I live on Puget Sound and my wife and I spend our summers on our boat out on the water.
My friend and I listened to this book during a road trip. The author jumps back and forth in time without any notice to the listener. This makes it VERY hard to follow. My wife is currently listening to it and she is complaining about the same thing. Perhaps the print version is easier to follow, but his is very difficult.
Marno makes the best of the reading. She is skilled and performs wonderfully.
The main character is female. She is a former CIA assassin who travels to Europe to be with her husband. This in itself should appeal to women listeners, but the book is so hard to follow that this is not enough to make it worthwhile.
With the advent of the television program "The Americans" and the fact that I've been to many of the locales in the novel, this book was quite enjoyable. As a story, perhaps not quite as tight as it might have been, but it was a terrific read.
My only criticism is that I had inklings of the outcome early on - but maybe that's because I'm really familiar with the genre. I very much enjoyed the narrator and the fact that it was "read," not "dramatized."
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Intrigue and wondering if the main character was 'involved' in everything that was taking place around her.
No........I listened to it over a few days time. Not a page-burner.
Good story, good plot, interesting ending.
Not a great story... it dragged on for me. I stuck with it just to see what would happen... it really wasn't worth it. Maybe it was the reader....?
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Not a bad story overall - full of “international intrigue” “double crossings” and “red herrings” but I would not say I was at the edge of my seat.
Although I liked the book, I have a few complaints.
• I didn't like the way our heroine’s past was exposed to us. By reading the synopsis, you already know there are a bunch of revelations to come, but this one seemed silly, one too many, unnecessary. It’s enough that her double life is a secret from the other characters, I did not see the need for it to also be a secret from us.
• The back and forth in time narrative was too jumpy; it always took a moment to recalibrate every time the story jumped around and it became tedious. The present-day part was fine, but the past was all over the place. “Which past is this one now?”
• After a while, it seemed like the end of every paragraph was a cliff hanger. Very annoying! Sure a little suspense or tension is great, but the intended effect evaporates when it’s one after another after another after another.
In the end, would I recommend it? Sure, why not! It was a fun distraction.
The convoluted plot of double, triple, quadruple -crossing left the reader with no one to bond with or root for. This book seemed to be an effort to create a story by simple chaining many twists together and hoping to,have a book in the end.
I'm not sure Chris Pavone understands or cares what spies really do in the world. His idea of "sexy assassin" CIA agent is dated, misinformed, and not that interesting. So, no.
Currently listening to "The Company."
Performance was fine. Not great, but not annoying. The storytelling was the problem.
A hard question because nearly every character in the book was a one dimensional, uninteresting cardboard caricature of a human being.
It takes six hours of listening for the author to progress into the story passed what the reader already knows from the synopsis. And if you're hoping for a clever twist, or interesting character turn to ramp up into a satisfying conclusion... bad news. This book starts with a whimper and ends depressing sigh.
Among all the audiobooks I have listened to so far, I would put Expats in my top 10.
Yes it did. I found myself wondering what was going to happen next quite a bit.
Kate was my favorite character.
I laughed a few times.
I really enjoyed listening to this! Yes, it jumps around it time quite a bit and you need to pay attention to where you're at, but I couldn't wait till I got in the car to start listening again! I was dying to figure out the end, but just when I thought I had it figured out, there was a new twist. I loved it!