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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,226 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arturo Pérez-Reverte Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9780739358719
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Andrés Faulques, a world-renowned war photographer, has retreated to a tower overlooking the Spanish coast, where he paints a vast mural incorporating the indelible images of conflict he’s witnessed in his lifetime.

One night, an unexpected visitor interrupts his solitude. As Faulques struggles to recall the face, the man explains that he was the subject of an iconic photo taken by Faulques in a war zone years ago—a photo that destroyed his life. “And why have you come looking for me?” asks Faulques. The stranger answers, “Because I’m going to kill you.”

So begins a life-or-death exchange in which Faulques is forced to recall a time when he loved a beautiful woman and risked his life daily for art and testimony. Yet as the tense dialogue between Faulques and his would-be killer continues, the stakes grow even higher. What they are grappling with becomes not just Faulques’ fate, but the very nature of love and cruelty itself.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaci | 2/14/2014

    " One of his best...love and morality intepreted by art. Extremely moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent | 2/1/2014

    " This was a different kind of story, not one I think I'd recommend... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Morrow | 1/28/2014

    " Well-written but a disappointing ending spoils the tension. "

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

    " Very provocative and compelling writing, but the plot is not as involving as some of his other books. Examines the connection between human nature, violence, and war as it is filtered through art. Asks whether war journalism is mere voyeurism. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stuart | 1/22/2014

    " Perez-Reverte, for all his pulpy excesses, nearly always comes through with a great central character and an intriguing milieu for his stories. In this case he misses that mark, with a who'd-ever-believe-it tale of a retired combat photographer being stalked by a mad Croat soldier, the subject of one of his award-winning photos. Puh-leaze. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matus Miksik | 1/20/2014

    " starts a bit chaotic, but then the concept sets in nicely... flashbacks are carefully building a mosaic and the philosophy blends in with the plot very well... what gives this 5 stars instead of only 4 is the character of Olvido - truly nostalgic but rational, she creates a whole world around herself "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil Gardner | 1/18/2014

    " Obviously I did not read or listen to this book in Spanish. This is the only option I could bring up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carola | 1/15/2014

    " Not a terribly long book, but one requiring the reader's full attention to appreciate all the nuances. Very moving. Possibly Perez-Reverte's best book to date. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 5/2/2013

    " Gorgeous. The details are somehow written in a dauntingly expansive way, yet are still fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 8/3/2012

    " A haunting novel that deals with war, echoes of love and the depth of human cruelty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaza | 11/19/2011

    " I found this book sublime... the way it's written, the story, the characters, everything. I recommend it specially to photographers, painters and artists of any kind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pati morán montaño | 8/1/2010

    " "empece a comprendelo anoche, cuando me abrazabas como si estuvieramos a punto de morir..." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mara | 6/23/2010

    " Di sicuro lo devo rileggere : certe parti sono bellissime, altre le ho trovate noiose e tirate via. E' un libro che mi ha lascita perplessa; in realta' non so bene come giudicarlo. L'ho rileggero' . Tre stelle come valore medio "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilee | 12/9/2008

    " Read this book first in Spanish, then recently in the English translation. Beautiful prose -- sometimes grisly subject. Will make you stop and think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean-françois | 3/16/2008

    " just started ... currentlu reading chapter one "

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About the Author

Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s bestselling books, including The Club Dumas, The Flanders Panel, The Seville Communion, and the Captain Alatriste series, have been translated into thirty-four languages in fifty countries and have sold millions of copies. Pérez-Reverte was born in 1951 in Cartagena, Spain, and now lives in Madrid, where he was recently elected to the Spanish Royal Academy. A retired war journalist, he covered conflicts in Angola, Bosnia, Croatia, El Salvador, Lebanon, Libya, Nicaragua, Romania, the Persian Gulf, and Sudan, among others. He now writes fiction full time.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.