters.
Changing readers for later novels was a great idea.