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?
I'll start with the important stuff; Written extremely well, interesting style with a great inside feel, characters are great and the chemistry built between them works and brings you into the lives of the players on an emotional level, the narration is a perfect match for this book and feels right for the age and position of the characters, there is suspense and a lot of effort put into the character development phase, and it does not bog down as some books do, instead it helps you understand the trade craft involved in this very delicate and dangerous game. This book has all the elements to make it a classic of the genre, one of the best like it out there for international espionage - Highly recommended.
Yes. Red Sparrow was a Fantastic Listen.
Yes. Several versions of events from different prospective, in addition to anticipating the recipies at the end of each segment.
No comparison necessary, he is excellent.
Spies on Spies
Excellent storyline, characters and naration. I usually don't get real stoked up over a book but for me this one had it all. The narrator did a great job differentiating the characters and projected their personalities well. CIA vs Reincarnated KJB, The cold war seems only forgotten by the media because the intelligence communities on both sides are as busy as ever snooping, recuiting and sleeping with the enemy.
The only questionable moments are a couple where our sexpot female double agent is somehow able to singlehandedly neutralize 3 trained Spetznatz assassins without having any specialized combat training or experience. The plausibility of the story wasn't compromised so I was able to get over it.
Not giving anything away.
They were all good but Gable's sarcastic humor is well portrayed by the narrator.
So now I can repeat myself and say this is probably the best spy story I have ever read. Cannot wait until the sequel and...I want the recipes in written form!
Do try and see what you think?
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.
They're entertaining, as is this novel. The twist is that the author apparently was a covert agent in 'real life,' lending the details a level of credibility that makes the novel more-than-average. (Do the Russians really use that spy dust to uncover clandestine meetings with the CIA? Who knew?)
The Russians are definitely the bad guys here, except for the ones that are working with 'us.' Dominika, the beautiful (of course) trained spy who is tired of being used by everyone and decides to take revenge. She is sent to trap but ends up working with the handsome (of course) trained CIA guy who is also the handler of the #1 Russian mole in history. From there, the story takes off, with a lot of fun twists and turns and coming to a great climax. Read particularly well by Jeremy Bobb.
If you're looking for an entertaining read, look no further.
Audible is a really great way to escape into different worlds. I love "reading" and discovering new authors and stories.
Although we all have read many "spy books" and besides that Red Sparrow has a bit of parallels with The Hunt for the Red October, it "reads" very realistically and draws the reader in. I loved that each chapter ended with a recipe, I thought it added some "sustenance" to the story line. I couldn't help but think if the author whose CIA background has found truth in this novel, how "bad" is it really out there in the Sparrow world? So, overall the book is great, don't let bad reviews because of the recipes at the end distract you, they add some lightness to the book. The story keeps moving and the characters, although you have "met them before", are good for a few surprises.
Yes, it did. I was well written, made you sympathize with the characters or despise the bad guys. Cliffhanger at the end!
No, I have not, Mr. Bobb did a great job!
The only thing that bothered my about Dominika is that she is also secretly a synesthete who sees sound as colors as well as auras around people that clue her into their mental state. I had a hard time "buying" this. However, if you like spy stories than this book is worth a credit. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
Great character development! Easy to both empathize and despise. Praying for a sequel!