If you're familiar with Vince Flynn's books and George Guidall as reader, you will be VERY disappointed. If you have nothing to compare it too, then maybe. Sullivan's style misses the mark. I tried, really tried to listen but couldn't - and I'm a big fan of Flynn.
When Sullivan wasn't speaking.
Go back to original review format. These questions are silly and stupid.
I don't know who decided to "spice up" the recording with sound effects but I hope it is not a trend in audiobooks. Keep the performance to the artist. Door slams, gunshots, screeching tires and such are distracting and cheesy.
I haven't actually finished the book yet; just needed to vent about the extraneous sounds effects. Yeah.
Please, please, please, have George go back and redo the early books butchered by Nick Sullivan.
Timing, inflection. He may not have a broad range of voices but he is a first rate reader.
Black Hawk Down was far more urgent and dire than this account. The main theme for this story was, it's a wonder anything gets done with all the turf battles and chain of command conflicts. Special Forces are indeed well trained and hard charging and while these guys were in fact outnumbered, they had far superior technology. With all the missles and CAS at hand, one team could have handled the situation. Hunker down on the hillside and lob pin point, high tech ordinance at the enemy. The friendly fire caused more death and havoc than the Iraqis did. Overall the writing was dry, repetitive and uninvolving. While any battlefront is inherently dangerous, picture multiple news crews trying to interview the soldiers in Mogadishu. This was work to listen to.
First of all don't ever, ever, ever get an abridged version of any book. This one was bad enough unabridged. If this is his best then I'm done. I think he wrote it with a movie plot in mind. Never mind good prose. The action scenes were simplistic and everything else plodded along. We have the most sophisticated electronics network on the planet, yet we can only communicate with ONE nuclear sub and you better hurry up before bad weather moves in. Give me a break. I don't think this guy researched his subject matter and if he did, it was a scan job. This book was all about making money and a possible movie deal. Disappointing!!
This was my first Richard Morgan book. What a great story! Tremendous wordcraft. Impressive first novel. While the reader had limited range for other characters I thought he was perfect for Takeshi and I'm glad they had him do Broken Angels, my next listen. Morgan crafts a "just over the horizon future" that is fantastic and yet very believable with just the right amount of technical detail. I like varied genres so I can't compare it to other SF fare but this one was great.
I chose this title based in part on the synopsis and the high reviews. All I can say is thankfully I wasted a book credit and not $60.00 on this tedious tale. I have trudged through other books where the reader was an obstacle, but this one was the worst. I can't quite put my finger on it but the readers tone and tempo were to much to overcome. The lack of any real action made it all the worse to endure. It was all I could do to make it to Seregils recovery before giving up. The other reviews allude to a gay relationship which I must say went over my head unless it developed later in the book. I have never heard the term "harrassing the horses" in conjunction with same sex love. Was that supposed to be a major underlying theme? Sorry, I'm on to better fare.
The action sequences were few, and were mere snipets, sandwiched in between overly wordy descriptions of everything else the protagonist encountered. You can comfortably skip large chunks of narration and not miss anything. While I suppose the author is accomplished in his trade craft, this was not a satisfying example of the action/spy/commando genre. The reader was also distracting. Not the kind of voice you would expect from a deniable, covert, special forces trained assasin. Try Ludlum and Paul Michael.
I agree Richard. Thank goodness it was only $10. Maybe the readers were culpable but these stories were boring and pointless. I'd comment in further detail but I didn't make it through any of the stories completely.
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