Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Defector by Daniel Silva

Abridged Audio Version
I listened to the abridged audio version of The Defector by Daniel Silva and narrated by Phil Gigante.

I like reading or listening to thrillers quite a bit, so was eager to listen to The Defector by Daniel Silva. This is the second book I've listened to by Daniel Silva that I can recall. I didn't like the way the narrator, Phil Gigante, narrated The Defector. I've heard better narrators and I've also heard better audio productions of other books as well over the years.

I'm not a huge fan of abridged audiobooks, but went ahead and listened to this audiobook particular anyway. I was not impressed with The Defector by Daniel Silva once I finished listening to earlier today. I kept finding myself tuning out on occasion. I just didn't like the way this book was narrated. I didn't like the overall audio production. And, I didn't care for the characters or the storyline much either... Also, with abridgments, a reader feels like they're missing out on a lot of the plot details.... Basically, these are the main reasons why I didn't like The Defector by Daniel Silva overall.

The following is a plot summary for The Defector by Daniel Silva from Amazon:
Six months after the dramatic conclusion of Moscow Rules, Gabriel has returned to the tan hills of Umbria to resume his honeymoon with his new wife, Chiara, and restore a seventeenth-century altarpiece for the Vatican. But his idyllic world is once again thrown into turmoil with shocking news from London. The defector and former Russian intelligence officer Grigori Bulganov, who saved Gabriel’s life in Moscow, has vanished without a trace. British intelligence is sure he was a double agent all along, but Gabriel knows better. He also knows he made a promise. Do you know what we do with traitors, Gabriel? Many things have changed in Russia since the fall of Communism. But the punishment for betrayal remains the same. Promise me one thing, Gabriel. Promise me I won’t end up in an unmarked grave. In the days to come, Gabriel and his team of operatives will find themselves in a deadly duel of nerve and wits with one of the world’s most ruthless men: the murderous Russian oligarch and arms dealer Ivan Kharkov. It will take Gabriel from a quiet mews in London, to the shores of Lake Como, to the glittering streets of Geneva and Zurich, and, finally, to a heart- stopping climax in the snowbound birch forests of Russia. Faced with the prospect of losing the one thing he holds most dear, Gabriel will be tested in ways he never imagined possible. And his life will never be the same.
I am giving The Defector by Daniel Silva a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

2 comments:

  1. Do you think that it would have made a difference if you listened to an unabridged version?

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    1. Maybe, but the narrator didn't help either.

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