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Noel

Lockport, NY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Confessor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (430)

    Detective Gabriel Allon returns in Daniel Silva's stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal, long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds that takes the listener from Munich to Venice to the Vatican.

    D Alexandra says: "good story but over rated"
    "I liked everything but the Narrator"
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    I have enjoyed the exploits of Gabriel Allon for a few years now. I joined the series in the middle, and I have recently begun working through the first few books of the series. The Confessor is one of my favorites, although I do not care for John Lee as a narrator. My preference is Phil Gigante or Simon Vance, who have each done multiple books later in the series and either of which is vastly superior.

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  • The Moscow Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    Assigned to examine a portentous tape sneaked out of Moscow by a mole, CIA Kremlinologist Charlie Stone finds himself in an espionage investigation of staggering complexity. As he hops among three continents, often the target of both the KGB and the CIA, Stone succeeds in vindicating his father, branded a traitor by McCarthy, while nosing out a plot by the head of the KGB to stage a violent coup during a Moscow summit that will end glasnost and set the world on its ear.

    Richard Delman says: "Chock-full of US-USSR history. Way too chock full."
    "Disappointing and Pedistrian; Not a Usual Finder"
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    Would you try another book from Joseph Finder and/or Edoardo Ballerini?

    Yes I would. Finder is much better an author than this book would suggest.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    really isn't one


    Any additional comments?

    For a 17 hour plus book, there is very little to recommend it.

    The book tried very hard to explain why it was set against the backdrop of the Gorbachev regime, but I was alive during that time and nothing about it seemed to be the story left untold.

    The characters themselves, despite Finder's attempts, never seem to come alive. They are often wooden, and Finder as their puppetmaster drags them from one scene to another solely because his storyline demands it. I completed the book, but the payoff for all those hours of listening was hardly worth the credit I wasted on it.

    In fact, it doesn't seem much like a Finder at all. It's more like a first novel written by a middle-level bureaucrat in the first years following his retirement, all the promise of grandeur of these supposed golden recollections tarnished and pitted long before it's completed.

    To steal an analogy Michael Connelly once used, this novel is an ancient minivan that pulls to the curb in front of the reader, it's engine missing, its door creaking open uninvitingly. Once underway, it reluctantly proceeds down the highway in fits and starts, only far too late reaching its disappointing destination.

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