My only wish is that Kilban would read faster so I could get on to the next Mitch Rapp book more quickly. I tried playing it at 1.25 speed, but that makes it worse.
The story. I'm going through all the Mitch Rapp books in order so this one is part of completing that series.
His characters' voices are way overdone; coming off as nearly cartoonish. They sound like either raving lunatics bent on biting the world's head off at every single turn or are syrupy and dripping with sarcasm to the point of being annoying. He also pronounces Anna Rielly's last name as Riley instead of Reelly which is different than in the prior two audiobooks in the series. He has a fine voice, but needs to tone it down many notches and just read the book!
No, it already has more books in its series.
Book 1, which is actually 3 in the series, well above average. Book 2 above average. Book 3 (Separation of Power) average. The trend is clear because the characters do not evolve and the plot is some variation of what has gone before. I may keep going but I suspect that I will begin to sicken of the predictable stories.
This series held my complete interest from start to finish!! Rapp is the ultimate anti-hero. I have very high expectations for the new Mitch Rapp author.
The storyline was decent, but I couldn't get past how effeminate the narrators voice was for such powerful characters. It just didn't make for a good listen.
The story felt almost forced. Very repetitive like there was a requirement to be a certain length.
The narrator ruined the story with his truly disappointing performance.
i needed to continue the rapp story...that was 'the best'. on the other hand, while im sure Ken is a nice family man, he is wildly miscast in this role. and im surprised, given the overwhelming comment that preceded mine, that audible still let me buy it! shame.
the other rapp books have been fun, and im certainly going to continue past this one. but this one i simply couldnt finish.
any of the ones who have done it. or anyone else who is standing. or almost anyone.
unfair question. too many variables to properly consider.
Another solid Mitch Rapp book. Flynn is building a nice universe with well threaded narrative and plots. However this is an example of how bad or lazy Production can really detract from the experience and even distract a reader from enjoying the book.
Many people will tell you the narrator is terrible. I disagree. He's no George Guidall, but few are. I believe most of the what this narrator is being blamed for is the fault of the Producer.
Changing the pronunciation of main character names is not acceptable. (Ruttan / Rieley)
Changing the styling and demeanour of the titular character is NOT acceptable. Rapp comes across in this book as a whiney grumpy angry old man. These are things a good producer should not have allowed to occur. Especially in a Series.
Thankfully I'm back into the Guidall books and it appears George has more than enough talent to negate the effects of any bad lazy producers that may be assigned to this series.
My advice to those invested in the series is to grin and bare these three non Guidall read books and you'll be glad you stuck it out. The talent of Vince Flynn is enough to carry these through.
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.