Psychological abuse, physical torture, and a monstrous training regimen transform a fresh military graduate into a heartless assassin without peer. The ultra-secret agency she works for unleashes her on the world to wage an invisible war on all those who threaten the nation’s safety.
Then somebody blows her cover.
Her codename is Chandler, and now she’s employing every trick she has to stay alive after a betrayal turns this predator into prey. There’s nowhere she can run that her enemies can’t find her, no one she can turn to who won’t double-cross her. But even with a bull’s-eye on her back, she’s the only one who can stop a murderous psychopath hell-bent on unleashing a nuclear holocaust within the next 24 hours.
©2012 J. A. Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
For background, my favorite authors are George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Jacqueline Carey, Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher and Margaret George. My favorite illustrators are Johanna Basford, Millie Marotta, Richard Merritt, and Claire Scully (just to name a few).
I don't generally listen to 'spy' or 'assassin' stories so this is a new one for me but I enjoyed the ride.
I liked her as a narrator for the story. I haven't heard her before and I didn't come into it with any preconceived notions about what Chandler would sound like.
I don't know if I could have listened to it in one sitting. There is a lot of jargon used at times and I kinda tuned out during some of it which means breaks were needed.
Overall I enjoyed this book and will be listening to more in the series.
The pace of this book is excellent, and the story is engaging, albeit a bit overdone.
But holy crap, who hired Angela Dawe as this narrator? I almost can't follow the story because she's so monstrously bad. I'm shocked to see how many books she's narrated. I don't know how anyone can stand to listen to her.
Hear for yourself. Listen to the sample. Unless it's a question (or unless she's speaking for another character), her intonation is exactly the same (especially the END of every sentence), no matter what the context.
And she clearly punctuates her sentences with pauses so that you get the full impact of each annoying repetition in the way she speaks. I find myself wishing she'd just run two sentences together so I wasn't drawn into to focus on her nightmarish delivery.
Everyone's different. If her delivery doesn't bother you, get this book. It's almost too much for me to bear.
Situations within the book conflict with themselves, i.e. a women in her early 30s having a lover from 20 years ago.
Some sense of realism, no attempt at all to make situations even seem plausible.
The performance was fine
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