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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,670 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Olen Steinhauer Narrator: David Pittu Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Milo Weaver Series Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781427209740
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Milo Weaver has nowhere to turn but back to the CIA in Olen Steinhauer's brilliant follow-up to the New York Times bestselling espionage novel The Tourist

The Tourist, Steinhauer's first contemporary novel after his awardwinning historical series, was a runaway hit, spending three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnering rave reviews from critics.

Now faced with the end of his quiet, settled life, reluctant spy Milo Weaver has no choice but to turn back to his old job as a "tourist." Before he can get back to the CIA's dirty work, he has to prove his loyalty to his new bosses, who know little of Milo's background and less about who is really pulling the strings in the government above the Department of Tourism-or in the outside world, which is beginning to believe the legend of its existence. Milo is suddenly in a dangerous position, between right and wrong, between powerful self-interested men, between patriots and traitors-especially as a man who has nothing left to lose.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Pittu's intense narration reflects Weaver's conflict between his training and his emerging insecurities about his work and family...Crisp and concentrated, Pittu unwinds the gripping action with energy. As Weaver searches for a traitor among the tourists, Pittu's characterization of the brilliant, obese German espionage administrator adds impact. AudioFile Magazine
  • One of the 2010 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evelyn | 1/19/2014

    " a decent interesting read... like action but not thriller. if you want something that will leave you with insights or feelings that you remember over time... not really a book of that kind of depth. great for entertainment value. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Falm94 Lutz | 1/1/2014

    " Like The Tourist, very good spy novel page turner... nothing special or smart but fun to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hans | 11/28/2013

    " Just as thin as the Tourist "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina | 11/22/2013

    " I gave Steinhauer a chance, but somehow, these two Tourist books lack a moral center. Categorically, the comparisons by other critics, who have put him on a par with Le Carre, are to be dismissed. One gets the feeling that the author wishes us to believe that he finds the actions of his fictive CIA black ops problematic; but one never feels it in one's spine, as Nabokov might say. It seems a "put on" theme and, as a result, the books make one wish for Milo Weaver, the main character, that he had had a more empathic author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 11/21/2013

    " Olen Steinhauer has a unique character in Milo Weaver a CIA "Tourist" deeply undercover. This book is the second in the series (The Tourist) is the first though I read this book first and still enjoyed it immensely. Like the tourist it is set in Europe and involves much intrigue. Milo is a very likeable character, very torn by allegiances and longing to return to his desk job, wife, and child. This book keeps you reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nishant | 11/19/2013

    " Enjoyed it more than Part #1. A fine espionage thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 11/7/2013

    " Fun thriller. Not much more to say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Williams | 10/27/2013

    " Excellent text. Tough to get through if the reader isn't paying attention, but it isn't as bad as John Le Carre (bad meaning hard to read, not bad meaning bad). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Omman | 10/25/2013

    " The best spy/espionage novel I've ever read. Milo Weaver is such a badass! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frederic | 10/16/2013

    " Just like "The Tourist"...as convoluted and implausible but quite entertaining... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 9/25/2013

    " Ambiguous ending, but that's reality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trevor Anthony | 9/19/2013

    " The first two books of the Milo Weaver trilogy are off to a very enjoyable start. The spy series of the post cold war, post 9-11 world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vaughn | 9/1/2013

    " Enjoyable sequel to The Tourist, although this book depends on having read the first for some background understanding. We probably haven't heard the last of Milo Weaver. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margot | 8/13/2013

    " Intrigue! Double crosses and double agents! International warfare that nobody knows about. And too many intelligence agencies to count. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 6/13/2013

    " Same as previous. Can't wait for next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc-Antoine | 4/27/2013

    " A wonderful read, good or bad is never defined, finally a spy thriller where nothing is black and white, but remain a constant grey. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilma Rebstock | 3/23/2013

    " For some reason unknown to me, I find it very difficult to get into this book except on a very superficial level. Maybe another time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 2/4/2013

    " Fun summer reading. This book continues the adventures of Milo Weaver (The Tourist...no not that horrible movie made a few years ago...this is different) who is pulled backed into the Tourism group when it seems some bad guys get even badder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Backus | 2/1/2013

    " Those who enjoyed Steinhauer's first Milo Weaver novel, The Tourist (no relation to the J. Depp movie), will like this one. The author keeps you guessing with an intricate plot that has the CIA hero uncovering a master plan set up by a mole in the CIA. A page-turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kamlesh | 7/23/2012

    " Excellent follow-up to The Tourist. Personally I liked it better than the first part. Complex central plot with many parallel sub-plots integrated brilliantly at the end. Keeps the reader guessing and interested right till the end. Highly recommended to anybody interested in spy/espionage genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/24/2012

    " second in the series of a spy in today's world. reminds me of good reading of the cold war spy novels. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 2/26/2012

    " A pretty crummy and depressing novel of a CIA spy with crimes of violence. 1 of 10 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonnie | 2/8/2012

    " Disappointed in the sequel. I loved The Tourist but this book had none of the flow and suspense that the first book did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce | 5/18/2011

    " I read The Nearest Exit before The Tourist but now will catch up. A fine, fine spy novel!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 4/30/2011

    " Guoanbu = Secret Asian Man "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/19/2011

    " Great finish to the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauri | 4/19/2011

    " This was a solid spy novel, but I had a hard time seeing how all the pieces came together at times and didn't always relate to the main character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Taracuda | 4/17/2011

    " It was ok, I guess? It fell into the category of "i will finish this because it's a perfectly good book and I don't have another one handy" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 4/11/2011

    " Excellent plot and character development. double-double crossing spy novel, offering the reader an insider's view about how spys have to think. Recommended read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 4/9/2011

    " Clever plotting in this perfectly cynical spy story--a good antidote for the budget negotiations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joel | 4/5/2011

    " Another genre of books I don't normally read - this is a CIA story about an agent facing a moral dilemma. Murders, captures, fights, violence, drinking drugs, thugs and intrigue. All the usual fare. Not a bad beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christian | 4/4/2011

    " Pretty solid... will read the third. Make sure you read the first book "The Tourist" before moving onto this sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grant | 4/4/2011

    " I believe I picked up this book as a result of a recommendation from Goodreads - I was entertained by it. While it's hard, in reality, to sympathize with a dude who was a contract killer previously, I found myself pulling for him to beat the really bad guys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelly | 3/31/2011

    " Though disjointed at times and not in the same league as leCarre's Tinker, Tailor, etc. if you stick with it, it proves to be worthwhile in the end. "

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