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!
Gripping to end
I kept finding excuses to drive errands so that I could keep listening.
Gable was my favorite character.
KGB sparrow goes raptor.
Great characters and plot.
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.
I don't normally read spy novels, but I love James Bond and Mission Impossible movies, and hubby and I were going to be listening on a road trip, so I opted for this book that sounded part spy novel, part romance.
It is written by a real intelligence agent apparently, and I can believe it, as the book had amazing details about how spies move, think, operate. These details made the story richer and fascinating, in my opinion.
The romance was definitely in there, but the reason I can't call the story really a romance has to do with the way the book was written: There is little dialogue, with the narrator telling you what characters are doing, feeling, thinking. That, plus the narrator's even, cool tone of voice kept the reader/listener at more of a distance. The romance was one aspect among many in the plot, no more no less.
I got caught up in the story because of the author's ability to build the characters (and fast!) and to make you feel you're right there. I think the story was somewhat predictable, which is strange for a spy novel (and to a newbie spy reader at that) but that did not detract at all from wanting to know the details of how it was going to play out.
I'm not sure how to rate the narrator, whether it was his reading or the author's "voice" (style of writing) coming through. The narrator was easy to understand and got inflections right on emotions when there was dialogue but overall he used an almost monotone or rather mono-emotion delivery with a cadence and pacing that was superimposed almost over the story. It did not detract from nor aid the story. In a way, it was perfectly fitting that it was cold ad distant, seeming to just "tell it like it is." Was his voice entertaining, no.
One issue I had with the audible experience was that the author tended to start chapters with this format: Mr. Smith, seeing that it was noon, headed out and.....That's not from the book! But starting the chapter with a name, and often the name is Russian and they all sound the same to me, means that I don't hear it at first and then a sentence or two later I'm wondering who is doing the action. In a printed book you can go back and look (and I also have a good visual memory) but you can't do that with an audible version (hard to find the right place to go back to) so at times I just had to listen and work it out.
Both hubby and I looked forward to getting back in the car after a pit stop to hear what happened next, so it worked great for our road trip!
Just a curious guy who travels the world.
Just the kind of spy novel I was hoping for ... intrigue, trade-craft, and all modernized in a way and context that feels so authentic!
I enjoyed the narration, but the story, it's twists and turns, are the hero here. It was really interesting to get the little little insights into the more practical matters of spying. Thanks Mr. Matthews! When is your next novel coming out?