This is my first review after literally dozens and dozens of listens. I've been tempted to write reviews before - so, this doesn't mean this is the best I've listened to. But - it was a great listen. I didn't want to reach the end - I grew that much interested in these people's lives. If you're interested in a narrative about relationships between spouses, lovers, siblings, pet owners and pets, you will enjoy this book, The narration was excellent.
I'm not usually an espionage novel lover unless it's Le Carre whom I love. But this story grabbed me from the beginning and never let me go. I agree with some of the other reviewers that the anticipated love scenes were a little lacklustre. But then I have to shake myself - this isn't 50 Shades of Grey (which I must confess I have decidedly chosen not to read) but a well-crafted spy tale where the sexual and emotional scenes are really just episodes to move the plot along and rightly so. I also loved all the recipes about the food the characters ate along the way. The author is obviously a foodie and I found myself anticipating each recipe.
Obviously the end about which I will say no more.
I think he did an excellent job with all the accents. Not too obviously vaudeville Russian.
I actually laughed a lot especially when Gable was around. I loved his sotto vocci comments.
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