©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?
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.
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
Wish I had a piece of fine art, so I could hire Gabriel to come restore it! Constructive criticism him would be that the story was a bit hard to follow. Sometimes I felt I needed a scorecard to keep up with the characters but as I said in my title Daniel Silva never disappoints!
I've been trying to get into this series and just can't. The hero is not compelling enough to encourage rapid listening. I found it very easy to walk away from this story (and the first) for long periods of time. I really want to like him, but he just doesn't compare to Rapp or Harvath.
Silva is presenting a great story. Though you need not to read Gabriel Alon books in order ( I started reading one down the line :-)), the story of our agent makes more sense it read in order.. The main story is captivating and exciting.
It was a good narration too. I strongly suggest the book.
Moving to next one in series :-)
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