Audiobook Review: I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

Posted June 19, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 8 Comments

Audiobook Review: I am Pilgrim by Terry HayesSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Simon & Schuster

Format: Audiobook

I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Narrator: Christopher Ragland
Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins

Date Read: June 2014

Genre: Military Thriller, Thriller

Can you commit the perfect crime?

Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation.

But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone. It is a textbook murder - and Pilgrim wrote the book.

What begins as an unusual and challenging investigation will become a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion. Pilgrim will have to make a journey from a public beheading in Mecca to a deserted ruins on the Turkish coast via a Nazi death camp in Alsace and the barren wilderness of the Hindu Kush in search of the faceless man who would commit an appalling act of mass murder in the name of his God.

More Information:
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon and Schuster


Read/Listened for Review (Simon and Schuster)
Overall Rating : 3.50
Character Rating: 3.25
Story Rating : 3.75

Audio Rating : 3.50

First Thought when Finished: I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes was a wonderful thriller bogged down by to many details.

Story Thoughts: I really loved the case at the center of I am Pilgrim! I thought it was exciting, edgy, topical, and gripping. I didn’t quite figure out what was going on and that alone made the book worth reading. The only problem for me was the massive amounts of detail slowed down the pacing and at times took me out of the story. I had to switch over from the audiobook to the book because I kept missing important parts buried in details. That made I am Pilgrim a bit of a slog to read. Worth it but a bit brutal.

Character Thoughts: Let me state up front: In thrillers I don’t need to “like” or “identify” with the main character. In fact, all I need is for them to be extremely good at their job which Scott (Pilgrim) is. The thing that brought down the character rating for I am Pilgrim is too many things went his way even when he screwed up (which I wouldn’t have known but it was pointed out in all the details). I need my leading guys to be human too! So if they are chasing the wrong man there needs to be consequences. I did love the side characters though! I wished that Ben Bradley would have actually been in the book more. His character is particularly compelling! The bad guys were layered, multi-faceted, and evil. Just like I like them. So overall, Simon might grow on me (I plan on reading more if this turns into a series) but in this one he was a bit to “lucky”.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Christopher Ragland / Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins

I don’t think Christopher did a bad job. In fact, I thought his voice and pacing were perfect for I am Pilgrim. However, in this case with the massive amounts of detail this is a hard one to listen to on audio unless you can dedicate hours of listening time at once. If you have a long commute this would work but for short listening jaunts, I am Pilgrim is better suited for reading. (This was my commute listen but I only have 25 min each way–not long enough).

Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed I am Pilgrim even with my detail issues!


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Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
4 / 5
Character Rating
3 / 5
Narrator Rating
3.5 / 5
Felicia S
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8 responses to “Audiobook Review: I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

  1. I am tempted by this one – maybe even the audiobook. I have about an hour commute each way, every day . . . and I love nitty gritty details πŸ™‚

  2. I have seen this book around but had not decided on it. It sounds like it could be good but yeah, books with over excessive descriptions and details do slow the process down. Thanks for the review πŸ˜‰

  3. I don’t always have to identify with them in thrillers either, but there has to be some quality I like or want my hero/heroine to have. I don’t even have to totally like them either. LOL Might have to check this one out for the secondary characters.