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Publisher's Summary

A former Delta Force commander, Brad Taylor proves with this breathtaking debut thriller that Vince Flynn and Brad Thor have company.

A collection of top operatives, the Taskforce was commissioned by the highest levels of government, kept secret from the media and even Congress. The best of the Taskforce bunch, Pike Logan, knows the greatest threat to American security is one or two idealogues. Unfortunately for them, they’ve just crossed Pike’s path.

©2011 Brad Taylor (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • Harry
  • Orange, CA, United States
  • 02-04-14

Buy the book, Skip the audio version

Is there anything you would change about this book?

the 2-reader format is extremely distracting

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jennifer, she's a quick study

Would you be willing to try another one of J. D. Jackson and Neil Kaplan ’s performances?

Perhaps individually but not in a tag-team format like this book

Was One Rough Man worth the listening time?

Had to give it two tries. The 2-reader format was too distracting and I gave up. After reading so many positive reviews of the book I gave it a second try.<br/>So no...it wasn't worth the listening time.

Any additional comments?

The storyline was good but the audio book was very difficult to get through. It has 2 readers, one for the background and another for the character's. It takes on a "meanwhile back at the ranch" feel. Additionally there are times when the background reader does the character voices in context and it makes it very distracting. <br/>I see that the rest of the series is formatted the same way. think I'm going to have pass, at least in the audio version.

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Good story, disappointing storytelling

Any additional comments?

The story was interesting, but it was hard to get past the voices telling the story to appreciate it.

31 of 32 people found this review helpful

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terrible narration

Would you try another book from Brad Taylor and/or J. D. Jackson and Neil Kaplan ?

maybe, but not with the same narrator.

Would you ever listen to anything by Brad Taylor again?

maybe

Would you be willing to try another one of J. D. Jackson and Neil Kaplan ’s performances?

no

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

I was too annoyed with the narration to get far enough into the story to rate the substance. I tried several<br/>times to listen but could not make it for more than 5-10 minutes.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

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story was slow and reading was nails on chalkboard

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

not sure i would recommend this book to a friend... there are better reads/listens out there. the story was slow but finished okay- but the story was ruined with the readers. it got on my nerves and stayed there.

What didn’t you like about J. D. Jackson and Neil Kaplan ’s performance?

the mock womens voices were HORRIBLE and added a note of weakness to every word the author wrote. i will not listen to another word the author wrote from these readers. i knew george g. was a good reader or armand s. but did not realize that if they were horrible i would not want to read/listen to a story ever again...

Was One Rough Man worth the listening time?

concept of the story was there but the over all effect of the listen was ruined.

Any additional comments?

sorry to the author. i think you have tallent but by allowing these readers access to your material you are doing yourself a great injustice.

28 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • JL
  • 07-06-13

Great story. Narration is poor, but not boring.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The author has a solid start to a series and is clearly a talented writer, but the narration is almost comical. It seems like they made no effort to pick narrators with any voice talent.

What three words best describe J. D. Jackson and Neil Kaplan ’s performance?

I constantly felt like the book was being narrated by a mixture of Sesame street characters and Norm McDonald. This made the narration seem comical. On the upside, it was not a monotone narration and still managed to suck me into the story, rather than make me feel like it was being read to me. This made the book listenable, but I constantly found myself rolling my eyes or laughing during scenes that were supposed to convey drama.So, while it certainly was much better than most Tom Clancy books that have Ben Stein type narration, it was definitely far below expectation based on previous Audible experiences.

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

Probably

Any additional comments?

The Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn are the only books I've read / listened too that get 5 stars. Still, a 4 star rating is pretty high up there from me. I found the writing and plot better than most other suspense / espionage books from popular authors that I've come across

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Insistent violence

Setting aside the annoying narration, especially the voice of "Pike", I found this story insistent and annoying in its' dependence on violence to move the plot forward. I generally make myself listen to entire books in order to fairly judge them but I found this one uncomfortable to complete. It didn't get any better.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Horrible

This has to be the worst book I have listened to in a long time. I am really upset that Vince Flynn recommended it! The build up was non-existent, the plot was nowhere and the characters had no depth what so ever. Do not waste your money!

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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NOT TO MY TASTE

Would you try another book from Brad Taylor and/or J. D. Jackson and Neil Kaplan ?

NO

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

IT WAS ALL AN INTERESTING STORY IT JUST WASN'T DONE WELL

How did the narrator detract from the book?

NARRATOR TAKES AWAY FROM THE STORYLINE JUST TOO MUCH DRAMA IN HIS VOICE

Any additional comments?

NO

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Had some gaps

Generally speaking I liked this book, but some of the situations had me scratching my head. At one point, while charging a compound where Cahill is being held, he charges in and kills everyone, never stopping to question anyone as to where the girl is. He just keeps shooting and searching rooms,which does not sound like what a Delta operative would do. It sounds more like a plot contrivance. A smart operator would have taken a prisoner, found out the girl's location, and then planned out the way in and the way out. But other than that obvious departure from tradecraft, the books is quite well done, and I would recommend it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Bo
  • 08-15-14

Narration is terrible....

Would you try another book from Brad Taylor and/or J. D. Jackson and Neil Kaplan ?

Yes from Brad but if Jackson and Kaplan are narrating no....

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoy terrorist related books

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of J. D. Jackson and Neil Kaplan ?

George Guidell

Did One Rough Man inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

No

4 of 4 people found this review helpful