No. I need to make a note that I HATE Dick Hill as a reader. Every character he portrays sounds smarmy and reminds me of the retarted character from Of Mice and Men.
I couldn't get through the first half of the book.
For once Audible's recommendations didn't disappoint...
I am a thriller junkie, and I don’t care if more often than not the stories are a bit formulaic. As long as the plot is good, the narrator doesn't put you to sleep, the characters are likable and/or interesting, I am IN.
This book was just that. Liked Nathan's character, a master of weaponry, skills, etc, and yet, he's flawed.
Will be checking out other books in the series.
Maybe my headline should have been, "Make My Day!" That may have been the only line I didn't hear! This book was so sappy and full of clichés I chuckled throughout. Cheesy comes to mind as well. The two main characters, partners in a high priced security company, spent the entire time stroking each others ego or complimenting the other to anyone they came in contact with. I kept thinking, "Give me a break!" Okay one of you is Superman and the other is Batman, get over it. These guys were Jack Reacher in roids!! Love ya Man!, on and on and on.
Don't waste your time or credits....
The only bright spot was the narrator, Dick Hill.
A Middle of the road thriller. The book has enough action but it has these weird breaks in it. At one point there is a long discussion between two of the main characters regarding their personal life but it doesn’t really add to the story and quite frankly it didn’t seem to fit in general. The author seems to know a lot about snipers as there is a lot of talk about the preparation and adjustments needed which really gets you close to the main character. Not sure if it’s interesting enough to keep going with the series for me.
Performance was very good. Couldn't have asked for a better reading.
Authors "voice" (not the narrator...the overall tone of the story) is just plain annoying. Not real, not down to earth, but pretentious and just plain annoying. I tried really hard to get into the story, but in the end gave up about halfway through. I just couldn't take it anymore.
Great on men's voices...but women's voices are very poor.
The story line had promise and the characters were interesting, but just couldn't take the author's annoying narration/idioms.
I've been on a thriller jag for a couple months now and was looking forward to this one (based on the reviews and my desire to find a new author) however, this one didn't click with me at all and, I'm sorry to say, I think it was the narrator. If you can imagine an aged, though somewhat more gentile, Andrew Dice Clay trying to perform an audio book you'd have Dick Hill. While the timbre of his voice is fine, his pacing (for me at least) is intolerable. Based on all the positive reviews, I'm clearly in the minority on this one.
This may be my first candidate for "whisper sync" as I'm curious how both the story and the characters develop.
In short: I bought, I tried, I bailed.
I was unable to finish this book. as with everyting i have tryed to listen to narrated by Dick Hill. I cant stand his style and his constans little snickers drive me crazy. could be a great book but I cant listen to it
I may try one from Andrew Peterson, but NOT from Dick Hill. Peterson drags down the plot with "manly fluff" that reiterates--again and again--the lead character's super commando skills. That is more tolerable than Hill's narration. He just drones. It's almost as if he went for a "country story teller" personna. While there are parts that need little animation, he keeps the same plodding cadance when the action picks up or when the plot becomes intense, which removes 99% of the enjoyment. He tone completely contradicts the content.
Far less "my super commando character is so super commando and here's why"
Say something about yourself!
This book was a nice break from the serious and intricate books I am used to listening to. I think the price was right and it was like cotton candy of the espionage, and covert ops books I am a fan of.
I have never read or listened to a Peterson book before and would again if I found a good deal on one. The narration was to forced and difficult to take serious so it may have distracted from the book.
Overall it was not "bad"
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
The parts of the plot which were focused on tactics and strategy were fair, yet too few. The narrator made this listen, painful, at best. He should never try to portray the voice of a woman. I visualized most of his female character voice portrayals as middle to old age alcoholic women living on the street, even though they were described as either fit or attractive or professional in most cases. It was horrible listening to his interpretation of female voices. I paid for the audiobook so I pushed on. The story was just fair. I had hoped for a lot more. Not only do I not recommend but I would avoid buying any audiobooks narrated by Dick Hill unless he were portraying a character like ROCKY or the Bowery Boys or a gangster from the James Cagney era. It is the most distracting narration of any audiobook I have ever listened to. I have listened to more than 85 audiobooks between Apple and Audible. I was a Marine Corps officer for 4.5 years during the Vietnam era. It would have been enjoyable if they gave some background on how he qualified as a sniper(not just the torture aspect of his capture). Why not let the listener know what qualifies a person to be a sniper. All Marines are designated either Marksman, Sharpshooters, or Experts. Experts are the highest designation. I was a Marine rifle expert myself. Experts will likely hit a target in the "head or chest" 5 football fields away(500 yards)10 times out of 10. Someone invited to go to sniper school will probably hit the target in the "head", 5 football fields away, 10 times out of 10. This is done without special equipment, just a standard M-16 rifle with no special add-on's. With special scopes and rifles I can imagine that distance can be doubled. Personally, I could never be a sniper. I would hate being immoble for two days at a pop on a cold ground shivering or a hot ground with bugs crawling over and biting me. Marines don't think of themselves as masochists. Snipers on the other hand.....??