Robert Driver Bishop
very good narrative & sound
Ludlum us to talk about importance of geometric thinking over linear. Nice twist and turns herein. As former Russian analyst; enjoyed the many dimensions.
First time reading a book made me so hungry!!!
Spy novels are not my normal genre, but Matthews' book was strongly recommended and I gave it a shot. The story is gripping and stays with you long after you've paused for the day, and forces you to lock your self away in your room with your head phones for hours. The performance by the narrator is excellent and from the opening lines his slow gravely voice oozes 1950's noir. I also liked the subject matter, setting a spy novel in post cold war American/Russian espionage was genius in my opinion. I did have a few complaints that are going to keep me from giving Matthews novel 5 stars. I know I just praised the story for its originality on peace time espionage but as a reader who has never worked in intelligence and rarely reads spy novels I was hoping Matthews would build in an understanding as to why some seemingly small scenes were/ are so important, basically teach me more about peace time spying than what I gleam from the story. Character development was great you quickly become familiar with the cast and you learn their personality's but with that in mind I think the author should have developed the story as much as he did his characters. His excellent characters create the color for the story unfortunately the reader is then invested in the characters and not the story and by the end of the book you or at least I felt like I had missed something, not a cliff hanger but more like dissonance it doesn't feel complete and I feel that is due to the lack of story development towards the end. All in all a really good listen, I have the luxury of working outside and can listen to books at work so I flew threw the "red sparrow" in a few days. I would still recommend this book, and then after my friend finished I would ask "so what did you think?"
The recipes at the end of each chapter. I will try some Russian cooking.
The end definitely moved me. I'm suspecting there will be a sequel given the way it ended, but I felt sadness for Marble and Nate both.
the description of present day Russia and the background of the main characters
too many to choose
One of the best, hits all the marks w/ great storytelling and narration.
It's not really a life changing book w/ memorable moments, but there are great moments of anticipation - it's a novel about spy’s and adventure. It’s not boring or overcomplicated in trying to figure out who’s good and who’s bad- just the right balance.
He does not go high and whisper when he does a female voice- and he's got enough range with the male characters that you are never confused about who's speaking.
No, but I found myself going around the block one more time to listen a little longer before ending my commute!
It's hard to create a good spy story- I think- without it being all about technology or clichés - and this was about the characters, but there was still enough fast paced adventure to make it interesting. I'm looking foward to this being a series.
Chose this book on a whim and was very happy I did. The premise, the characters, and the detail were wonderful and it all kept moving at a perfect pace. The narrator was also excellent. Looking forward to a follow up!
One of the better books I have listened to in a long time. I cannot wait to see what this young author will produce as his style progresses.
Because of its location, it feels like "The Tourist" which is another brilliant novel.
Too many to count. Seriously.
Das vidanya, comerade
Don't think, just buy and listen.
This is right up there with LeCarre and others, gripping, and authentic. Written by an ex-cia operative, it takes place in the current post KGB era with characters like President Putin of Russia.
No doubt, particularly based on the way it ended, that there will be subsequent installments. The characters are likable and the plot is believable.
There were times when the story would go so deep that you find yourself thinking "OK. I get it!" but he pulls it off the burner just before you say it. Its all worth it in the end.
Retired 35 year policeman from So CA, relocated with my wife to South Carolina with "Toby" our cat. I listen to two books a week
For first time writer Jason Matthews, his insight made this book superb. A times I felt this could be used as a training manual for becoming a spy. Also, Jeremy Bobb was a perfect fit to narrate this story.
I have listened to 200+ audio books and "The Sparrow" will go down as one of the top 10.
This story should lend itself well to a follow-up or sequel, I can only hope.