One of the best audiobooks I've listened to so far. Outstanding both in content, plot, character development, and performance/narration. I'm desperate for Jason Matthews to write a sequel!!
YES! I couldn't stop listening!
The reader was great...but at the core, it was a fascinating story. I also liked that the author had spy experience.
I cannot think of a comparable book. It has been compared to Le Carre books, but I found it much more compelling and readable than any of his spy novels.
The final scene with the exchange of political prisoners. It was an intensely nerve-racking scene.
Just made me glad to be a reader!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and a good story.
One of those books I truly hated to get to the end of--mesmerizing narrative, intriguing sexy characters, enviable mastery of narrative and detail...can't wait to read the next one.
The overall story captured you from the beginning to the end.
Yes, you are just waiting for Dominka and Nate to 'really' get together.
No one in particular, he did a very nice job.
Unfortunately already taken by Ian Fleming...From Russia with Love
Great plot, great story, had me captured...but honestly the food aspects were not necessary, when I got to that portion of the tape, I just moved onto the next chapter.
This was a terrific book. I've already recommended it both in audio and written form, and the recipients have thanked me profusely.
This book was rich in "tradecraft." Since the author actually did work for the CIA, the realism of contacting the mole and evading the Russian police seemed very authentic. There were a number of terrific scenes that got my adrenaline going.
His performance was terrific. Jeremy Bobb took terrific material and only made it better. He brought a level of tension to the situations that was superb.
Do you want to listen to a great book in one sitting or have it go on forever? I'd rather have just kept it going . . . but it was good enough to keep listening from start to finish.
If this author doesn't have a sequel already half written, I'm going to be very, very angry.
If you're into old-school, or realistic, tradecraft tales - this is for you. A solid spy/romance thriller with rich characters and an engaging plot of mole hunt.
Once you get through the first hundred pages, it really hums. I've seen some criticism of the first quarter of this book, but I didn't mind the backstory and introduction of sparrow school.
Narration was adequate. Pretty dry, monotone. Does male characters well (especially Gable), but his Dominika was so-so. Girlfriend commented that he sounded like the male "Siri" so...
I got through it in a long weekend. The recipes at the end of each chapter sort of kill any momentum that you have going. This didn't bother me all that much, but I would more often than not pause to take a break when the recipe came up.
How I have missed the days with the Russian/Soviet characters in spy novels. This book kept me thoroughly entertained and was reminiscent of a great Robert Ludlum book. Russian spies are so much more interesting than the middle eastern bad guys in most current books. Recommend this book highly, wishing the author had another book on Audible!
I have not read the print version.
This is a long book. I loved coming back to it daily for several days. If I could have stayed awake for the hours necessary, I would have listened to it all in one sitting.
This is one of the most fascinating and well crafted stories I have listened to or read. The details of the plot and the amazing twists and turns are stunning. But it is more than just a thrilling spy story. I felt myself being drawn in to truly caring about the characters. This book has it all. I can hardly wait for a sequel!
Red Sparrow is a mesmerizing novel - a deep dive into the world of modern day spooks. It is richly crafted, delicious, textured and layered. The character development is superb, the plot line compelling and the delivery right on target.
Snarky Gabel was my favorite character. He's my "best supporting actor." Yet each character was so well developed that by the end of the novel you know them like family.
Jason Matthews has written a top-tier spy novel and, if possible, Jeremy Bobb makes it even better with his performance. This is a can't miss pick for lovers of this genre.
Not sure, usually don't reread
Yes, the tightest Spy Book I have read very engaging, and I do like the injected recipes. Not just guys running around shooting at each other. Everything is not dumbed-down for the U.S. reader as so often happens, a knowledge of geography and history - for instance - helps the experience.
The performance was good too, no fake Russian or other bad-guy accents, like you run across in other audible books.
Tom Cruise or yes The Virginian come to mind also.