I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
The story is a good one, a book about men's men performing good deeds under stressful and dangerous circumstances. My question is- why is this narrated by a man who sounds like he should be narrating Miss Marple mysteries?
This seriously impaired my enjoyment of the book.
I would if it was narrated by someone else.
Mr. Gage has a voice more suited for English cozies than an action novel populated by action heroes. Mr. Gage's voice is very off-handed when reading tense violance filled passages and has an annoying habit of going up at the end of the sentence.
Yes, I qas inspired to write this review.
The narration of this story is atrocious Never buy a book narrated by this guy Gage. Is there a process by which I can get a return credit?
You will need to exercise some patience to get through "No Mercy" in audiobook form. John Gilstrap has written an O.K. thriller, here; but the narrator -- Jeremy Gage -- does not have the acting chops to perform this book. He has a nice voice; but he has zero range of voices or accents that a good actor needs to distinguish the characters from one another. Frequently, during the narration, the listener cannot tell who is speaking, because Mr. Gage delivers all the dialogue in exactly the same voice. For me, the narrator's performance of an audiobook provides half the fun. Also, Mr. Gilstrap's writing leaves something to be desired. Sometimes he creates almost laughable bloopers, such as: "It was nowhere near as helpful as the SATCOM images he'd used back in the day, but it was a close second." Where's an editor when you need one? All-in-all, I'd say pass on this one.
The characters are not believable and the narration is so slow that the listener's attention may wander. The main character is supposed to be a hardened veteran of both war and covert operations yet he acts like a social worker. His character is not believable. Don't trust the Audible description for this book.
The story is good read. not a great listen...the reading is 2nd rate The recording kept picking up background conversation. Sounds like it was recorded in a studio with muliple readers and sound resistant versus sound proof walls. Unlike so many action adventures, this author has come up with realistic scenarios that employ state of the art special forces type missions in the U.S. Also explores realistic interpersonal relationships, nice character building allowing average people to make choices to either become extraordinary or mediocre due to circumstances outside of their control. My favorite part is a not-in-your-face minor exploration of the criminal justice system- showing how inappropriate it is for dealing with serious crime. The author has fun with a slightly guilt-damaged former FBI superstar-turned town sheriff. Sheriff's former stick-to-the-book versus common sense attitude resulted in death of twin girls. Her unresolved angst puts her on the hunt for two heros who adhere to a higher order: protecting the innocent, common sense and decency; she's unaware that her inner pysche must have her destroy these two, or face up to her own fears- that her guilt will destroy her. The villain-Greed is personsified by a triumvarte led by a torture & mutililation loving, ex-cammando supportd by an unholy alliance between an ultra-extreme eco-terrorists/civilian paramilitary force and right-wing U.S. weapons manufacturer providing highly illegal" WMDs to the U.S and terrorist nations. I have a low tolerance of gore and cruelty- the author got the point across without overload. The author entertainingly builds to no-way out climax showing that even highly invested-in characters are expendable.. The eve of the climax, presents a cammando style battle scenario, but it's a no-win for our heros- neither death, nor success will get them out of the hole they find themselves in.
Great story, but the narrator was slow with lots of pauses. Kind of frustrating and I almost turned off the book it was so bad. Then I discovered 1 1/2 speed. This was perfect and actually fit the story and tempo well.
This is the first I have read from Gilstrap and I will certainly look for more from him. Well written and great plot and characters. Thoroughly enjoyed.
This was the first book I read by this author. It was a great story, fluid story, and well developed characters. The performance author was fantastic.
The reade was awful but it didn't make any differance because the writing was horrible.Toatally forgetable
I enjoyed this book and the narration very much. The elegance of Mr. Gage's narration is a perfect match for the elegance of Mr. Gilstrap's writing.