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The Defector Audiobook

The Defector

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Publisher's Summary

Over the course of a remarkable career, Daniel Silva has established himself as one of the world's finest writers of international intrigue, a craftsman worthy of comparison to John le Carré and Graham Greene. His latest bestseller, Moscow Rules, was not only superior entertainment, but a prescient cautionary tale about the emergence of the New Russia. Now he takes that tale to the next level.

Six months after the blood-soaked conclusion of Moscow Rules, Allon is in Umbria, trying to resume his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, when a colleague pays him a shocking visit. The man who saved Allon's life in Moscow and was then resettled in England has vanished without a trace. British intelligence is sure he was a double agent all along, and they blame Allon for planting him. To discover the truth and clear his name, Allon must go immediately to London - a decision that will prove to be the most fateful of his career.

In the British capital, he finds himself once more on the front lines of the secret war between East and West, where Russian spies and dissidents engage in the old game of cat and mouse. There, Allon uncovers a much greater conspiracy, a plot by an old enemy to resurrect a network of death, to bring the world to the precipice of a new confrontation, and in order to stop it, he must risk everything: his ties to an organization he has served since his youth, his new marriage . . . even his life.

©2009 Daniel Silva; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

The Defector is more than the most explosive thriller of the summer. It is a searing tale of love, vengeance, and courage created by the writer whom the critics call "the perfect guide to the dangerous forces shaping our world" (Orlando Sentinel)

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    William 12-06-12
    William 12-06-12
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    "Gabriel Allon done masterfully"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The audio versions of these books bring a depth not found in simple readings, as the pronunciations of the phrases in various languages of the places and phrases is entertaining and enlightening- I recommend them to all of my friends who are fans of the written stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The performance and the writing were equally superb.


    What about Phil Gigante’s performance did you like?

    The heart and pathos that was communicated by Gigante was amazing, as was his command of the languages spoken.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A powerful and gripping experience of spycraft and the people that suffer in its grasp...


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    Gman 10-17-12
    Gman 10-17-12
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    "I really like this!"
    Where does The Defector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A really good story, well told. As good as this was, I plan to work my way through all of Mr. Silva's books.


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    Moku 06-16-12
    Moku 06-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Gripping story, well told"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if the friend is a fan of spy thrillers. Silva's Gabriel Allon series is among the best in the genre.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Gigante's narration is competent and workmanlike but not inspired. Though he does not get in the way of the story, neither does he enhance it much.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no -- the story certainly held my attention, and I was eager to find out what would happen next, but I can listen to Gigante for only so long before I need a break.


    Any additional comments?

    This is another good effort from Daniel Silva. I look forward to the next in the series.

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    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 04-17-12
    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Another Hit by Daniel Silver!"

    Gabriel Alon and the team do it again. Please keep writing these books. You have a fan here.

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    Michael Kew Gardens, NY, United States 06-06-11
    Michael Kew Gardens, NY, United States 06-06-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent book, narrator needs some work..."

    Daniel Silva's books are consistenty excellent and the characters are as real and vivid as ever. My only problem with this audio book was the narrator. Aside from the falsetto used for women's voices which was just irritating, the accents were HORRENDOUS. The Russians sounded like Germans... the Israeli's sounded like quasi-Russians... And the pronunciation was painful for both the russian and the hebrew words. I don't expect it to be perfect, but at least comprehensible. Blue and white in Hebrew is Kachol (Ka-Hol) Ve Lavan - narrator pronounced it Catch-all Velevan. There are many more terrible examples but this one aspect severaly impacted my listening pleasure. Perhaps, being a native speaker of all three languages makes me more sensitive to it but I think purchases should be aware nonetheless.

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    Ommu 05-24-10
    Ommu 05-24-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Great story, poor pronunciation by narrator"

    Thought the book was great, but the mispronunciation, particularly of Hebrew names and terms detracted significantly from the enjoyment of the book. Even English and Russian proper names are mispronounced: "Grosvenor" pronounced "Grows-venor"

    This narrator reads several of Mr. Silva's books. Why is this poor pronunciation of Israeli & Hebrew names, in particular, allowed over several audiobooks? Surely somebody can provide a pronunciation guide for the narrator.

    Having said that, I thought the variety of the male characters voices was quite good. The exceptions were some of the women's voices. Chiara was made to sound like quite a whiner.

    With corrected pronunciation, I'm sure the narrator can do a much better (and more easily listened to) job next time.

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    Frank North Carolina 08-31-09
    Frank North Carolina 08-31-09 Listener Since 2005
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    "GREAT read"

    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.

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    Stacey Cordova, TN, USA 08-05-09
    Stacey Cordova, TN, USA 08-05-09 Member Since 2008
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    "The Defector is definitely worth the listen"

    I'm a pretty big Daniel Silva fan but, as with all authors, some books are better than others. The Defector has been one of the better ones. It's an enjoyable read/listen. If you've never tried Daniel Silva before, I would recommend reading/listening to The Moscow Rules first as it provides the backstory for The Defector. It will be more enjoyable if you do.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 08-02-09
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 08-02-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Soap opera assassin"

    I am finding I need to suspend disbelief more and more with each Daniel Silva novel. Much as I enjoy these novels about Gabriel Allon, Israeli assassin, I'm having trouble believing that a professional killer could possess such romantic inclinations. Of course, I know nothing about the subject, but it seems to me that a person who murders people for a living -- even though he only murders bad guys -- could harbor such a soft, artistic heart inside that hard outer shell. Can a person coldly kill without remorse, and then turn around and grow heartsick about a lost love? I don't know, but I will continue listening to every novel Mr. Silva delivers ... just with a grain of salt on the side.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Suzan Boise, ID, United States 08-01-09
    Suzan Boise, ID, United States 08-01-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Not for the weak of Heart"

    Lots of exciting action but much violence. It's a little hard to believe that a man, Gabriel Allon, of such cold-blooded violence could be so soft hearted about other things. I guess we all want to believe there is some redeeming values in everyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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