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3.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 53.68 out of 5 3.68 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Olen Steinhauer Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Milo Weaver Series Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781455192366
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“There are tourists from all over the world. Most of them want to kill you.”—The Black Book of Tourism

In this contemporary international thriller that is reminiscent of John le Carré and Graham Greene, Milo Weaver has tried to leave his old life of secrets and lies behind by giving up his job as a “tourist” for the CIA—an undercover agent with no home, no identity—and working a desk at the CIA’s New York headquarters. But staying retired from the field becomes impossible when the arrest of a long-sought-after assassin sets off an investigation into one of Milo’s oldest colleagues and friends. Soon Milo is drawn into a conspiracy that links riots in the Sudan, an assassin committing suicide, and an old friend who’s been accused of selling secrets to the Chinese. With new layers of intrigue being exposed in his old cases, and with the CIA and Homeland Security after him, he has no choice but to go back undercover and find out who’s been pulling the strings once and for all.

In The Tourist, Olen Steinhauer—twice nominated for the Edgar Award—tackles an intricate story of betrayal and manipulation, loyalty and risk, in an utterly compelling novel that is both thoroughly modern and yet also reminiscent of the espionage genre’s most touted luminaries.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A first-class spy novel—wry, intelligent, layered…the kind of thing John le Carré might have written if he knew then what we know now.”

    Lee Child

  • “As for Mr. Steinhauer, the two-time Edgar Award nominee who can be legitimately mentioned alongside John le Carré, he displays a high degree of what Mr. le Carré’s characters like to call tradecraft. If he’s as smart as The Tourist makes him sound, he’ll bring back Milo Weaver for a curtain call.”

    New York Times 

  • “An outstanding stand-alone, a contemporary spy thriller…While plenty of breathtaking scenes in the world’s most beautiful places bolster the heart-stopping action, the real story is the soul-crushing toil the job inflicts on a person who can't trust anyone, whose life is a lie fueled by paranoia.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Narrator Tom Weiner gives Milo the gravitas of a man disillusioned by an amoral world. Milo faces danger, deception, and death at every turn, and Weiner makes it plausible…As well as handling Steinhauer’s mind-boggling pacing and serpentine plotting, Weiner turns secondary characters into individuals…A super spy thriller.”

    AudioFile

  • “[Weaver] is the perfect hero for such a richly nuanced tale.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Superbly accomplished…Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Tom Weiner enhances this wild ride through his fully-voiced presentation, giving each character a distinct identity, while using a brisk, matter-of-fact tone for the bridging narration.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award, June 2009
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the March 2009 Indie Next List
  • A 2009 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Finalist
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Forbes | 2/16/2014

    " Not a lot of substance, but a great spy thriller/page-turner. Can't wait to read the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Harrison | 2/9/2014

    " Great book - lots of action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serge | 2/7/2014

    " A tremendous effort, and a wonderful achievement. I found it both credible and entertaining. Wow! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clancy Nacht | 2/4/2014

    " Loved it. Really loved it. More than I thought I could love a spy novel loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 1/20/2014

    " Fun spy novel. Perfect beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurt | 1/16/2014

    " page turner, can't wait to start the sequel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/16/2014

    " Having thoroughly enjoyed Steinhauer's cynical look at Eastern European espionage in 36 Yalta Boulevard and other earlier works, I knew I was in for a treat. Twisty, crafty and compelling ... you think you know the solution to the mystery, only to be fooled and then refooled. But the solution is only a fraction of the enjoyment of reading this author. Four days later, his characters still inhabit my head. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Jackson | 1/11/2014

    " This book is as good as promised. Good characters and a fun plot that keeps you guessing as to how it will all turn out. It was good enough that I went and bought the sequel in hardback after finishing this one. Good stuff. Fans of the spy genre will be very satisfied. Check it out! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erick | 1/5/2014

    " Too much gratuitous swearing. You would think an author with a gift of words could learn to express his/her sentiments w/o resorting to the lowest level of speech. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 12/19/2013

    " 3.5. Took a while to get a feel for the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 12/9/2013

    " A great start, but I think the second book is even better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryan Alexander | 11/15/2013

    " Very well plotted spy novel. Lots of misdirection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennie | 8/2/2013

    " This came highly recommended and I was surprised that I never really got into the story or the characters. I was hoping for something like Dragon Tattoo, but I guess I need to come to terms that nothing ever will compare. Exotic locations, sure, but not such a mystery and not so thrilling, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 6/9/2013

    " Excellent book about being a spy - a secret spy (u.s. calls them tourists). Who can you trust? How do you have a family with all of these secrets? Keeps you guessing until the end. Excellent! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrol | 5/21/2013

    " It was an okay spy novel. I don't know if the problem was that I was busy so took a long time to read it or it was just okay. Enjoyable but I wouldn't rush out to buy. (Also not the same plot as the fairly current movie of the same name w/ Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp...) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shireen Idroos | 3/31/2013

    " A must read if you like spy novels. Looking forward to the rest of this series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 3/26/2013

    " This book has a lot of twists and turns and I have to admit I did not see what happened in the last 50 or so pages coming. A great thriller where nothing and nobody is ever who they seem or appear to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 10/10/2012

    " A good entertainment read, in the spirit of John LeCarre. It's not a simple good guy versus bad guy story. Things are more nuanced than that, which I appreciated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 1/18/2012

    " Good enough for the plane. Mostly made me miss Le Carre's Cold War writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 11/25/2011

    " This is a good spy novel. I will review shortly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diah | 7/8/2011

    " Dunia mata-mata, jadi pengen tahu gimana rasanya setelah baca buku ini.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 5/6/2011

    " Really not a fan of this book. I like crime/murder mystery novels, but I think that this had too much of a historical perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 1/24/2011

    " This book kickstarts Steinhauer's 5-part series of crime/spy/literary/whatever novels about a fictional Soviet satellite nation during the Cold War. Wonderful, smart, engaging. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe | 1/15/2011

    " This was not good. In fact this Eastern European crime series is not good. Two books were enough to convince me of that. Whatever changed in this author's life that produced the last two books was significant.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 8/2/2010

    " I bit hard to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 6/29/2010

    " Evokes the paranoia of immediate post-war Europe.
    Well written, except for the acknowledgment page.
    (Annoyingly bad prose) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 6/12/2010

    " Terrific start to a 5 volume series in the post WWII, eastern European region. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 4/26/2010

    " Very good book for a first novel. Obvious in this book that Steinhauer is a major talent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/24/2010

    " Really liked the moodiness and sense of place. That bumped a so-so plot up to 4 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eddie | 3/4/2010

    " Eastern European homicide detective solves first murder in post-war country. Good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 6/11/2009

    " Good, but, like The Tourist, very slow to start. The pacing here is a little bit less even, with too much piled up against the end of the novel, and some less-than-plausible twists to keep the protagonist alive, but still fairly interesting. "

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About the Author
Olen Steinhauer grew up in Virginia, and has since lived in Georgia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Massachusetts, and New York. Outside the US, he's lived in Croatia (when it was called Yugoslavia), the Czech Republic and Italy. He also spent a year in Romania on a Fulbright grant, an experience that helped inspire his first five books. He now lives in Hungary with his wife and daughter.
About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is an Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.