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The Gray Man Audiobook

The Gray Man

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Publisher's Summary

Get ready for white-knuckled listening. Greaney's debut novel - and future feature film - introduces the enigmatic and elusive Court Gentry, a former CIA operative and a legendary hired gun. With a terrifying ability to vaporize targets and a strict moral code, he stalks the gray margins of the world, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, then fading away. When his government and former employers turn on him, there is no safehouse to run to, no way to lie low. In a constant state of escape and pursuit, Gentry tears through the Middle East and Europe in a riveting life-or-death race against time.

Fast-paced, well-researched, and fun, The Gray Man is already being adapted for a movie by the company behind Tom Cruise's Knight & Day.

Check out the latest Gray Man novel, On Target, now.

©2009 Mark Greaney (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Through the carnage, Gentry remains an intriguing protagonist with his own moral code. Comparisons will be made to Jason Bourne, but the Gray Man is his own character. The ending screams for a sequel, but it will be difficult to maintain the intensity level of this impressive debut." (Booklist)

"Hard, fast, and unflinching – exactly what a thriller should be." (Lee Child)

"Bourne for the new millennium." (James Rollins)

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    dumbclub Penland, NC USA 02-12-13
    dumbclub Penland, NC USA 02-12-13 Member Since 2015

    Reader, Listener, Optimist

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    "Just another predictable superhuman"

    This genre demands a lot from the reader/listener - not just a suspension of disbelief, but also a willingness to accept a bankrupt morality that doesn't exist in real life.

    From the beginning, we know that no matter how hairy it gets for our hero, he's going to find some extraordinary way to get through the mess he's in, only to find himself in the next even more incredible predicament that he will once again will find a way to annihilate his opponent, and so on.

    In The Gray Man, our badass ultradude is just another cardboard cutout superman who's deeper motives are never challenged and whose character is never examined in detail. He simply goes his everyday assassin way, killing everyone who's trying (unjustly) to kill him first.

    On the plus side, you can casually listen to this book and not miss a thing. We know that he's going to make it to the next book, so we don't have to pay close attention to the shallow plot.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-26-10
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-26-10 Member Since 2016

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "The Gray Man"

    This is my first book by Mark Greaney. I chose it because it was on a list by Audible. It is a great book, glad I tried it out. Lots of nail biting action and suspense. Jay Snyder did a good job narrating the book. Hope the real world of large corporation and spy agency are nothing like the in the story.
    You will enjoy this on your commute.

    28 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Suzan Boise, ID, United States 09-28-10
    Suzan Boise, ID, United States 09-28-10 Member Since 2011
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    "This is for men or Action Lover."

    Am a women but I lived with three "HE-MAN" types so I loved this one. Court is everything you want in your "Action Hero" type, the suspense was none stop.
    I liked the voices and the music, Audible is better then ever.
    The only thing missing is a little romance.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-31-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "The biggest problem was cardboard characters."

    Nonstop action. A dozen teams of top notch assassins are trying to find and kill one man Court Gentry, the Gray Man. Court is attacked, fights, wins, and escapes, and continues on his journey. Each time Court has some new body part injured. The whole book is this. I enjoyed the action scenes. I enjoyed the suspense. But when I stopped reading to do other things, I did not feel eager to get back to it.

    It lacked multidimensional characters and relationship development. Nobody changes, grows, learns. The main bad guy is Lloyd a former CIA employee. His dialogue and actions - think cartoon villain with a mustache tying the lady to the train tracks. One dimensional. Everyone was one dimensional. This was not a rich reading experience. It might be appropriate as a movie script.

    The best part was the beginning in Iraq, before the main plot kicks in.

    The narrator Jay Snyder was very good except for his little girl voice. It was artificial and weird.

    Genre: suspense thriller

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Julius Butcher 06-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent debut novel"

    The Gray Man. The ultimate living weapon. When someone is closing on him he disappears. Nobody can find him if he doesn't want to be found. If he is after you, you are a dead man.

    The Gray Man is a fast paced novel with lot of action. Several groups of professional killers want to hunt down the Gray Man, they chase him through Europe, always on his heels. He has to use all his experience and talent to be able to get rid of them. I wasn't bored for a second, it makes you listen "just some more".

    I was thinking about the main character. I was wondering how the human mind works. The Gray Man is a ruthless, cold-blooded killer, he is trained to take lives with such ease as I cut the veggies for dinner. In spite of it we root for him, and our adrenalin level rises high when he is in danger. How can we like a murderer like him? He says he is after the bad guys, who deserve to be dealt with. But still he is a killer.

    Before the final battle I thought the story was going to be just like the Expendables. You know, when the hero shoots a whole army without receiving even a scratch. This scenario has its charm, but it would have messed up this novel. Fortunately Greany didn't fell into this trap. The Gray Man was injured, and he was barely making it. The bad guys started to shoot at each other in a competition to get to him first. The whole situation was well constructed.

    There was one thing I found too much: the bragging about how professional the Grey Man was. It was OK that his enemies showed respect because of his reputation, but it wasn't necessary to talk about him as a superman. His actions showed that he knew what he was doing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 03-09-12
    Terri Broomfield, CO, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2015

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites with some Romance thrown in for fun.

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    "A real life superhero"

    I completely enjoyed this book and promptly went on to read the others in the series. Yes it is very improbable that 1 person could survive even the first attack let alone all the others and then go on to best the villains and rescue the victims but the character that Mark Greaney weaves and the narration by Jay Snyder makes it a "can't put down book" or in this case "can't remove my headphones book".

