I think the narrator should take most of the blame for how tedious it was to get through By Order of the President. While there were many voices and accents, Mr. Hill's slow pace and monotone, emotionless reading put me to sleep.
The book itself had too many unnecessary characters about whom nobody cares and too many Dickensian relationships.
WEB Griffin is one of the most prolific authors on Audible (the last time I checked he had 53 books available) and there is a reason for that. His stories are interesting, his characters seem real and are engaging and the world he presents is consistent across all of his books. His characters live in the world of the military (or other similar organizations like the police or fire-fighters), with its structure, rules and obligations and those organization, and most of the people presented, are honorable and live within the general constraints of those rules.
This particular book involves the search for a stolen 727 aircraft along with the concern that the aircraft may have been stolen for use in a terrorist attack somewhere in the US. The search involves some of the major branches of the US Government (the CIA, the DIA, Homeland Security) and local police forces and probably presents a likely sequence of events as some organizations make wrong decisions, some make right decision and some concern themselves with their own promotion rather than cooperating with each other. Those familiar with Griffin's other work will have a feel for how things will turn out in the end but the story is immensely satisfying, the characters realistic and likeable and this book, like every other Griffin book I have, seems well worth the time and cost.
I must admit that am a big fan of WEB Griffin and have the complete series of The Brotherhood Of War. I found those books wonderful and this book, the first in a different series, fits into the same mold as the others. That does not make the books boring since the events and the people differ from series to series, but the books are clearly Griffin's writing. The only negative comment I could think of for any of his books is that the people and the organizations presented are somewhat idealized. In his books the Army is presented as a big family with all members looking out for others in the family. While that may be a bit of an exaggeration I can say, after 3 tours of duty in the military, that this is the way those who are career people think of themselves and of the organization they are part of. The picture presented in the book may be somewhat idealized but it represents the way those people see both themselves and the military.
The narration is first class, the writing is first class, the story is interesting and very believable and the characters feel real. There is really nothing nothing negative for me to say about this book. Highly recommended for those who already are, or are willing to become, WEB Griffin fans.
I bought this book some time ago but just never got into listening to it. I like Tom Clancy but had not tried this author. What a mistake? Griffin is superb and is as good as Clancy which is a good thing since Clancy died recently and will be missed.
This book is a little slow at the beginning but really gets going after an hour or so. Since I am one of those who simply CANNOT stop once I start reading, I hung in there and was rewarded with an exciting special ops kind of storyline. Who knew a handsome half German/half Tex-Mex (his words) guy could become a Green Beret, Major in the Army, Special Assistant to Secretary of Homeland Security, and dance among all these guys and still have time for women. His handle was Don Juan. That adds the humor much needed since it is a very intense and exciting story.
If you like accurate military strategy and what sounds like the real deal in the back and forth and back door kind of assignments then this book is for you. I just bought the 2nd book in the series so I'm hooked.
If Dick Hill hadn't have been performing this audio role, I don't know where the excitement would have come from. The author seemed more interested in arcane knowledge of the various governmental security agencies, though I don't know if that information is accurate. If one is interested in griping about bureaucracy, then this book is for you, otherwise I'd take a pass.
I never like to say the audio is better then a book you read, but dick hill is an amazing performer.
The lead Carlos Guillermo Castillo
EVERYONE of the Characters Dick hill does is mind blowing amazing. A real talent Dick Hill is. He really gets you into the story through his story telling and the voices he does for each character.
when all else fails, there's one man. The Presidential Agent
W E B Griffin is a brilliant story teller and Dick hill is an amazing performer
The story is ok, the main character is ok, if very cliched. However the book is way too long in my opinion by 1/3. The military jargon is excessively detailed, ok the first time, but by the third and fourth I kept thinking "ok I get it, you don't really have to repeat this again".
I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
The story starts out with a bang as a jet is stolen. Then the main characters are introduced and every detail on the main characters prior life is told through back story memories.
It can be a bit distracting at times but does have some intereting parts relating to the main character.
It takes a long time for things to happen and each aspect is drawn out. For example, when the characters are flying in a plane, the detailed call in to the tower goes through every aspect of the call in and landing....that gets boring. Much of the story is delivered the same way. I found my mind wandering off a lot as I listened.
If you are really into the whole military behavior and all the aspects of decoram that go along with it you will like it. I did enjoy the characters but would prefer an abridged version.
The ending, when it finally got to it, was rather anti-climatic.
I wanted to like this book and series, but it really is the slowest and most long winded thing I have come across here on audible.
Good narration, but I just can't handle "wasting" my time any longer.
The narration made the book come alive.
Tended to drag in spots.
This is equal and very good. Enjoy his presentation.
This one took several sittings due to length but wouldn't change a thing.
Find that audible version of Griffin's writing easier than reading the thick, detailed book.
A Great book and a performance by Dick Hill that was incredible! I have bought this audible book for a few friends because I just had to share it. It doesn't start quickly (at least IMO), but once the protagonist gets introduced, you are off! The characters are rich, the dialogue is fantastic, and Dick Hill renders all of the different characters in such a way that they come to life.
Easily in my top 5 Audible books of all time!