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American Assassin Audiobook

American Assassin

Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.
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Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorist's worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world... and then tragedy struck.

Two decades of cutthroat, partisan politics has left the CIA and the country in an increasingly vulnerable position. Cold War veteran and CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield knows he must prepare his people for the next war. The rise of Islamic terrorism is coming, and it needs to be met abroad before it reaches America's shores. Stansfield directs his protégé, Irene Kennedy, and his old Cold War colleague, Stan Hurley, to form a new group of clandestine operatives who will work outside the normal chain of commandmen who do not exist.

What type of man is willing to kill for his country without putting on a uniform? Kennedy finds him in the wake of the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. Two-hundred and seventy souls perished that cold December night, and thousands of family and friends were left searching for comfort. Mitch Rapp was one of them, but he was not interested in comfort. He wanted retribution.

Six months of intense training has prepared him to bring the war to the enemy's doorstep, and he does so with brutal efficiency. Rapp starts in Istanbul, where he assassinates the Turkish arms dealer who sold the explosives used in the Pan Am attack. Rapp then moves onto Hamburg with his team and across Europe, leaving a trail of bodies. All roads lead to Beirut, though, and what Rapp doesnt know is that the enemy is aware of his existence and has prepared a trap. The hunter is about to become the hunted, and Rapp will need every ounce of skill and cunning if he is to survive the war-ravaged city and its various terrorist factions.

©2010 Vince Flynn (P)2010 Simon and Schuster Audio

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    Toulon Belle Prescott, AZ, United States 11-22-15
    Toulon Belle Prescott, AZ, United States 11-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    Where does American Assassin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Vince Flynn is one of my all time Favorite Authors and American Assassin is one of the BEST of the Series!!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. This book is unique for the genre. It is not only Exciting it is also Amusing. The "Twenty Questions" section with Stan Hurley is down right Hysterical!


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George Guidall's narration helps to make the book especially when portraying Stan Hurley


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My husband and I laughed quite a bit! The Stan Hurley's "20 Questions" scene and when Rapp first meets Greta standout!
    Several sections were very entertaining!


    Any additional comments?

    One of Vince Flynn's best books. My husband and I have listened to it a few times and we are listening to the entire series again in preparation for Flynn/Kyle Mills latest book. Kyle Mills is a decent author and has done a good job subbing for Robert Ludlum. We hope he honors Flynn's memory as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Arroyo Grande, CA, United States 10-17-10
    Pat Arroyo Grande, CA, United States 10-17-10 Member Since 2006
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    "The Best Vince Flynn Novel To Date"

    I made the mistake of starting to listen to this book at about 11pm. Finally turned it off at 4am so I could get 3 hours sleep before the alarm went off. After 5 minutes, you're into it.

    I had hoped the book would have gone on for a couple more chapters, but the ending was appropriate and well done.

    The easiest 5 stars ever assigned. This is actually a good first read for those new to Vince Flynn. Then do the Vince Flynn books in order.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    davidpvny 10-16-10
    davidpvny 10-16-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Perfect in every way!"

    Flynn hits a home run again! The only thing wrong with the experience of hearing Guidall bring Rapp to life as only he can is that it's just like dining out on a good steak...it's so delicious that you know you should take your time and savor every minute, but just can't help yourself when you devour it like a maniac and suddenly it's over before you know it. Pure genius to take us back to the beginning, Vince. Hold on tight, Rapp fans. Another great kick in the teeth to the PC crowd.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 05-23-14
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 05-23-14 Member Since 2009

    Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.

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    "Pretty bad"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure, someone who liked generics spy novels?


    What could Vince Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The whole book seems to be about Hurley's temper tantrums. Also I have to say that Rapp is a completely cardboard character. I've rarely read a book with so little development of the main character.


    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a great voice, but he sounds the way you'd expect Hurley to sound (gruff) and so it seems weird for him to be voicing all the other characters.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A few parts are pretty fun.


    Any additional comments?

    For those who like Archer, I think the show may have been slightly influenced by this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kerry athens, GA, United States 10-23-10
    kerry athens, GA, United States 10-23-10
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    "adequately entertaining"

    This may be a very good book in the genre (of which I'm not a regular listener), but I found the plot, prose and character development simplistic at best. Overall, I was entertained (if unimpressed) and I do not regret using a credit on the purchase. The narrator was very good.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    SANDRA 04-14-16
    SANDRA 04-14-16
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    Any additional comments?

