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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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    Custommgt 07-27-15
    Custommgt 07-27-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Changing readers had negitive impact"
    How could the performance have been better?

    Enjoyed 1st book, might have enjoyed this book if they hadn't changed the reader. This one not good at all.


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    Jeff O Fallon, IL, United States 07-16-15
    Jeff O Fallon, IL, United States 07-16-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow. What a story."

    Even better than the first book. I like that the author fleshes out his characters. Excellent plot and surprises along the way.

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    S. Harvester Westfield, MA 06-29-15
    S. Harvester Westfield, MA 06-29-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Formulaic but fun."

    Exotic settings, luxury lifestyles, noble hero, beautiful lady, lots of blood. A tasty bag of potato chips.

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    FL42 06-27-15
    FL42 06-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Weak plot"

    The narrative wasn't as gripping as the first book. A Le Carré story without the philosophical insights

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    Ken Greensboro, Georgia 05-11-15
    Ken Greensboro, Georgia 05-11-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Thriller with historical WWII background"

    Suspenseful Silva thriller with interesting insight into Switzerland 's not so well known involvement with Nazi Germany during WWII. Easy read that holds your interest throughout.

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    M. R. Leavitt Lansdowne, VA USA 05-05-15
    M. R. Leavitt Lansdowne, VA USA 05-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good "page turner""

    Not Silva's best Gabriel Allon but quite entertaining. Lee's Israeli accent needed work (sounds too mittel European).

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    Philip 04-14-15
    Philip 04-14-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent"

    Story was compelling. I wish there was possibly not so much truth in it. But sadly I guess that is not the case.

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    Jeff 02-27-15
    Jeff 02-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Gabriel Allon at work."

    This is a great audiobook, gripping and very well read by John Lee. I listen in the car, and had that feeling more than once that my destination was approaching too fast. Time, I need more time. Can't stop listening now!

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    anthony santa rosa, CA, United States 02-05-15
    anthony santa rosa, CA, United States 02-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolute tripe"
    What would have made The English Assassin better?

    Decent writing.


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible book. I cringed throughout. The dialogue and writing were so predictable and formula. Who gives these books 5 stars?

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    Karen 10-12-14
    Karen 10-12-14

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    "Good Story, But Slow"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story, but sometimes too much explanation and I would lose the momentum of the action. The reader is ok, but again slow.......


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Understanding the intriguing plot was fun, because of excessive explanations I tended to lose interest at times and would have to replay a segment as I just knew I missed something.


    What aspect of John Lee’s performance would you have changed?

    Read a bit more upbeat


    Was The English Assassin worth the listening time?

    Could have been a bit shorter.....


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