• Tanner's Virgin

  • Evan Tanner Series, Book 6
  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Theo Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Presenting Evan Tanner - the first series character created by Lawrence Block, best-selling author of A Walk Among the Tombstones.

Ever since a shred of shrapnel did a number on his brain's sleep center, Even Tanner has been awake 24/7. This gives him more time than your average underachiever. Time to learn the world's languages (he's fluent in Basque, but has trouble with Chinese). Time to embrace the world's lost causes and irredentist movements (The Flat Earth Society, the League for the Restoration of Cilician Armenia, the Society of the Left Hand). Time to write term papers theses for students with more money than knowledge. And, most important, time to do his dreaming while he's wide awake. 

Phaedra Harrow, nee Deborah Horowitz, is an occasional companion of Tanner's, albeit a determined virgin. She goes off on a bargain-priced world tour - and Tanner later learns that the tour's a bargain for a reason: the London-based wanker-in-chief accepts only unattached female travelers, takes them halfway around the world to Afghanistan, and cheerfully sells them into white slavery. Next thing you know Tanner's on his way to pre-Taliban Kabul, where, you won't be surprised to learn, many interesting things happen. And that's just the beginning... 

Tanner's Virgin was originally published as Here Comes a Hero, the title supplied by some ninny at Fawcett. What were they thinking? Anyway, here it is, back again in all its glory...

©1968, 2016 Lawrence Block (P)2018 Lawrence Block

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Tanner's virgin

Another book about Tanner. This is a fun book to listen to. Tanner travels to far away places all over the world to save a woman. There is plenty of fun sarcasm. I enjoyed listening to this book and highly recommend it if your wanting something funny. I'm not saying everything that happened in the book is ok . But the way Tanner does things and says things is. Theo Holland does a great job narraiting this book. If my review was any help will you please click on the helpful link below. Thank you.

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Mayhem and trouble seem to be his other name, he rushes off to save another woman, and trouble follows. Good Narration. Givenaudio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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The legend builds

Block continues building on the Tanner legend of creating wildly implausible scenarios and then making them somehow plausible. This latest story of white slavery, coup d’état and find gentlemanly manners is the best so far. Punctuated by Theo Holland’s phenomenal reading, you couldn’t want for a better afternoon’s entertainment.

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Tanner to the rescue again

Well....here Tanner goes again. Off to rescue another woman who got kidnapped and is in trouble. Block really knows how to write a wild and crazy story. This one didn't have as many characters as some of his other Tanner books but it was still interesting and he's always finding a way to make all the mistakes and mishaps work out in his favor. I find this series fun to listen to and always look forward to the chief at the end explaining how this all worked out. This one he actually messed up pretty bad but yet .... low and behold....it still worked out anyway. I do hope he stops jumping from woman to woman for a while and will get back to more of the adventure itself. I can't tell you how many women Tanner has been with during this entire series...I should have kept count because now I'm curious. Holland does a great job as always. He does the women and men's voices and never disappoints. I love listening to his work. Block and Holland make a great duo. To sum it up....I enjoyed the book. It wasn't my favorite of the series but it didn't disappoint. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • 11-23-18

Stilted dialogue made worse by narrator

Lawrence Block's prose is written in a witty way, but this narrator has turned the sharpness into a stilted trial by audio. It is as if the narrator does not know how to read.

This is a bit of a weak effort in the Tanner cannon too.

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Unexpected Tanner behavior.

Another fun Tanner adventure, superbly narrated by Theo Holland. I was surprised by certain Tanner behavior--- I didn't think he had it in him, but it makes him a more interesting character.

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  • col2910
  • 07-29-20

Another entertaining adventure

Six down two to go and another Evan Tanner adventure enjoyed. This one back in late sixties Afghanistan, after a stop-off in London for some sleuthing on the trail of a young American virgin. After being sold into slavery, she's retained her youthfulness but not much more.

I wonder whether Block had some sort of crystal ball beside his typewriter back in the day, as we have a few pesky Russians plotting and poking there noses into the country about ten years ahead of schedule. Fair to say they don't actually vibe the legendary American spy, Evan Tanner's presence in their theatre of operations.

Dating, virginity, frustration, family worries, a London investigation, a violent death and on the run again, a boat trip, Russians, man overboard, France, Kabul, Russians again, a proposed revolution, slavery, a road trip, a few near misses, a rescue, a virgin turned nymphomaniac and a bit more besides.

Another fun outing. I do find it interesting that he knocked six of these Tanner books off in a remarkably short period of time, 1966-68 and they are all extremely entertaining and readable and prescient in respects of nationalism, ethnicity, identity, culture, borders, boundaries, tension, conflict, uprisings and a fluctuating political landscape. I kind of wonder what Tanner would make of a 2020 map of Europe, compared to 50 years ago.

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Previously enjoyed - The Thief Who Couldn't Sleep, The Canceled Czech, Tanner's Twelve Swingers, The Scoreless Thai and Tanner's Tiger. Two more to go. (One now actually)

Read - (listened to) July, 2020
Published - 1968
Page count - 206 (5 hrs 14 mins)
Source - Audible purchase after down load code received from David, one of LB's assistants
Format - Audible

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  • ElleryKing
  • 05-28-20

Another great Tanner adventure

Tanner is his usual funny self. The surprise at the end of the book is quite good. Julia is so far my favorite Tanner girl.

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  • Linda
  • 02-21-20

Brilliant!

This book had me chuckling a lot. Sexual innuendos crop up quite a lot or bits that are more explicit. It seems like Evan has to pass through at least 5 countries before breakfast. Pretty impressive. Recommended listening.