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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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    Gary 03-27-13
    Gary 03-27-13
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    "as always great"

    as always this is a fun read and entertaining. The Aon series is always great read. You can't go wrong on this one either

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    Kristie 02-05-13
    Kristie 02-05-13

    Tell us about yourself! I keep purchasing books on Kindle unlimited that are supposed to have audio, but can't ever get them to download.

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    "Still listening. So far great."
    Would you listen to Portrait of a Spy again? Why?

    I listen to Daniel Silva any time I get a chance. I usually don't read them again very soon
    because I already know the story line and probably won't read it again for a few years.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    He is very detailed and I am not always familiar with the language parts. I have to pay attention to keep on track with what is going on and he names of the people involved


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

    No, not that I recall


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not yet.


    Any additional comments?

    Not till I finish book.

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    Warren 01-24-13
    Warren 01-24-13
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    "Boring story, poorly developed, unconvincing plot"
    What did you like best about Portrait of a Spy? What did you like least?

    Best-the subject matter.
    Worst-poor character and story development. Plot was unconvincing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Silva again?

    Maybe.


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

    Gabriel Alon


    Did Portrait of a Spy inspire you to do anything?

    Be more selective next time.


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    Amazon Customer 01-23-13
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    "Wonderful book. Great Author"
    What made the experience of listening to Portrait of a Spy the most enjoyable?

    Looking at our Middle East problem & getting a better understanding of the problem from the point of Israel.


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

    I enjoyed all of them. Great narration.


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

    Yes, but if necessary, it's easy to get your heart back in it.


    Any additional comments?

    All of Daniel Silva's books are good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George 01-05-13
    George 01-05-13
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    "What is the Real Theme ???"

    While this is another Gabriel Allon novel, it seemed to illustrate a few real issues/peeves of the author: treatment (bad) of women in the islamic world, dedication of the radical jihad adherents against western morals and views and spy trade craft...to name a few. I couldn't help drawing those conclusions even though the story was fictitious. Well researched, I'd say.

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    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 12-31-12
    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 12-31-12 Member Since 2010

    audiobookaholic

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    "I Wish I Could Be Gabriel Allon"

    Big fan of Simon Vance, and enjoyed earlier Gabriel Allon stories, so I had to give this one a listen. While it's somewhat formulaic in its plot, the characters in this story are well-drawn, the politics are sufficiently nuanced, and the geographic detail realistic enough to allow even a cynic like me to suspend belief and just get caught up in the adventure and intrigue.

    Highly enjoyable.

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    Ann Leiboh 09-26-12
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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?

    NA


    Which scene was your favorite?

    NA


    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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