I don't know where they dug up this voice artist but it's almost painful to listen to the story. His narration is overripe, inappropriately overdramatic and completely unsuited to this kind of story. The story itself is, as always, up to the standards of Vince Flynn but the voice work is inexcusably bad.
Just about anyone. Even George Guidall. Nick Sullivan, who did the first three Flynn novels, was the best voice artist for this series. Guidall isn't bad (he did an admirable job of completing the Dark Tower series after Frank Muller had his motorcycle accident) but Sullivan should have been used for this whole series.
I know it's probably getting pretty annoying that people keep tearing this guy apart but the narration was absolutely terrible. It is almost as if they had him read this book as a joke because having him as a choice to narrate this book can only make sense when thinking of it that way. He doesn't understand the scenes that he is reading and the notes that he hits and the times he chooses the inflect his voice make no rational sense. The only real saving grace is that he actually pronounces Anna Reilly's name correctly. Everything else he did in the book was terrible. It was an absolute chore to get through this book due completely to the narration of the characters.
The story line in and of itself made this listening experience enjoyable. It completed all the unanswered questions from The Third Option and held me captive all the way through.
I stayed on the edge of my seat, not because there was so much action in this novel like some of the others, but because there was a lot going on. I loved how when you left one situation, the author would leave you with a bit of a ciff-hanger. I would be anxious to get back to that situation. But as I kept on reading, I'd find myself caught up again, only to find myself getting left with another mini cliff-hanger. It was great!
Intense, dramatic and overdone
The whole scene when Mitch comes home after the raid on Bagdad moved me deeply. The chemisty between him and Anna is wonderful.
I was a bit thrown by the narrators dramatic voice and intensity but I continued to listen because I'm a Mitch Rapp fan. I'm glad I continued to listen because the story was awesome. The ending was so appropriate.
A different narrator.
Anyone could do better: Tiny Tim, Pee Wee Herman, the Aflac Duck...
Haven't finished the book yet and not sure if I will at this point.
Is there any chance this might be re-recorded? I would consider buying it again if it were available.
I have really been enjoying all the Mitch Rapp stories, but I can't stand this narrator! very high pitched, and he just butchers the characters!! I wish Nick Sullivan had done them all!
Interested in a variety of styles, but really enjoy earth based Science Fiction like Outlander and Hunger Games.
Mitch, because he is one bad .... ..... But in a nice way! :)
The voices take on their own characters. Sound like a funny thing to say but consistance of voice lets my minds eye flip from character to character. Nice speed change also.
Have to say I have been through ALL of Vinces books and this was the best.
I will not listen to another book narrated by Ken Kilban. He ruins the character's images. He makes Mitch Rapp sound like a whimp. I am glad I did not begin the series with Ken Kilban's narration, or I would have dropped the Vince Flynn series.
This is my third book in the Mich Rapp series and I felt it my duty to write a review based on this audio-book. I started the series from the beginning and disagree with other comments about the narrators of book 1 and 2. I enjoyed them. It may be because I haven't experienced Guidall yet. So, after book 1 and 2, which I enjoyed, I thought that the comments about the narrators to be exaggerated. They were fine.
However, this narrator is a nightmare!
Seriously, this guy is terrible! I only toiled my way through this audiobook because I want to follow the series. This narrator should be shot. I have never had a narrator bother me as much as this one. He can't be a native speaker based on his pronunciation. This narrator is so bad that I wonder if Audible paid him. If they did, they should ask for a refund. What a terrible performance!
Book 4 in the series
He has to be the worst narrator I have ever heard read an audio-book. The fact that Kilban can't pronounce simple words is seriously frustrating. Furthermore, he does not seem to understand the characters he is suposed to portray. He turned Mich into a whiney weiner and made the whole audio-book into a chore. What a terrible performance.
The narrator! He was terrible.
Ken Kilban was the worst narrator ever.
After listening to this audio version I would definitely prefer the print version .
Kilban repeated said the word 'lived' incorrectly and made the main character sound unstable in many instances. His performance was so disconcerting that I had to play about with the audio speed (1.25x) to find a speed that I could tolerate for the rest of the book. Such a disappointment.
I have to agree with many other reviewers about this narrator throwing you off if you're an old time fan who's gotten used to George Gidall. This narrator doesn't have that same deep strong voice and it really throws you off. I sort of eased into it by listening while doing dishes, and then doing some other chore, and a few days later I listened to it while driving my semi and by that time I was getting used to the voice and getting into the story. And this is a really good story...Although a bit dated after knowing what really happens to Saddam historically...But still good.
This reader is actually a good reader, but not for this series. If you haven't heard this series and got this on sale like I did, then I suggest you listen to this before trying out any of the other books in the series. To fresh ears this should come across pretty good....But to experienced listeners of the series...Bare with it and you should be able to accept the reading of a good story......After listening to this I started listening to another in the series I purchased that has George Gidall....Nice to hear the old standard...That's for sure...