The book provided some detailed events that provide the roll each character was intended to play. However, as the book progressed it seemed that the roll of the main protagonist, Gabriel fell further and further from expectation. He was supposed to be this legendary asset, one with an incredible sixth sense for danger and intuition for uncovering nefarious plots (and so on). However, by the end, he has messed up and made so many rash decisions that the female protagonist came out to look more professional and really... bad ass than Gabriel. There was nothing in the book that impressed my or convinced me that he was anything more than a paranoid art restorer. Even the antagonist was portrayed as one who was miles ahead as being a "Kill Artist", and beat gabriel every, and I mean every time. Seriously, by the end of the book, I really couldn't have given a rats ass about Gabriel and his mediocre personality. One part of the book made me laugh when Gabriel told the female pro that " we have all suffered, so what". haha. He punishes himself for loosing his family and suffers because of those mistakes, yet brushes aside the idea that everyone suffers, with bigoted nonchalance. Lets see if the second book does any better, since Gabriels persona doesn't need to be totally established and the author can build on the previous book for character growth.
Get another narrator, I know many people like George Guidall but he sounds like he has a mouth full of saliva all the time and he can be difficult to understand.....don't think I can listen to this series - too much spit!
Someone with a clearer voice and younger. I find that many of these books I like are read by him and I just can't get through another series with him reading.
I feel like this series may be good from other reviews I've read but as I stated before I can't get through the series with this narrator, it is to laborious for me to listen.
The narration was good.
It hasn't. I actually find the subject matter pretty interesting, but this book was just really boring. I struggled to get through it.
Not my cup of tea.
I thought the narrator performed well.
Yes,it was a good listen. It didn't drag and was easy to follow.
The Lion of Babylon, it was also fast paced and easy to follow. Also it was an interesting story.
I don't really know this only the second book that was NOT Adventures in Odyssey from Focus on the Family.
I don't go to movies. I would buy it on dvd though
I like this author, I will probably listen to all his books. He is not boring.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
“The Kill Artist” paints a nice picture (so to speak). The story give the back story of Israeli spy, Gabriel Allon, and then follows his on what is supposed to be his final mission. The story has good plot and character development and some intrigue (even a nice twist at the end) but is very short on thrills and action. Overall a nice story but if you’re looking for rock’em sock’em action you may want to look elsewhere.
The narration was very good.
OK, not fair, I couldn't get through it. Our Glorious Hero spends LOTS of time being 'nice'. The vicious, rotten, no good, stinking evil villain has enough faults to tire a wrist, arm, shoulder and other body parts shaking a stick at. Worse neither 'reads' well. And, oh, the gloriously beautiful, insanely talented, spectacularly insipid heroine. 'Nuf said?
In the small part I could bear, everybody is dancing - not merrily - to a totally unnecessarily complicated plot.
Heaven help a spy agency as incompetent as those described.
If 'tedious' is you, listen to this book.
Beach, Palm Tree, Good Book
I usually just listen to my Audiobooks when I'm working out or taking a walk but not with this story. I was so eager to find out what came next that I spent hours just sitting down listening. Virtually all of the characters are colorful and fully realized. They were complicated people and I felt like I wanted to meet all of them - okay, maybe not the Palestinian assassin. The plot is intricate enough to be compelling. It's not Le Carre-intricate but good enough. I loved the protagonist, Gabriel and it was refreshing that there was a nice strong female as a major character. I look forward to reading more of Daniel Silva's books. This was my first since I had assumed his were merely Airplane Books. Well, perhaps they are, but they are darned good Airplane books and I never felt guilty listening to this one.
The reader, George Guidall is absolutely brilliant! I will look for more of his narrations as well.
The history behind Gabriel Alon strengthens the Interactions between the characters and keeps him close to his roots. The story is plausible, and involves the usual travel, for which Silva describes vividly. Regional characters are well developed with culture and settings.
The plot stayed ahead of me and offered some surprises. The outcome was not preordained and there were some close calls.
Mr. Guidall does well with the voice of Gabriel though I think that he portrays the old man best. The book was well written, and George Guidall is my favorite reader so his characters are distinctive and the cadence of the reading goes well with the pace of the story.
Keep your mind active.
I like spy novels and I enjoyed the intrigue and writing style of Daniel Silva. I thought the narration was excellent. The novel kept my interest even though I found the plot a bit predictable. I intend to listen to more books by the author.
i looked at the reviews for the other Silva books, maybe later.
George? I like him a lot.
Meh, maybe. I really gotta look at the reviews. Audible reviews are usually spot on.
don't really remember any of them, that was the problem with the book.
nothing jumps out at me.
buy another book?