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Separation of Power Audiobook

Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

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Publisher's Summary

Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

Take another thrill ride with Mitch Rapp.

©2002 Vince Flynn (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"First-class political intrigue from a master storyteller." (Booklist)

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    Mark Burlington, Ontario, Canada 05-13-11
    Mark Burlington, Ontario, Canada 05-13-11
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    "Awful narrator"

    I love Vince Flynn books, but this one is unlistenable. The narrator sucks. How do I get a refund

    60 of 65 people found this review helpful
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    alex Winthrop Harbor, IL, United States 03-15-13
    alex Winthrop Harbor, IL, United States 03-15-13
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    "Mitch Rapp should visit Ken Kilban"
    What disappointed you about Separation of Power?

    The narrator was absolutely horrible. He ruined the entire experience of this book. George Guidall needs to redo this story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Was the biggest piece of crap ever. Made Rapp sound like a whiny pansy.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Separation of Power?

    The narrator's voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't EVER let this jerk ever read another book.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Crestone, CO, United States 02-28-13
    Keith Crestone, CO, United States 02-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Blah, Can't Do It"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The hearing impaired.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I don't know, I stopped after the first chapter.


    What didn’t you like about Ken Kilban’s performance?

    Mitch Rapp is an assassin, a tough guy. In the rest of the series, his stern, gravelly voice let's you know he means business. Kilban's "Rapp" voice sounds like he's upset for missing the sale on pumps at Macy's. I'm sure he's a good narrator for other roles, just not this one.


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

    I'm sure the story is good, and it's the only one of the series I haven't listened to, but I wouldn't know if the story is good. I'll probably just delete it, and hope Guidall does a version. Or even Sullivan.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry for not reviewing the other books positively, and being the guy that only speaks up when there's a complaint. The rest of the series gets five stars all around, and I'll try to make time to review them individually

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Chris WEST LIBERTY, KENTUCKY, United States 03-07-13
    Chris WEST LIBERTY, KENTUCKY, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Worst narration ever!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Separation of Power to be better than the print version?

    Not with it being narrated by Ken Kilban.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a fantastic Mitch Rapp story, a lot of things are going on in his personal life and we get to see a different side of Mitch.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ken Kilban?

    George Guidall


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

    I hated listening to the narrator, he made everyone seem extremely angry. Even in situations where anger was needed he would take it WAY over the top. Ken Kilban seemed to finally relax and just read the story in the last hour of the book, but that was far to late to salvage the butchery he had already comitted.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the story, hate the narrator.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sugar Land 04-15-12
    Sugar Land 04-15-12
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    "I did read the reviews"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Like the other reviews, I found the narrator ruined the story. I've listened to every other Flynn book Audible offers. This was the only one left, so I ignored the advice by the other reviewers. Stay away from this one, it's like pouring sour milk on your breakfast cereal.


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

    Pick a different narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He made the characters sound like complaining high-school adolescents.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Separation of Power?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    The rest of the Mitch Rap series is so good, it's hard to believe a bad narrator could absolutely ruin this story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-19-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-19-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Great espionage thriller with poor naration"

    Separation of Power is book 5 in Mitch Rapp's chronology, but was the 3rd Rapp novel in order written by Vince Flynn. It is a great novel which suffers from poor narration. I listened to the audiobook several years ago. I generally object to re-releases of audiobooks, but would welcome the three books in the Mitch Rapp series not narrated by George Guidall (Transfer of Power, The Third Option, Separation of Power) being released again with Guidall narrating. Transfer of Power is the only really poorly narrated audiobook in the series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tim San Jose, Costa Rica 09-06-12
    Tim San Jose, Costa Rica 09-06-12 Member Since 2016

    For simply incredible prose and superb fiction check out the Louise Penny novels featuring Chief Inspector Gamache.

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    "Mitch Rapp - Drag Queen"
    Any additional comments?

    This "review" is written presuming you have read at least one Mitch Rapp novel.

    Never have I written a review of any book before finishing it completely. This is an exception as I believe it is critical to warn others just how AWFUL is the performance.  Do NOT buy this book.

    Now you might correctly state, "But I see that a bunch of other reviewers stated quite clearly just how lousy is performer Kenny (which I am sure he is called by his good buddies). You clearly paid no heed". That would be correct.

    Sadly, hubris (mine) reared its ugly head as I thought, "I have listened to hundreds of books where some reviewer complained about the reader, and they exaggerated just how bad was that person.  I know better!

    In this case, every reviewer who warned how bad is this clown actually overstated his performance by a factor of five. It is beyond atrocious! The book may just be unreadable (un-listenable?) I have spent four hours struggling through three chapters! I will struggle to persevere. No guarantees.

    If the writer had not peppered the text with an abundance of "Mitch saids" or "Kennedy saids), you would never be able differentiate just who was speaking! All the character's voices are effete, feminine, and well.. the same. I can only compare it to a convention of Ru Paul's hairdressers. Poor Mitch sounds like he received a bullet to his nether regions resulting in him sounding like an anti terrorist drag queen! I have not read far enough to find out if he actually confronts and must speak to a real terrorist, but if he does, Mitch will not require a gun to kill the person. The terrorist will simple die from oxygen failure because of the uncontrollable laughter.

    If you listen not to the other reviewers, do listen to me please... skip this one. You are not missing a thing.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Molnar 04-14-12
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    "Weak story.... Really bad narration"
    Would you try another book from Vince Flynn and/or Ken Kilban?

    Vince's Mich Rapp series is great. I have listend to four of them so far and enjoyed them all...... Except one. This one. It is just so painful to listen to a terrible narrator recite bad diction between Mitch and Anna. Vince, if you have any quality control over your works please ensure you select a reader the portrays your characters as you intended. Not as whinny, sniveling whips. I felt I could take down Rapp. I would listen to more without Kilban narrarating!


    If you???ve listened to books by Vince Flynn before, how does this one compare?

    Not so well. I think it is the interaction between Mitch and Anna coupled with a whiny narrative that distroys the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ken Kilban???s performances?

    No!


    Did Separation of Power inspire you to do anything?

    Have hope that Vince and publisher will listen to the readers.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Penrose, CO, United States 12-27-11
    Justin Penrose, CO, United States 12-27-11
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    "AWESOME STORY!!! So so narrator."
    Any additional comments?

    Ken Kilban is not the greatest narrator. I read alot of negative reviews about him narrating this book and was apprehensive to purchase it. However I had just listened to The Third Option and needed this book as a continuation. While I didn't really like Ken Kilban I got used to him and thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. If you are extremely picky about your narrator I would advise against this book. George Guidall is obviously better but I still loved this audiobook!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 06-28-14
    Alex 06-28-14
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    "Good Story? I'll never know."

    This is my 11th Flynn novel, so I'm kind of a fan. But now I know just how much to value George Guidell's narration. Don't be fooled by the sample- Ken Kilban is awful. Either he's an idiot or he thinks his listeners are. That said, he does have a promising career ahead of him in comic book narration (apologies to the comic book industry).

    In short, I gave up. Kilban utterly and comprehensively destroyed this book so I'll never know how it ends. Nor will I ever come within 100 miles of any other book narrated by him.

    Avoid.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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