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Summary

Kate Moore is an expat mum, newly transplanted from Washington DC to Luxembourg, where her days are filled with play dates and coffee mornings. Kate is also guarding a secret - one so momentous it could destroy her. She finds herself looking over her shoulder, terrified her past is catching up with her. Soon Kate is buried in layers of deceit so thick they threaten her family, her marriage and her life.

©2012 Chris Pavone (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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Intriguing idea which turns literary to farce

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is a book which must be finished, however the "who is watching who, watching who, and watching them", has an element of literary farce. The initially intriguing plot is stretched thin, the writing style over complicated which with the dull narration makes the book tedious. Characters are shallow stereotypes, and the plot predictable.

What didn’t you like about Buffy Davis’s performance?

Dull and rather monotonous to my ear, not aided by the repetitive story line with very predictable outcomes and shallow characters.

Did The Expats inspire you to do anything?

Not an inspiring book I am afraid, a great story idea which was let down in the narrative and the narration.

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  • James
  • Hazlemere, United Kingdom
  • 21-04-16

The performer sounded bored..

I found it rambling and dreary, and the narrative seemed to wander off into flights of fancy that I couldn't follow in audio book format.

Then by Chapter 9 the performer sounded bored of it all and so I gave up too.

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It sounded like a good idea but it was boring.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I am an expat and I did like the description of what that is like. And I love spy thrillers. There should have been so much to like here, but in the end it was too long and boring.

What could Chris Pavone have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book realy really really needed to be edited. Other reviewers said as much and I wish I had paid attention. If you read it, you can skim, but as an audiobook it was interminable. I stuck it out to the end but it wasn't worth it.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Buffy Davis?

I'm not sure but it was quite nasal and she couldn't pronounce any of the foreign words which seems unlikely for a CIA agent.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Expats?

I would cut all the extraneous details, of which there was a ton. There are descriptions of eating, of driving through traffic, of looking for keys...

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  • Michael
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The Expats

Where does The Expats rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm a newbie to audible books but this ranks among the best I've listened to so far.

What other book might you compare The Expats to and why?

John le Carrie, A Delicate Truth. Similar subject matter and the same lightness of touch enhanced by the sympathetic narrator, Buffy Davis

Which scene was your favorite?

There were many but the final meeting was the most revealing, when we became aware of the shared duplicity that had brought these people together.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No but I needed to check the the authors gender (was Chris a Christine?). As a man myself I thought the main character (Kate) was well crafted and suggested a woman's hand.

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed this book and look forward to other novels from this author