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Oxi

Pasadena, CA USA | Listener Since 2000

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  • 3 reviews
  • 53 ratings
  • 753 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Moscow Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1185)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (502)

    In the new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of The Secret Servant, the death of a journalist leads Gabriel Allon to Russia, where he finds that, in terms of spy craft, even he has something to learn. He's playing by Moscow rules now.

    Lucie says: "Change of narrator"
    "Another great Allon novel"
    Overall

    As with every audio book, the narrator makes a big difference. Phil Gigante has narrated several of Daniel Silva's books and aside from some idiomatic/language details, he does a great job. He articulates well, speaks at a good pace and changes his tone appropriately. Please remember, this is not a production, or a radio show. You have to keep paying attention to the plot and who is involved in the conversation.

    Daniel Silva keeps things rolling at a good pace and as usual, his descriptions of places, people and events are very detailed. I've been following Gabriel Allon since his first visit to Vienna and have purchased every book since then. I can't wait for the next installment in the series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (190)

    Jason Bourne takes on a mission to rescue his only friend in the CIA, Martin Lindros, who disappeared in Africa while tracking shipments of yellowcake uranium. Once safely back in America, Lindros persuades Bourne to help track the money trail of terrorists buying the nuclear material in Odessa. But once there, Bourne is hampered by confusing flashbacks, and he wonders: is someone brainwashing him in order to throw him off the trail? Worse, is the man he saved in Africa really Martin Lindros?

    timchi says: "Disappointing"
    "Not quite there yet..."
    Overall

    Here are the three things you have to deal with in this audio book:
    1) The narrator has a different delivery than some of the others. It needs some getting used to.
    2) The book is unnecessarily long and even though I don't like anyone deciding how to abridge my titles, this one could have benefited from a few cuts.
    3) Most of all however, this book needed an editor. The phrase "At length" is used innumerable times and there are gems such as "The evidence was evident"...

    As for the story, it's convoluted enough with quite a few surprises and bodies along the way.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The English Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (530)

    Israeli art restorer and occasional secret agent Gabriel Allon has a problem. He finds a prominent Swiss banker dead in front of his Raphael, and he's the prime suspect. After some diplomatic intervention, Allon is freed. However, the banker's daughter tells him that her father's French Impressionist paintings, acquired under dubious circumstances during WWII, have been stolen by the murderers. Once Allon knows about the wartime misdeeds, he is pursued by a shadowy killer known only as "the Englishman."

    Oxi says: "I'm hooked..."
    "I'm hooked..."
    Overall

    I don't know if it's Daniel Silva's writing or if it's John Lee's narration, but I am definitely hooked.
    The plot is quite good with enough twists. If you're an international traveler, the detailed descriptions of Zurich and Vienna, as well as Venice will invoke memories.

    On to the next adventure or Mr. Allon...

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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