I love Joseph Finder's writing, but I was so distracted by this narrator's "voice" for the lead character, that I decided to read it in print instead. To give him his due, when he read other characters he was fine, but the tone of the main character, Ben Ellison, is just inappropriate.
The audio recording of The Spanish Game is excellent. Simon Vance's reading enriches the storyline, which is a unique tale of a spy "coming in and out of the cold." Cumming's characters are multi-layered and complicated making this a must read for anyone who loves good writing and especially good writing in the spy genre.
I found this story so compelling I couldn't wait to read the next book in this series, "The Girl who Played With Fire." The characters are more unique than most of the characters in the mystery/thrillers I read and I really enjoyed the details about Swedish locations. Most of all I loved Simon Vance's narration and think his British accent added to the overall effect.
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