This is my second Daniel Silva novel and it's good to read a spy novel written in an adult style by someone who clearly could make a mark as a "serious" novelist should he ever wish to tackle different themes. Clearly, I loved the book but I must call attention to the extraordinary narration by Michael Page whose voice changes for each and every character.
I must disagree with those who were not charmed by Vance's narration. I have listened to about a dozen audiobooks and some narrations are execrable and exhibit a monotonous sing-song pattern. Vance seems to have an endless repertoire of dialects for both male and female characters. His one voice appears to have a cast of thousands. And his tone has added to my understanding of the characters. The contrast between the two friends has never been clearer; the captain who is naive on land but absolutely expert and in control while at sea but always with an edge of foolish pomposity. I tried to read the first book in this series many years ago and, try as I might, could not get lost in the story. However, the narration of this audiobook has made a believer out of me and I now look forward to devouring every entry in this nautical epic.
The story suffers terribly due to the narration. Jeremy Gage's voice might be better suited to Pride and Prejudice but is laughably inappropriate for this novel. It has an effete quality as though being related by the butler in a 1930's drawing room comedy. His voice also seems to rise and fall in a similar arc for each sentence. If you have been fortunate enough to hear an audible book by other narrators who change their pacing, cadence, and tone according to the action, you will be mightily disapppointed by this one.
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