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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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    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 08-14-12
    Ryan Batesville, IN, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2015

    I am a person that tries and get through 1 book a week if possible. I am Dyslexic so this is really the only way I can get through a book. I have listened to more book in a year than I read my first 20 years of my life. I found the joy of audio books in the early 2000 and have been a audible customer since 2000 or 2001. I have over 490 books in 2 different accounts and listened to 90%.

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    "Now i know Mitch and where he came from"
    What did you love best about American Assassin?

    Mitch was the underdog and proved everyone wrong


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mitch always Mitch


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

    Hurley and Mitch. They both had a love hate relationship. Hurley loved to hate Mitch for no reason.


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

    This was a great book and you can listen to any of Flynn's book without having to read any other books before hand. It helps but not required.


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    T C 08-07-12
    T C 08-07-12 Member Since 2016
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    "American Assassin was awesome but......."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    the ending left a bit to be desired. We are going 100 MPH and then epilog but other than that this was a great read with a lot of interesting humor thrown into a really good spy novel.


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    A User Magnolia, NJ, United States 08-06-12
    A User Magnolia, NJ, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "What a great listen"
    What did you love best about American Assassin?

    The who experience from the narration to the storyline was amazing
    Mitch Rapp is a great character. I am going to listen to the whole series


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mitch Rapp I hope there is a real Rapp protecting the USA


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

    I hated to pause this book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tatyana NEW YORK, NY, United States 07-31-12
    Tatyana NEW YORK, NY, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointment"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who enjoy fantasies.


    What was most disappointing about Vince Flynn’s story?

    Extremely unrealistic


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

    He animated the characters very well.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from American Assassin?

    Detailed radio frequencies during the flight from Europe to South America - are they really necessary? Very annoing - for several minutes just digits and dots, absolutely meaningless.


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    mark ELMWOOD, IL, United States 07-29-12
    mark ELMWOOD, IL, United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Excited to have found a new author!"
    Where does American Assassin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As far as contemporary fiction stories, it's probably at least in my top ten. I have been searching for a new author, and Flynn is definitely it. I started with American Assassin, and was hooked. As far as character development and adventure, it was a fun, action packed book. SInce reading this one, I started at the beginning of the series, and am up to Separation of Power. I will say that the American Assassin has been my favorite out of all of them, but each one has been hard to put away once I started.


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

    I really enjoyed all of the encounters with Hurly in the book. He was a fun and hilarious character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene were Hurly & Rap were fighting for the first time & Hurly was about to have his ass handed to him, and he cheated. How funny.


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

    Yes. It was hard to put away once I started.


    Any additional comments?

    Though probably not the best ever in any chategory, it definitely ranked as far as entertainment goes. Non-stop adventure. Since I started reading Flynn I'm afraid to talk on the phone!! ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 07-08-12
    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Sure miss Mr. Flynn!"

    Listened to this one again. Love the story & performance. Vince Flynn passed away a few years ago, and I miss having new Mitch Rapp exploits. Thank you Mr. Flynn for your remarkable stories and well done.

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    Peter 06-27-12
    Peter 06-27-12
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    "Suspensful, beautifully narrated, never disappoint"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot and the narration


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

    George Guidall brings the story to life. Unlike many other narrators, he delivers the story so smoothly, so convincingly, so seamlessly, that the listener doesn't hear George (other narrators can be heard breathing, trying too hard), they hear the story. George is a natural. Best narrator I've ever heard. I only search for books he narrates now.


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

    If you like action and thrillers, you can't beat this.


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    michael Perth, Australia 06-26-12
    michael Perth, Australia 06-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "James Bond has a new rival his name is Mitch Rapp."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    strong story line. Very realistic. painting pictures with words.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    yes. Praise for George Guidall. Enjoyed his performance


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    amazing, characters solid


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Faultless performance. Characters consistant throughout the book. Spot on the money. No holes barred escapism


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Cant wait to obtain all the Mitch Rapp series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara eugene, or, United States 06-26-12
    Barbara eugene, or, United States 06-26-12
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    "what I expected"
    What did you love best about American Assassin?

    Well written


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

    Pretty well. kind of wondered how they were going to get injured or killed.


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

    I like reading so this was so I could get some work done. His voice characterization was very good.


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    auditor9157 LAKEWOOD, CO, United States 06-25-12
    auditor9157 LAKEWOOD, CO, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Good but not great."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have read all of Vince Flynn's books and this one was okay. After knowing all all of Rapp's history, it was hard to go back to the beginning and keep my interest. I will still keep listening to Rapp books and hopefully the next one will be more interesting.


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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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