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The Other Woman

A Novel
Written by: Daniel Silva
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From Daniel Silva, the number one New York Times best-selling author, comes a modern masterpiece of espionage, love, and betrayal. She was his best-kept secret....

In an isolated village in the mountains of Andalusia, a mysterious Frenchwoman begins work on a dangerous memoir. It is the story of a man she once loved in the Beirut of old, and a child taken from her in treason’s name. The woman is the keeper of the Kremlin’s most closely guarded secret. Long ago, the KGB inserted a mole into the heart of the West - a mole who stands on the doorstep of ultimate power. Only one man can unravel the conspiracy: Gabriel Allon, the legendary art restorer and assassin who serves as the chief of Israel’s vaunted secret intelligence service. Gabriel has battled the dark forces of the new Russia before, at great personal cost. Now he and the Russians will engage in a final epic showdown, with the fate of the postwar global order hanging in the balance. 

©2018 Daniel Silva (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

What the critics say

"A tense, thrilling adventure.... With Silva's novels you find yourself being educated as well as being entertained.... Silva is that rarity of rarities, a writer whose stories just keep getting better." (Huffington Post)

"An irresistible thriller.... The phrase 'number-one New York Times best-selling author' gets bandied about a lot (Which list? For how long?), but in Silva's case, it means exactly what it says." (Booklist, starred review)

"Written by one of our greatest living spy novelists, House of Spies gives us protagonist Gabriel Allon in his 17th adventure. The novel features Silva's taut and compelling dialogue and keen insight into the human psyche." (Dallas Morning News)

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Another Silva Classic

The temples may be gray, but Gabriel Allon's allure to the reader never fades. In Silva's The Other Woman, Allon and his not-so-merry band of spies don't disappoint as they race to save the world from chaos, treachery, and embarrassment.

In Allon, Daniel Silva has captured the heart, conscience, and the ruthlessness necessary for someone in his unenviable position. His sparring with counterparts in the UK and the US intelligence services makes one question who is making the right call. His international cast of spies and villains are carefully-crafted and are full of surprises.

Guidall's performance is solid. He voices the characters with confidence and intensity, particularly Allon's understated relentlessness. Another great #Audible1 choice!

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Excellent - strongly recommend !!!

This was my first Daniel Silva novel and I couldn’t be more pleased! Strong performance by the narrator added to an excellent, and very relevant, story line will have me returning for more.

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Repetitive slow boring

I have enjoyed Silva Noel’s in the past I think its ran its course... I struggled to finish I really didn’t care ! Will keep for sleep inducing tendencies

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Another Great Read from Daniel Silva

Daniel Silva continues the Gabriel Allon saga with an interesting story involving the most infamous traitor in English history. The interweaving of the challenges faced by modern-day Israel with the Kim Philby affair makes me wonder how much is real and how much is the author's creation. #Audible1

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  • JMT
  • 2018-09-13

The Other Woman audible version

Daniel Silva's new book is another thrilling installment of the life of Gabriel Allon, the Israel's spymaster.
The narrator 'George Guildall' does an exceptional job and is a pleasure to listen to. #Audible1.
listening to the story adds yet another level of excitement. I also have the kindle version and am surprised how the audible version adds additional depth to the story. Now, with my vision impaired, the audible series is my lifeline to novels.
I only wish i didn't have to wait for another year for the installment of this exciting series
Highly recommend this audible book.

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Silva pays Le Carre

I love Daniel Silva and the Gabriel Allon, but this one was a subject too far. I felt like it was Daniel Slva doing his Jone Le Carré impersonation. For me, just didn't work.

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  • Maine Knitter
  • 2018-07-20

Daniel Silva delivers another winner

All the excitement of starting a new Daniel Silva book and then it's over all too soon.

Another excellent book in the great Gabriel Allon series. I do like that man! Silva's descriptions and dialogue make Gabriel into a hard yet compassionate man. And the scenes with his daughter! Brilliant.

I thought the story was fascinating. Why couldn't something like this have happened? Maybe it has and we don't know it. I loved it.

However, I have to comment on the quality of the audiobook. George Guidall is a phenomenal reader. That goes without saying. But the production had obvious do-overs that were inserted very obviously. It was distracting and a disservice to Daniel Silva's work, as well as the narrator's.

I love living in Gabriel's and his team's world for a few days and it's hard to leave. At least I can always start the series over again.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 2018-07-18

Not typical of Daniel Silva!

