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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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Formulaic

Although George Guidall Makes anything he narrates compelling and fun this one from Daniel Silva is just a little too predictable and formulaic.

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Cliche-ridden steaming pile of rubbish

What would have made The Kill Artist better?

This book should have been scrapped directly and has absolutely no redeeming factors. Even the great George Guidall, try as he did, couldn't save this steaming pile of excrement from sucking from the word "Go". The entire book was completely predictable and was full of coincidences and total ridiculousness. I found myself saying aloud "Of course he did" and "Of course she did" and "Jesus! Come on, really?!" for at least 80% of this book. The other 20% I spent sleeping and fantasizing that I had the good sense to have purchased a better book. You will begin to question your own judgment if you attempt to listen to this book. If you like Vince Flynn, James Lee Burke, Lee Child, Tom Clancy or Michael Connelly I will be shocked if you enjoy this cliché filled horror show of an attempt at a spy novel. I enjoyed just about every work from all of the above so I would like to think I know a decent book when I hear one but getting though this book was almost impossible. If this book was printed on actual Charmin, even double ply and quilted, it wouldn't make suitable toilet paper. Please for the love of God save yourself from this farce and rather select something at random from a random category or even a category that you hate rather than listening to this book. My entire cliché quota has been filled for the next three and a half year thanks to Daniel Silva and this single turd of art. This isn't just fourteen hours of your life that you'll never get back. This book actually makes you hate yourself. Smash your elbow on a doorframe or a nearby coffee table fifteen or sixteen times if you want to get a feeling of what the first couple of chapters will make you experience. Based on this book, I would suggest Daniel Silva become a plumber or a garbage man, but apparently there are thirteen others out there. I wonder if they suck as hard is this book, but I certainly don't wonder enough to find out.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm not sure but it will have to wait until my ears stop bleeding from listening to this hot mess.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

George did his best which usually will earn him a 5 star but even I could tell he must have had a hole in his schedule to fill when they offered him this book. I'm willing to bet he considers accepting this job as one of his largest missteps in life.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Eventually it did end. My favorite part was when they said "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program" and then, finally, silence and Daniel stopped spewing nonsense. A few days later I could hear again.

Any additional comments?

WORST...BOOK...EVER. I would rather read a dictionary cover to cover twice before reading this book.

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Too long

Complicated sub-plot and a not very satisfying ending make this hard to recommend. Guess I’m not a Silva fan.

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Thousand Year Struggle

Would you listen to The Kill Artist again? Why?

Not likely, I seldom re-read or re-listen to a book. The exception might be Mockingbird, I've seen the movie dozens of times..

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Kill Artist?

The walk through Jerusalem near the end of the book.

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

Yes, the only reader I have selected a book based upon him being the reader (this one).

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

The relationship of the main character of "The Office", things people are required to do for their country.

Any additional comments?

The story did drag a little but not too badly. I know this stuff goes on and always will. We just can't seem to outgrow it and that is sad.

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Outstanding audiobook

Superb performance by the narrator. ...stupendous! Characters and accents came to life! Truly enjoyed this book!

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  • James
  • Oswego, IL, United States
  • 08-08-17

Promising start

This looks like the promising start to a new series. I do think the saga of the Palestinians hatred for the Israelis and vice-versa is a bit oversimplified and doesn't quite describe the black vitriol that exists between these two warring camps, but despite this the plot is intriguing and easily holds one's attention . Guidall is PERFECTION as usual, OH I LOVE his narrations. The story keeps one on her toes with so many moving parts, but it is also thoroughly interesting and the characters are complex and enjoyable. I will be continuing on with this series.

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First in the Series

I have been reading Gabriel Allon books for several years now. They are my favorite. This is the first time I have gone back to the beginning to read the first book in the series. It did not disappoint - great book and narration by George Guidall is perfect as usual. If you are a fan of this series but never went back to read the first book, you should. You will not be disappointed.

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Love Gabriel Allon.

Always love Gabriel Allon. Especially the narration by George Guidall which brings him to life. His tone, his actions, his thoughts. Nothing is wasted in what Allon does with regards to what he needs to accomplish. Always exciting books. Highly recommend.

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Brutal

The more I listen the pickier I get. This was pretty awful. The book had no real drama and is not compelling. It could have been done in three hours for all the action it included. Instead you suffer through an additional eight hours of romantic crap about a galant spy and his model/former drug Addict-shallow one night stand/occasional spy. The terrorist is shallow and the terrorist plot is so uninspired that it boggles the mind. Silva is a decent writer but his product is more terrorizing than his story.

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  • LLC
  • Stahlstown, PA USA
  • 05-09-17

not quite up to Silva standards

not quite as tight. All on made a couple of mistakes that he shouldn't have.