The Gun Seller

The Gun Seller

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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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.
Publisher: [Minneapolis, Minn.] : HighBridge Audio, p2012
ISBN: 9781611749731
1611749735
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file) : digital
Additional Contributors: Prebble, Simon

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D_Kyle
Jun 08, 2018

This spy novel parody is best enjoyed as an audiobook, which is performed flawlessly by the veteran narrator, Simon Prebble. The book is utterly enjoyable and I had a number of "driveway moments" as I waited to see how a chapter ended. Prebble is adept at moving in and out of characters and the only time he seemed to have difficulty was with Lang (the main character) impersonating an American, but he has no difficulty with comedic timing, which made for numerous chortle-worthy stretches of commuting.
Hugh Laurie's stint as Bertie Wooster has perhaps indelibly marked his writing because if you can imagine Wodehouse writing a spy novel, it might sound very much like The Gun Seller. There was initially to be a 2009 sequel entitled The Paper Soldier, but Laurie has commented that "The Paper Soldier is late. Very late. Very very late." If you enjoy self-deprecating, deadpan British humor, with a dash of suspense, you may certainly enjoy this audiobook.

Levi_Hayes Oct 26, 2015

(review of the novel, not the audiobook) - This book was highly amusing but also highly confusing. I loved the way Hugh Laurie wrote and appreciated the protagonist's personality but pretty much everything outside of that was a bunch of 'huh???' . There seemed to be 3 sides (or was there 2?) that Lang was dealing with and I could not remember for the life of me who was on what side, and why Lang was visiting certain people. The ending also disappointed me a little; it felt cut off too early. OVERALL, though, it was still a good, easy read.

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joehall
May 29, 2013

Good yarn. a bit snarky. I'd read more by Laurie

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