The story is good but the reading is terrible. I'm sorry if this sounds harsh but after hearing Duma Key read by John Slattery I can't help but compare. The intonation is forced and the main female character is extremely weak when in fact she is a strong character. After listening to the preview I thought I could put up with it because of all the good reviews but I'm really struggling.
I loved this book. The fourth in the Hoke Moseley series and it seems to me that Charles Willeford was just getting warmed up with Hoke. I would have loved to see how Hoke did in his new job (no spoilers). Sadly Willeford died soon after and we'll never know.
I only recently discovered Charles Willeford and sadly there is only one book left as the author died soon after writing it. Yes these books are from the eighties but so what? The stories are rich and remind me so much of early Joseph Wambaugh. The narrator does a good job.
Excellent story, very good narration. Vince Flynn, you will always been missed. Taken too young, you had so much more to say. Ben Coes, you have big shoes to fill, but this book is a very promising start.
To have been read by Richard Ferrone
Yes, by a different narrator.
After following the series as read by Richard Ferrone I was disappointed to fine that he had not narrated "The Mark". So I tried the most recent recording read by Jack Sondericker. What a huge fail. The accents are terrible, a New Zealander sounds Cockney, Zion the Jewish rabbi sounds like a Nazi!! His name is pronounced "see on" instead of Zion. And Carpathia and Fortunado are so over the top as to sound cartoonish. I didn't make it past chapter 3.
I really wanted to know what happend after The Third Option so in spite of all the bad reviews about the narrator I went ahead and bought this title. After 70 Audible books this is by far the worst narration I have heard. At times Mitch sounds like a petulant child. Please Audible don't let this narrator near another Mitch Rapp story.
Best Haller story so far. Loved the Matthew McConaughey reference. I just have to rebut the bad narrator reviews. What recording were you listening to? Peter Giles is excellent and I wish he also did the Bosch books so that Harry could sound less like Archie Bunker as he does with that other reader. You know who I mean.
I agree with most of the reviews here, i.e. that this novel is an amazing debut by Stuart Neville. This author is going to be one of the greats. What I really want to say is that from an audible book point of view Gerard Doyle is a fantastic narrator. It can not be overstated how much a good narrator brings to the experience of an audio book. I enjoy Michael Connelly's books but half of the Audible narrators used for Connellys's books are terrible. *PLEASE* Audible, use more narrators like Gerard Doyle and Peter Giles.
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