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.
I am an Accountant and an MBA Candidate. I like to listen to audio books when I am in traffic, at the gym or doing repetitive work.
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!
boredom and agony
This is awful predictable drool -- right up there is LIFETIME dramas for women and the rather shoddy TV show Covert Affairs.
The married spy who has to juggle work, children, and marriage. The trusting husband and a wife who has to bring her spy skills into her marriage.
Yes. It was toward the end when you think you know the moves of the characters.. da da things change.
Yes in the diner when all the cards are being put on the table and you fine there is a spy within the spy story.
I would read another book by the author.
Was disappointed by this book. Written at an 8th grade level. Tedium of domestic life in foreign cities whose descriptions could have been pulled from travel brochures. Unconvincing premise.
Driving to and from work has never been so enjoyable. Traffic jams are welcome...!
The story is good, but a little lacking in substance. The narration equals this as well. You sort of expect a great climax, but my reaction was, 'that's it?'
As 'exciting' as the book.
My husband and I bought this book because we too have been expats and in many ways miss that life. These expats are nothing like us though, which made the story much more interesting than if the book were about my expat life. We certainly enjoyed the book, evidenced by our desire to get in the car to drive somewhere, anywhere, so that we could continue listening.
Like many others have already mentioned, though, the book is confusing. Perhaps this would be one that would be better read than listened to. Often we had to pause the book to ask one another "when" in the story we were. Despite that, it was a good read, and if you don't have time to buy the book and read it in a comfy chair, the audio book is an acceptable alternative.
No to the author, yes to the narrator.
The story spun out of control at the end, and frankly, became rather ridiculous.
I don't listen to books a 2nd time
For me, this was when Kate was walking home and she felt someone following her. She waited for the stalker and then took action with only an umbrella and her skills.
I thought the narrator did a fine job with both male and female voices and I never had to really think about who was talking.
All of my listening is done during my commute...
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked the descriptions of Lux and Eurpoe, the weather and the surroundings and all of the minor characters. I liked Kate's comment to "ham, ham, more damn ham'. This made Kate more real to me. I felt like Kate and Dex, and Jake and Ben and even Julia and Bill had become my friends by the end of the book and I did not want to tell them goodbye. I read one review that said the book was boring but I did not think so. I have recommended this book to others.