Review: The Black Widow by Daniel Silva, read by George Guidall

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It’s July and that means the time has come for another Gabriel Allon adventure from the #1 New York Times Best-selling and award-winning thriller author Daniel Silva.

Before I tell you about the book and about the perfect performance delivered by Narrator of the Year” George Guidall, I have to confess that I’ve experienced all the books released so far by Mr Silva, in audiobook format and I loved them all. Now, after I finished with The Black Widow: Gabriel Allon, book 16, I am left eagerly awaiting his upcoming thriller, probably next year, hopefully.

The terrible events that take place in The Black Widow are so close to real life terrorist attacks that the narrative experienced became a disturbing one immediately after the author’s note, at the beginning of the book. The story follows art restorer, spy and assassin Gabriel Allon and his team of special operators for the Israeli secret organisation known as The Office as they try to take down ISIS ) the Islamic State of the Iraq and Syria). Without me giving away key plot points, you need to know that after an attack in Paris, similar to the one that took place in November 2015, the French secret services call upon Gabriel to find a way of infiltrating the ISIS network and preventing upcoming attacks.

Daniel Silva is without a doubt one of the best thriller and espionage writers out there and The Black Widow is his best book yet, in my humble opinion… The plot is complex and brilliantly written, the characters feel alive, for me at least, after reading all the previous 15 books, they were like returning members of my own family.  The way that the author describes the recruitment tactics of the terrorist and the poor unstable souls that fall prey to them is just heartbreaking. This is a thriller, yes, and a great adventure story, but at its heart The Black Widow is a book about the way bad things happen to good people… a dramatic, terrifying, pulse pounding race to save innocent lives… The action will take you at breakneck speeds from France to Iraq, from Israel to Jordan, from Netherlands to Syria and than to the United States. You will not be able to stop listening, you will not sleep, you will not take breaks, you’ll just want to discover what happens next!

Near the end, I found myself keeping my breath, being scared, thinking about how these terrible acts of war and terrorism could become reality, in our world, not at all different from the one depicted in the pages of this book..

Fans of Homeland and Munich will feel right at home reading this fantastic thriller!

The Black Widow is brought to life as an audiobook by one of the best actors, voice over artists and narrators in the Audiobook Industry. His name is George Guidall and if you are familiar with the Audies Awards you’ll probably remember that he won one Audie for Male Narrator of the Year for his performance of The English Spy: Gabriel Allon, book 15, also by Daniel Silva.

George Guidall reads in a calm and soothing cadence, uses different voices and appropriate accents for all the characters and by doing so it keeps everyone clearly differentiated in the listener’s mind. You will just know who is speaking by the French, Jewish, British or Arabic accents employed is his perfect performance. He is one of my favourites narrators of all times and in my mind he is Gabriel Allon, Sheriff Walt Longmire, Mitch Rapp and The Gunslinger from the Dark Tower series.

I know that some of you may wonder which version of The Black Widow to grab. Well, in that case all I can tell you is that if you go with the audiobook you’ll be blown away, in a good way, and highly entertained by one of the best voices in the Audiobook Industry.

Silva fan or newcomer to the series, you’ll enjoy The Black Widow because it is, hands down, one of the best espionage thrillers of 2016! I was left with a lot of food for thought after the almost 14 hours long audio experience and I’m sure the book will be an instant bestseller!

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The Black Widow

Author: Daniel Silva
Narrator: George Guidall
Duration: 13 hrs and 48 mins
Series: Gabriel Allon, Book 16
Genre: Thriller / Espionage
Release Date: 07-12-16
Publisher: HarperAudio

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About the Author

Daniel Silva is the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Unlikely SpyThe Mark of the AssassinThe Marching SeasonThe Kill ArtistThe English AssassinThe ConfessorA Death in ViennaPrince of FireThe Messenger, The Secret ServantMoscow RulesThe DefectorThe Rembrandt AffairPortrait of a SpyThe Fallen AngelThe English Girl, and The Heist. His books are published in more than thirty countries and are bestsellers around the world. He serves on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and lives in Florida with his wife, journalist Jamie Gangel, and their two children, Lily and Nicholas.

Publisher’s Summary 

Number one New York Times best-selling author Daniel Silva delivers another spellbinding international thriller – one that finds the legendary Gabriel Allon grappling with an ISIS mastermind. 

Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin described as the most compelling fictional creation “since Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond” (Rocky Mountain News), is poised to become the chief of Israel’s secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.

Acclaimed novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled, entertained, and educated listeners with 18 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back – from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. From its shocking opening to its explosive denouement in Washington, DC, The Black Widow reveals itself as Silva’s most timely and powerful novel yet. Following the success of his smash hit The English Spy, this electrifying thriller showcases Silva’s consummate skill and brilliant imagination and is sure to be a must-listen for his multitude of current and future fans.

The Black Widow by Daniel Silva

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The Black Widow by Daniel Silva
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10/10

    Performance

    10/10

      Story

      10/10

        Pros

        • Brilliantly Written
        • Vivid Characters
        • Great Story
        • Unputdownable
        • Amazing Performance

        Cons

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        3 thoughts on “Review: The Black Widow by Daniel Silva, read by George Guidall”

        1. jacqueline says:

          George Guidall should NOT be reading Daniel silva’s books – he always sounds the same, no matter what he reads –can’t stand to listen to him. The original readers were 1000 x better than Guidall.

          1. Admin says:

            I personally enjoy George’s performances very much

          2. Susan says:

            I agree 100 percent!!! I have listened to every Gabriel Allon book and loved them all. Bring back any of the former narrators(John Lee, Phil Gigante) but, PLEASE no more George Guidal. He does not capture the essence of the foreign accents nor the characters. It’s like listening to grandpa sugar coat a scary story. He’s out of his league in this series

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