OK, I am a big Daniel Silva fan and if you've been one too in the past... this will be a mediocre for you. If you are new to Silva's books, start at the very beginning where the writing is exciting and the narration superb. I was hoping that there would be more action and thrill in this long awaited book but it was more like talking you too death. I love Simon Vance but Not for this series... he made Gabrial sound like Dracula. Bring back Gigante or Lee please!!! And please give Gabrial's and his crew some action or just retire them all.
It's impossible for me to choose which book in the Gabriel Allon series is best. They're the perfect marriage of plot and writer's skill and imagination. To listen to a well narrated Daniel Silva is to be totally absorbed by the writing of an author who is surprisingly prescient and comfortable with his characters. Once again Silva has brought his regulars from the world of espionage together with the inhabitants of the art world and has woven a completely believale tale of contemporary evil. Kudos to Simon Vance, a first class narrator who presents the story seamlessly unlike Phil Gigante who was the least sympathetic reader for this series.
This is not your best work. I found the story to be rather dull and slow.
I found the reader to sound alot like the Count from Sesame Street at times. Really like Paul's reading on earlier books.
While I have listened to all of Daniel Silva's books in this series, this will be the last. I no longer appreciate what has become a tiresome, condescending attitude that Israel must always save the US from itself. In addition, Gabriel is apparently too old and tired of his position to continue; at least that's the way the book comes off. I give it two stars in deference to my appreciation of the characters as they were.
As to the narrator, I love Simon Vance and listen to him whenever possible.
I was hoping for a fast paced thriller. Instead after 3 hours I had to give up. This is a pro-Israeli propaganda speech thinly disguised as a spy novel. If I want to read political opinion, I will read non fiction. Boring and offensive.
The narrative is wonderful as all Baldacci books are... but the recording is way too heavy on the sound effects which made certain parts seem trite. Dialling them down would have lead to a 5/5 review.
As usual, Silva has a great plot. The use of a feminist Arab who gives her life for an Israeli spy is genius. However, in my view, the story is ruined by being read by someone with a British accent, which, with the various Brit pronunciations, continually breaks your concentration and story flow.
In addition, the use of boilerplate info on all the characters associated with the hero is... useless. I just heard it in a prior book, and since I have read all prior books in this series... I know the characters well. There should be a way to skip pointless parts of a book.
I hope Silva is hard at work on his next book--about the Arab Spring?