What a squandered opportunity. I was excited when I found the author was revisiting the origins of Mitch Rapp and saw great promise in the first of this origins expedition.
This book however was borderline excruciating. Utterly transparent and no depth, I was hugely dissapointed.
Unfortunately I won't be revisiting this series again...
I found this book hard work, I thought the narrating was terrible and struggled to get past this.
No - the story was boring, predicable and written in a very simple way detailing things that really didn't need explaining.
Our assassin was supposed to be the best in the world but nearly gets his girlfriend killed.
George Guidall sounds like an old man reading this book, maybe he is, and his different voices sounded the same - like me reading to my children!
I dont know how people scored this highly?
No - I enjoy good murder books and there are plently out there
i wouldn't bother trying to change it
Differently not - The Home Page says that you can return books and I tried to find out how to do this on the web site but no luck!
How do I return books in the future becasue I need to know as I can't trust the recommendations
Let me state up front I have read all of the Mitch Rapp books. I loved most of them and liked most of the others, this one is my least liked so far. Very little action or story to make this one worth the while. The beginning starts out decent enough, but it flat lines from there.
Apparently Vince Flynn has run out of things to write about so going back in time to dredge up old stories that did not make the grade the first time around is the new approach. Well it might have worked the last time around in the American Assassin (barely), but enough it enough.
To me there was just barely enough here to make this book interesting. Even the narrator, who has done all of the past books, seemed bored. In fact I'd like to see a new narrator in the next installment.
Time to breath some new life into the series or just let it die. Better than the slow death that has started with the last two installments.
No, I never finished the book. Extreemly bad choice of performer for this book.
I never finished listening to it because Geogre Guidall was without inflection or spirit.
Written something with some action that moved along more quickly than syrup in January.
This book was really great because we find out who Mitch Rapp was at the beginning of his career, and how he became the complicated soul he is as a seasoned spy. We learn how he came by many of the instinctive skills that often give him the edge over others. The story is top notch and kept me rivited--could not stop listening--in fact I listened all the way through, without sleeping. I recommend you begin it after work on Friday so you won't be wiped out the next day at work because you couldn't put it down!
I had A LOT of trouble hearing/understanding the narration. I think it was the production rather than the story or the performer. It sounded like they recorded it in an echo chamber. I could not enjoy the story or the performance.
Why ask this question here - what does it have to do with the book. Come on!
The character is his late 20's and the narrator sounded much older. A tough old guy doing a woman's dialog just didn't do it for me.
What character would keep - none. they where all flat, two dimensional, and contrived. Didn't give a damn about any of them.
The title says it all. I bought this one with great expectation (all great reviews), but now, after hours of nail biting boredom I am wondering if the reviews have been put here by the publisher, because they know it's horrible. So be careful and don't get tempted by the intro text.
The story begins pretty good, well, at least exciting enough but really nothing new, but after the first chapter it all goes downhill. Rapidly. Until you wake up and realize that you have fallen asleep after just another boooooring chapter. I can only hope that you don't listen to audiobooks behind the wheel of your car.
Boring, boring, BORING. Trust me. I seldom write reviews and now I realize that I should, because good books need reviews and bad ones need reviews even more. This story could have been action-packed and with a smooth storyline, but it simply isn't. One boring intrigue following the other, people f..ing up big time and loose cannons everywhere. Not even close to plausible. If the people in your real CIA or other Black ops organizations are as dumb as the people in this book, your country is in really big trouble.
With great respect for the narrator, he should not be the one narrating these kind of stories. I'm sure he's excellent in classic works, but not here. Sometimes I wonder if he has a speech impediment (not sure if this is the correct word, sorry I'm Dutch and can't help it) because his sentences come out kind of stuttering or robot-like jumping from word to word. And I am not going to tell you how awful his French accent is. Ok then, it's HILARIOUS.
All in all you should not be wasting your money on this one unless you have read or listened to more of the same and you liked it. Respect to you then. If you do and it's your first Vince Flynn, you'll remember this review with a sour smile. Told you so!
For me this was the first Mitch Rapp book and the first Vince Flynn. Sorry Vince, with all respect, I'll never buy another book from you. I listened to this one right after 30 hours of Stephen King's unabridged 11-22-63. Of course it's a matter of personal taste, but I didn't want that one to end. Ever.
Good luck in choosing right.