All of Daniel Silva's novels including his 18 in the Gabriel Allon series are in my Audible library. THE OTHER WOMAN, Book 18 in the Allon series, is Silva's most complex novel and the most difficult to read and understand. At its simplest it goes back in British intelligence history to 1963 when at age 51 Kim Philby was found to be a Russian agent who was very high in British Intelligence. It then supposes that Philby had a daughter by a French woman who is second in command in current British Intelligence. She is also a Russian agent. But the plot is much more complex as it involves Gabriel Allon of Israel's "office", and leaders and agents of British, US, and Russian intelligence. It is a great plot that I have down rated from 5 to 4 stars because some of the complexity gets in the way of an otherwise great plot at times. George Guidall's narration is superb as usual.

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  • La Tonya McDowell
  • Baltimore, USA
  • 2018-07-26

What Reading is all About

Absolutely loved it! I've stumbled upon Mr Silva in the library, I borrowed all of his books, & had to purchase them so I could have the freedom to re-read them. What an exceptionally author he is. I have all of the books in this series and I pray he keeps it going. I suffer waiting for the next installation, such a good read: spying, research, full of accurate history... favorite characters; fluidity of the story line from book to book. Thank you so much for the availability of audio... I'm working and listening because I left my book home ...the narrator is wonderful and gives the nature and divers ethnicity of this book justice, it's drawing me right in...this is a great experience, thank you

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  • Billie P. Sessions
  • 2018-08-13

The "Other" books are better

I am a huge fan of Silva's books. I eagerly await a chance to follow Gabriel's life's ups and downs . . . . . and especially, when the stories are more about art restorations and events surrounding that work. And even though the last several books have had less of that, and more about "The Office" work . . . . the earlier and 'Other' books are better. This book was literally all over the map, which usually is a good thing; but this book never settled down. It felt like completely new characters were being introduced ALL the way through it, nearly 'til the end. The reader could not settle in to the story, as new people & places were being introduced over and over and over. Usually that makes for a great complicated story . . . but I had to keep going back to the first of chapters to latch on to "Now, who's this? And what's going on?" Of all the books in this series, this was my least favorite. I'm hoping for more continuity next time around. It was too much work trying to keep up and connect everything to enjoy like I'm used to with Silva.

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  • Truth Speaker
  • Asheville, NC, United States
  • 2018-11-17

For fans of the genre only.

Tedious, endless details presented as if for their relevance in spy craft.
The book goes on, and on, with very little plot.
Beyond that, the narrator speaks in short bursts of broken phrases. His I,tonation never changes, every character has exactly the same voice, and his inability to read a sentence as if it has meaning is almost mechanical.
There will be some people who take in every single character as a familiar friend because they follow the series, for everybody else, look somewhere else.

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  • Katherine
  • Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
  • 2018-07-25

More reflective than the others

Reading the other reviews, I do have to agree it was more complex than his other books, especially the first third or first half. I backtracked several times and considered it might have been helpful to have taken notes. I used to do that in the early John Le Carre books to keep track of the characters. But eventually it rolled along. In the earlier parts, it seemed like a Russian doll where you think you know what you're looking at, but then it is revealed there is something else inside. That happened several times and I was just thinking I'd had enough when you do begin to see what you're looking at. I also thought that with both Daniel Silva and Gabriel Allon aging, this was less action oriented and more looking back at the past, which,as someone older than both of them, I know one tends to do as an older person. I still liked it very much. There were some surprises yet it all hung together. I found myself wishing we could hear the real story of the "Russian collusion' going on these days in narrative form like this and the bad guys get caught in the end. What if one of the intelligence agencies heads under Obama was really working for Russia? Just saying.....

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  • Lynn J.
  • 2018-07-20

Disappointed

I was really looking forward to the release of this new one. I am a fan of both the author and narrater. I did not like any of the characters and found it hard to follow.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-12-19

A masterpiece Spy novel

I enjoyed this book immensely. The narration was exquisite. With changes invoices to indicate which character was talking in some very well thought out and intriguing dialogue. I think it’s one of Daniels‘s best books. It’s very colorful and thick with detail that makes you almost feel like you are in the same place as the characters 👍👍👍👍⛷



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  • Jim Hess
  • 2018-09-01

Smash hit

Gabriel Allon continues to be active even as head of the office. The story is good and Guidall's performance continues to be superior. The ending is not what you would hope for. Still it makes you will wish Daniel Silva would write two books a year.

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  • Arline H. Burnell
  • Grand Junction, Co United States
  • 2018-08-31

My favorite series

These books get better and better. The subject is apropos in light of today’s current events. The only thing lacking is a film based on these books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful