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American Assassin Audiobook

American Assassin

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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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    Swaroop Kondreddy Monroeville, PA, United States 11-15-12
    Swaroop Kondreddy Monroeville, PA, United States 11-15-12
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    "The Rise of a New Covert Hero"
    If you could sum up American Assassin in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling Creative and Gutsy


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

    Thomas Stansfield talking about Rapp


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Rapp took down Hurley when he joined the CIA


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Rapp's smart acting and his reflexes were awesome


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    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-15-12
    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-15-12
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    "Amazing Story!!"

    Simply put you must listen to this book. It is an amazing story with twists and turns that keep you on the edge. I highly recommend a listen to!!!!

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    Jeffrey 11-11-12
    Jeffrey 11-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Background on Mitch Rapp..."

    American Assassin provides great background on Mitch Rapp, but you may be disappointed if you have read other Mitch Rapp books first. From future books, we know Mitch to be a die-hard super killing machine--so it is a bit awkward to see him as a wet-behind-the-ears recruit. However, the story is still amazing and Vince Flynn continues to entertain. George Guidall is once again AWESOME at narrating the story of Mitch and really brings the characters to life.

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    annewbe 11-01-12
    annewbe 11-01-12
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    "AMAZING!"

    I REALLY love this book! From the moment I read it, I had to get the rest of the Mitch Rapp series!! I'm currently on the 3rd book Transfer of Power & LOVE it!

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    Rebecca A. Berggren 10-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An American Hero is born!"
    What made the experience of listening to American Assassin the most enjoyable?

    Knowing how Mitch Rapp came to be "The Mitch Rapp".


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

    When young Mitch beat the crap out of Hurley. No one could believe it. I loved the humor in this book. I found myself laughing out loud.


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

    George Guidall is the very best! His gravely voice and inflections are perfect.


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

    It made me laugh!


    Any additional comments?

    This will be a great start to a wonderful film series. We now have our own American James Bond!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arlene 10-16-12
    Arlene 10-16-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Great Author. I loved the book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of American Assassin to be better than the print version?

    I didn't do the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character, Mitch Rapp


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where he saves his mentor


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

    If I had the time I would


    Any additional comments?

    I just did the next book in the series, "Kill Shot" and it was even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, United States 09-25-12
    Amazon Customer ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2016

    I am a professional driver so this a great way for me to do while I am driving

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    "Great Listen"
    Where does American Assassin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 the series as a whole is great Tom Cruise should not be in this. Need a larger than life actor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mitch Rapp


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

    Good Voices


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Time to Fight Back


    Any additional comments?

    Good starter for series Characters are Great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johann F. Rhodes 09-18-12

    John Rhodes

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    "BEST SERIES EVER"
    What made the experience of listening to American Assassin the most enjoyable?

    I LOVE THIS CHARACTER. EVERYTHING IN THIS SERIES FEELS LIKE THE REAL THING AND IT COULD HAPPEN. AS MY CREDITS BUILD UP I WILL BE ORDERING ALL 12 BOOKS IN THIS SERIES.


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE "GOOD GUYS" WIN FOR A CHANGE.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ANYTIME STAN HURLEY GETS INVOLVED.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    THE WHOLE STORY MOVED ME.


    Any additional comments?

    CAN'T WAIT UNTIL I CAN AFFORD THE NEXT INSTALLMENT.

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    Minda Wheaton, IL, United States 09-17-12
    Minda Wheaton, IL, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Thriller"
    Would you listen to American Assassin again? Why?

    Some parts are so fast paced I want to make sure I didn't miss anything.


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

    Yes. My husband and I listen during 4-hour drives to visit college children. When we get to the campus, we'd sit in the car breathlessly waiting for the end of a chapter.


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

    Voices bring out the characters' personality


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

    No


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    Joanne San Tan Valley AZ, United States 09-08-12
    Joanne San Tan Valley AZ, United States 09-08-12
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    "Wow, duped by the reviews regarding the narrator"

    This is my first Mitch Rapp book and I rely a lot on "reader" reviews regarding the narrators. The reviews of George Guidall were so positive, I didn't think I could go wrong. Wow. Did I go wrong! Love the story line and characters but the narration ruined it for me. He sounded like an 85 year old man with loose dentures. It was almost impossible to experience the young, virile characters and action through his narration. His voice and intonation reminded me of my grandfather reading a fairytale to my kids. I'm baffled by the reviews.

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  • Sloan
    7/15/16
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    "Narrator doesn't cut it"

    I couldn't get into this book, narrator would be far better suited to family Christmas stories not assassins...

    1 of 1 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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mac
    7/16/16
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    "Not too bad"

    Story just ok in terms of content. Narrator not so good. Have been spoilt by excellence of Paul Thornley narration and measure all against. Not sure about continuing series.

    0 of 0 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
  • 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
  • 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 2 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 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.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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