It fits well into the top level of audiobooks I have listened to. The story was entertaining and enjoyable throughout the entire length.
There were several times during the story some of the background became too noise. But overall the story keep me interested and listening. I really never felt my thoughts wonder as has happen when listening to other books
Yes, in fact I work 12 hour shifts and couldn't wait to get my headphones in just so I could find out what would happen next.
Sitting here writing this review is bittersweet. Yes, this was another good Mitch Rapp book. No, it wasn't the best, but unfortunately for me it will be the last. Due to the untimely death of Vince Flynn I will not get to enjoy anymore banter between Mitch and Irene or Hurley, and of course the late great Stansfield. But I digress; this book takes off after the events in American Assassin. Rapp is set out on his own to take down (ok, Kill, assassinated, eliminate, or whatever you want to call it) a list of known terrorist or associates/helpers of terrorist groups. Everything has been going just fine for Rapp, even his love life is looking up, until Paris and now his not sure who to trust or if he should trust anyone. During a routine even easy assassination Rapp is ambushed and starts to think that he is set up. In fact, he was set up just not by who he thought. Using the skills Hurley has taught him Rapp turns the tables and tries to find out if he was set up. Unfortunately, one of Hurley's own men goes above and beyond and tries to take out Rapp. After several tense days, Mitch reaches out to Irene and with Stansfield in tow the whole story comes out and true to Rapp, Hurley, and Flynn standards justice is swift and permanent. If you enjoy spy thrillers then you will like Vince Flynn and take it from some one who listened to all the books and you haven't read or listened to any start with "prequels" and start the originally published series I think you'll enjoy it.
Being American Assassin is a prequel to an already established series it is hard to compare this to another series without comparing it to the series itself. Mitch Rapp is a man among men who has a no-nonsense look at life especially with the burning desire for retribution for his girlfriend's and many other's deaths during a terrorist attack. This book starts out as Rapp is recruited and trained for the future career as an off the books CIA wet man. He has to prove himself not only to instructors but in several incidents to himself that he can do this work and live through it.
At the beginning of Rapp's training he tells Hurley "Let's get this over with." and in the next few paragraphs Hurley and Rapp beat each other bloody. Because according to Hurley this recruit without military training at worth his time, but in fact Hurley has to break his own rules and grab Rapp by the gonads to not lose the fight.
I have enjoyed listening to all of the Mitch Rapp series via Audible and Audible’s mobile App. I feel the narrator does a great job making each character different and discernible when listening for a long period of time and when your mind might wander briefly it is easy to catch back up. The material (plot) is relevant to now and really not something so unbelievable it's hard to follow. So if you enjoy military thrillers check out the Mitch Rapp series of books by Vince Flynn.
Love is a big word. I enjoyed the majority of State of the Union. The plot was interesting, character development for the key players was done effectively, and the overall pace was perfect for a book in this particular genre. This is the 1st book of Brad Thor's that I have listened to, but it is the 3rd I have either read or listened to. I really enjoy reading this genre of super soldier, super spy, or action hero (if you will) steps up takes charge and gets the job done despite the odds or sometimes the mysterious ways fate lets the impossible be possible. Thor does a great job of pushing the boundaries of the believable with the over-the-top action. I really don't remember thinking, "what the ..." "how they do that" as I was listening to this particular story.
State of the Union is like most action adventure thrillers books. Brad Thor is like Vince Flynn and the late and great Tom Clancy in where they take a particular person and develop the character into an all American hero who will go above and beyond to protect America and her citizens. You can look at Harvath (Thor), Rapp (Flynn), Ryan Sr/Jr (Clancy) and seeing the similarities and differences very clearly but they all have the central theme of putting America's best interest over their own lives and in some cases the lives of multiple people because killing 100 can still save millions no matter how you do the math.
A speech could turn America's future back 200 years or make America unlivable for thousands.
This is the second series of audio books I have listened to in which George Guidall was the narrator. I really enjoy his voice control, pace of speech, and the inflections he is able to do to make each character's voice different. I look forward to continuing to listen/read this series of books by Thor and cross my finger Guidall continues to narrate these books.
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to any mystery-thriller reader. In fact, this book was recommended to me by my brother and I greatly appreciate the recommendation as this is a series I will continue to read/listen to in the future.
Margo Green as an inexperience investigator who has to put the pieces together, and is a doctoral candidate working in a museum in which people are being killed, so along with her advisor she works to put the pieces together as to what is killing people and why. Even though this book was an introduction into the Pendergast character I felt the star of this book was Margo.
David did an amazing job at making each character separate from other by the way he inflicts his voice and adds accents to those who in reality would have an accent i.e. Pendergast and one of the museum curators.
