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
"First-class political intrigue from a master storyteller." (Booklist)
The narrator was absolutely horrible. He ruined the entire experience of this book. George Guidall needs to redo this story.
Was the biggest piece of crap ever. Made Rapp sound like a whiny pansy.
The narrator's voice.
Don't EVER let this jerk ever read another book.
The hearing impaired.
I don't know, I stopped after the first chapter.
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.
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.
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
Not with it being narrated by Ken Kilban.
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.
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.
I loved the story, hate the narrator.
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.
Pick a different narrator.
He made the characters sound like complaining high-school adolescents.
The rest of the Mitch Rap series is so good, it's hard to believe a bad narrator could absolutely ruin this story.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
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.
For simply incredible prose and superb fiction check out the Louise Penny novels featuring Chief Inspector Gamache.
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.
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!
Not so well. I think it is the interaction between Mitch and Anna coupled with a whiny narrative that distroys the story.
Have hope that Vince and publisher will listen to the readers.
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!
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.
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