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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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    Elaine72 09-16-15
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    "This is going to be a great series for me."

    I like a series where you can watch the growth of the characters. This is a great read and I will purchase the rest of the series.

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    robert garson 09-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not up to usual standards"

    I did not like the reader and this, perhaps, clouded my engagement of the story. I am usually a great Silva fan. I'm glad that this wasn't my first exposure to his work.

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    nostrathomas 08-22-15
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    "Espionage fans will love Silva"

    I'm hooked on Daniel Silva. He delivers international espionage in a grand manner. Excellent performance

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    Mac Novato, CA 08-20-15
    Mac Novato, CA 08-20-15 Member Since 2016

    Mac

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    "Fantastic and well executed"

    John Lee is an excellent narrator for an excellent book. Very exciting, wonderful characters, and art, and music. Very nice

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    R. Sigal Greenwich, CT 08-16-15
    R. Sigal Greenwich, CT 08-16-15
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    "Good story. Accents often wrong."
    What did you love best about The English Assassin?

    Compelling story with good characterizations and some interesting twists.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was very good EXCEPT that he often used inappropriate accents. For example, the spymaster Shamron was voiced with a thick Russian accent early in the book but not later. The protagonist, Gabriel Allon, is voiced with a thick German accent. While the character knows German, he was raised in Israel and would have had an Israeli accent, or perhaps no accent.. Also the narrator mispronounces Israeli names as if they were French names. For example he pronounces "Allon" as if it were the French "Allons". These repeated inappropriate pronumciations were distracting.

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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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