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The Nearest Exit Audiobook

The Nearest Exit

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Publisher's Summary

The Tourist, Steinhauer’s first contemporary novel after his award-winning historical series, was a runaway hit, spending three weeks on the New York Times best seller list and garnering rave after rave from critics. Now faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a “tourist”.

Before he can get back to the CIA’s dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses, who know little of Milo’s background and less about who is really pulling the strings in the government above the Department of Tourism—or in the outside world, which is beginning to believe the legend of its existence. Milo is suddenly in a dangerous position, between right and wrong, between powerful self-interested men, between patriots and traitors—especially as a man who has nothing left to lose.

©2010 Third State, Inc. (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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    Ghost Reader Chapel Hill, NC, United States 01-11-12
    Ghost Reader Chapel Hill, NC, United States 01-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The New Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
    Would you listen to The Nearest Exit again? Why?

    Best book I've read or listened to all year.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Erika Schwartz was the most unique and riveting female character. Warning: Angelina Jolie won't play this character, unless she puts on 200 pounds. Also, the main character evolves into the most fascinating spy since George Smiley. Just when you think you know who he is, something changes. I picture Kevin Spacey playing him.


    Have you listened to any of David Pittu’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This guy is a terrific reader. He has no tics that interfere. Every voice is distinct. All the foreign accents are genuine. All the foreign languages are correctly spoken. His reading is hypnotic.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This book is the climax of the trilogy but it could be read alone. it's well worth reading thru the other two to get to it. Every moment is gripping. The suspense is nearly unbearable.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't start it unless you can entirely give over your life to it. Don't listen while driving -- you may have to pull off the road. Don't listen while going to sleep -- you'll never get to sleep.
    It's terrific.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce Eriksen 11-18-15
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    "A LeCarre spy"

    The plots are intricate. The characters are not heroic. They are not superhuman. But they are determined, caught in a between world where questions are not invited and worse not answered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 06-11-13
    Dennis 06-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Poor follow up to the original story"

    I liked the first book in the series and looked forward to this book, alas, this story never gets off the ground, instead it just plows through the same terrain as the last book just rearranging the sequence and adding a couple of new names and using the word "tourist" more than I thought possible. The love interest starts out stale - and then stays that way, there are no notable relationships formed, and the arch villain in this story is never developed beyond some shady form in the background. The poor girl killed in this story is just a prop used and discarded in the story for no purpose other than to add a hundred pages and some - as it turns out - useless - interrogation drama which ends up moving the story nowhere, it just ends.
    The first book was an intelligent espionage thriller, this is just a phoned in waste of time.
    Not Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Spring Mills, PA, United States 02-01-13
    Joshua Spring Mills, PA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A well written spy novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this author to anyone who liked early le Carre or enjoys Alan Furst. If they like the more popular authors, Clancy, et al, they might find it a little dull.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Nearest Exit?

    This book is part of a trilogy, (at least), so I'd have trouble separating incidences. Overall it was suspenseful, without a lot of gratuitous gore, something I like. The book kept my interest consistently, but without huge and stupid violent scenes. A tightly written book.


    Any additional comments?

    Two faults: While I don't expect this sort of book to be realistic, there were moments when I had the "yeah, right", response to plot points. Still, it was far better than most of the more popular author's works. And, the reader cannot read women's voices. He makes the story sound like it occurs in a world consisting of heterosexual men and drag queens. I hate to be that critical, it's hard to "voice" your opposite sex, but it was distracting. Overall, a very enjoyable thriller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Neuemoor, Germany 07-30-12
    Anne Neuemoor, Germany 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Many threads to follow."
    Where does The Nearest Exit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I could rank it among the espionage entanglements as laid out in British spy stories with a setting in Europe.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a very intriguing one, not the easiest plot with many fast paced scenes developing after each other. Nice addition is the background of Milo and all the European places he visits, it spices up the whole feel of the story. The dialogues are very good.


    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is perfect and grips your attention. His depiction of Erika is wonderful with a very nice German/English accent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Milo is shot on the steps of his family house by the murdered girl's father.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to read this story again to get a better grip on the story and not losing on the details. Like I do with all spy stories really.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 10-21-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 10-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Best of the three novels in the Milo Weaver series"

    If I were to pick my one favorite fiction sub genre it would be espionage thrillers. There are several superb authors of 5 star espionage thriller series. Olen Steinhauer is NOT one of them. The Nearest Exit is a solid 4 star novel and is very worthwhile, but The Tourist and The American Spy are just good 3 star novels.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Hanson sisters, oregon 05-29-10
    Linda Hanson sisters, oregon 05-29-10 Member Since 2013
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    "below Minus"

    Possibly the most ridiculous and convoluted spy story I have ever read.

    The first three chapters sound like the beginnings of three different novels.

    The hero is an emotional mess dealing with an amazingly dysfunctional family that I have a really hard time caring about.

    It's not sure I will be able to finish this silly story. Good reader though.

    It may be time to reread Steig Larrsen.


    9 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    K R D 12-02-16
    K R D 12-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A masterpiece of its genre"

    If you like espionage books in the Le Carre tradition, then this series of books is a must. I enjoyed this book even more than the first in the series. (the change in narrator definitely improved it).
    Onto the third and final Milo Weaver book.. after which I'll revert.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PAR-TEE 04-26-14
    PAR-TEE 04-26-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Too CONVOLUTED..."

    I really enjoyed "The Tourist" & "The Cairo Affair" but this book just did not cut it for me. The journey was long and at times tedious; the destination was a BIG LET DOWN!!! As I have said before the measure of a great novel is how long the characters/story stay with you after you have finished the book, I forgot the plot of this book 15 minutes after I finished it. Just did not feel the investment of time to read this book brought me any joy or satisfaction. The plot was convoluted and meaningless at times. I plowed thru it only to fall flat by the ending. I am soooo disappointed I probably wont read "The American Spy". Too much of a good thing can turn sour, unfortunately for "The Nearest Exit" it did. Not recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda Snyder 01-11-11
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    "Complicated but a fun read"

    I am glad I didn't listen to one reviewer who said the first 3 chapters were like 3 different books. It was a little complicated at first going back and forth in time but it all resolved itself shortly. Other people complained about Milo being a crazy druggie. I think the author was just showing the angst in him because of his innate goodness and his wanting to do the right thing with the difficult assignments he was given. All in all...I enjoyed Milo's working through his angst while completing his work (I don't want to say more so I don't give away the plot). The narrator, David Pittu, as always did a fabulous job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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