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...
While the story is as good as usual, the narration leaves a great deal to be desired. The pronounciation of names (Congressman Rudman, Anna Reiley, etc.) are confusing from the prior books. The voice transisition from one character to another is elusive. A tough listen. Dissappointing.
I don't like dumping on a narrator, but Ken Kilban did a terrible job. I've never heard him before and I never wish to again. The Mitch Rapp series is what it is... One dimentional popcorn. I find it entertaning. Ken Kilban makes it unbearable. Use George Guidall. He's very good.
Have this re-read by George. This guy is bad. He would have done himself a favor and listed to the prior recordings of the series.
No, I wanted to listed to the unabridged version of the book. There is more detail and is helpful to understand the books that are later in the series.
He did a horrible job. For other authors sake, I hope no one uses this guy again.
This is a prime example of where the narrator makes or breaks the book. Whoever hired this guy should have their head examined.
No, the narration on this book was terrible, the narrator made everyone sound snapish and perpetually pissed off. All the women sounded old and whiney, and Mitch Rapp sounded like a whiney, whimpy dork. The narrators normal voice was fine, but all the speaking voices were terrible. I have all the books before this one with Nick Sullivan and the new narrator was shockingly bad.
Hire a better narrator! Please re-make this book with a good narrator I'd definately buy it again.
There are funny moments in the book. But over all it's an action story and a very gripping one.
Please don't use this narrator again for these books.
Once again Vince Flynn puts forth an excellent story. The problem with this book is the reader. I do not intend to mislead, he is an excellent reader with all the necessary skills. It is his interpretation of the characters that misses the mark.
The reader uses a high pitched stressful voice for Mitch, and others, something that just does not fit the characters. In fact his interpretation of the characters voice pitch and over excited voices seriously detracts from the character and the story.
I think I will buy the print book so I can enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed the others I have listened to.
Anyone other than Ken Kilban reading it. If you are narrating a series.. please listen to the earlier books so you can have some idea of how the characters have been portrayed to date. No one, and I mean no one, wants your interpretation of how they
I will listen to the next book the series simply because I A)hope it will be better and B)always finish a series once I start it.
The voice is grating, the portrayal of the characters is a dramatic departure from the personality that is ALREADY PRESENT for these characters based on the performances of prior narrators.
So far... almost ALL interaction between Mitch and Anna.
I haven't looked but please for the love of God don't have Ken reading any further books in the series or I may have to break my rule about always finishing a series.
Way too much repetition. Thinking, re-thinking, re-calling of the mostly uninteresting relationship between Rapp and his girlfriend. There could have been much less of the love story and more action and accomplished a lot more.
Flynn tried a love story and it's just boring and monotonous.
Get a different reader. I have been listening to audio books for six years and this is the worst reader by far.
At times anger to just get through the book as I felt I was wasting a lot of time; but overall disappointment.
I'll give Flynn another chance. This is my forth book and the first botch in my opinion but the other three were so good.