©2003 Andy McNabb; (P)2004 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
Enjoyed Remote Control -- in part because of the cool narration -- and looked forward to this one. But Dark Winter seenms padded with endless, apparently useless detail, and the narration can be hard to take. The narrator fairly screams when he comes to action bits, which I found distracting and even annoying at times. I'd try something else.
I have liked all McNabs other books but this one is too too awful. Its "Old Yeller" ending make the whole ten hours listening an unpleasant memory. STAY AWAY!
Andy McNab's sociopathic secret agent, Nick Stone, already made James Bond look like Ralph Nader before Dark Winter, but in DW he goes completely "off the reservation" to jeopardize the lives of millions of Brits to save the hypervulnerable object of his increasingly obsessive devotion, his mentally ill ward Kelly. The second-by-second description of undercover work sounds crushingly authentic as always, but Stone's weirdness strains credibility and left this reader frankly hoping that his ruthless masters would finally pull the plug on this far too rogue warrior - permanently.
Storyline was realistic with credible characters and last minute suprises.
Nick Stone, although all his accents and characters are very believable
Just very entertained
Good range of books!
This is an OK thriller, but beware that this has an unbelievably irritating reader. If you like being screamed at for half the book, this guy will be right up your alley!! He needs to take a chill pill before doing any more readings....
Also, heads up that this has some super gross descriptions in it. Have a vomit bucket nearby while listening. It does have to do with biological warfare agents, but enough is enough by the stomach churning material.
But not a terrible book. If that guy would stop yelling at me I would have enjoyed it more....
This is the last of the story arc that begins in "Remote Control", which is seemingly no longer available from this vendor. A shame because "Remote Control" explains Stone's motivations and feeling of responsibility to Kelly and without understanding that, Stone comes across as a sociopath. You must know that McNab, the man, is that rare example of a warrior that can write. McNab (a fictious name) is (was) a member of the SAS. The British Special Air Service is what our Army Rangers and Delta Forces aspire to be. He and his squad were inserted into Iraq during the opening stages of Desert Shield to destroy scuds. He was captured and tortured by Sadam Hussein’s real life goon squads. When he writes about Stone being tortured he learned the hard way. These exploits are covered in his first book “Bravo Two-Zero.” Regardless, one of the other reviewers complained about the level of detail. Yes there is a great deal of detail; but detail is an important aspect of the very difficult first-person point of view the book is written in. I enjoyed the book and sincerely hope that Nick gets a chance to finish off Trainers and Sundance.
This is the second book I've listened to from this author (Firewall is the other) and I have enjoyed the story and the reading on both.
If you prefer an author with skill, creativity, and a vocabulary, I would not recommend this book. The author can use harsh language words as a noun, verb, and adjective all in the same sentence and then in the next sentance and the next sentance. It does not take an intellectual giant to string together such scholarly prose.
I have listened to most of the Nick Stone tales with enjoyment and this is indeed more of the same as the previous reviewer stated, but felt disappointed with this episode, there was far too much of the ongoing saga with the teenage ward Kelly including over a chapter of flash backs and arguments with the Josh character which left me with the impression that the book was padded out to keep to a schedule of x books a quarter, I will not be in a hurry to listen to another one...shame !
"A simple Comment"
A good read with the traditional special agent insight. Not different - just more of the same....which is good! Also a moving ending that I wasn't expecting.
"Thirlling story, well read"
A great audiobook and the reader gets into the character and makes the book even more believable. I was hooked on the book and even though I have read this book it was like a new experience and a new book all over.
Clive Mantle should narrate all the Nick Stone books for me.
The story drew you in and hooked you into the fast moving emotional story line, not just action but also a family touch
The final scene, even though I had an idea what was coming the way it was narrated just blew me away
Going to Disney land as a place to escape all the horrors, then Nick having the flash backs make it so real for someone who's been in stressful situations
A great book, that was narrated in a manner that would draw you in within seconds
Explosive.. Another excellent book well done. everything i come to expect from Mcnab. Never dissapointed.
"One of the best"
Gritty but sad. The continued saga with Kelly shows Nick Stone to be human. We all have silent conversations about our families however macho we are. This book is one of the best. He has a love, a worry, a partner to work with that is new to him and shows him to be a great all round good guy.
Classic McNab. You get what you expect - dirty, gritty violence and the ending you were waiting for.
Not pleasant stuff, but a good listen, if you like this kind of thing; which I do.
"Another great listen"
Nick Stone continues in his job, this time to retrieve 'Dark Winter' (listen to the book to hear what DW is!)
Clive Mantle is a great narrator and keeps you really engrossed and you get sucked into the powerful and sometimes disturbing storyline that McNab has written.
Even if you have not listened to other stories in this series you will not have any problems of 'ongoing' story lines, Andy McNab has the skill of keeping each book and enjoyable listen on it's own or as part of a set for a hardened fan.
This book is good to listen to on a dark evening as you can really visualise what the author and narrator are trying to portray with wonderful rich vocabulary and descriptions.
"Best McNab by far"
This book is by far the best McNab, Clive Mantle does a great job of reading for the audio book, unlike some of the other McNab books this one really gets into the head of Nick Stone.
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