I enjoyed this book and am currently listening to the whole series. It does get a bit far fetched at times but I want to be entertained and this book does that. The narrator, Jay Snyder, is the best narrator I have ever listened to. He is excellent with his multiple voices for the different characters. I just can't say enough about Snyder!
I love a good guy prevailing over the bad guys.
When court was found at the cabin. That scene unfolded beautifully.
Believable characters. Anyone who runs a company of mercenaries and executioners for hire would not have the vulnerabilities of family or innocent friends. A handler who orders his best mercenaries to terminate his best killer? It is just stupid.
The opening of this story was OK but things became ridiculous with the introduction of Sir Donald Fitzroy and the former CIA/corporate lawyer/villain.
Sir Donald Fitzroy
I did not like the authors writing style and the story is ludicrous. This was a waste of time.
Unimaginative hero worship of the American lone worrier type. Not a single original thought and founded entirely in the fantasy of a gun loving, violence adoring misfit. Waste of time for anyone with half a brain.
OK, I don't want to unfairly knock it, it was a straight up thriller, no glaring problems, and made for a fast paced listen. I'm sure any fan of the genre will be entertained.
That said, there were some things that kept it from rising to the top. The characters are stereotypical, and somewhat flat. The story I'd fine, but I felt like I'd heard it all before. I pretty much knew what was going to happen from start to finish.
The narrator has an excellent announcer's voice, maybe not appropriate for this book. It often felt like I was listening to and old time radio announcer narrating. It made the read feel detached from the story.
I was definitely annoyed by the wavering accents and delivery. It seemed that the narrator hit a bit of a groove about two-third of the way through a chapter, went to lunch, and came back as AN ANNOUNCER! A number of common foreign words were butchered, like they weren't researched for pronunciation. and there was an annoying vein of homophobia all the way through.
I got this as part of a 2 for 1 sale, so I want as concerned about the negatives as I might otherwise be. I'd wait fire a promotion before getting this one.
People who should not be allowed to go out on their own
It has nearly put me off audible, it's possibly the worst thing I've ever wasted a piece of my life on
Anyone other than the guy with the horrendous accents who narrated this title
I had the sense to stop listening after about an hour
I purchased based on the number of 4+star reviews. I will never do this again in audible after this experience.
It was just pure garbage, if a twelve year old wrote it as a school project I'd mark it a fail, utter drivel
And the narrator , I think he was having a laugh, seriously !
I've listened to many books on Audible and this is the first time I've been motivated to write a review.
I hope we get more back story in future books. I plan on moving right to the next ones.
This is my first book by Mark Greaney and I must say Love Love this book. The book flows, the writing is great and there is lots of action. I have already downloaded book 2!!!!!
I was turned on to Mark Greaney's writing in the Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series. My local library had the audio books for Commander in Chief which I really like and I followed it up with Command Authority. I liked both those books so I thought I would give Mark a try in his own series.
Mark is a very good action/thiller/espionage writer. I dropped a star on this book due to the unnecessary use of profanity in his writing. Having a character use profanity is one thing, but when the author uses it to describe scenes himself, I think it shows a lack of writing skill. I hope Mark doesn't continue that in his future stories. I was a little surprised he did it here as his writings were free of that in the Clancy novels.
Aside from the few instances of profanity, I enjoyed the book very much. The Gray Man is a strong character who, as he puts it, learned some bad things to do to bad people. Some reviewers didn't like the book because it was too unbelievable. It is a work of fiction. So, I can suspend belief while listening to this just as I do while listening to the Hobbit.
The narrator was excellent! His voice characterizations and inflections were very well done. He made it easy to distinguish between characters. I had never heard anything from Jay Snyder before and I'm glad I was able to listen to his reading of the Gray Man.