I Enjoyed It!
All, great performer
no, but it was hard to put down.
I highly recommend it, definatly worth the credit!
Loved this book, George read very well as he always does. He kept me engaged, even when the author had to go into the details to set the scenes. The story was timely, well done and action packed to keep the listener on his/her toes. I would recomend, this is my second Berenson audio book, this one was my favorite.
In the latest John Wells tale, the reluctant super agent is drawn back into the shadowy world of espionage and black ops that he so desperately wants to avoid. The is the weakest yet in this series. Regardless of how sympathetic the author tries to be towards religion, the plot wanders into excessive use of cliches and routine standard fare for terrorist settings. Most of the characters are overly stereotypical and Wells is overly introspective. At the same time, perhaps due to all his previous stories, Wells has an uncanny knack for always correctly interpreting the minimal clues when everyone around him seems confused. The only novel aspect is that the author has transplanted elements of Pakistan into Saudi Arabia which becomes the basis for driving the storyline. Hopefully, Wells can enjoy a well deserved rest in NH before getting back fresh into the game again.
I'm reading Berenson's books in order. The narrator of the Faithful Spy was good. I have listened to better, but I would give him a B+or A-. After an hour of the Secret Soldier I would revise my grade to an A++. This narrator mumbles and rushes through his reading so much that Berenson's prose is almost totally obscured. My heart sank when I saw that the same guy has narrated other Berenson books!
How did he get the job?? I've never heard worse. The premise of the book is good. The descriptions and nuance are good. The protagonist, John Wells, is interesting. But it only takes an incompetent narrator to muck it up royally. My 3 star rating reflects a 4.7 for the book and a .7 for narration.
The Secret Soldier is a fast-paced, good, international intrigue thriller. It is well-written, and author Alex Berenson places his one-dimensional characters in some exciting post-9/11 situations. The author is a former New York Times reporter, who still writes journalistic pieces. The Secret Soldier rises above many books of its kind by the information the author provides about Saudi Arabia and the CIA. I “read” this book as an audio book. It is easy to follow during stop-and-go listening while traveling, and it makes a good traveling companion. Its best virtue is that it is good entertainment.
Fast paced moving plot delivered very creatively by George Guidall. His various accents were very impressive. Could have done with a little less gore depictions. Real time post postmortems at every turn. Given the chance, imagination goes a long way.
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Berenson's recipe is excellent - he spins a highly believable story around solid characters and then adds a pinch of regional history in this well-written, easy to listen to chapter in John Well's life. The book sets up a certain degree of follow-up but leaves a rewarding ending to this particular story.
I was happy enough with George Guidall's work - but I felt there was a little inconsistency in Well's voice. My take on the inconsistency is a very minor point and Guidall's overall performance was more than solid.
Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.
This was my first time with this author and narrator. I thought the story was average and main character a bit undeveloped (e.g. he is muslim, but how does this affect him? the love interest goes nowhere etc). Also, did not care at all for the narrator - he enunciates rather unclearly and hard to tell which character is speaking. Average dime story novel.
Couldn't stop listening. Got a great history lesson out of the book. Some parts were a little drawn out but still great.