©2002 Daniel Silva; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A thriller that entertains as well as enlightens." (Orlando Sentinel)
"Superbly crafted thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
I really like Daniel Silva books. John Lee has a beautiful voice, but sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between characters. And while I enjoy the more recent Gabriel Allon books a bit more, this was a very engaging read. I would prefer less F-bombs, but other than that Very enjoyable.
Maybe, give another try.
Narrator put me to sleep... very monitone
Complicated and intriguing story line.
Had a difficult time following the story. Didn't like the characters, narrator droned and monitone and hard to listen.
Overall, did not enjoy this book.
I am a voice over artist with work in tv, film, radio and commercials all over the world.
I think someone who enjoys bad endings and poor narration would like this book.
I have to, I bough them all at once on a recommendation.
Look, it is a good story. A very cool plot... but the ending, it's like Silva just said... ahh, I quit. It was SO disappointing I actually want my credit back.
Why does a Jewish guy from Israel, who lives in England have a German accent... it seems like every character has a German accent.
I will never use all of my saved up credits on an authors series again. I had high hopes, but wow... Silva... could you have screwed up a great story opportunity at the end any more?
I'd heard good things about this series, and was prepared to enjoy it. Of course, I mistakenly started the series with the second book, but was a little bored at first. Then it caught my interest, and I had a hard time turning it off.
Allon is a different kind of hero, an art restorer/Mossad agent/widower. He's also older, in this book he admits to being 50. The book moves from one place to another, one adventure to another, quietly.
I'm currently listening to the first book and enjoying it immensely. I look forward to the rest.
I judge all narrators by Scott Brick. John Lee is good, his voice is pleasing, his accents acceptable to an American who doesn't know accents. He has the right amount of expression to keep me interested.
Tell us about yourself!
A little slow for my taste. Some disappointment at the ending. May be a good book for some but not for me.
Narration was spot on & enhanced the fast moving action. Voice was enough to keep reader interested & not be put to sleep. Voice added to experience of journey.
Fast paced action, not too many idle moments, intrigue & appropriate finale, leaving wishing for more.
The action through the big cities in Europe was exciting & difficult to believe he survived the chase scene. The intrigue to Zurich to Germany. His female companion added to the excitement as well.
Could not put the book down because you wished to see what happened next.
The latter part of the novel is loaded with action & later turns into a more typical 'shoot-em-up' espionage chiller. Overall, fans will enjoy the action & the finale.
I really enjoyed the story, however the narrator was driving me crazy. Gabriel Allon is Israeli..not German. Why he was reading Gabriel with a German accent was beyond me. The narrator of Kill Artist hit the accents perfectly. This narrator I would rather he just use no accent at all.
Audible allows me to fill my mind with something so much better than TV.
This book has a real promise. The main problem is the reader. His voice rarely changes so it makes. The characters very hard to follow.
This narrator is only capable of two accents-- well, maybe three. But to saddle Israeli characters with a terrible German accent seems so dreadful that I will not listen to more Silva books with this narrator, and I recommend that you don't either. At one point I was having such difficulty keeping track of who was supposed to be talking that I almost stopped listening. They all had terrible German accents. Too bad-silver is an interesting author
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