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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

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"First-class political intrigue from a master storyteller." (Booklist)

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Narrator turns Rapp into a snooty, cranky man

This is the eleventh Vince Flynn book I've listened to, I saved it for last because of the poor reviews regarding the narrator. I couldn't finish it. He made all of the characters sound whiny, anxious and condescending including Mitch Rapp.
A snooty, anxious Rapp?!
Three years into my audible subscription this is only the second book I couldn't finish due to narration.
I'll get this installment on Rapp the old fashioned way I think, actual paper.

139 of 140 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Narration

I fell in love with the Mitch Rapp series and was thrill when these older books came out. After listening to the first chapter without George Guildall narrarating I've decided not to purchase any others. The story would be great but the story teller is horrible. THIS IS NOT MITCH RAPP!! Please redo with George Guidall!! Please!

140 of 142 people found this review helpful

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wasted money

I can't believe I am rating a Vince Flynn novel as one star but here it is. How sad. I have purchased this novel in paper but I hate to read, then I purchased it in an abridged format, YUK, and despite the reviews I was excited to get the entire thing read to me. NOT. This narrator is really bad. I can handle the narrative parts but when he does voices Mitch sounds like a whining 16 year old kid, Kennedy and all women sound the same, like old ladies. It is so bad it overpowers the excellence of this book. If this is your first audible purchase do not judge audible by this terrible production, it is rare to be this bad. To audible, either issue refunds or get this redone and offer to replace this fiasco. To Simon and Shuster audio, shame on you. This is really inexcusable.

111 of 113 people found this review helpful

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File under "how to ruin a good book . . ."

I am still in the first half of the book as I write this review. The narrator is just awful. He makes every character sound like a shrill, whiny, complainer. The action is just starting to really come together, but I can hardly stand to listen. Ken Kilban makes Mitch Rapp sound like he jumped off a rainbow float in a New Orleans parade to assassinate a terrorist before berating the hotel staff because it gave him the wrong candle to match the room's feng shui and messed up his bubble bath. Rule: never, ever, listen to a book read by this guy.

103 of 105 people found this review helpful

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  • Elaine
  • walnut creek, CA, United States
  • 06-03-11

terrible narrator

i should have read the reviews before i purchased this book. cannot listen to this narrator whine his way through the book. i've listened to a couple chapters and no more. i think i will buy the paper book to read.

can we get refunds on books we can't listen to? my last book by this narrator.

68 of 70 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeff
  • Trinity, FL, United States
  • 05-16-11

Cannot finish it...

The narrator is the worst I have ever heard. I can't even bring myself to finish the book. He turns Mitch Rapp into a high pitched, whiny hero. George Guidall , the narrator for all of the other Mitch Rapp books, really captured the essence of all of the characters in a given book, male and female alike.

87 of 90 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • DURBANVILLE, South Africa
  • 05-17-11

Dissapointing

I can,t get myself to stop listening to Vince Flynn's books. I read about all of them. This one is not as good due to the narrater.

58 of 60 people found this review helpful

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The worst

Love Vince Flynn.. This is my 6th book and this recoreding stinks. They will remove my post if I tell the truth on what Ken Kilban sounds like. Ken...Please retire.....Vince...quality control please...I'll repurchase if you fix this .

54 of 56 people found this review helpful

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  • Anita
  • Parrish, FL, United States
  • 05-03-12

Story might be good, narration is bad

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narration made it a chore to listen to. I had to relisten to parts since his inflection was so off I never could figure out why everyone was so angry all the time.

If you’ve listened to books by Vince Flynn before, how does this one compare?

This book might be as good as the rest but I don't know. I will consider buying the papeback and reading it myself.

How could the performance have been better?

Don't get me started!<br/>He made everyone sound angry. Made Irene sound old. I couldn't tell one character from another. I kept getting lost and having to relisten to parts. Just a bad job.<br/>A different narrator was needed.

Any additional comments?

I'm sorry to say but this was a waste of my money. I have not enjoyed this book at all. I read the other reviews that said the narration was bad, but I was going to give it a try anyway since I really enjoyed the Mitch Rapp stories. Mistake!<br/>The narrator makes everyone sound angry all of the time. It seems to me the narrator didn't really know the charcters.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Mitch, Vince, I am sorry!

If there is one single man on the face of this earth who can assassinate the mighty Mitch Rapp.... It's Ken Kilban! George, where the hell are you, your country needs you! Kilban leaves me feeling like Mitch is more of an interior decorator / gown designer than razor toothed predator. Ohhhhh the humanity!

79 of 84 people found this review helpful

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  • gary
  • 12-19-12

Good story poor narrator

It's amazing how much a narrator can affect the enjoyment of a story.