    I really enjoyed the parts when he knows he needs to get out of "Dodge" so he can save his own life but after some entertaining inner consternation turns around and helps out those in need.

    Since my parents are 90 & 89 and not used to audio books (I have tried) I bought them the paperback and they both tore through it. Dad's statement was "improbably but very entertaining & enjoyable" - he finished in the book in under 2 days. It would have been 1 but we dragged him away from it to do a few real life things. Mom loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dash New Jersey 11-04-10
    Dash New Jersey 11-04-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "Really Good!"

    I wasn't sure if I would like this book, but to be honest, I LOVED IT! It kept me glued to my iPod non-stop. I couldn't stop listening. Really great story - very different than the usual spy thriller. I definitely recommend you try it. I'll be getting his other Gray Man title next!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda Snyder 09-06-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Wow"

    Great book !! I have a new author to look forward listening to again. This was fast paced, never slow, well narrated and well written. Mark Greaney is the best new author I have read in quite some time. I can't wait to see what The Gray Man does next.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    John 09-05-10
    John 09-05-10
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    "Good story"

    Well narrated, realistic enough enjoyable book.
    4.5 stars for end of part1
    looking forward to part 2

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    Meena Newark, NJ, United States 09-02-10
    Meena Newark, NJ, United States 09-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Good one"

    A very good book. Well narrated. Thanks to Audible for having this in their store.

    24 of 31 people found this review helpful
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  • Madam Dragon
    Norfolk, UK
    4/8/14
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    "Gripping Stuff"
    What did you like most about The Gray Man?

    Resourceful-ness !


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gray Man?

    How exhausting it was!


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favourite?

    Court Gentry
    The old man in Paris! his old CIA comrade.


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

    I felt dreadful for him. I felt his pain!


    Any additional comments?

    Rollacoaster of a book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexandra
    Loughborough, United Kingdom
    12/10/13
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    "Fantastic first book"
    What did you like most about The Gray Man?

    Fast moving, wonderfully descriptive and leaving you wondering what would happen next


    What did you like best about this story?

    You felt as though you were watching the action


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder – was your favourite?

    Claire was my favourite as she's a plucky little girl who clearly loves her family


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

    Parts of the book make you smile, whilst others feel anxiety for what will happen to the characters, and some sadness at man's ability to be so inhuman to another.


    Any additional comments?

    A real must-read book. Hard to put down, and I look forward to reading more of these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stella
    UK
    12/8/13
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    "THRILLING READ"

    NOT MY USUAL READ AT ALL! IN FACT AS IT STARTED I WONDERED WHY DID I BUUY THIS BUT WHAT A GREAT BOOK. WELL WRITTEN AND WHILST THE PLOT AT THE END WAS A LITTLE FANTASTIC SO WAS THE WHOLE BOOK AND THE BETTER FOR IT.
    REAL ESCAPE AND ENJOY JUST GO FOR IT AND HOPE IT ALL WORKS OUT
    PERFORMANCE WAS GOOD AND WHILST AT FIRST THE VOICES OF THE SMMALL GIRLS WERE DIFFICULT TO ACCEPT IT IS HARD TO PULL OFF AND WAS SOON FORGOTTEN IN THE RUSH OF EXCITEMENT AND THRILL OF THE CHASE!
    THE CHAPTER BREAKS WERE GOOD AND THE CHARACTERISATION WAS CONSISTENT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Lawson
    Grantham, England
    12/1/13
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    "As good as Tom Clancy"
    Would you listen to The Gray Man again? Why?

    Probably not, good for one listen only really. A 2nd listen and you would already know all the plot twists.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very good story, developed well & plenty of twists to keep you hooked.


    Did Jay Snyder do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    He had very good unique accents for each character, although it took me a while to get used to his meter.


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

    No it was too long for that, but I did find myself looking forwards to driving so I could listen some more.


    Any additional comments?

    As good as Tom Clancy, listened to this because of their collaboration on the later Jack Ryan novels. The Grey Man stories get better throughout the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Godalming, United Kingdom
    10/26/13
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    "Far fetched, but fun!"
    Where does The Gray Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    somewhere in the middle


    Has The Gray Man put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    What aspect of Jay Snyder’s performance might you have changed?

    None, he did an admirable job and I shouldn't laugh at the american for his pronunciation of Peugeot (poojo) or Citroen or, indeed, aluminium!


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a bit far fetched but overall it was entertaining. A bit like a Jason Statham film, you kind of know what you're getting but it jogs merrily along.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom
    10/24/13
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    "Worse thriller I have ever read!"
    What disappointed you about The Gray Man?

    The unbelievable plot


    What will your next listen be?

    The next Jack Reacher book by Lee Child


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Awful accents and wrongly pronounced place names


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

    The first chapter, which showed promise


    Any additional comments?

    This book should have been placed in the comedy genre as I had a good laugh over the awful accents and mispronounced names

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • iris
    chelmsford, United Kingdom
    10/20/13
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    "facts"
    Would you try another book written by Mark Greaney or narrated by Jay Snyder?

    when writing about other countries,,please get facts !!!right,,,the channel tunnel does not go under the north sea


    What could Mark Greaney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    it is realy just a vague copy of the bourne legacy books


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    not different


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tony Fischier
    3/1/16
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    "Superhuman hitman"

    Almost quit reading during the first chapter when ragheads were dancing on the bodies of patriot Americans who died wrapped in the US flag. Well almost. It got better though, and ended up being quite entertaining in a comic book Willie Garvin way.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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