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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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    Ann Leiboh 09-26-12
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    "Very Good listen"

    I have read all the books in this series, this is the first time I listened to one. I enjoyed it as well. Gabriell is such a great character you just have to want everything to go well for him. I'm always rooting for him to find some peace and time to just paint, however, that wouldn't make for a good story so im happy he is always brought back to work.

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    Ashe New York, NY, United States 08-25-12
    Ashe New York, NY, United States 08-25-12
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    "Narration Issues"

    The narration is a bit odd ... the Israelis come across a bit like Transylvanians, like Count Dracula, especially Shamron and Allon.

    But a great story!

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    Lynda Denver, CO, United States 08-16-12
    Lynda Denver, CO, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "good thriller"
    What made the experience of listening to Portrait of a Spy the most enjoyable?

    Silva does a good job of engaging the reader- and keeping them engaged
    settings a bit familiar to other books of his.


    What other book might you compare Portrait of a Spy to and why?

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    Which scene was your favorite?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


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    Laura Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, United States 08-15-12
    Laura Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "As always a great listen"
    Where does Portrait of a Spy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks right up there with the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history that comes with it and the enterplay between the characters.


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

    I am afraid I am not very good at remembering who the performers are. I did enjoy his performance!


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

    History comes alive


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    Lynn Lake Hopatcong, NJ, United States 05-15-12
    Lynn Lake Hopatcong, NJ, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2005
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    "I miss Phil Gigante narration!"
    Did Simon Vance do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I felt lost with the new narrator. It is like I do not know the characters anymore because their voices are different. I really loved how Phil Gigante brought Gabriel and the other characters to life.


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    mb 02-14-12
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    "Fabulous!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Portrait of a Spy to be better than the print version?

    Listening allowed me to grasp the 'accent' and 'flavor' of this well told story that is alarmingly all too close to the truth.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this audio book.

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    Carol Groton, CT, United States 12-06-11
    Carol Groton, CT, United States 12-06-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Excellant"
    If you could sum up Portrait of a Spy in three words, what would they be?

    The quality of writing is even more superb. The descriptive of the scenes, time of year, and time of year is outstanding. The conversations and dialogue are so real and strong--no fillers, no fluff, just strong material. As you listen to the book, you get lost between fact and fiction - the topic is appropriate for the 21th century and the world on terror. I found this book a real page turner, suspenseful, and thrill-a-minute. This is my first book writing by Daniel Silva, I am already engrossed in his talented writing, and I can't wait to read more.


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    Florence Harvey Massapequa Park, NY, United States 11-27-11
    Florence Harvey Massapequa Park, NY, United States 11-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding"

    First Silva novel for me. Well done. Simon Vance is excellent ! Highly recommeded !

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 11-25-11
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 11-25-11 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "enjoyed it"

    Washington DC, London, Dubai, Riyadh and pionts in between. The Moassad, MI5, CIA, Islamic militants, international intergue, the lastest current events, a good description of how technology is ued in the spy world. What's not to like !

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    Jeff L 11-04-11
    Jeff L 11-04-11
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    "A Disappointment"

    Silva is a great author. This book is good, but the story doesn't impress me as one of his best.

    The performance is by an accomplished professional whom I've enjoyed before. This may have been too difficult a book for him to do anything good with - I don't know. However, it was sub-standard.

    The book simply didn't work for me. It was a chore for me to get through. It's the first book in a long, long time I regret purchasing.

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    "Portrait of a Spy"

    Vintage Daniel Silva, very exciting. Gabriel Allon continues to be a fascinating character and very well narrated by Simon Vance.

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