I Bought this book as part of a two for one sale - it was not a good choice. So much about the storyline is extraordinarily cliched. It's like watching a bad action movie in novel form.
I must admit I quit listening a few hours into the book ... it was that or go to sleep, and it was too early for that .... !!!
I usually enjoy the Daniel Silva books, but this one, not so much. The story is some what convoluted with an ending that just makes little sense. The saving grace here is George Guidall's narration which kept me listening. He is one of the best narrators out there. He makes nonsense sound wonderful!!!!
Daniel Silva has created a terrific, conflicted spy in Gabriel Allon. This will definitely be a character I will continue to read.
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.