The reading or listening experience is, of course, subjective. For me, regardless of the quality and interest of the writing, if I cannot stay with the narration of a book I will consign it to the "money lost" bin. This is one of those. Nothing against Mr. Thorn who may be a wonderful man and actor, but his pitch, cadence and delivery are completely ill-suited for a suspense/crime novel like this. Just way too far over the top.
I have been on a Vince Flynn tear lately, as much for George Guidall's narrations as for the author's writing. Although some might find Flynn's Rapp series to be a bit formulaic with the repeated common themes, personally I have found most all of the books entertaining, well paced and well balanced among plot, character development and dialogue. This one, however, I have to place at the very top of the over 200 books I have listened to for performance. Guidall is pitch perfect with every character, male and female, American and foreign, and his cadence, covering all range of scenes from quiet reflection by a character to rapid fire action, is amazing. I had Bronson Pinchot's performance of Karl Marlantes's Matterhorn, which is also near perfect, at the top of my list until this one.
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