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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: Anton Lesser, Byron Jennings Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9781593978501
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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

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

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Thoroughly imagined…entertaining…thrilling.”

    Denver Post

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

    Vancouver Sun

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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ansley | 2/19/2014

    " Mystery. Great surprise twists and turns. I enjoyed the story revolving around a famous Van Gogh painting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yann Ee | 2/19/2014

    " Time spent reading this book made utterly wasted. The very last of pages set me off entirely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 2/16/2014

    " Good book until the very end...wrapped it up a little too quickly "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dia | 2/13/2014

    " This book was OK. The premise was a good one but then the author does several side chapters about the main character being caught in one of the twin towers during 9/11. However, as soon as she gets out, she hops a plane to London to save a Van Gogh painting. The 9/11 situation isn't really mentioned by her again. Not very realistic and the author shouldn't have even bothered including that part. If you were caught in the towers, I imagine this superceded anything else going on in your life at that time. This was a pretty predictable book so the ending isn't really any surprise but not a bad summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bhumika | 1/23/2014

    " It's typical Jeffrey at many points but this book did not impress me like other ones. Frankly I felt that the synopsis promised too much and did not live up to my expectations. I have read Kane and Abel and The Prodigal daughter and the characters in those books stayed with me long after I finished the book but sadly, that did not happen with the False Impression. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nichole | 1/16/2014

    " Not really sure why the opening of this book takes place on 9/11... doesn't really add much else to the story except a challenge for the characters to overcome. It just seemed like a contrived way to tie 9/11 into the story. Weird. An art dealer works to solve some murders and protect a client from her evil scheming boss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viraj | 1/5/2014

    " Listened to audiobook. Worth listening to once. Main characters: Anna and Jack. Killer Krans. Setup: NY Twin-tower hit followed by Romania + England. Von Gogh's self-portrait is the main art-collector picture is at the center of the story. To me, it was entertaining to listen to especially a book different from finance and self-help after reading many of those. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 1/4/2014

    " A fun, fast read. If you like art history and international intrigue, this one is a good summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chanaka Hettige | 1/3/2014

    " Although the name says False, non-will be False if you start reading this book. It`s pure imagination by typical Jeffrey which will immerse you in a ride which runs through few countries! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/30/2013

    " Hey, this was pretty good, for a modern artsy mystery-type! I'd forgotten about this book entirely. I need to look for more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 12/29/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Yelverton | 12/25/2013

    " An interesting mystery book, but it feels like it's trying to ride on the coattails of "The Da Vinci Code". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Hollister | 12/15/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meyy5 | 12/11/2013

    " A very fast and entertaining read. The twists in the plot get slightly complicated, with all the little side stories, so keep your mind sharp while reading it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 12/10/2013

    " AudioBook. The narrator was difficult to listen to because his Romanian accent sounded Irish so I was giggling during most of the main characters lines. Aside from that and a useless link to September 11 that was played for cheap melodrama, it was an interesting story that was engaging to listen to. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suzan Poisner | 10/30/2013

    " The storyline had potential. However, the author was unable to retain any mystery and the characters came across as flat. Disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenajo | 9/13/2013

    " Interesting book that follows Anna Petrescu first in her work for a greedy villain, then in her attempt to rectify the situation. Some interesting times, but basically light fare. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Archana Kannan | 8/10/2013

    " Book screams Count of Monte Cristo "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 8/29/2012

    " I really liked it, but I don't think it was very realistic. Had a lot of good twists and turns at the end that kept the story interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Solace Aomreore | 8/15/2012

    " i enjoyed it thoroughly. read it twice even "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 7/24/2012

    " Couldn't put it down! Haven't read Archer in a long time, but was glad I went back to him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margo Candela | 6/23/2012

    " I went into this book looking for an entertaining read, the book equivalent to movie The Peace Maker. It uses 9/11 as a plot device for its own convenience (some may say conceit)and the writing is very hurried here and there, but over all, I enjoyed it. It wasn't anymore or less than what I wanted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Florence Primrose | 10/19/2011

    " Archer always writes a good mystery. Fraud in the banking and art world is the main subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Minstrlman | 9/4/2011

    " Very compelling read. I like a story the pulls me in and won't release me. Lots of action, a riveting plot, and great characters. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samuel | 8/25/2011

    " A trip around the world "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaci | 8/17/2011

    " 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 Becky | 6/3/2011

    " Not one of my favorites. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicola | 5/30/2011

    " A fun read but not exactly a great work of literature. I liked the main character and enjoyed some of the plot twists, but I wasn't super engaged the whole time. "

  • 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 Narrators

Anton Lesser has, as an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, played many of Shakespeare’s most demanding roles, including Troilus (Troilus and Cressida), Edgar (King Lear), Petruchio, Romeo, and Richard III. He is a frequent radio contributor and has recorded many audiobooks, including much of the work of Charles Dickens. Lesser’s narration has won him seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.

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.