©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 don't know if it's Daniel Silva's writing or if it's John Lee's narration, but I am definitely hooked.
The plot is quite good with enough twists. If you're an international traveler, the detailed descriptions of Zurich and Vienna, as well as Venice will invoke memories.
On to the next adventure or Mr. Allon...
This is an exciting and thrilling story until you reach the end. As always Silva includes many thoughtful and unpredictable twists. The end of this story was the only thing I didn?t like. In the end things come together way too nicely. It almost seemed like Silva ran up against a deadline so he stopped being creative and just rushed to the end of the story. My recommendation to anyone new to Silva is to listen to his earlier works first. This will help with character background and give you a better idea of how talented Silva's writings can be. To those of you who have followed Gabriel Allon this is worth listening to, but don't expect him to escape death without some unusal help.
A bit more violent than what I like but I couldn't stop listening--I just had to know what whas going to happen next.
Hey! It's another espionage/art history novel! Except for theological musings in Da Vinci Code, there are some pretty major similarities between the two. Of course, here the emphasis is on the espionage. The art history is more incidental in this one.
Unlike an earlier reviewer, I did not like the narrator. The accents kept on coming, which is authentic and all, but not always pleasing to the ear, and I got a little sick of listening to them. His regular narration is also laid on a bit thickly. Given it's high rating, Mr. Lee was not a problem for most listeners, but if you are careful in your purchases, you might want to give the sample a listen.
Another minor point. I don't find the title to be very descriptive of the major narrative thread. I would have thought the English assassin to be more central to the plot based on the title. If you are dying to here a lot about British people who kill, you may want to check out something by Ian Fleming.
I am interested in listening to more stories about Gabriel, but I might check for a different narrator and see if that helps.
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.
This book would have kept me up all night turning pages. BecauseI listen only when I'm doing "mindless" tasks (cooking, cleaning, gardening) I found myself finding many more "mindless" tasks so I could keep on reading. Had to force myself to stop so I could get "real" work done! Only issue with this book is that the voices of characters are not always distinctly different.
What an awesome book! I loved it. I can't wait to read the rest of Daniel Silva's books.
I'm reading the books in order, and I'm not reading "The Confessor" which is equally as good as "The English Assassin".
Gabriel is chasing down lost art again in (you guessed it) Switzerland. It is a good story and kept me interested throughout. I recommend it.
The reader is good and clear, but there are times when I can't tell who is talking because too many of the characters are rendered with the same accent. While imperfect, this did not really diminish my experience too much.
If you like Chapter 50, you're in luck. You'll hear it twice.
Also, I did get a very minor amount of skipping as if the recording were transfered to audible format from a slightly imperfect CD. Fortunately this occurs only two or three times over 10 hours and does not seriously affect enjoying this title.
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.
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.
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