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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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    Sarah-Jane Calgary, Alberta, Canada 05-23-12
    Sarah-Jane Calgary, Alberta, Canada 05-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Vince Flynn has gone back to action books"

    In a review of the previous Mitch Rapp book I had commented that the series seemed to be moving towards more politics and less action. This book was a marked deviation from that trend. It delivered exactly what I expected, a fast paced high action spy book. Very little discussion of Washington politics and lots of action.

    George Guidall once again does an excellent job of reading the book and really paces well with the story.

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    Alex - Discerning Consumer 05-02-12
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    "Very filthy, but great storyline and performance"

    The performance was excellent! The storyline was excellent. The language, metaphors, and imagery were very filthy quite often. Although this may be the reality, it was somewhat sickening. Overall, I recommend the book if you have the mind to wade through the feces of language and content.

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    Sam Clifton Hill, Australia 04-19-12
    Sam Clifton Hill, Australia 04-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great airport fiction"

    I am not sure why I keep buying these - they are really quite objectionably right wing and extreme. But I love them as fast paced yet detailed thrillers that imagine a cut throat world of clandestine agents saving us all from the bad guys. So if you like airport fiction, you'll love this. But don't think too hard....

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    Lynne RIVERSIDE, CA, United States 04-06-12
    Lynne RIVERSIDE, CA, United States 04-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "True Vince Flynn"
    Where does American Assassin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best


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

    I couldn't stop listening to this.


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

    George Guidall is a supurb narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, one of the best yet!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gary 03-26-12
    Gary 03-26-12
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    "fun easy read"

    I enjoyed the story, it was a fun and easy story to read. This is a good buy

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew New York 03-11-12
    Matthew New York 03-11-12 Member Since 2015

    Matthew

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    "Fast paced story... but..."

    This was my first Vince Flynn book in the Mitch Rapp series. I looked around on the internet to find out in which order I should buy the books, and American Assassin turned out to be the first.

    The books is great. Good story, great tempo, there never real was a dull moment. So why no 5 stars? Simple, the last chapters were good, but the end of the story just seemed to be rushed.

    Without giving any spoilers, the end, before the epilogue, it was pale in comparison to how the other action sequences were written.

    Will it keep me from reading other Vince Flynn books? Nope. Just started on number 2 in the series (according to the timeline) Kill Shot.

    Happy reading!

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    Naomi CARRBORO, NC, United States 02-15-12
    Naomi CARRBORO, NC, United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't waste a credit"
    Any additional comments?

    This is my first Mitch Rapp/Vince Flynn novel and it's my last. I'm new to this genre but after listening to Jo Nesbot's

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    Amazon Customer Hobbsville, NC, United States 01-31-12
    Amazon Customer Hobbsville, NC, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Read This Mitch Rapp FIRST"
    What made the experience of listening to American Assassin the most enjoyable?

    Great book but it really is the start of Mitch Rapp and should not be listed as number 11 in the list.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl 01-20-12
    Carl 01-20-12

    What is most important to me is the story, the characters and the pace. These reviews are rated "Dude".

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    "Guess ill have to read the series."
    Would you listen to American Assassin again? Why?

    At some point, sure.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mitch


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first hand to hand fight.


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

    If circumstances were ideal, i would have considered it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jody 01-09-12
    Jody 01-09-12
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    "Outstanding!"
    What did you love best about American Assassin?

    This is my first Audible book by Vince Flynn and narrated by George Guidall. I just finished listening to American Assassin and really enjoyed the story, the characters and the development of the Mitch Rapp character. I am picking up more of Vince Flynn's Audible books and especially those narrated by Mr. Guidall.


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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 3 people found this review helpful

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