Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2012
CD ISBN 9780307990297 $40.00 Ten CDs
DD ISBN 9780307990303 $22.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2012
CD ISBN 9780307990310 $40.00 Ten CDs
Part parenting journal (Kate, the protagonist, is raising two small boys in Luxembourg), part travelogue (the book visits most of Europe’s top cities), and part spy story (lots of acronym-laced agents double-crossing each other), this book may not keep you on the edge of your seat but will probably keep you in it. Its strong suit is the use of marriage as a metaphor for spy intrigue; its weakness is that it jumps around in time, making it a bit tricky for audiobook listeners. And, alas, there are a bunch of loose ends that remain loose after the book is over. It’s hard to imagine a better narration than the one provided by Mozhan Marno, who carefully constructs the third-person/first-person voice of the book’s heroine. But ultimately, this title is a lot like a new bottle of ketchup. You spend a lot of time trying to get something out of it, and then right at the end, when you’re about to give up, too much comes pouring out at once. R.W.S. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2012]
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