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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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    E. Mott McDade,TX 11-29-16
    E. Mott McDade,TX 11-29-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Not the Best Silva"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wanted to go again through the whole series in order. This book was NOT a waste of time, but it was somewhat choppier than the other stories (it was probably the involvement of the Americans).


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Silva’s story?

    There were places when the story seemed to make big leaps without transitioning, and times when the events seemed contrived. There were still interesting turns and intrigues, though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer L. Giambastiani 11-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Same Book"

    This is my last Daniel Silva book. They are all the same now. Basically something about a painting, Gabriel puts someone in harm's way (usually a woman), she gets kidnapped, he trades himself for her, gets beaten, and he survives at the last instant. If you've read any of the others you've read this one. Goodbye Gabriel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. R. Dees Novato, CA USA 10-22-16
    J. R. Dees Novato, CA USA 10-22-16 Member Since 2011

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    "One of Daniel Silvia's Best"

    Remarkable story line, very good performance and enough unexpected turns to be a very interesting read.

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    Amazon Customer 10-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great listen!"

    I couldn't put it down. The narrator does a good job of portraying the characters emotions.

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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!

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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


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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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