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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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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 08-13-15

Why didn't Hugh Laurie narrate this?

This is not my usual type of book in fact far from it, but it was written by Hugh Laurie and I like him as an actor and thought I would give his book a shot to see if he can cross genres. Also didn't hurt that it was on sale. Now with that said if you like this type of genre you might like the book. This book was well written but I didn't care that much about the plot and again that is because this isn't my usual type of novel. The story did start to lose me half way through. What makes this book is the witty and smart ass comments that the main character makes and while it isn't laugh out loud funny it does have a feeling of amusement. It would have been so much better if Hugh Laurie had actual narrated the story, normally I don't think authors should read their own stuff but in this case I know Hugh Laurie is talented. I wasn't a fan of the narrator that was chosen, he sounds like an old man narrating it and the character is not that old. I recommend David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series if this something you enjoy.

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  • Bradley
  • Essexville, MI, United States
  • 03-30-15

Great book.

It is a shame the Hugh Laurie hasn't written more. It is a great book to start a series with.

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  • Michael
  • Monroe, NY, United States
  • 08-20-14

P. G. Wodehouse meets Robert Ludlum

Hugh Laurie (yes, Bertie Wooster, Dr. House, etc.) wrote this in the mid-'80s and it's a must-hear. As I said in my title, this is a tight thriller written in a style that P. G. Wodehouse would have found familiar. The opening paragraph is a rather detached and mildly humorous (humerus?) meditation on breaking arms, when you find out that the lead character is thinking of these things while someone is trying to strangle him. It only goes uphill from there. The only possible downside to this audiobook is that it wasn't read by the author.

(n.b.: This is one of those thrillers that takes place just before mobile phones and the internet became commonplace, so some of the younger readers/listeners may have to adjust their sense of disbelief.)

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So funny!

What did you love best about The Gun Seller?

This book is written with a British sense of humor, which I love (since Hugh Laurie is British that makes sense.) I laughed out loud in places. The story had twists and turns and intertwined the characters lives very well. Definitely worth the listen.

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Mr. Laurie - Please stick with acting!

I realize this is a satire but it doesn't make much sense. Got close to finishing it but finally gave up. It wasn't funny and the characters are pretty dumb. Maybe you have to be a Brit and/or have been an intelligence agent. UGH - this one beat me. Very disappointed as I like Hugh Laurie's acting. Better luck next time, Mr. Laurie!

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Suprising

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yup. Thought the end was very John D McDonald and I like that in a mystery.

What other book might you compare The Gun Seller to and why?

The wrap-up and sheer loathsomeness of the bad-guy reminded me of a Travis McGee story by John D McDonald.

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

The protagonist

If you could rename The Gun Seller, what would you call it?

Well I wouldn't rename it.

Any additional comments?

It was slow going to get into the story even though the writing was fun to listen to. It picked up speed toward the middle and had a satisfying conclusion. Just wish Hugh Laurie has read it.

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I hope he writes more.

Good entertainment. An interesting story with intrigue and surprising twists. Characters are enjoyable and engaging. I bought this out of curiosity and found myself rapidly drawn into what is a really good story. As always, Simon Prebble is among the best of narrators.

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He's a better actor than author.

Laurie is a much better actor than author- I'd prefer if he would read books- he has a great voice!

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