The story was ok and I will persist with the series in the hope that this is a dud among gold. But the narrator! He sounds like the guy the bank would use to decline your loan application, and he wears a bow-tie on the weekend because his mum said it was cool.
Grrrrrr... Not happy!
good story line and I personally like the continuation from the book prior, I've enjoyed the Rapp series up to this point. The narrator made it hard to listen to due to his "over the top" style on his voices and made some sequences hard to listen too. Made Mitch, and any man for that matter, seem like a whiny adolescent going through puberty.
Vince Flynn is one of the better writers of this genre up to this book, but this is not one of his best books. The romance of Mitch Rapp is a distraction and detracts from the story. This is as far as I have gotten in the series so I do not know where Mr. Flynn takes Mitch from here I just hope he gets back to the Mitch Rapp of his previous books. THis book leaves with the sense that this one of those books that are produced at an agent's or publisher's insistance for a new work and the author's heart just isn't into it.
There has been a lot of negatives tossed around about Mr.Kliban's performance as the reader. While he is not my favorite voice, like the book it was ok. I don't think he warrants some of the remarks a few have made. He wasn't great but he wasn't so bad that you couldn't listen to the story. This story would have been hard to make a great performance for any reader.
This is my least favorite of the Mitch Rapp series that I have listened to to date. Rapp being portrayed as some star-struck lover, becoming all upset over a love affair, asking a girl friend to marry him, being left in tears over a possible end to their relationship, is not even close to the Mitch Rapp I have become accustomed to in Flynn's earler books. If this were the first Mitch Rapp book I had listened to it would have also been my last. I will give Mr. Flynn the benefit of the doubt and go on to the next title but this just didn't make the cut.
I'm a bored Alabamian looking for a way to escape!
I don't like this narrator. If you previously listened to Term Limits or Transfer of Power, this narrator's voice will jar you. Someone said it earlier, the narrator makes Mitch Rapp sound whiny. His female voices are not that great. Irene Kennedy sounds like a lady in her 50-60s, not a 40 year old woman. I miss the gravelly voice of Stansfield and the calming tone of Kennedy.
When anyone got angry, the narrator made them sound old and a bit crazy. Cong. Rudin and the President sounded like the same person. But I guess that's one downside to changing narrators midstream. To be fair, Mr. Kliban has a great narrating voice. I didn't mind him reading background. He could easily narrate a program on the Travel, Nature, NGeo Channels or Forensic Files without complaint from me. He just doesn't do it for this book.
As for the story, it continues where The Third Option ended. There was a nice mix of intrigue and action until the middle. Then the story slows down quite a bit (in the late Chapter 30s). It picks up later and there is success. This audiobook took the longest to complete.
The narrator is abysmal! I'm less than half-way and had to write a warning to future listeners. I should have checked the reviews before buying the book. I'm sure the plot is good, but geez!
Haven't finished the book yet.
100%!!!! It's a huge struggle to listen. I may wind up reading the book rather than finish listening. It's almost as if he's trying to be whimsical. His pacing is terrible. He raising his voice at the end of statements. Irene Kennedy sounds like a cackling crone. Mitch engenders no sympathy at all. And the girlfriend comes across so much as a b**** that Mitch would be better to dump her. (Although, on this point the author carries some blame. I cannot believe that what's her name--Anna?--would be so naive to think that she has a right to know national security secrets just because she's the girlfriend. The scene where she's cajoling him after his initial interview with Irene was VERY irritating.)
Again, the narrator is completely unworthy.
Everything. He sounds horrible. He accents words when it is totally not appropriate, he yells when it wouldn't make sense, He makes Rapp sound like a whiny, overdramatic brat. His other characters are not much better. The only performance that is even close is Congressman Rudin, who is whiny and obnoxious.
I cannot rate the story because I could not finish the audiobook due to the narrator.
Hired a different narrator.
It was very difficult to get through this book due to the cheesy narration. I soldiered on because I enjoy the series . I will never listen to another book narrated by Ken Kliban. It was extremely hard to stomach Ken for the duration. I was required to give Ken's performance at least one star to submit my review, it really deserved none.
Worst book I've had to listen too. Had to give up on this one ugh!