Cold-blooded murder just isn't Thomas Lang's cup of tea. Offered a bundle to assassinate an American industrialist, he opts to warn the intended victim instead - a good deed that soon takes a bad turn. Quicker than he can down a shot of his favorite whiskey, Lang is bashing heads with a Buddha statue, matching wits with evil billionaires, and putting his life (among other things) in the hands of a bevy of femme fatales.
Up against rogue CIA agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer looking to make a high-tech killing, Lang's out to save the leggy lady he has come to love...and prevent an international bloodbath to boot.
©1996 Hugh Laurie. Recorded by arrangement with Harold Ober Associates. (P)2012 HighBridge Company
"Fast, topical, wry, suspenseful, hilarious, witty, surprising, ridiculous and pretty wonderful. And you don't need a permit to buy it." (The Washington Post Book World)
"A first-rate thriller...an awesome entertainment machine." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
"[A] ripping spoof of the spy genre." (Vanity Fair)
Very entertaining. I've never read a spy book like this. It very British and parodies the James Bond era type of characters.
The beginning of the book hooks you in. He describes how one would break an arm....
The Thomas Lange character was very good.
When Joseph asks him if he was a good man.
This was thoroughly an enjoyable read.
polyglot vir Jesus
Savvy, Entertaining, Fun
It did. I was not sure where Laurie was going with it much of the time because I like to be surprised and I try not to think ahead or figure out the plot. I was certainly surprised in the most pleasant way.
This was my first time listening to Simon Prebble perform and I found him almost perfectly delightful, save for my occasional confusion with accents.
I would take Sarah Wolf out to pick her brain, understand her motivations and drives, her upbringing and how she envisioned her future.
A very easy way to pass time and thoroughly enjoyable.
Hugh Laurie should stick to performing. The story was too light to hold my interest. The spoof too spoofy. Could not finish it.
The narration has some charm, but not enough. It's just too silly to take seriously--or even semi-seriously--and pretty soon it began to wear.
Absolutely amazing performance of a great novel. Laurie has a remarkable talent for coining clever, funny, and precise descriptions, turns of phrase that will pull you along at lightening fast speed through the narrative. Prebble creates such distinct characters that you don't even need Laurie telling you who's talking. His accents are authentic without being stereotypical, and his women are feminine without being cloying.
My only complaint (and it's a minor one) is that the narrator is incredibly unreliable. I was often listening while trying to do other things and often found myself having to flip back a few minutes and listen again to figure out what just happened.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
This is not my usual type of book in fact far from it, but it was written by Hugh Laurie and I like him as an actor and thought I would give his book a shot to see if he can cross genres. Also didn't hurt that it was on sale. Now with that said if you like this type of genre you might like the book. This book was well written but I didn't care that much about the plot and again that is because this isn't my usual type of novel. The story did start to lose me half way through. What makes this book is the witty and smart ass comments that the main character makes and while it isn't laugh out loud funny it does have a feeling of amusement. It would have been so much better if Hugh Laurie had actual narrated the story, normally I don't think authors should read their own stuff but in this case I know Hugh Laurie is talented. I wasn't a fan of the narrator that was chosen, he sounds like an old man narrating it and the character is not that old. I recommend David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series if this something you enjoy.
It is a shame the Hugh Laurie hasn't written more. It is a great book to start a series with.
Hugh Laurie (yes, Bertie Wooster, Dr. House, etc.) wrote this in the mid-'80s and it's a must-hear. As I said in my title, this is a tight thriller written in a style that P. G. Wodehouse would have found familiar. The opening paragraph is a rather detached and mildly humorous (humerus?) meditation on breaking arms, when you find out that the lead character is thinking of these things while someone is trying to strangle him. It only goes uphill from there. The only possible downside to this audiobook is that it wasn't read by the author.
(n.b.: This is one of those thrillers that takes place just before mobile phones and the internet became commonplace, so some of the younger readers/listeners may have to adjust their sense of disbelief.)
This book is written with a British sense of humor, which I love (since Hugh Laurie is British that makes sense.) I laughed out loud in places. The story had twists and turns and intertwined the characters lives very well. Definitely worth the listen.
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