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The English Assassin Audiobook

The English Assassin

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Publisher's Summary

Israeli art restorer and occasional secret agent Gabriel Allon has a problem. A prominent Swiss banker has called him to Switzerland to restore his Raphael. The problem is that Allon finds the banker dead in front of his Raphael, and he's the prime suspect. After some diplomatic intervention, Allon is freed. However, the banker's daughter, wracked by guilt, tells him that her father's cache of French Impressionist paintings, acquired under dubious circumstances during the Second World War, has been stolen by the murderers. Once Allon knows about the banker's wartime misdeeds, he attracts the attention of a secret Swiss organization dedicated to suppressing knowledge of all such crimes, and he is pursued by a shadowy killer known only as "the Englishman."

©2002 Daniel Silva; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A thriller that entertains as well as enlightens." (Orlando Sentinel)
"Superbly crafted thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Mary Moore Chandler, AZ 06-09-15
    Mary Moore Chandler, AZ 06-09-15
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    "Good read"

    I really like Daniel Silva books. John Lee has a beautiful voice, but sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between characters. And while I enjoy the more recent Gabriel Allon books a bit more, this was a very engaging read. I would prefer less F-bombs, but other than that Very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda C. Brindle 09-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Not for me"
    Would you try another book from Daniel Silva and/or John Lee?

    Maybe, give another try.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator put me to sleep... very monitone


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Complicated and intriguing story line.


    Any additional comments?

    Had a difficult time following the story. Didn't like the characters, narrator droned and monitone and hard to listen.

    Overall, did not enjoy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 11-20-13
    David Fort Wayne, IN, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2010

    I am a voice over artist with work in tv, film, radio and commercials all over the world.

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    "Terrible Ending. Worse Narrator"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think someone who enjoys bad endings and poor narration would like this book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Daniel Silva? Why or why not?

    I have to, I bough them all at once on a recommendation.


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    Look, it is a good story. A very cool plot... but the ending, it's like Silva just said... ahh, I quit. It was SO disappointing I actually want my credit back.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Why does a Jewish guy from Israel, who lives in England have a German accent... it seems like every character has a German accent.


    Any additional comments?

    I will never use all of my saved up credits on an authors series again. I had high hopes, but wow... Silva... could you have screwed up a great story opportunity at the end any more?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 03-26-13
    Barbara CENTREVILLE, VA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A slow start."

    I'd heard good things about this series, and was prepared to enjoy it. Of course, I mistakenly started the series with the second book, but was a little bored at first. Then it caught my interest, and I had a hard time turning it off.

    Allon is a different kind of hero, an art restorer/Mossad agent/widower. He's also older, in this book he admits to being 50. The book moves from one place to another, one adventure to another, quietly.

    I'm currently listening to the first book and enjoying it immensely. I look forward to the rest.

    I judge all narrators by Scott Brick. John Lee is good, his voice is pleasing, his accents acceptable to an American who doesn't know accents. He has the right amount of expression to keep me interested.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tarango Pearland, TX, United States 07-30-10
    Tarango Pearland, TX, United States 07-30-10 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Not Too Impressed"

    A little slow for my taste. Some disappointment at the ending. May be a good book for some but not for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael KILGORE, TX, United States 06-14-12
    Michael KILGORE, TX, United States 06-14-12
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    ""A thriller to the end""
    What made the experience of listening to The English Assassin the most enjoyable?

    Narration was spot on & enhanced the fast moving action. Voice was enough to keep reader interested & not be put to sleep. Voice added to experience of journey.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fast paced action, not too many idle moments, intrigue & appropriate finale, leaving wishing for more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The action through the big cities in Europe was exciting & difficult to believe he survived the chase scene. The intrigue to Zurich to Germany. His female companion added to the excitement as well.


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

    Could not put the book down because you wished to see what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    The latter part of the novel is loaded with action & later turns into a more typical 'shoot-em-up' espionage chiller. Overall, fans will enjoy the action & the finale.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Heredia cape coral, FL, United States 04-16-09
    Heredia cape coral, FL, United States 04-16-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator was poor!!"

    I really enjoyed the story, however the narrator was driving me crazy. Gabriel Allon is Israeli..not German. Why he was reading Gabriel with a German accent was beyond me. The narrator of Kill Artist hit the accents perfectly. This narrator I would rather he just use no accent at all.

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    Susanna-Asheville 09-19-16
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    "Intriguing history..."

    ...of Switzerland's involvement in WWII. My view of it has changed completely. On to some research of my own to learn more. In all, the book, besides illuminating the amoral tribalism of Switzerland in the modern age, was a well crafted novel and well narrated. Although Gabriel's persistent German accented English was new to me.

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    Aaron 09-14-16
    Aaron 09-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "excellent story. perfect narration."

    I am now hooked on Daniel Silva and pray that I can find all of his books read by this narrator

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    Tim J Satherlie 09-12-16 Listener Since 2005
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    "I'm in LOVE!...Great story mixed with history"

    My second Gabriel Allon novel. Story mixed with some history, some mystery & lots of thrills... I love history mixed in with a good mystery & this really fits the bill. Can't wait to start my 3rd book. This is a new type of READ for me & I'm soooo intrigued by John Lee's characters & story lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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