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The Marching Season

Narrated by: Frank Muller
Series: Michael Osbourne, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
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Daniel Silva’s novels immediately become New York Times best sellers. A former television producer and journalist who has covered assignments from Washington to the Middle East, Silva fills The Marching Season with the political suspense that churns through present-day Northern Ireland.

In 1998, as the Good Friday peace accords go into effect, world leaders hope for an end to the bloody Irish troubles, but terrorists are moving to shatter that fragile peace through a series of brutal assassinations. CIA Officer Michael Osbourne’s job is to stop October, their deadliest hit man. As Osbourne tracks the elusive October, he begins to realize that an even more powerful organization is using the terrorists.

In this world of espionage and counter-espionage, no place is safe, and no detail is too small to ignore. Frank Muller’s narration swirls the currents of danger and deceit around each scene in Silva’s compelling novel.

©1999 Daniel Silva (P)1999 Recorded Books, LLC

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Daniel Silva is oneof favorite authors, but...

the Marching Season is very disappointing. Had this been my first Silva novel, it would have also been my last. It simply lacks the suspense of the Gabriel Allon series.

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A Slight Stumble for Silva, but Still Intriguing

"The Marching Season" picks up where "The Mark of the Assassin" -- Silva's previous novel -- left off, continuing the story with all the same characters. (I think of them as basically one novel.) So, if you haven't yet listened to "The Mark of the Assassin," I would suggest that you do that first, before beginning "The Marching Season." Although here the ostensible peril shifts from Islamic terrorists to Irish terrorists, we know from the previous novel that the real culprits are to be found in the Society for International Development and Cooperation. This maybe-not-so-fictional league of powerful, wealthy, influential people is secretly pulling the strings, manipulating world events from behind the scenes, "in order to make money and protect their own interests." These movers-and-shakers have discovered that peace does not serve their financial interests as well as conflict. Accordingly, in "The Mark of the Assassin," the Society arranged an Islamic terrorist attack on the United States in order to generate spending for its arms-manufacturing, arms-merchant, mercenary members (sound familiar?). In "The Marching Season," the Society aims to thwart the Good Friday Peace Accord in Northern Ireland, so that the Catholic Republicans and the Protestant Loyalists will continue their centuries-long conflict.

Fans of Silva's subsequent Gabriel Allon series will notice a curious phenomenon in these two earlier novels: Ari Sharon -- director of Israel's Mossad, and secondary hero of the Gabriel Allon series -- is a member of the Society ... and, therefore, one of the bad guys. (The Society, and Sharon's membership in it, is never mentioned again in the Gabriel Allon series; nor is Michael Osborne, hero of both "The Mark of the Assassin" and "The Marching Season," although several of the other characters carry on into the Gabriel Allon series.)

I noticed that some of the previous reviewers of "The Marching Season" objected to Frank Muller's voice and narration. Muller -- who tragically died in 2008 -- did have a unique voice -- not to everyone's taste -- but, if you pay attention, you will begin to appreciate his superlative acting skill. In particular, I truly admire his ability to change voices instantly -- as when one character interrupts another in dialogue. I have never heard another actor accomplish that feat so well. I say, give Muller a chance. We sadly won't be hearing any more from him.

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Not as good as Mark of the Assassin

Would you consider the audio edition of The Marching Season to be better than the print version?

I can't really say, but maybe

What did you like best about this story?

The plot was intricate and well written, but the characters weren't very likeable, even the hero was kind of blah.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He seems to run out of breath quite a bit, and ends his sentence in a bit of a whisper. Also he does his women's voices in a whispery voice, which is better than the odd chirpy voice some male narrators do for women, but it's a little weird. he does a good Irish accent, better than his American.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I wouldn't make it into a movie

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Difficult narration

Narrator has an odd cadence that punctuates every sentence as if it were a novel in of itself. good story well written.

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The marching season

Great story, horrible narration. The narrator had a very strange (the only way I can describe it) way if reading.

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I think it was the narrator<br />

I typically ol love Daniel Silva but I struggled to get into this one almost discontinuing on many occasions. I believe the real problem was the narrator habit of stretching the last word in a sentence with a heavy breath and long pauses. he made me want to pull off the road and take a nap.

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Good story

Narrator is very breathy. A very annoying listen - I almost gave up, but I was eventually able to ignore it. Good story, if implausible.

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horrible reader

What did you like best about The Marching Season? What did you like least?

This is not Silva's best work but was entertaining enough.

What didn’t you like about Frank Muller’s performance?

He was so dramatic, ending each phrase almost on a whisper. I am not sure if I can finish listening to this book. Awful!

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Cant get through it...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Narrator is so bad, I can't stand to listen to it. Too bad, because there isn't a single novel of Silva's that I haven't enjoyed. Will buy the regular book. would ask for my money back on this one.

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Not the best of Silva

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The Narrater needs a different director. His reading is so breathy that it is off putting. I think he has talent, but neets direction.

The story is less captivating than Silva's previous or subsequent books, all of which I have read.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Just okay

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Absolutely

Do you think The Marching Season needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. I've had enough of this content.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful