Strange book. The first 2 hours are not page turners (how do you call that for audibles?). Then it gets into gear. So does Scott Brick (who does an excellent job!). Robert did a fine job by mixing a historic novell into a modern story (although in the beginning I though that I had a part of a different book included.
The characters are hardly made clear (enough left for your imagination).
The end is rushed (so it seems to me) and leaves enough room for the main characters to appear as spies for another countries agency.
For non US readers: the American history is somewhat unclear and makes it hard to understand.
I don't think that you should listen to this book in one sit. Let the chapters sink in, give it some time (at least after the first 2 hours) so what is narrated is getting clearer.
It was my first Robert Littell and at the same time the last.
This is what I see as a typical book with all the elements to grow to something good. Police, an environment that looks nice but is potentially dangerous, good/bad characters, etc. It starts slow (hence the 4 starts), but gains speed in the middle. In the final quarter things are really happening.
Sandra did write a believable book that has the nice balance of detective and adventure.
The writing speed is easily kept in pace by who I think is the best narrator I've heard, Scott Brick (a huge complement to you Scott). Easy to listen to, but still with enough suspense to keep you reading.
If you can't decide on which great Audible to hear next, take this one.
There is a lot of repetition in the book, which is good to exercise. However disturbing that the dictionary is not extended more. One only learns to order something with two only. No clue what to do if you want to order 4 beers or glasses of wine. Only at the end the rabit comes out of the hat, this is only the starter (an appetizer) type of book. No idea in what type of media the rest is. The narrators have done a good job however, clear voices and brought in good speed (I already knew some french which is of great benefit).
I found the $12,95 that I paid to much, $8 would be better, since the book is only set up to be a ad to the full blown course. But the ad is worth paying $8 (hope for you the price will be lowered :-)).
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