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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,281 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Archer Narrator: Byron Jennings Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9781593978518
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Why was an elegant lady brutally murdered the night before 9/11?

Why was a successful New York banker not surprised to receive a woman's left ear in the morning mail?

Why did a top Manhattan lawyer work only for one client, but never charge a fee?

Why did a young woman with a bright career steal a priceless Van Gogh painting?
Why was an Olympic gymnast paid a million dollars an assignment when she didn't have a bank account?

Why was an honors graduate working as a temporary secretary after inheriting a fortune?

Why was an English Countess ready to kill the banker, the lawyer and the gymnast even if it meant spending the rest of her life in jail?

Why was a Japanese steel magnate happy to hand over $50,000,000 to a woman he had only met once?

Why was a senior FBI agent trying to work out the connection between these eight apparently innocent individuals?

All these questions are answered in Jeffrey Archer's latest audiobook, False Impression, but not before a breathtaking journey of twists and turns that will take listeners from New York to London to Bucharest and on to Tokyo, and finally a sleepy English village, where the mystery of Van Gogh's last painting will finally be resolved.

And only then will listeners discover that Van Gogh's Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear has a secret of its own that acts as the final twist in this unforgettable yarn.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Murder and a high-stakes art-world theft are cleverly blended [in this] exciting…global thrill-ride.”

    Vancouver Sun

  • “Thoroughly imagined…entertaining…thrilling.”

    Denver Post

  • “Archer is back in top form with [this] latest thriller.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Sail along from one high crime to the next…Archer is a great plotter…[and] in the middle of the action, [he] drops research gems.”

    New York Post

  • “One of the top ten storytellers in the world. Los Angeles Times on Jeffrey Archer

  • A master at mixing power, politics, and profit into fiction. Entertainment Weekly on Jeffrey Archer
  • Archer is a master entertainer. Time on Jeffrey Archer
  • Cunning plots, silken style...Archer plays a cat-and-mouse game with the reader. The New York Times on Jeffrey Archer
  • A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas...unsurpassed skill...making the reader wonder intensely what will happen next. The Washington Post on Jeffrey Archer

  • A 2007 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/13/2014

    " Another good story from Jeffrey Archer "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wally | 2/12/2014

    " I listened to this book on CDs. It was alot of fun and held my attention and very well read but certainly n;ot of a caliber of many of the other books I have read. It is close to what I would call a 'beach book' which I like to read sometimes but all the time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lucas | 2/10/2014

    " The first third of the book is terribly predictable. The second third picks up with more of a thriller feel as the story progresses, but unfortunately the final third reverts to its predictable ways, and the ending leaves the reader unsatisfied. The plot devices are tired and over-used, a romance is wedged forcefully into the story and the brief swearing is one-off and absolutely pointless. All in all, False Impression is a cheesy thriller whose only offering is a novelty theme, and even that was deemed not interesting enough by the author given that it needed to be spiced up with an unrelated secondary plot about the events of 9/11. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/9/2014

    " Fraud, murder and fine art - killer combination! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shriya | 2/7/2014

    " A nice casual read. I really loved the insider's account on the 9/11 terrorist attacks and all those facts on art history and life of Van Gogh. Quite like 'The Da Vinci Code' in that respect but definitely NOT a masterpiece! If you're looking for a fast-paced with an equal balance of fact and fiction minus the complexities of the conventional Dan Brown novels, this is the book for you. It has crime and criminals, some really interesting characters and a well-conceived plot. But if you're looking for a mind-blowing, unforgettable read, move on and pick up something else! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Guruprasad Jambaulikar | 2/2/2014

    " the first Jeffrey Archer book I ever picked up and the reason behind my picking up Kane and Abel. So, even 5 stars would be well deserved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerwin Jn | 1/26/2014

    " a typical Archer novel good fun and subtle twists with bold characters. still prefer his short stories tho "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vickie | 1/24/2014

    " Not his best, but OK "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/20/2014

    " I always enjoy Jeffrey Archer. His books are page-turners. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 KJ | 1/20/2014

    " May God spare me from crack killer assassins whose uncanny skills somehow desert them when required to confront the hero or heroine of the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Solace Aomreore | 1/20/2014

    " i enjoyed it thoroughly. read it twice even "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Payal Bhatia | 1/2/2014

    " A BRILLIANT story showing a connection between the work of a corrupt bank manager and 9/11. Although the book was fictional, the author did a wonderful job of integrating real life events surrounding 9/11. It was gripping the whole time and a great read for art enthusiasts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 12/27/2013

    " This novel takes you from the castles of London to Bucharest and Tokyo. There is a lot of suspense and action that keeps you guessing what could come next. This was the first of Archer's mysteries that I've read and will definitely read more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 12/20/2013

