© 2003 Daniel Silva; (P) 2003 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Silva...writes with the atmospheric grace and whiplash tension of le Carre." (Booklist)
Y'know, I don't demand much from pop lit, especially from genre stuff like spy novels, but Silva's "The Confessor" fails to come up to even my lowest expectations. Sterling prose is not necessary for a good spy thriller, but shouldn't Silva at least know the difference between the words "divisive" and "divided"? His writing is studded with gems like "he knew he was being deceived," (Hey, Silva, if he "knew" it, he wasn't "deceived," now was he?) and numbing cliches such as when a "Machievellian" Catholic Cardinal intones "We have ways... to bring journalists... into line..." (I guess the Church hasn't been using those "ways" too well lately.) And to make matter worse, Silva uses his novel as a pulpit to preach about... oh, who cares? What a stinker! I give it one star (instead of zero stars) only because of narrrator John Lee's brilliant reading.
Fast-paced, lots of intrigue and World War II history, Vatican, Roman Catholic history
Made me want to learn more about the Vatican and how it operates.
He is an excellent narrator and his English accent gives the book a touch of class.
No; but it stirred up anger about the Nazis.
It's not a bad story at all and John Lee always does a great job with the reading. But, I found it to have no thrill factor at all. No suspense. Little action. Nothing that made me want to switch it on.
I would first have them read the preceding two. This is not Silva's best work, they get better later on. In this book he seems to be about to hit his stride. The ending is overdone and while the premise of the Vatican's part in WW II is true, I doubt Cardinals plotted murder.
Make it a bit more ambiguous regarding culpability and behavior of the protagonists.
This reader is excellent. Better than another one who reads some of them with exaggerated accents that I found rather annoying.
I would. A most interesting idea.
The Leopard being made to change his plans and murder some Krux Vera members.
He's very good with accents.
The church's past revealed at last.
A possible theory, and one that may have merit.
Really interesting writing. If you are Catholic, elements will be hard to read. At the end of the book it hits a point where I had to suspend disbelief. Otherwise, it is a really solid, interesting book.
One of the best fiction audiobooks I've listened to in the last several years.
The story was interesting, exciting, and moved quickly. Even with quite a few characters, it was easy to keep them straight thanks to a well-written story and excellent narrator with a real talent for multiple accents.
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.
The performance was as good as there is. George Guidall has always been my favorite but John Lee in very much so in his category.
The story about the relationship between the Jews and the Catholics during WWII
Shamoron and Gabriel
No because I like to make the book last. I get more out of it that way and the characters always stay refreshing.
The story is very good not quite a 5 but very close. The performance by John Lee brought this manuscript alive and although I don't like reading books twice unless it has been years. I would almost read this one again just to hear the performance of the narrator.
Gabriel Allon still interesting. I found there to be quite a bit of repetition in this book--a couple ideas and thoughts but still a very fun listen.
If you haven't listened to the series, worth going back to catch up!
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