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Ignatius does a very credible job of crafting and telling his story, with characters who are believable and who matter. But the narration of this book detracted from the story rather than enhancing it. His attempt to alter his voice for different characters, while appreciated from a more skilled narrator, here was annoying, very off-key. And his voice was tuned to hyper-dramatic, which was irritating enough as his default persona, but was even worse in that he made even scene-setting or background explaining narrative sound breathless and urgent. Like an actor trying to perform stage directions.
The story is worth reading, but in this instance, not worth listening to.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is a predictable crime / espionage pot boiler made almost unbearable by a narrator who must be getting paid by the hour.
I downloaded it to my ipod and listened to it at double speed. Like this, it sounded normal.
David Ignatious's other books, particularly Blood Money is a much better experience
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I really enjoy books by David Ignatius and The Increment is brought to life very well by the narrator Dick Hill.
The book is about a disillusioned Iranian nuclear scientist who wants to spill the beans on the Iranian nuclear programme and the CIA agent who has to use SIS resources to deal with the matter. No more to say in case I spoil the plot for you.
I recommend this book.
I'm trying to be fair, I want to read this book. The subject matter is something I find very intriguing. Or rather, I did.
The problem with this audio book is nothing to do with the story itself. The problem, unsurmountably for me, is one of narration.
The artist used to read this sounds depressed and uninteresting. Believe me, it is contagious. After 2 hours I simply could not concentrate. He has no character, no depth or variation in accents.
Sorry Audible, in all the years I have been with you I think this is only the second book that I feel I have wasted a credit on.