    It's never necessary to kill the animals, but just like television, books can be just as worthless. I don't feel a need to overlook this sort of uselessness. If you're an animal lover, or even just a dog lover, you might want to think twice about reading this book, or for that matter, continuing on with this series. It's been my experience that when an author feels the need to kill animals in one book, the chances are he/she will do it again in other books. So this is usually where I stop purchasing books by the author. I've repeatedly asked Audible to rate books just as movies are rated... animal abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, and so on, but they evidently don't see the need for it. And I'm always surprised when Audible members neglect to mention these sorts of things in their comments. Hopefully this comment will help others like me to avoid purchasing this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sunil 01-21-16
    Sunil 01-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "not a good story"

    it was great listening the plot wasn't the best not a good buy I would not recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin 01-14-16
    Justin 01-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent book."

    Great story. Mitch Rapp is one tough SOB. Plus George Guidall. Need I say more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Z. Headman 12-19-15
    Z. Headman 12-19-15

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    "Call of Duty fans must read!"

    Such a good book! Narrator does an extremely good job. Already bought the next book. Mitch Rapp is a Badass!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    shown 12-18-15
    shown 12-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A+"

    Great read. hard to put down. Guidall is flawless. if you like James Bond then you'll love this American version of 007.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Churchill1940
    ILFORD, United Kingdom
    3/4/15
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    "Vince Flynn introduces Mitch Rapp a masterpiece!"

    I have become a Vince Flynn addict. He is masterful writer keeping your pulse racing until a great climax as you will find.
    George Guidall one of Audible best narrator's brings forth the excitement of Flynn's writing. His character changes, just remarkable. 5* should be used as a narrator more often. Bar-Humbug to anyone's else's opinion!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kirsteen
    Tain, United Kingdom
    7/3/13
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    "Excellent, a Gripping Story"
    If you could sum up American Assassin in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Detailed, Spirited


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favourite?

    Mitch Rapp


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it and kept switching it back on at every opportunity. I found the story gripping and really exciting, I got very nervous when it came to scenes of torture, as I can't bare to know the details of such things and if I was watching a movie or reading the book I would skip past any gory bits, but there is no such luxury when listening to audio. Thankfully the torture scenes were kept to a minimum and the details not too gory.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • DAVID
    BRENTFORD, United Kingdom
    4/28/16
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    "Excellent cant wait to listen to the rest !"
    What made the experience of listening to American Assassin the most enjoyable?

    I found the author Vince Flynn through an Audible recommendation based on my previous purchases. They could not have been more right.
    What a find !


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Assassin?

    I was gripped from very early on as the back story and characters were skilfully built.
    The worst part of the book was ... it ended could have listened for hours more.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any others but loved his narration in this book


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just a well written well performed story


    Any additional comments?

    Just added the rest of the series to my Wish list !
    Say no more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • paul
    2/22/16
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    "Exactly what it says on the жестяная"

    An entertaining book, without the usual overindulgence of back story, enjoyed it and thought it kept the same pace throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    11/21/15
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    "Amazing Book!!!"

    First book I've listened to twice after finishing this series of books about spies and assassins!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    4/9/15
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    "Good action story, well read"

    I am a Baldacci fan and have become used to his style of drama. This story was well paced with a good plot some twists. Bad language a little much but mostly in context, so did not distract from story. I have come to like the main character so will listen to another.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Aidan Ellis
    9/30/15
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    "Fast paced, but not at the expense of depth of storyline"

    Discovered this book while browsing for my next "read" wow what a find!!

    Interesting characters, and set in the recent past. I just couldn't put it down.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    10/6/14
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    "Dreadful Narration"
    What disappointed you about American Assassin?

    This narrator completely spoiled what could have been a good book. He emphasised the wrong words in sentences, took breaths in the middle of sentences and didn't even bother to try different voices for the characters. Overall he was appalling.


    Would you recommend American Assassin to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the paper book but not this audiobook.


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall’s performance?

    Everything. See above for the worst points but he also sounded very old.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was difficult to ascertain but underneath the narration it could possibly be a good book.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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