bookshelves: amusing, spring-2014, published-1996, tbr-busting-2014, mystery-thriller, next, fraudio
Read from March 04 to 26, 2014
Audiobook written by Hugh Laurie read by Simon Prebble
Length: 10 Hrs 42 min
Descripton: Hugh Laurie concocts an uproarious cocktail of comic zingers and over-the-top action in this "ripping spoof of the spy genre" (Vanity Fair) -- the irresistible tale of a former Scots Guard-turned-hired gun, a freelance soldier of fortune who also happens to be one heck of a nice guy. 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 femmes 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.
Alternately outloud funny and cringingly forced. The story itself is rather naff; overall this is sufficiently short enough to have on in the background without it grating too badly.