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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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    Amazon Customer 01-26-16
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    "Awesome"

    awesome book. Keeps you on the edge of your seat all the time. Keeps you on the edge of your seat all the time. I usually listen to books just before going to sleep, this one kept me up most of the night.

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    Melissa 01-15-16
    Melissa 01-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Intriguing novel"

    Enjoyed the action and authors ability to set the stage for every situation. Well written!

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    Robb 01-12-16
    Robb 01-12-16
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    "Greaney reaches for Clancy-dom, falls a bit short."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Primarily the way the main character handles situations. Court Gentry has the potential to be a very dynamic and engrossing character, but the author seems to be indecisive about how he wants the character to be. He is introduced as the Gray Man, a near-mythical force in the world of espionage and assassination. However, everything that the character does in the story does nothing to prove to the reader that he is as lethal as his reputation says he is. For such a lethal and proficient killer, Gentry spends most of his time injured or running from one bad situation to the next.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Court Gentry, as the main character, is still the best in the book. Chock full of holes overall, Gentry nonetheless is still a character that is well-researched with a convincing backstory. However, it is this same convincing backstory that proves (for me) to be his undoing.


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

    There are times when the narrator has some very obvious sounds of saliva in the mouth that is very distracting. It is only at certain times, most notably when the story calls for a whisper or a quck switch between accented voices, but it nonetheless detracts from an otherwise solid performance.


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

    Probably yes, because the movie version would likely change the Gentry character to more fit with the "badass untouchable killer" backstory.


    Any additional comments?

    Firstly, I am a big fan of Greaney as related to the ongoing Ryanverse stories done for Tom Clancy. However, in this solo effort I feel like Greaney is reaching for a John Clark-esque character with Court Gentry, but falls short. Gentry is touted as a mysterious, skilled assassin but seems to stumble his way through these adventures. I've also listened to the second book and the flaws in this are only magnified in his sophomore effort. Greaney has a lot of potential, but he needs to decide if Gentry is a badass, ruthless assassin or an idealistic operative with mediocre skills and a golden horseshoe stuffed into his tactical vest.

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    Donna 01-02-16
    Donna 01-02-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Can't wait to listen to the next in the series"

    Kept me on edge. Loved it. Looking forward to the rest of the series. Take a chance and listen

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    Nancy H. Evans 12-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good adventures"

    Liked the action
    Good beach reading
    Cort is the Hero's hero
    I will read the next in the series

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    Christopher B Kulig 10-22-15
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    "Riveting"

    Edge of seat story telling. Let's hope they get the movie right. Good action reminiscent of Vince Flynn novels. Not quite as good as Vince or Clancy but faster in pace for the new short attention span generation. Narration fantastic.

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    habib 10-01-15
    habib 10-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not bad "

    A bit predictable but still kept me entertained, some of the naraitor voices were bad like when he narrated women or children but still it kept me entertained for a long car trip.

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    Susan Clausen Brecksville, Ohio 09-29-15
    Susan Clausen Brecksville, Ohio 09-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great action read"

    This is one of those super assassins...just won't die stories. The story line is ok if a bit overkill but the narrator was good and the action nonstop.

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    Paul 09-23-15
    Paul 09-23-15
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    "Way over the top"

    OK so you expect the Gray Man to pull off some amazing escapes and kill a bunch of bad guys but this plot line stretches belief way beyond breaking point. The plot is not helped by poor narration, once again the street, car and place names are butchered, but the icing on the cake had to be the South African accent, which was truly awful. If you can't do accents don't try!

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    MCV 09-07-15
    MCV 09-07-15
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    "Too unbeleaveable."
    What made the experience of listening to The Gray Man the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the narrator and the author did a fantastic job of writing the story. There were many time where the end seemed so near yet the author kept it going without seeming forced.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Kind of disappointed. I would sum it up as "the powerful are too powerless." It will make sense when you listen to it.


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

    I can listen while i drive.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing i did not like about that story is that the protagonist seems way too good. Sort of like someone turned on the God Mode cheat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mark
    Silverdale, United Kingdom
    10/30/13
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    "Escapism"

    The narrator really does make a hash of some place names and his accents are hilarious, one Scottish character had several dialects, none of which i would describe as Scottish! The plot is ridiculous but, I actually enjoyed it, I listen to audio books after a hard day at the office whilst walking my dogs, 75% of books i listen to are background noise and i end up calling work colleagues rather than relaxing. The Gray man actually fell into the ultra rare 10% that made me look forward to my walk and actually the last 1/3 of the book made me add extra miles to my walk! Why? I really dont know, as i have said it is ludicrous, but it is a very easy listen and bizarrely you do want to know how it is all pulled together. If you are stressed or have a big project and want to switch off.....dive in, I dont think you will regret it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • d
    peterborough, United Kingdom
    8/9/14
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    "worst book i've ever had"
    Would you try another book written by Mark Greaney or narrated by Jay Snyder?

    he only seems to be able to co-write books .Having just read support and defend (Tom Clancy) I was shocked and disappointed with this rubbish .Even Jack Reacher would not have survived this .It was so unbelievable.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Greaney’s story?

    starting it


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jay Snyder’s performances?

    doubtful


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    anger


    Any additional comments?

