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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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    Joanne Burlington, Ontario, Canada 03-21-12
    Joanne Burlington, Ontario, Canada 03-21-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Elegantly written spy story"

    I recently started listening to Mr. Steinhauer's latest book, An American Spy, and realized that I would need to re-read The Nearest Exit in order to follow the intricacies of the plot. What a pleasure to listen to this book again. It was so fresh, with a plot elegantly woven and characters that intrigued. Please don't hesitate to listen to this book - it is definitely worth reading once - and yet again.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 06-09-12
    Derek LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 06-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Entertaining and a different kind of "Hero""

    Gud listen . . too many location changes for me and can't always keep the character names straight. . . but then I am getting old and senile. Definitely worth the price.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Shields 03-14-12 Member Since 2014

    Book blogger at Bookwi.se

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    "Very good follow to a very good book"

    I read The Tourist early in 2009 soon after it came out and I rated it as one of my top fiction books that year. These are both spy books. They are post 9/11 spy books, so they are not wrapped up in cold war like the original Borne books. They are as good, or better, than Robert Ludlum’s version of Borne. In many ways I would compare them to the movie version of Borne. They are consciously post-cold war. Like the movie version of Borne, the bad guys are both inside and outside the US government and the controllers of “the tourists” (the black-ops arm of the CIA) may be as bad as the bad guys they are trying to defeat.

    The Nearest Exit follows right on the heals of The Tourist, but you do not realize it at first. I listened to this on audiobook and so I may have missed some of the written clues about the changing timelines. I was about half way through before I finally put all the clues together and remembered enough of the first book (it has been over a year) to finally figure out what was going on. From that point, it was much clearer and much more enjoyable book.

    I often read several books at a time. But this one I listened straight through, more than 12 hours in just 3 days. I do not read many spy books, but these are good. I am a fan of tainted heroes. Milo Weaver, the hero of these books, is definitely not perfect, but he also is not one of those tainted heroes that you just do not want to like. He has a struggling marriage and devotion to his daughter. He is less of a super-hero than Borne. I am not a fan of heroes that walk out of serious car accidents like nothing happened. Weaver gets hurt, gets blindsided by other spies, etc. There is a clear ending in this book, but an opening for another sequel. I hope it is being written.

    The audiobook narration was good, but was a different narrator than the first book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Elizbeth Heidelberg, ON, Canada 07-17-10
    Elizbeth Heidelberg, ON, Canada 07-17-10 Member Since 2007
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    "I love this author"

    I have read every one of Olen Steinhauer's audio books that are available to Canadians and love them all. The are all complex, have unusual plots and interesting locations. However, to trully understand and enjoy this audio book to the full, you must first read The Tourist which is the first book in the Milo Weaver series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Owensboro, KY, United States 08-09-11
    Robert Owensboro, KY, United States 08-09-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent sequel"

    An excellent sequel to The Tourist. David Pittu's narration was perfect. I hope they use him for An American Spy

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 02-16-11
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 02-16-11 Member Since 2017

    I love books!

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    "his best so far"

    I've listened to all of the author's books on Audible and this is his best so far. It's tighter than the others, is well written and flows well. There were lots of twists and turns in an internatinal setting that made the book interesting and kept my attention. The character of Milo Weaver is a good one. I wonder at times how much of the European life descibed is the life lived to an extent by Steinhauer. If there is another in this series I'll look forward to it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Burlington, ON, Canada 07-05-10
    Joanne Burlington, ON, Canada 07-05-10 Member Since 2017
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    "I want more..."

    I have listened to every Steinhauer book that has been produced for Canadian listeners. This book was excellent: great characters, great story and great narrator. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julius 05-02-16
    Julius 05-02-16

    A straight-tailed slick-Hog knuckle dragging mouth breather; and proud of it!

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    "Like The Tourist only better, so pay attention!"

    Having enjoyed Olen Steinhauer's The Tourist I tried The Cairo Affair, and disliked it. Naturally I was unsure about trying The Nearest Exit. I took a chance and was surprised to find it better than the first Milo Weaver book. They changed the narrator and that took some getting used to but The Nearest Exit did not disappoint.

    Olen Steinhauer's books demand you listen intently. If you are looking for a mindless listen where the author walks you by the hand through the story, highlighting everything you need to pay attention to to stay with the story, then pass by this one. BUT it you like a book with a complex plot that will challenge you to keep up, then Milo Weaver is your guy.

    Be advised, Milo Weaver is not a super hero. He is a guy doing a job. He needs help at times, gets captured, beat up and limps afterwards. If you like the invincible man protagonist this might not be the book for you.

    This book picks up where The Tourist left off, so if you haven't I would listen to that first. The reader is forced to find out a lot more about the Department of Tourism. I enjoyed the peak behind the curtain.

    In The Tourist, Milo is tiring of the multiple cover identities and the semi-rootless life. He leaves it by the end of that book. Circumstances force him back in but he struggles. The story really unfolds because Milo tries to do the right thing and that throws a wrench in the works.

    We catch up with familiar characters from the last book and meet some new one along the way. Fellow "tourist" James Einner is back along with two new tourists. Alan Drummond takes over Thomas Granger corner office in the Avenue of the Americas building. We meet BND director Erika Schwartz and her crew. Xin Zhu, a shadowy Chinese spymaster is hinted at. And of course, like any good espionage story, not everyone is who they seem.

    Minor Tourist SPOILER: we catch up with Milo's biological father again and we learn a little twist concerning his mother.

    The book is not perfect, the author overuses the word tourist too much for my taste. Some of the secondary and tertiary characters could use some development. He gives some of them interesting Idiosyncrasies but then just overuses those. Sometimes less can be more. Also Milo's wife get annoying. In all fairness that might be because I identify more with the protagonist and I am a man. She is well written, it is simply that she make me mad, and that might be the point. Judge for yourself.

    Tom Weiner (the narrator of The Tourist) is an acquired taste, but I like him, so it took me a while to warm up to David Pittu's performance. Now that I am "acclimatized" to David's narration, I enjoyed the story.

    Life is about choices and the scars we receive with each questionable one we make. Milo has quite a few scars and they tug from time to time. The Nearest Exit examines what is done in the name of the greater good and brings to light the scars those choices can leave behind. I enjoyed the book and hope you do too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 07-21-12
    Mary 07-21-12
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    "Fascinating"

    This story--the whole series--is like driving by a car wreck. Part fascination, part horror. A huge helping of pity. But I'm wholly invested in rooting for Milo. I like him. I'm repulsed by him. I don't understand him.
    When a writer can do that to their reader, they've got skills.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tony 04-01-12
    Tony 04-01-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Series is growing on me"

    This isn't a John LeCarre book and it isn't a Robert Ludlum book. It's more of a compromise between the two with much of the deeper intrigue of LeCarre with the understandable action of Ludlum. Spy novels are my weakness and this fits in just nicely with my tastes. If "The Company" by Robert Littell is your genre then this may not be for you but for the rest of us it's a great ride!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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