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.
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.
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...
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