I really wanted to like this book, with its Baltimore setting and newspaper theme, but it is, simply, dull. The performance is fine; there just isn't enough story to make a reader care what happens.
Kept listening; thought it had to get better from a Booker-winning author...not a single sympathetic character, and they must have let the author down too, 'cause he punishes them relentlessly. Misogynistic. Couple of jarring racist asides. Implausible crucial plot points. Bafflingly bad.
So many reviews promise spy thrillers similar to le Carre and Greene. This one does have echoes. I liked it much more than Steinhauer, whose characters I can't seem to care about. Cumming's ending wouldn't have come from le Carre or Greene (planning a series?) but this was the first thriller in a long time I wanted to listen to without a break. Another reviewer suggested it's a slow starter; but I was hooked from the first paragraph.
I couldn't be more delighted with the reader of this funny, ever heartbreaking, lushly written story. The opening chapter captures the terror, bafflement, and resigned victimhood that comprise being a little child among we thoughtless big folks better than any other author ever could or will. Just a gem, to dip into like listening to favorite music.
Th young couple at the center of the story are well drawn.
Maybe it's just my provincial ears, but Davidson's accent sounds almost like a comic parody. I wish they'd use someone else for le Carre.
Not as entertaining as A Most Wanted Man, but still good le Carre.
This is the first purchase from Audible I haven't been able to finish. Endless description of characters that are unengaging (but beautiful! always beautiful!) and a plot that just doesn't advance. Too bad, I had hopes I'd discover a writer I liked.
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