Would you consider the audio edition of On Target to be better than the print version?
The audio edition is always better than the print edition when you have a good narrator. And especially when you find the right narrator, and use he/she consistently through the series. The Gray Man novels are no exception--an intense and believable storyline combined with a talented narrator, make for a great listening experience. These novels are on par with the Jack Reacher series for sure. I've listened to them all, and I can't wait for the next one. Thanks Mark Greaney and Jay Snyder!
Yes, it was full of action and suspense & an intriguing storyline.
James Patterson-Kill Me If You CanEric Jerome Dickey-Gideon seriesThe lone assassin story line is very similar, as well as the amount of action & suspense. You will definitely not be disappointed with the story line.
Jay Snyder is an amazing narrator! I've listened to dozens & dozens of audio books and some I can't even get through the first CD because the narrator is so monotone & dull. Snyder is excellent at shifting from one character to the next, giving each voice it's own personality & distinctiveness. You can really envision each character as each one is introduced.
And you think you've had a hard day? Meet The Gray Man!
Awesome read that now has me hooked on this author. I look forward to hearing the next set of books and catching up on this series. Very enjoyable read that kept me excitited & anxious to hear more.
Yes. Jay Snyder did an excellent job with all the myriad characters and accents. I would not get that in a printed version.
It was hard to turn off - the action never stopped and I was riveted to the story the whole time.
Great action. Nobody is that tough, not even the the Gray Man.
I had to suspend reality a bit to stay engaged with the story.
He is good, this book was a challenge... many different accents
For sure. The Gray Man still has unfinished business.
I didn't much care for this book. There's a basic contradiction in an assassin known as 'the gray man', which implies someone known to few, who is described as 'legendary'. Real assassins are anonymous characters - this guy is famous, predictable, and not at all clever. I expected better.
This is a genre I absolutely love. Greaney is clearly going for Ludlum or Clancy (who he later ended up collaborating with), but falls short of either of those illustrious benchmarks. Sure, Ludlum had missteps, too, but even his bad ones were still readable - and even entertaining. This is barely either. There would have had to be a LOT of things done differently to elevate The Gray Man to a four star rating for me. The comparisons in other reviews to Bourne are likely to set expectations WAY too high. Ludlum's first two Bourne books are the supreme examples of this genre done right, and Greaney needs to go back and re-read them and take better notes.
I don't mind preposterousness in spy or assassin novels, but I do mind MONOTONOUS preposterousness. The Gray Man, as others have noted, is a cartoon character who takes ridiculous amounts of damage and keeps on going long beyond the realm of believability and into the realm of comedy. (Only this isn't meant to be a parody.) And all the action scenes are the same thing, again and again. Greaney starts off so HUGE that there's no room for realistic escalation. So the escalation only goes to silly places when some finally comes at the end, and a hero about as wounded as the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail takes on a whole army with little difficulty.
Greaney could also stand to do more research. He recites hardware numbers that he's read somewhere, but doesn't bring any conviction to it the way Clancy did. Clancy conveyed such a sense of knowing his stuff, that even if he'd been making it all up (which he wasn't), you'd have believed him. Greaney may be just as accurate, but he lacks the conviction. Same goes for the locations. In a Ludlum novel, the author made you feel like you were there because he clearly KNEW these exotic European locations himself. Greaney doesn't convey nearly the same sense of place.
Absolutely not! Espionage and international thrillers are my favorite genre, and there's no way one bad book is going to turn me off from it.
This book may have been better than I'm giving it credit for and I just couldn't tell beyond Jay Snyder's terrible performance... but I don't think it was. Still, even if the book wasn't great to start, the narrator very clearly makes it far WORSE. He delivers every action line like he's a news announcer, reads every sentence like there's an exclamation point at the end. Granted I don't have a text copy for comparison, but I don't think there is. His British accents are poor, as are his women and particularly children. By the time he got around to voicing a little British girl (who plays a major role in the last part of the story), I was actually laughing. (Of course the unintended comedy greatly undermined the suspense that Greaney was trying to build.) Do you remember that Simpsons episode where Bart is laid up with a broken leg and writes some horrible Dickensian play, which he begins to enact for Lisa performing all the roles? Snyder's British voices reminded me of Bart's hilariously terrible Tiny Tim accent. That's how bad they are. Jay Snyder truly did this book a disservice, and if I were Mark Greaney I'd be very unhappy with him!
Greaney at least borrows from the right people. He takes jargon from le Carre and at least ATTEMPTS a Ludlum-style chase across Europe, but his words don't ring with the former's feeling of authenticity about the spy business or the latter's feeling of authenticity about European travel. He CAN write an exciting sequence, for sure. But he needs to learn restraint, and not pile so many on top of each other as to make them all lose their luster. An exciting gunfight is exciting once, maybe twice if they're well-written, three times if there are new or interesting twists added, four if the writer's really skilled. But when they come again and again and again and again and the first one was already so over the top that there's nowhere to go, they become monotonous! Sometimes moderation is your friend.
But Greaney does create some truly hateable villains, and he has the bones of a decent story. I'm sure another author could have taken his outline and created something quite entertaining.
Skip The Gray Man and instead rediscover some of the real classics of this genre. Download a Ludlum or a Clancy or a Forsyth or a le Carre or a Fleming instead, or one of the many contemporary authors who does this sort of thing right, like Olen Steinhauer or Charles Cumming.
This book is exciting from beginning to end!! I found myself taking the long way home because I didn't want to stop listening. What a riveting new character!
I think I would compare it to the David Baldacci series with the "Shaw" character or the Mitch Rapp books. The badazz hit man that you root for.
Too many to name just one and as I write this review I'm not even finished the book. But so far my favorite is the scene where the guys came to his "hideaway" to kill him and he blew the place up. Awesome!
I think the famous Omar quote from "The Wire" sums it up perfectly: "If you come at the King, you best not miss"
This author is up there with the greats: James Patterson, John Sanford, Vince Flynn. I can't say enough good things about this book. And let's not forget Jay Snyder. He was PHENOMENAL. I enjoyed every word that came out of his mouth. Not since Frank Mueller have I been this impressed with a narrator.
I am a senior citizen in birthdays but a inquisitive,thrill seeker,and lover of mysteries. My favorites are John Lutz,John Sandford,Craig
Loved the Gray man. I miss Vince Flynn so I was glad to find The Gray Man. There is a similarity between Mitch Rapp and this new found hero. Keep him going!
Naturally..the Gray Man
The final meeting between Clara and the Gray Man
How very smart The Gray Man is and his lightening speed thought and actions
Unstoppable, never quits
There was never really a dull moment, the whole book was memorable.
He does voices very well and made the listen interesting!
No extreme reaction, Very good book but I don't think guys are going to listen to an action book and start crying, LOL.
This book was definitely one of my favorite books and I have listened to MANY books.
I got this for travel time listening and expected a good page turning story that stretches credibility-but not this much. It was mostly predictable and then at the end of the day the plot turns were so unbelievable that I lost all interest. The narrator wasn't bad-not a standout but he certainly didn't get in the way. For the same general idea but better executed go for a Mitch Rapp story instead.