I've read most of Vince Flynn's books & have listened to all of his books on audible. George Guidall is definitely the best for these books, he's a really good narrator & I've got a lot of other books that he's narrated. The first 2 Mich Rapp books & Term Limits were narrated by Nick Sullivan who was ok, but Ken Kilban's narration is very grating

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert Macdonald
  • 04-03-16

Good plot spoiled by awful narration

If you could sum up Separation of Power in three words, what would they be?

Could be better

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kennedy always seems to have that extra insight into the meanings of people's actions.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ken Kliban’s performances?

Will definitely avoid. Poor intonation, always seems as if a quiet statement is an argument. Dialogue perpetually ends on an upward inflection that I found initially irritating and eventually it spoiled the book. I won't listen to anything by this narrator again. Painful!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephen
  • 12-13-13

Flynn brilliant again

What made the experience of listening to Separation of Power the most enjoyable?

Another brilliant book in the Mitch Rapp Saga, following on nicely to others. Mitchs Character continues to develop and mature. Nice narration and great story. If you're a Rapp fan - this is another great book. Havent listened to a bad Vince Flynn book yet !

What other book might you compare Separation of Power to, and why?

One of the series of Rapp stories: Transfer of Power - Consent to kill

What about Ken Kilban’s performance did you like?

Good narration style.

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

No but gripping in places

Any additional comments?

Great Book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mooresey
  • 11-26-17

The story is amazing, but................

The story in this book is just as good as the rest of the books in the series. The problem is that the narrator is not. He drones on in the same voice for all of the people in the book. There is no change in the characters voices, they all sound the same.

If this was the first book I would never have bought the others, thankfully he’s only done one, and I can’t listen to it.

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  • Miles
  • 10-17-17

Story OK, dialogue poor, and narration is shocking

The story is okay. The dialogue, particularly between the two main characters, is very amateurish. It could have been taken from a High School essay. I found myself cringing frequently throughout the book. The narration is shockingly bad. The voices are inconsistent and the tone and volume pay no attention to the context, for example, a private and secret conversation on the plane is read as if Mitch and Anna are shouting at each other. Rapp, a sophisticated, intelligent, worldly assassin, comes across as a whiny schoolboy. Anna, a Whitehouse correspondent, as a silly and petulant school girl. This will be my last Mitch Rapp novel. Pity.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-15-17

Flynn has done it again.

Fantastic although I prefer George Guidall's performances. Can't wait to read/listen to the next book.

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  • Mr. K. Leyland
  • 02-21-17

Not as good as previous books

The story was OK took a long time to get going however I found the narrator poor and irritating but glad I stuck with it so I could move on to the next book!!

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  • Phillip
  • 02-07-17

Great Ending :)

Not as good as the others but still enjoyable, It's Narrated by Ken Kliban he is not great :(

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  • Anthony M
  • 05-17-16

great story and narration with satisfying plot

What made the experience of listening to Separation of Power the most enjoyable?

As usual Fylnn excels in involving the reader with the intrigues of its characters. This book concludes a number of plot elements left hanging by its predecessor The Third Option.

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

Bit too long for me to listen to in one sitting, but certainly found it thoroughly absorbing.

Any additional comments?

Best read in continuation of The Third Option.

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  • Matt
  • 03-27-16

Dreadful narration, good story

This is without out doubt the most awful narration I have ever listened to. With Mis-pronounced words and a complete failure to convey any of the drama of the prose Ken Kliban has almost completely ruined this book. Fortunately the story is good enough that I forced myself to finish it, but only just. Although probably only because I enjoyed the first 2 books immensely.
I was looking forward to this series as it has been highly recommended to me after I ran out of jack reacher books, if Ken Kliban is reading any more of them though, I think I will have to find something else!

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  • Craig
  • 11-20-17

Whiney Narrator

While the story line was to the usual high standard the narrator made all the characters sound like sniveling spineless individuals.

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  • Duncan Wilson
  • 09-20-17

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Looking forward to the next instalment. Very disappointing. Narration was terrible and struggled to finish

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  • Kerry
  • 03-13-17

Not up to standard.

Boring and repetitive dialogue for the first two thirds.

Narration was almost unbearable. Emphasis inappropriate and almost no distinction between characters. A real let down after the preceding books in the series.

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  • Glen B
  • 01-24-17

Another great story, but bad narrator.

What didn’t you like about Ken Kliban’s performance?

I love this series, but this narrator is terrible. The way he does the character voices of Mitch and Anna are horrible, as he always speaks in a clipped, high pitch, argumentative manner which is not how the characters talk to each other. It got to the stage where every time Mitch and Anna were together I'd cringe. Not sure if I can listen to any more books from this series if he is the narrator.

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  • elliot
  • 11-28-16

Great story, not so great narration.

As always, we enjoyed this installment in the Mitch Rapp series. Unfortunately, we didn't enjoy the narration and we will make sure to order the next book, with a different narrator.