    How someone who co-wrote Tom Clancy books could write such utter drivel .

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wayjor
    1/14/17
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    "Not for me."

    For years I've enjoyed the Tom Clancy novels - having learned to bypass the politics and enjoy the main characters' romps. Given the collaboration between this author and Clancy I anticipated enjoying this book. Not the case. It's written as a series of film scenes, designed for some über-action man to show how tough he is. I love fiction, be it thrillers, adventures, science fiction, fantasy, so I have no expectation of "real life"; I live real-life , thank you! The exploits depicted here, however, beggar even suspended dis-belief. I don't like dissing writers, who are at least putting pen to paper, their money where their mouths are, etc, unlike me, an untalented non-writer, but reviews are requested and these are my honest opinions. Obviously a talented writer, this author should write either a screenplay or a novel and not try to combine both under one heading; concentrate on story rather than merely linking overly contrived events, thus ensuring the reader's involvement rather than seeming determined only to catch the eye of the movie-makers. (W's Missus.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    3/24/16
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    "A little ridiculous, but enjoyable too!"

    My only complaint is the super-human main character, whose reputation is beyond legendary and whose feats could humble Arnie... A bit of vulnerability wouldn't go astray, in my opinion.

    Overall, a fast-paced thriller that makes for an easy listen... Just hope the next is a little more subtle!

    1 of 1 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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Colin Tester
    2/9/17
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    "good story"

    My first purely Grant book.
    Good story fast moving action.
    performance disappointed. Set in Europe but read by an American who cannot pronounce Englush or European words correctly such as Kalashnikov properly nor Bayeux....pronouncing it Bi-yoo. Lots of other such use of language which to me was annoying and spoilt it. I still recommended you listen. I will try the next in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    Hereford, United Kingdom
    3/22/16
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    "Loved it"

    Loved this so much I have downloaded next 2 in the series.
    Nod to rainbow 6, see if you spot it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R.B
    Ireland
    3/18/16
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    "A Great Book But Not So Great Narration."

    This was another book and author that I have avoided for a while, thinking that I wasn't going to like them. I was wrong!

    This isn't a book that will help you to ponder the mysteries of life, nor will it be ranked among the literary greats. What this book is, is entertaining, in bucket loads. The story line, in most parts, is well written, and the characters are well thought out. Yes it is extremely far fetched in places, but I don't mind that. Sometimes I want to read about the hero who can take a tremendous amount of punishment, and still keep going. Who can do things others can't, and who can think on his feet in times of stress. When I do read/listen to a book like this, I want to be entertained, and that's exactly what I was.

    If you like the Jason Bourne type super agent, then you'll love this. If, however, you want a bit more depth to your books, you probably won't like it. And if, every once in a while, you want to read something action packed, and entertaining, don't do like I did and avoid this book, go get it.

    Now the bad points:

    The narration in this book is far from good. It wasn't bad enough to put me off, and when the narrator, Jay Snyder, was doing the main character, Court Gentry, it was actually pretty good, which is what saved the book for me. The problems start when the narrator tries to do foreign accents. They are dreadful. He made almost everyone else sound like Sean Connery, which you might just about get away with if every one was Scottish, but it's not what you want when the character is meant to be German, or Eastern European. If he didn't make them sound like Connery, he made them sound like a mix between Australian, Irish and Scottish, which I suppose in itself is a sort of skill, but definitely not called for in this book. Also, his pronunciation of some words plainly showed a lack of research. Even if you didn't know how to pronounce a word,a simple 60 second Google search would help.
    Also, sometimes the writing was a little choppy, but it is kept to a minimum.

    Overall, although the narration isn't great, the book is, which is why I was able to stay with it. Usually bad narration would ruin a book for me, but with this one, it just made it a little less great. I know that the same narrator had been kept on for the next book in the Court Gentry series. I hope he does a better job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wickerman49
    Sompting, West Sussex United Kingdom
    4/21/14
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    "Outstanding series any Lee Child fan would love."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a book where you would be best allowing yourself a whole day free, as once you pick it up, you will have great difficulty putting it down again. Court Gentry is the main character whose survival methods are ......... ( I won't say anymore as I do not want to spoil the content of the book ). Just for all the Lee Child fans I can sum this book up in just FIVE words - IMAGINE JACK REACHER ON STEROIDS !!!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Court Gentry as he does not believe in the word NO.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Too many to pick one particular scene.


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

    The only reaction I had to this book was to buy the other three in the series released so far the next day.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the books in order as there is a vague theme running through them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rita
    HORSHAM, United Kingdom
    4/20/14
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    "non stop action thriller"
    Would you listen to The Gray Man again? Why?

    no, as in most thrillers the pace is frantic and the writing ok but not the sort of prose to linger over


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

    The scene with the veterinary nurse, it is the first true human interaction from the gray man


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but the acents were not at all authentic. The various assasinss all gravitated to Irish or African with very little to differenentiate.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    assassins from across the globe against one man wirh a mission


    Any additional comments?

    Suspend disbelief and its a good fast paced yarn, I am looking forward to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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