It was hard to get passed the voice and some of the inflections of the narrator. I felt he did not understand the characters.
This was not one of Vince Flynn's best
Like many reviews, I did not care for the narator, though once I got into the story line it wasn't as much of a distraction as many others have indicated. What stood out to me were the word pronuciation mistakes. I'm surprised that the producers did not catch these and re-record them in post production.
No. The narrator doesn't distinguish one character from another, and makes all of them sound snooty and impatient. This is the worst narration I have ever heard in an audio book.
Yes. Three different story lines, wound together well.
Literally anyone else.
I'm into book 6 of this series and am a true fan of Vince Flynn. However, being the avid listener of all times, narration is truly important to me. George Guidall - wonderful, Nick Sullivan - tolerable, but if Ken Kilban was the narrator for the rest of this series, I would not spend my credits. I don't mean any disrespect but the narrator brings the book to life and Ken Kilban...not so much. His tone is ALMOST irritating. The story line is way too good to waste it on a narrator that diminishes it.
I've enjoyed the Mitch Rapp series to date. Each of the books have been easy, light, and entertaining to listen to, until this one. I am nearly 8 hours into this story (of 13+ hours), and nothing, and I mean NOTHING has happened, aside from some people talking to each other. I have read other reviews where reviewers did not like the narrator, and blame him for this book being so bad, but, while I agree he is bad, I have to point the finger of blame at the author.
In this story, Mitch has turned into a whiny, sulking do-nothing character upset because he doesn't like his new job, while the rest of his life is about as exciting as an unsophisticated college romance. There are almost no other character development, or characters who are at all interesting or who we learn about in any depth.
The narration is terrible as well, as most other reviewers mention. All character's voices sound nearly the same, and the spoken emphases and intonations are frequently off-the-mark from what I expect from the situation being described. I had a bad feeling about this narrator when he read the story's first word, "Prelude", as "prell-yude" rather than "pray-lude" as I naturally would. Needless to say, I cannot wait to hear the next book with George Guidall's voice again.
Overall, I am debating whether or not to give-up on this one, return it for being so awful, and jump ahead to the next one. If the pace and action of this story do not pick up soon, there will be very little risk of missing anything by doing so. If I do struggle through the remainder of the story, I will update these comments - if no update appears, you'll know I gave up.
Ken Kilban shouldn't read Mary had a little lamb, much less this fine book. He make Mitch sound like a whiny baby. It is very hard to distinguish different voices in the book, and everyone comes has these horrible inflections in their voice that go against the words the person is saying.
Ken Kilban should go back to narrator school (or whatever it's called) b/c I could not finish the book. I listened to about 1/5 the book and gave up. The voices took me out of the book and with every problem I got more and more annoyed that he was ruining a great series such as this
No, not without another narrator. I basically threw away $20 on this book because I was out of credits and couldn't handle listening to that guy past 15 minutes... Cannot understand how they allow someone SO awful and out of character to handle reading such good books... I thought the last 2 with Sullivan as narrator were bad, but he was phenomenal compared to Kilban....
Story was fine, but I couldn't really pay attention because the reader was so God awful
ANYTHING. Worst reader ever.. EVER
More likely if they go back to the previous reader. this one was horrible.
More action less talk, talk, talk. Very disappointing compared to his other books.
Get rid of the reader. This is certainly not the voice I picture coming out of Mitch Rapp. Sounds more like Stan Hurley, old, cranky and whining.
This & 'The 3rd Option' are the same book! Two different readers - this one worse than the other-both bad. Don't be fooled-they are the same book.
The worst, most whiny, idiotic, narration I have ever experienced-after 300+ titles listened to. It was literally painful to listen to Ken Kilban.
Good book-bad narration-two titles-one book-ripp-off!
George Guidal is the right reader for this series.
First let me state that this is the 5th audible book from the series I've purchased. Having said that, the narration was terrible. The voices used were whiny and very distracting. The conversations were almost painful to listen to. I cannot reconcile the Mitch from the first 4 books to the one here who is lovestruck over Riley and gives in to her at every turn.
Not make Mitch so milquetoast. He is nothing like the hardened assassin of the earlier books. I liked the stories where he was the main character. He just shows up here periodically. It is really more of a Washington intrigue. Mitch's relationship with Riley is annoying. She keeps asking him what he's doing and he keeps "reminding" her that he can't tell her. Their conversations are an irritation. I can't decide if it's the actual conversation or the narration that turns me off so much.
Get another narrater. I so disliked this narration that I won't buy any other book narrated by Ken Kilban. I had read the reviews commenting on this, but I wanted to listen to all the Mitch Rapp books in order, so I bought it. My husband is listening to them as well (he's 2 books behind me). The narration is so annoying that just tonight I told my husband that he should skip this book.