A mystery, an enigma, and serial killer lurking in the shadows, come and enjoy the museum exhibits at your own risk.
Good storyline with good character development which engages the reader/listener. The tempo made the listening easy going and easy to follow. The nature of the action and background flowed really well and the backstory was just as intriguing as the current plot line.
Yes even though I knew or thought I knew the ultimate outcome of this book because I knew there were more books with the same character published. The action was fact paced and concise in area in which it needed to be and when there was an area in which the author could spend his time creating a overall "battle" scene it is was a good listen.
Are you a good guy Jim? I am good guy who was taught how to do bad things to bad guys.
Yes, I spent several hours just sitting and listening to this book and look forward to the next book in the series.
Betrayal, Badass, Fast-Paced
Definitely have to say Anita by far is the best character of the book but when the subtitle to the book is "Anita Blake..." You kind of to realize she will be the most developed of the characters you are going to be reading about, but the side characters even the ones killed off are not just words on paper so I definitely give credit to the author for great character development. Anita knows what she and what she does or so she thinks at the beginning of the book but after being betrayed, mental and physical violated, and confused she really knows who and what she is and guess what she is a badass vampire hunter and a zombie raiser who if you screw with her or betray her you aren’t going to get away with it.
The story starts out well written and easy to follow. The narrator does a great job of keep each character's voices consistent through out the book so if you didn't catch when you were told about someone speaking you were able to tell you it was by the narrator's voice. I look forward to reading/listening to more of the Anita Blake serious, and thanks to my little brother for recommending the series.
Action-packed, Funny, and Adventurous
Comparing Hunted to other books is hard because I feel Hearne has made such stand alone book series with characters who you rout for and want the outcome to be a happy ending even when you can't see how its going to happen. If I had to compare Hunted and the Iron Druid Chronicles than I would have to say Jim Butcher and the Dresden Files would be a close comparison. The main characters are magic users and really truly wanted to help even though they struggle with their own perceptions and shortcomings but that really makes them enjoyable stories and series.
Actually, it’s kind of funny but the last scene in the book was getting Oberon an Irish Wolf Hound bitch and his reaction and the whole scenario had me spitting my milk across the table. In fact, due to that reaction my oldest child is currently listening to Hounded, which is an endorsement all by itself.
The death of Atticus was a tough scene to listen and experience. Even though we learn that his soul catching charm in which he hadn't test (for obvious reasons-He would've had to die) before works as he thought it would. Maybe he should make another and while he is at it make one for "Clever Girl" and Oberon too. But the whole period of not knowing what was happen was a little much I would say. Made a little harder to detect the outcome because in this book we get "Clever Girl" narrating which is new to me, I didn't read/listen to Hearne's novellas so I don't know if she had in previous books.
If you enjoy any magic, fantasy, or just plain funny adventure books then you will enjoy the Iron Druid Chronicles to include Hunted
I have enjoyed this series and am looking forward to the next chapter. The character development by Weeks is amazing and the new narrator for this book was amazing and made the book come alive
Sarcastic, fast-paced, and more-wanting.
Nick and Simi - They are just so funny. Nick in the way his teenage mind faces his environment and situations is so funny in narcissistic way. Simi in the way she just is..."Demons taste better with BBQ sauce" her comments will just make you laugh.
Holter has been the perfect narrator for this series. The way he is able to change tone, pitch, and pace of his voice fits the book well. I would listen, and plan to, to more from Holter, even books by different authors. He has a good voice for fantasy and young adult books.
Yes, this book never really had a long enough pause in the action or storyline for a convenient pausing point. In fact, I listened to this book going back and forth on my 1.5 hour commute and found my speed a lot slow listening to this book and others in the series than with other books.
I would recommend this book along with the whole series. Hearne is on par with Butcher so if you like the Dresden Files you'll enjoy The Iron Druid Chronicles. Trapped is a good story but I have to agree with some other reviews I have seen and state that the first three novels were on a level above the last 2 books in the series.
As I have said these series reminds me of the Dresden files, not in content but in general terms of fantasy and good writing about people hiding what they are and how long they have been living among the "norms."
I have enjoyed Luke Daniel's performances and the way he is able to make the characters come to life is amazing and adds another layer to the books your listening to. I fear if I ever read one of the books in the series I won't enjoy it near as well because Luke's voice isn't there to make the iIrish Wolfhound Oberon come to life as he does as I listen to the audio versions.
I only wished more had happened in this book. Yes, we got another druid but all seen that one coming. But alas, Hearne is setting up several storylines so I will be patient (well maybe I will) waiting for the next book in the series. There is a lack of growth in character development in Atticus but Granuaile's growth and development continues to impress. But it is the quick wit of Oberon which causes this book and the others to better than most.
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