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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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    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.

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    Mstree65 Michigan 06-21-16
    Mstree65 Michigan 06-21-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Intrigue at its best!"

    Another fascinating journey with Gabriel Allon. Daniel Silva keeps you connected and unable to stop until the end.

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    Joe H. VA 05-25-16
    Joe H. VA 05-25-16 Member Since 2008

    Audible allows me to fill my mind with something so much better than TV.

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    "Probably a good story"

    This book has a real promise. The main problem is the reader. His voice rarely changes so it makes. The characters very hard to follow.

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    mtzrtr 04-14-16
    mtzrtr 04-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Awful narration"

    This narrator is only capable of two accents-- well, maybe three. But to saddle Israeli characters with a terrible German accent seems so dreadful that I will not listen to more Silva books with this narrator, and I recommend that you don't either. At one point I was having such difficulty keeping track of who was supposed to be talking that I almost stopped listening. They all had terrible German accents. Too bad-silver is an interesting author

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    blt@hic.net 03-10-16
    blt@hic.net 03-10-16
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    "Daniel Silva never disappoints!"

    Wish I had a piece of fine art, so I could hire Gabriel to come restore it! Constructive criticism him would be that the story was a bit hard to follow. Sometimes I felt I needed a scorecard to keep up with the characters but as I said in my title Daniel Silva never disappoints!

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    ACK 03-03-16
    ACK 03-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Just ok"

    I've been trying to get into this series and just can't. The hero is not compelling enough to encourage rapid listening. I found it very easy to walk away from this story (and the first) for long periods of time. I really want to like him, but he just doesn't compare to Rapp or Harvath.

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    BULENT OZAN Istanbul, Turkey 02-02-16
    BULENT OZAN Istanbul, Turkey 02-02-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Yet another marvelous Gabriel Alon book!"

    Silva is presenting a great story. Though you need not to read Gabriel Alon books in order ( I started reading one down the line :-)), the story of our agent makes more sense it read in order.. The main story is captivating and exciting.
    It was a good narration too. I strongly suggest the book.
    Moving to next one in series :-)

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    Sunil 10-24-15
    Sunil 10-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, performance not so much"

    Only my second Silva novel, but the story was every bit as good as the first. Unfortunately, the narration really hurt the experience for me.

    The narrator was good at many of the European accents, especially German, but since some primary characters are Israeli I thought the story really suffered because the narrator kept imbuing their voices with a German twinge.

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    William 09-28-15
    William 09-28-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Not one of the better in the series"
    Any additional comments?

    John Lee's narration often left me confused as to which character was speaking- the vocal characterizations were sometimes too similar. I much prefer George Guidall.
    Plot points were weak and poorly developed in several areas, unlike what I have experienced in the other Allon works,

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