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The Gun Seller | [Hugh Laurie]

The Gun Seller

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    A. F. Apeland World 12-21-13
    A. F. Apeland World 12-21-13 Member Since 2013

    polyglot vir Jesus

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    "Very Nearly Sublime"
    If you could sum up The Gun Seller in three words, what would they be?

    Savvy, Entertaining, Fun


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first time listening to Simon Prebble perform and I found him almost perfectly delightful, save for my occasional confusion with accents.


    If you could take any character from The Gun Seller out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Sarah Wolf out to pick her brain, understand her motivations and drives, her upbringing and how she envisioned her future.


    Any additional comments?

    A very easy way to pass time and thoroughly enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Jones New Orleans, LA USA 03-11-13
    Julie Jones New Orleans, LA USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2005

    Julienola

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    "Too silly by half"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-20-13
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Meh"

    Hugh Laurie should stick to performing. The story was too light to hold my interest. The spoof too spoofy. Could not finish it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley Essexville, MI, United States 03-30-15
    Bradley Essexville, MI, United States 03-30-15 Member Since 2015

    kotrbab1

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    "Great book."

    It is a shame the Hugh Laurie hasn't written more. It is a great book to start a series with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Monroe, NY, United States 08-20-14
    Michael Monroe, NY, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2012

    Cliff Hendroval

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    "P. G. Wodehouse meets Robert Ludlum"

    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.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deana Starr 03-23-14
    Deana Starr 03-23-14 Member Since 2013

    starr_nurse

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    "So funny!"
    What did you love best about The Gun Seller?

    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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    Karen 03-20-14
    Karen 03-20-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Mr. Laurie - Please stick with acting!"

    I realize this is a satire but it doesn't make much sense. Got close to finishing it but finally gave up. It wasn't funny and the characters are pretty dumb. Maybe you have to be a Brit and/or have been an intelligence agent. UGH - this one beat me. Very disappointed as I like Hugh Laurie's acting. Better luck next time, Mr. Laurie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa 03-09-14
    Theresa 03-09-14
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    "Suprising"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yup. Thought the end was very John D McDonald and I like that in a mystery.


    What other book might you compare The Gun Seller to and why?

    The wrap-up and sheer loathsomeness of the bad-guy reminded me of a Travis McGee story by John D McDonald.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    The protagonist


    If you could rename The Gun Seller, what would you call it?

    Well I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    It was slow going to get into the story even though the writing was fun to listen to. It picked up speed toward the middle and had a satisfying conclusion. Just wish Hugh Laurie has read it.

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    Michael 01-18-14
    Michael 01-18-14
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    "OKAY, but ......"

    a little disappointing. The narrator was trying to be cute but came of too cutesy with all the aside and snarky comments. At times I found the story hard to follow and finally gave up trying to follow along. I just accepted what was going on and rode the story to the end. Don't think I'll try his next book, if it ever gets published. Maybe Hugh should spend his time pursuing his other activities, for which he is more talented??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bibby Bear Mom South Carolina 01-13-14
    Bibby Bear Mom South Carolina 01-13-14 Member Since 2010

    physician/ housewife

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    "I hope he writes more."

    Good entertainment. An interesting story with intrigue and surprising twists. Characters are enjoyable and engaging. I bought this out of curiosity and found myself rapidly drawn into what is a really good story. As always, Simon Prebble is among the best of narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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