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To be honest I had low expectations for this book, I was only reading it because I told myself I was going to read the whole series. Come on, how interesting can you make a story set in the 1960's in the eastern bloc of Europe about a main character working for the state security. You think drab life. But, Steinhauer did turn it into an interesting listen that I found enjoyable. There were some nice twists and turns, east meets west, and it kept me listening. I recommend tis one.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this book. It was intriguing and had several twists and turns. The central character is not loveable but he is compelling. I found the narration to be very annoying after a while. It was like the narrator was trying to sound American (way too much). H also did the lead characters (who were Eastern Europeans) in very American voices but did Austrian voices with pseudo-accents. It's still a very good audio book
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
A good story, I shall no doubt listen to again, however the problem I have is Yuri Rasovsky reading of it, which is a great shame hence 3* not four or five. At times the reader seems totally disinterested in the story which can effect the listeners interest as well. I found myself going back several times to listen again to parts for just that reason. This is made worse by the fact the story is fairly involved and concentration is needed as with most of this type of book. That said it's still a good story.