    " Loved this book! Jeffrey Archer is a wonderful storyteller and his characters and storylines really draw me in. This one stands out as particularly unique and suspenseful. Set partially on 9-11. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorri | 12/5/2013

    " This book is definitely cleaner than some of his earlier books. I really enjoyed this book and his own life is just as interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaci | 12/2/2013

    " Not sure most of the plot is believable but it sucked me in and I just kept reading. Happy bedtime book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Jeremiah Nuguid | 9/14/2013

    " It is good but it comes with an inconclusive finale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 8/23/2013

    " Enjoyed this murder mystery. Brings together interesting settings and themes with 9/11 tragedy, globe hopping, art history, conspirarcy, international legal relations, intrigue.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 8/19/2013

    " enjoyed it and wanted the story to go on forever. Fantastically happy ending too. It also gave a really good personal narrative of 9/11, expressing the personal pain that no one can see on the news. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenninecraig | 7/8/2013

    " an enjoyable, compelling read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calli | 7/4/2013

    " I love Jeffrey Archer books, and was excited to find one I hadn't read in the library book sale for a quarter! Suspenseful and complex, as always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin Katz | 1/10/2013

    " Not a bad way to weave in a historical event like 9/11 to a book that has absolutely nothing to do with terrorism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keri Gallagher | 8/21/2012

    " It was ok. Enjoyed art references but could have been better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megha | 8/18/2012

    " this is a great novel. we heard the book on tape on a recent vacation and it's very gripping. it did get a little boring in parts, from 9 CDs it could've been curtailed down to 7 I think. But Archer does really well in spinning a really exciting plot and kept us awake during our road trip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobbi | 7/12/2012

    " an FBI mystery set in the art world and finance world; once i got into it i was unable to easily put it down; a good fast read with lots of info on art. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrelland | 7/5/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. Definitely one of my favourites! I just kept thinking how much research he must have done to write the twists to easily. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawneebookworm | 6/27/2012

    " Archer can tell a story and do it with such finesse! A must read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lena | 6/8/2012

    " Indifferent plot, horribly created characters and bad writing.Especially the constant repetition of names was annoying.Waste of time... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teemarie | 6/27/2011

    " Enjoy reading all of J. Archer's books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 5/31/2011

    " I loved this book, it was very easy to read. Started it at Melbourne Airport and finished it by time I arrived in Aberdeen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Asoka | 5/22/2011

    " Fast-moving, curious. Discover the world of art (paintings) and so on. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Jeremiah | 5/7/2011

    " It is good but it comes with an inconclusive finale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Audio book. It was good. The character bounced around a lot, making a lot of things happen. An ordinary girl as the hero and she did some pretty amazing things. It was a little odd that she did all this to help someone she had only met once. It was a "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deby | 4/10/2011

    " I have completed listening to it. Question: are we allowing audio books? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colby | 4/7/2011

    " This is the first adult book that I have read in a while. It was nice to take a break from children's literature for a minute and read this adventure story by one of my favorite authors. The ending had a nice twist, but at times the story seemed to be a little predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 4/7/2011

    " Jeffrey Archer is my favorite guilty pleasure author! This one involves a stolen Van Gogh, a gymnast turned hired assassin, and a LOT of international travel. Formulaic but always very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 4/1/2011

    " pleasantly surprising thriller ala Da Vinci code, but with Rembrandt "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 3/25/2011

    " I enjoyed this audio book. Just the perfect kind of story to listen to -- intereting, exciting, well-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 3/24/2011

    " Recommended by Candi Prizer. I did like this story about a missing Van Gogh painting. Jeffrey is a good writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 3/9/2011

    " Chasing art around the word. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Silena | 3/7/2011

    " amaZING book!!! i mean its so interesting the way jeffrey connects art and an attractive lady newyorker and a very handsome f.b.i agent!!!! awesome and a ust read!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 3/2/2011

    " This is a typical Jeffrey Archer book. It has some interesting twists and turns but is an easy read in two days. What made it interesting is that it takes place in a county home in England:) and involves a Van Gogh painting that had been in the family for many generations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/28/2011

    " young art dealer who helped save an English estate after owner was killed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babete | 2/22/2011

    " Intriga e mistério no mundo da arte, fantástico!( Falsas Impressões ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kev | 2/15/2011

    " Quality as always. A great read. "

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About the Author
Author Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of more than 250 million copies in ninety-seven countries and more than thirty-seven languages. He is the only author ever to have written a number one bestseller in fiction, short stories, and nonfiction. He is married to Dame Mary Archer, DBE, and they have two sons. He and his family divide their time between London and Cambridge.

About the Narrator

Byron Jennings is an American actor. He has appeared in over twenty films and television shows, including Quiz Show, The Ice Storm, A Civil Action, and Lincoln. He is married to the actress Carolyn McCormick.