Gabriel Alon is the great spy you would like to see succeed! Daniel Silva 's story is plain yet fascinating. I am a fan of the genre and have been reading a many of the great writers. Definitely will follow Silva from now on.
George Guidall id doing a great job. Though character voices do not change much, you can still match the emotivons to the characters.
Even though this is the first book in the series, my daughter and I had encountered the series mid-stream. We both absolutely loved the later book, the Rembrandt Affair. But this book was much more difficult to listen to. While I still enjoyed the clandestine work meets art restorer portions of this book, the seemingly endless sexual sections really ruined it for me. If I wanted to read or listen to a book that had trouble getting away from the bedroom, I would have gone looking for one of those. But that wasn't what I wanted nor what I expected with this.
Since we have already enjoyed a later book in this series, I am going to give the series one more chance. But had I started here, I would have also ended here.
I really enjoy reading mystery novels and love art history. This book did not satisfy either one.
60 yr old retired
It was the story not the performance that I downgraded it. Occasionally I found my mind drifting. I had to go back and hear it again.
Pretty conventional suspense spy thriller stuff, here. I am told by loyal readers of Silva's series that the later books get really good, and that reading the series from the beginning is a must, so I am glad to have put in the time on this first installment. The stage is set for the main character's exploits and motivations.
The narrator does a good job of switching between voices, and generally proceeds at a good brisk pace that you would expect in a suspense thriller. I can't say I am hooked yet but I definitely look forward to the next installment in the series.
Un peu long. J'avais lu le 10e livre de la série avant celui-ci : m'avait attirée. Si j'avais lu celui -ci en premier, je n'y serais possiblement pas revenue. Une chance que je sais que c'est mieux, plus loin dans la série.
I have enjoyed other books by Daniel Silva, and this one did not disappoint. I liked the way he intertwined real people and events with his story. I am looking forward to listening to other books in the series, because I found the characters compelling. George Guidall is a fantastic narrator. I have enjoyed every book he has ever read to me,. I think I would enjoy listening to him read the phone book.