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)
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.
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!
Yup. Thought the end was very John D McDonald and I like that in a mystery.
The wrap-up and sheer loathsomeness of the bad-guy reminded me of a Travis McGee story by John D McDonald.
Well I wouldn't rename it.
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.
I almost didn't continue listening to this book after the first 30 to 60 minutes. The lead character narrates and he's just wordy and flippant, to a fault. I found myself wishing he'd be serious for once, or just shut up. But slowly, i either got used to him, or the yammering slowed a bit (or maybe both), and i really kind of got sucked into this story. I was surprised how much i ended up enjoying the book and definitely recommend it. Just be prepared for a rough beginning.
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??
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.
About what you might expect from this author and the title/genre: a witty thriller with a lot of violence but, happily, a low body count. Also happily, it doesn't suffer from overly low humor, and the hero is neither a bumbling fool nor an egomaniac. He is, however, male, and I think the book skews toward things that male readers like to spend time on: cars, motorcycles, weapons, etc. As a female, I think I would have preferred more character development. But I definitely enjoyed the book, and found it laugh-out-loud funny at times. And although I would love to hear it read sometime by its author, I truly enjoyed the very skilled character portrayals and narration by Simon Prebble.
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.
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