A different narrator!
I've listened to all of Vince Flynn's books now (well, not this entire book), and this is by far the WORST book! The story might have been good but it was hard to tell. It was so annoying listening to the book that it was difficult to decide if it was all due to the narrator or if some of the blame was due to the writing. When I can, I'll read the book and be able to judge it on the content without the distraction of the narrator. This was the only book in the Mitch Rapp series I had not listened to previously. I had heard all Flynn's other books (either through Audible or my local library), but not in order. Since this was the only book I hadn't "read" and I really wanted to listen to this series in order, I disregarded the many other reviews panning the narrator. Normally, I love listening to Flynn's books and get so caught up in the story and action that it is difficult to stop listening, even to sleep! This time, it got to the point I was forcing myself to listen and hard to take breaks because the narration was so irritating.
Of course George Guidall would have been better (he could make even the IRS tax codes sound interesting) but I thought Nick Sullivan did a good job on the previous two books and so was willing to give Ken Kilban a chance. I couldn't even make it half way through the book. His narration was so horrible and annoying I had to take breaks from listening. I tried to ignore his voice and focus on the words but it was impossible. I gave the "Story" three stars because I couldn't tell if the story wasn't as good as Flynn's other books or if Kilban was making it seem bad. When I realized I was forcing myself to listen to the book, I decided to give up. I'll be asking for my credit back.
I'm only half way through and I'm not sure I can finish. Rambling. Boring story line.
The first two Mitch Rapp books had me on the edge of my seat. He was constantly moving and accomplishing things; saving lives, altering political outcomes, ridding the world of terrorists. The last three books and especially this one are bogged down in bureaucracy and uninteresting characters and story lines What happened to Greta and Hurley? What happened to killing terrorists in his studied and methodical way?
I do not know if Mr. Kilban has narrated any other books and maybe in a different genre he would be excellent, but his attempt to read this book was painful to listen to. He either made these grown-up characters sound like petulant children or giddy teenagers.
As I read through my answers I am tempted to soften the critique, but I can't. I will listen for another hour and if I'm still cringing, I will give up and say goodbye to Mitch Rapp. It will be a hard break up. I really liked him.
With all due respect, I felt like I was listening to the voice of John O'Hurley, who played catalog-company entrepreneur John Peterman (Mr. Peterman) on Seinfeld. This is my 5th Mitch Rapp book. I've really enjoyed the first 4 but getting through this one is difficult because of the narrator's voice and delivery. TIP: The Audible app on my phone allows me to speed up the narration. I'm listening at 1.25x which makes narrator Ken Kilban's voice slightly more tolerable. I'm happy to add that this is the only book in this series that Mr Kilban narrates.
The different twists of the story are always fun.
Ken Kilban's reading is too contrived and seeming smug.
Love the Mitch Rapp series and I wanted to listen to the whole series from book 1, but this narrator made listening to this book a terrible experience. The narrator made the characters seem angry and shrill all the time. The only reason why I continued to listen is because 1. I was driving and 2. I wanted to hear the story,
George Guidall seemed to capture Rapp's quiet intensity in the previous books. Kilban made Rapp seem like a shrill, emotional crybaby.
Not listen to anything Kilban narrates.
I certainly hope Kilban doesn't narrate any more of the Mitch Rapp series, he would certainly ruin it for me as I probably wouldn't purchase them anymore.
I imagine this reader is very good, but he is completely wrong for this type of story and it was maddening to have to listen to him acting.
Re-record with another narrator
Naw. I enjoy a good long unabridged story.
I wonder if anyone is a position of authority listens to some of these narrators. There is an O'Brian narrator early in his series that is awful.
yes, great continuing Mitch Rapp saga.
Mitch - he's a man's man and a ladies man.
Inflection and pronunciation. He often used long vowel sounds when the word required a short vowel sound and vise-verse.
no. but was always eagerly looking for ward to the next time I had to listen.
best reader so far was from books 1 & 2 in the series.
The story is good just like most of these Mitch Rapp novels, but the narrator is bad in my opinion, at least his voice doesn't work well. He shows a lot of emotion and energy, but he makes Mitch sound like a typical dorky business man who's not tough at all. It's not deep, and quite frankly, he ruined this audiobook because of it.
Not the audio version. Written form sure.
Not in the least. I enjoyed the plot, not as much as some of the other Mitch Wrap tales, but I never felt the intense anxiety rush that gets you all excited like "where is this going".
Since nothing could have made it worse... Someone else narrating. Picture Mitch Wrap, a great looking suave and brilliant assassin for the world's best and most powerful. With the voice of Louis Black. Over the top loud in an annoying nasal sixty year old man voice. To think when Ken Kilban read for the part of Mitch Wrap, someone sat in the same room listening to what sounds like Gilbert Gottfried's Father and thought to himself, "Perfect! this is our man."
No, It was really good but just nothing really hooked me in.