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Publisher's Summary

Cold-blooded murder just isn't Thomas Lang's cup of tea. Offered a bundle to assassinate an American industrialist, he opts to warn the intended victim instead - a good deed that soon takes a bad turn. Quicker than he can down a shot of his favorite whiskey, Lang is bashing heads with a Buddha statue, matching wits with evil billionaires, and putting his life (among other things) in the hands of a bevy of femme fatales.

Up against rogue CIA agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer looking to make a high-tech killing, Lang's out to save the leggy lady he has come to love...and prevent an international bloodbath to boot.

©1996 Hugh Laurie. Recorded by arrangement with Harold Ober Associates. (P)2012 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"Fast, topical, wry, suspenseful, hilarious, witty, surprising, ridiculous and pretty wonderful. And you don't need a permit to buy it." (The Washington Post Book World)
"A first-rate thriller...an awesome entertainment machine." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
"[A] ripping spoof of the spy genre." (Vanity Fair)

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  • sq
  • 12-24-13

great book!!! Didn't realize that "house" wrote it

Would you listen to The Gun Seller again? Why?

Very entertaining. I've never read a spy book like this. It very British and parodies the James Bond era type of characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gun Seller?

The beginning of the book hooks you in. He describes how one would break an arm....

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

The Thomas Lange character was very good.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Joseph asks him if he was a good man.

Any additional comments?

This was thoroughly an enjoyable read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very Nearly Sublime

If you could sum up The Gun Seller in three words, what would they be?

Savvy, Entertaining, Fun

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

It did. I was not sure where Laurie was going with it much of the time because I like to be surprised and I try not to think ahead or figure out the plot. I was certainly surprised in the most pleasant way.

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

This was my first time listening to Simon Prebble perform and I found him almost perfectly delightful, save for my occasional confusion with accents.

If you could take any character from The Gun Seller out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would take Sarah Wolf out to pick her brain, understand her motivations and drives, her upbringing and how she envisioned her future.

Any additional comments?

A very easy way to pass time and thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 03-20-13

Meh

Hugh Laurie should stick to performing. The story was too light to hold my interest. The spoof too spoofy. Could not finish it.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Too silly by half

The narration has some charm, but not enough. It's just too silly to take seriously--or even semi-seriously--and pretty soon it began to wear.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Spies, Guns and Cars

It's part Bond and part Hugh Laurie meant to make you laugh. Great spy book for adults.

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Best Book

Love this book. My favorite book hands down! Hugh Laurie is the best! Amazing. Histerical!

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Can't wait for the next one!

I hope he writes another book. I could hear Hugh Laurie in every word. The only thing that would have made it better, would have been if Hugh had narrated it himself!

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  • ES
  • Centreville, VA
  • 05-09-16

very entertaining

Any additional comments?

Laurie knows how to write. He provides a good story along with entertaining description and dialog.

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Great thriller filled with twists and turns

Absolutely amazing performance of a great novel. Laurie has a remarkable talent for coining clever, funny, and precise descriptions, turns of phrase that will pull you along at lightening fast speed through the narrative. Prebble creates such distinct characters that you don't even need Laurie telling you who's talking. His accents are authentic without being stereotypical, and his women are feminine without being cloying.

My only complaint (and it's a minor one) is that the narrator is incredibly unreliable. I was often listening while trying to do other things and often found myself having to flip back a few minutes and listen again to figure out what just happened.

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  • St Clair Shores, MI
  • 12-08-15

Sad at the end

author was kind of all over the place but if I hear it for a 2nd time then probably would get it.