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The Gun Seller Audiobook

The Gun Seller

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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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    Long Columbia, SC, USA 12-24-13
    Long Columbia, SC, USA 12-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "great book!!! Didn't realize that "house" wrote it"
    Would you listen to The Gun Seller again? Why?

    Very entertaining. I've never read a spy book like this. It very British and parodies the James Bond era type of characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gun Seller?

    The beginning of the book hooks you in. He describes how one would break an arm....


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

    The Thomas Lange character was very good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Joseph asks him if he was a good man.


    Any additional comments?

    This was thoroughly an enjoyable read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    N. A. Apeland World 12-21-13
    N. A. 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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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-20-13
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2016
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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.

    5 of 8 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.

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    ES Centreville, VA 05-09-16
    ES Centreville, VA 05-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "very entertaining"
    Any additional comments?

    Laurie knows how to write. He provides a good story along with entertaining description and dialog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsea Lynn Cary, IL United States 04-13-16
    Chelsea Lynn Cary, IL United States 04-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great thriller filled with twists and turns"

    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.

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    ~*Ro St Clair Shores, MI 12-08-15
    ~*Ro St Clair Shores, MI 12-08-15 Member Since 2014

    ~*Ro

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    "Sad at the end"

    author was kind of all over the place but if I hear it for a 2nd time then probably would get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-13-15
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 08-13-15 Member Since 2016

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Why didn't Hugh Laurie narrate this?"

    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.

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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.

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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.)

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