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Portrait of a Spy Audiobook

Portrait of a Spy: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Haunted by his failure to stop a suicide bomber in London, Gabriel Allon is summoned to Washington and drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset.

Gabriel and his team devise a daring plan to destroy the network of death - from the inside - a gambit fraught with risk, both personal and professional. To succeed, Gabriel must reach into his violent past. A woman waits there, a reclusive heiress and art collector who can traverse the murky divide between Islam and the West. She is the daughter of an old enemy, and together they form an unlikely and dangerous bond.

Set against the disparate worlds of art and intelligence, Portrait of a Spy moves swiftly from the corridors of power in Washington to the glamorous auction houses of New York and London to the unforgiving landscape of the Saudi desert. Featuring a climax that will leave listeners haunted long after the final words, this deeply entertaining story is also a breathtaking portrait of courage in the face of unspeakable evil - and Daniel Silva's most extraordinary novel to date.

©2011 Daniel Silva (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers

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    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 07-25-11
    jackie LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 07-25-11 Member Since 2015
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    "FANTASTIC!"

    I look forward to Daniel Silva's novels. I love Gabriel and the crew. I thought the narration was terrific. I don't know what these people are talking about. I thought this was his best book ever.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    LeAnn 08-17-16
    LeAnn 08-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book and narration!"

    Another great Daniel Silva novel and the details on Saudi Arabia, et al are very interesting!

    Simon Vance is just brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 08-05-16
    Thomas 08-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Another great book! ☺"

    I'm always impressed by a narrator who can pull off both genders and speak in many different accents. Great job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Dinsmoor 07-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    I've listened to a lot of Daniel Silva's book and the gentleman who read this book made it very difficult to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    allende 04-13-16
    allende 04-13-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Poor performance"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader. Simon Vance is one of my favorite readers, but he was definitely the wrong person to read Silva. Really poor performance, particularly after the great readers of Silva's books who came before him.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Silva's books are always fun to read.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By choosing another reader.


    Could you see Portrait of a Spy being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BK 02-28-16
    BK 02-28-16
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    "This narrator is absolutely terrible!!"
    Would you listen to Portrait of a Spy again? Why?

    Absolutely not!!! I will skip any Gabriel Allon book this guy narrates.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nadia. This story displayed the redemption of her fathers sins.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Vance’s performances?

    Never!!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A brilliant woman's struggle to pay the sins of her father.


    Any additional comments?

    It is nice to read/listen to a story where good people die. This type of story actually reflects reality. Every once in awhile a bit of "darkness" reminds us of our own mortality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maine Knitter 07-28-15
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    "I always look forward to the newest Allon book"

    This is another excellent work by Daniel Silva. The stories are intoxicating. This is my second time through the series (and therefore no waiting for the next book) and they are still wonderful. There's not as much action in this book but that doesn't lessen the enjoyment.

    I liked the way Simon Vance read most of the voices in this book but there are still some pronunciation errors that are distracting. If I had one complaint about the series it's that there is no consistency in narrators. I wish there was one narrator for all the books. I still love them though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hart 06-22-15
    Hart 06-22-15
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    "Characters are exceptional!"

    This novel added to my depth of understanding of the current conflicts in the Middle East. The books are so well written! Gabriel continues to get better, as well as Sharon.

    Of current writers in this genre, Silva is the best at keeping the plot threads moving along with great clarity--his writing is like great counterpoint!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 02-18-15
    Deborah 02-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Another thriller by Silva"

    Great story filled with rich characters and interesting locations. All the 'regulars'
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    Wonderful narration. I would recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    The Fan Los Angeles, CA USA 02-14-15
    The Fan Los Angeles, CA USA 02-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not The Best Book In The Gabriel Alon Series"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The plot has too many holes and departs too far from any realistic view of the world. Little about the book is believable.


    What three words best describe Simon Vance’s voice?

    Mature, weak on females


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Simon Vance is an excellent reader, except his portrayal of Chiarra was misguided. He made her sound like she was an immature, innocent fool, something she is not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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