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The Kill Artist Audiobook

The Kill Artist

After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.
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Publisher's Summary

Tightly written thrillers like The Marching Season have made best-selling novelist Daniel Silva a favorite of readers everywhere. In The Kill Artist, he paints an absorbing portrait of a reluctant hero’s attempt to thwart an old enemy to preserve a precarious peace.

After the assassination of his wife and son, Gabriel Allon retires from his brutal anti-terrorist career and loses himself in his previous cover job: art restoration. But when Tariq al-Hourani, the Palestinian terrorist responsible for his family’s death, begins a killing spree designed to destroy Middle East peace talks, Gabriel once again slips into the shadowy world of international intrigue. In a global game of hide-and-seek, the motives of Gabriel and Tariq soon become more personal than political.

Filled with vivid action and a fascinating cast of supporting characters, The Kill Artist delivers pulse-pounding suspense, carried to a startling climax by the tension-packed narration of George Guidall.

©2000 Daniel Silva (P)2001 Recorded Books

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    Marianna 03-12-13
    Marianna 03-12-13
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    "Perhaps it's just not my taste"

    The Daniel Silva series was recommended to me by a good friend and I guess I expected more. Maybe it was the narrator - not one of my favorites although I realize he has been doing this a long time and has many avid followers. Most everything I've listened to narrated by him falls a bit flat. I really don't like the way he does women at all. Makes them all sound weak and pouty, no matter who the author is.
    The plot of the book felt forced in some places, like the author had to figure out how to write himself out of a hole and did it the most expedient way. And perhaps I just don't love this genre enough, although there are some writers in this genre I enjoy very much. Yet, I will listen to the others in this series that I already purchased, because, well I own them now and maybe they will grow on me, or not.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Penrose, CO, United States 09-16-12
    Justin Penrose, CO, United States 09-16-12
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    "Very good but to dark for me"
    Any additional comments?

    I know most people who love Vince Flynn/Alex Berenson books love Daniel Silva. I've read and listened to a few and while I do appreciate the realism in his books I also am a bit turned off by the darkness that tends to be in them. Also a lot of sex scenes tend to be described in his books. I leave 4 stars as I did mostly enjoy the book and I love George Guidall. 4 stars because I think he is a very talented writer but he's just not for me.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Adam F. Shirley 09-28-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I've had dental work that was less painful ...."

    Ever have a friend start telling you a story and say "hey, let me give you a little background" ... and 30 minutes later they're still going in circles giving you background that really has nothing to do with nothing? If so, you can relate with my reaction to this book. At any number of points, I wanted to scream "JUST GET TO THE POINT!"

    I'm a pretty sophisticated reader, but this book is painful. The author will spend ten minutes discussing every little detail in scenes that are effectively 20 or 30 seconds of action. I expect this in the first half of any book as the plot is being setup ... but I swear that this author (at least in this book) actually gets MORE detailed as the book unfolds. The plot is great ... the characters are interesting ... the author clearly has talent ... but I'm just not spending any more credits on this author/series.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Miles 01-28-16
    Todd Miles 01-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great start to the series"

    Silva definitely refines and develops the characters, but this was a great start. looking forward to reading or listening to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BULENT OZAN 01-22-16
    BULENT OZAN 01-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant story and narration!"

    Gabriel Alon is the great spy you would like to see succeed! Daniel Silva 's story is plain yet fascinating. I am a fan of the genre and have been reading a many of the great writers. Definitely will follow Silva from now on.
    George Guidall id doing a great job. Though character voices do not change much, you can still match the emotivons to the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-22-15
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    "Glad I didn't start with the series with this book"

    Even though this is the first book in the series, my daughter and I had encountered the series mid-stream. We both absolutely loved the later book, the Rembrandt Affair. But this book was much more difficult to listen to. While I still enjoyed the clandestine work meets art restorer portions of this book, the seemingly endless sexual sections really ruined it for me. If I wanted to read or listen to a book that had trouble getting away from the bedroom, I would have gone looking for one of those. But that wasn't what I wanted nor what I expected with this.

    Since we have already enjoyed a later book in this series, I am going to give the series one more chance. But had I started here, I would have also ended here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alison 12-04-15
    Alison 12-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just okay"
    What would have made The Kill Artist better?

    I really enjoy reading mystery novels and love art history. This book did not satisfy either one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Silva again?

    No


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    beth 11-18-15
    beth 11-18-15
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    "Not my idea of good"

    I found this book extremely boring and the Narrator put me to sleep. Not one that I would recommend. I would have returned it but it didn't show up as one I could return.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet HUSTONVILLE, KY, United States 10-21-15
    Janet HUSTONVILLE, KY, United States 10-21-15

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    "George Guidall is the best."

    It was the story not the performance that I downgraded it. Occasionally I found my mind drifting. I had to go back and hear it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colin 10-09-15
    Colin 10-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "good start to a series"

    Pretty conventional suspense spy thriller stuff, here. I am told by loyal readers of Silva's series that the later books get really good, and that reading the series from the beginning is a must, so I am glad to have put in the time on this first installment. The stage is set for the main character's exploits and motivations.

    The narrator does a good job of switching between voices, and generally proceeds at a good brisk pace that you would expect in a suspense thriller. I can't say I am hooked yet but I definitely look forward to the next installment in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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