©2002 Daniel Silva; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A thriller that entertains as well as enlightens." (Orlando Sentinel)
"Superbly crafted thriller." (Publishers Weekly)
My second Gabriel Allon novel. Story mixed with some history, some mystery & lots of thrills... I love history mixed in with a good mystery & this really fits the bill. Can't wait to start my 3rd book. This is a new type of READ for me & I'm soooo intrigued by John Lee's characters & story lines.
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
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 :-)
Only my second Silva novel, but the story was every bit as good as the first. Unfortunately, the narration really hurt the experience for me.
The narrator was good at many of the European accents, especially German, but since some primary characters are Israeli I thought the story really suffered because the narrator kept imbuing their voices with a German twinge.
John Lee's narration often left me confused as to which character was speaking- the vocal characterizations were sometimes too similar. I much prefer George Guidall.
Plot points were weak and poorly developed in several areas, unlike what I have experienced in the other Allon works,
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