So much of it seemed contrived. WARNING: some may consider this next part a spoiler. Thor's heroes and villains are all described as meticulous top operatives, yet they screw up so often and ultimately so predictably that it becomes difficult to take any of the "thrilling" parts seriously. In one "thrilling" battle scene Thor needs both guys for a later scene so after a furious and lengthy gun fight in the dark where they both lay ingenious traps for each other and fill the air with flying lead, neither one is killed and the villain escapes through a trap door. Or in another scene where a bad guy is two feet in front of a tied-up good guy and pointing his pistol right at him when a bunch more good guys run through the door for the rescue...a lengthy gun battle follows but the bad guy gets away (through a hidden door) and then we discover that the bad guy shot the tied-up good guy...but didn't kill him. Because we still need him later in the story. And tis is the SECOND time that bad guy shot someone at close range and didn't kill him. He needs some shooting lessons. But no, Thor has given us this guy's history and he is a "meticulous top operative" so he is very competent as a killer, unless Thor needs the guy to be killed in a later scene. Or another scene where an agent very cleverly gets the drop on a bad guy coming for her but then fails to notice that he has a knife, and then gets distracted by a cup of tea, and then alternately knows how to fight and doesn't know how to fight, I guess to prolong the "thrilling" knife fight. I have just arrived at the place in the book where we discover how it is that a bad guy (who one of the good guys distinctly remembers that he killed) is still alive. I am not surprised at all. I expect to hear about a thrilling battle followed by a narrow escape, if I can stand to listen to it. Don't get me wrong...I like thrilling battle scenes followed by narrow escapes, but there have already been six or seven of them and it is wearing me down. Worse, it seems contrived. Like every time we need a narrow escape, lo and behold, a trap door. I suspect that "Brad Thor" is just his writer's name. His real name is "Trap Door"
No. Vince Flynn is over the top but I can listen to his stuff and not feel completely jerked around. At least Flynn's top operatives know how to shoot. And so far, no trap doors.
George Guidall is always good. One of the consistently good narrators.
I am not sure I can finish it. Maybe there will be some redeeming qualities later. So far...
Maybe the abridged version leaves out some of the narrow escapes through trap doors.
Haven't read print edition but can't imagine it would be much better then the audio edition.
The knowledge Brad Thor has of how special opts. works and how he made the story believable.
yes, I'm on my second listening and can't wait to listen to full black and black list again. I have many hours of listening ahead of me and with the amount of driving I do it's nice to have these on my mp3 player.
I think I've said it all; great audio book's.
State of the Union is in the middle of the pack when it comes to audiobooks that I have listened to. The narration is excellent but the overall story is a little too fantastic to believe. Part of what draws me into these types of stories is the realism. Despite Brad Thor's fairly exhaustive explanations regarding the science behind the storyline, I was never fully engaged by the story. I think George Guidall's narration is primarily what helped me stayed glued to the storyline.
I would weakly recommend State of the Union to other readers. I like the Scott Horvath character and continue to want to understand what makes him tick. As I mentioned earlier, George Guidall's narration is excellent.
George's narrative voice, use of inflection and tone, masterfully brings the listener into the story. I really get lost just listening.
I think this was Brad Thor's venture into a little bit of Sci-Fi combined with his normal writing genre. I prefer for him to stay in the geo-political terrorism sphere.
Loved it. Great story. If you like cold war era inspired novels, this is great. Narration was bad. Narrator sped through tense moments every time. Once you get past the bad narration, you can really enjoy the excellent writing. Would recommend.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense. There is some foul language but not much. This is definitely an edge of your seat book. Brad Thor does it again.
Guidall tells this great story with such panache that Scott Horvath and his adventures come to life. Thanks Brad Thor for creating such a great character!
The story, action and characters are all exactly what I expect from a Brad Thor novel. Thoroughly entertaining and exciting. Sadly, the narrator has a terrible vocal delivery. Especially as compared to the narration of the first two books. Me. Guidall has a very lazy voice, horrible enunciation and dismal accents. I almost stopped listening after 5 minutes but decided to see if I could grow accustomed to his voice. By the time I determined that wasn't going to happen, I was too into the story to stop. Now I have another 7+ hours of difficult to listen to but thoroughly entertaining story.