©2000 Daniel Silva; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.
The book is well written and the narrator uses enough voices to make the listener interested... the book keeps ones interest all thru the book.
I recommend this book
When you read the first character created by Mr. Silva, Michael Osborne, I expected a series, but alas, after the second volume, Mr. Silva pulled an ace from his sleeve and has created Gabriel Allon. Great reading, sophisticated prose, meticulous research of locations and events. He created a master restorer, planner and executioner. This is a one nighter, as you can't put this book down. Mr. Silva, please keep them coming.
This is an older story, and shorter. The reader does the voices well. Silva's stories are easy to follow while driving, unlike most spy stories, that are so complex and with so many foreign names that they are probably better enjoyed in book form. Daniel Silva is a master of the craft, and I have listened to all of his books.
I dont' know how this book got such great ratings. I had trouble paying attention to it as I thought the story line stagnant and uninteresting. The narrator was OK, nothing to write home about. I kept listening in the hopes something great would come of this but nothing ever did and I'm sorry I ever got this book.
I thought the main character was fascinating, but the story itself didn't keep my attention and devolved into a misanthropic blah.
just not fresh enough to recommend.
if it were updated to reflect more current trends in movie heroines, probably.
I haven't read any of Silva's books before and I probably won't bother in the future. The characters were boring and the "hero" was not remotely interesting or engaging. I have been hooked many times with the first book in a series and couldn't wait to start the next one. Not here. At least it was fairly short.
I have listened to this after finishing all Gabriel books to date. An incredible series of which this one is a classic. It is good to go back to the beginning and enjoy these masterpieces again
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