This was just a fun story. The characters were interesting and engaging, and although parts of the story were predictable, I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook.
In addition, I thought the reader did a great job of bringing the story to life.
Do not an epic work of literature, but you can expect a good time.
I loved the premise. The story started out just fine . . . but then credibility was strained, and it became clear that the authors did not know where to go with the story they had crafted. That whole thing from the summary about "and they need our help" is just kind of thrown in there. It does not make sense, and it leads to nothing. When the book ended, I had to check to make sure that I had not accidentally hit fast forward or something, because the story just stops. It does not end, it just stops.
I listen to many books (5 per month on average). I only write reviews if the books are great or terrible (because, after all, most fall somewhere between).
This book started out well but unraveled so badly and so disappointingly that I would call it terrible.
If you like the genre, get something by Arthur C. Clark instead.
I enjoyed Lynds' other novel I downloaded from Audible, "The Last Spymaster." The characters seemed real and the plot did not strain one's ability to suspend disbelief.
I do not understand how the same author could have written both of these novels.
In marked contrast to "The Last Spymaster," the plot of "Masquerade" is silly. The coincidences are too convenient (no spoilers here, but you won't miss them), the conspiracy too incredible, and the bad guys are caricatures of themselves.
The narrator's tendency to perform male voices by speaking through drawn lips or by making them speak with a Brooklyn accent did not help.
Because I paid for it, I listened to the whole thing hoping it would get better. It never did.
This is an intelligent but fun ride. The characters are interesting and the reader gives them distinct and credible voices. Other than "The Mark of the Assassin," which was just so-so, you cannot go wrong with Daniel Silva.
Silva is a really great writer, and Phil Gigante does a nice job (better than John Lee, I think).
You do not have to have read the last novel, "The Moscow Rules," to enjoy this.
I wish there were more unabridged Silva novels - I've already gone through them all.
Granted, maybe when you buy a book on sale for $5 you should not complain about what you get. But I cannot help it.
This is the dumbest book I have ever finished. I say "dumbest I have ever finished" because, usually, when a book is playing out badly, I stop wasting my time.
But this was like driving past a car wreck - I could not look away. I had to see if it was going to get worse . . . and it DID! At every turn.
The characters are not believable or likable. The plot is not credible enough to enable suspending disbelief The dialog was silly.
If you like the narrator, rent one of his readings of Daniel Silva - not this.
Save yourself - don't buy this book.
This book was a lot of fun. Bolitar and Win are interesting characters. The story was surprising and fast-moving.
I was afraid I would not like Steven Weber's narration (I have not been able to look at the guy since he agreed to play Jack Nicholson's part in the bad, made-for-TV remake of "The Shining"), but he did a really good job.
I thought I'd try Sandford on the $9.95 offer Audible made. It is $9.95 I would like to have back.
The story is just BORING. I very, very rarely give up on a book on which I have spent money or a book credit, but I have never listened to a book that was so completely uninteresting. (The gravelly voice of the narrator certainly did not help.)
Do yourself a favor - instead of this book, try ANYTHING by Robert B. Parker, Robert Crais, John Lescroat, or Harlan Coben.
This was a poor listen. The narration was cloying and melodramatic. The novel was poor. The characters were not believable. The plot was contrived. The ending was silly. "Angel's Tip" was a disappointment.
Scott Sowers has ruined several books by some of my favorite authors. He repeatedly mispronounces the same words (if you're not sure, Scott, LOOK IT UP). And he always sounds a little nasal and sing songy.
I hope that one day I can forget the plot of the novel, then I will buy it print and read it - so that maybe I can enjoy it.
(The story was very good, but it was buried beneath the awful delivery.)
This immediately became one of my favorite novels. The characters are interesting, funny, and completely believable. (If you have spent any time working in higher education, you will able to recognize the characters and their foibles from your own experience.) I cannot say enough good things about this novel.
I only have two regrets: (1) that Audible does not have all of the author's books in its library, and (2) that the reader has not recorded more books of interest to me (I am not a fan of Danielle Steel or Robert James Waller) - he did a great job.
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