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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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    Karley 06-18-15
    Karley 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating"
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    I could hardly tear myself away from this book and didn't care that the plot was like a kiddie pool. Action packed and exciting from start to finish. Love the narration.

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    Antonio 06-04-15
    Antonio 06-04-15
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    "Great book"

    This book had a good story and excellent narrator. I recommend this audio book highly.

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    Deborah Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 05-28-15
    Deborah Pagosa Springs, CO, United States 05-28-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent"

    Loved it! Very fast paced and intriguing! I am definitely finishing the series! The narration was excellent! Did an excellent job with different accents:)

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    Michael 05-16-15
    Michael 05-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't put it down!"

    The narration was the BEST I've heard in an audiobook to date. A fantastic story and well-developed characters made this book fly by, and my driving time do the same!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 05-07-15
    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 05-07-15 Member Since 2011

    As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!

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    "I love this kind of book!"

    I listened to this book as I was driving. At one point, I realized I was clutching my steering wheel and intently driving down the road. What a fabulous entertainment experience. And I love the narrator. I am glad there are more Gray man books to hear!!!!

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    Skaterlady32 05-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!"

    It was Action packed with laugh out loud moments and hard to put down.
    Definitely going to read the next books in the series.

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    Jim Palmer 05-02-15
    Jim Palmer 05-02-15 Member Since 2009
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    "More suited for comic book hero"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A Marvel Superhero fan.


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

    No, not really. Vince Flynn and Lee Child write with a plot and some degree of reality.


    What three words best describe Jay Snyder’s voice?

    It's OK, he did his best with the material.


    What character would you cut from The Gray Man?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    A near death experience on every page, just not for me.
    Author has no ability to tell a story, so he makes up unblieveable action adventures for the main character. More suited for comic book fans.
    If I hadn't listened to it all, I would return. Still might, fuming over the absurdity of the whole thing.

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    ohcali 04-22-15
    ohcali 04-22-15
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    "Riveting!"

    I really loved the book. Easy to follow. Great story! You will not be disappointed!

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    J Tyler 04-19-15
    J Tyler 04-19-15
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    "Great story with uneven narration performance"
    If you could sum up The Gray Man in three words, what would they be?

    Great espionage thriller


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the Gray Man of course...


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was competent in reading and pronunciation, which may sound like it should be a given, but it isn't. I hear narrators miss pronunciations and especially phonetic pronunciations of acronyms. The narrator really struggled to emulate foreign accents. The German character sounded British with an occasional slip into a bit of a German accent. The South Africans were not even close. Not even sure what they sounded like, but I know it didn't sound like the British-influenced dialect of the various South African nationals I went to college with. The only accents that were spot on were the British and American characters. The Belarusian sniper was fairly close.


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

    It didn't make me laugh or cry and I wish Audible would remove this question. The genres I read don't typically evoke this type of reaction and better and more relevant questions could be asked.


    Any additional comments?

    Hopefully Jay Snyder's narration will improve in subsequent books as I noted he is the narrator for the entire Gray Man series by Mark Greany to which I plan to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon 04-14-15
    Gordon 04-14-15 Member Since 2016

    Own a small business and travel about 50,000 miles a year. Spend most of that time listening to Reacher, Scully, Colt Gentry, Bosch, etc...

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    "Best action book ever!"

    Wonderfully written and performed. He should write more often than he does.
    Even the hard to believe parts seems so tense.

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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
  • 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

    2 of 3 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.)

    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
  • 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 .

    1 of 1 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
  • 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

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