I have become a big Kate Morton fan over the past few years but this was definitely not her best work. The storyline just wasn't as compelling as usual and the characters were rather predictable. I usually really enjoy Caroline Lee's narration, but as a native Brit, I do find her attempts at local accents to be less than credible.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all Daniel Silva's books but, as other reviewers have pointed out, this book just pulls in too much from previous works. I don't want to be uncharitable, but it feels like a sneaky way to get a book written! On the other hand, if you have never read any Silva, it might be providing helpful context. BUT, for me, I will probably not purchase any more Gabriel Allon books for fear that Mr Silva will repeat this process. It's a shame because I really am a big fan.
I simply can't believe the positive reviews on this book! I have purchased, and enjoyed, several Karin Slaughter books so adding this to my collection was a no-brainer and I was looking forward to the read. It very quickly became apparent, however, that this was not of Slaughter's usual caliber and I've found myself alternating between zoning out completely, or gritting my teeth at the unbearably tedious dialogue that characterizes this novel. In all the years I've been an Audible platinum subscriber, I've only ever felt compelled to write one other review, but in this case I couldn't hold my tongue! You know when you keep checking how much time is left in the book - and not in a good way - it's probably time to ditch it for something more enjoyable.
I purchased this book based on positive reviews but I am struggling to get through it. I really don't like the narrator, but I can't tell if it's because she has crap dialogue to get through versus not being a particularly good story-teller. Won't buy another book written by Karen Rose or narrated by Marguerite Gavin.
I can't decide if I like the book or not because the narrator is horrible. The first part of the book is riddled with overwrought, irritating exclamations - where was the director? I have gritted my teeth and suffered through Part 1 as I've already trashed two books recently that the narrator ruined for me. In future, I will make a practice of listening to a sample before I buy - good narration is paramount for a successful listening experience.
I rarely give up on an audible book, but between the lame dialogue, annoying fake British accent (I'm a native Brit, so I know that pronouncing "gas" as "gaaaaas" is just plain wrong.) Couldn't get past the accent quirks and blah characters I'm afraid. It's a shame because I'd already purchased All Clear, the next book in the series, so that is destined for the trash bin too.
As a native of Great Britain, I found it really hard to ignore the absolutely dreadful English and Scots accents employed by the narrator. I'm sure it isn't easy to narrate a book with such a wide range of voices and accent types, but it's really off-putting when the accents are SO bad.
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