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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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    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 01-14-12
    Snoodely Santa Barbara, CA United States 01-14-12 Member Since 2017
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    "I've discovered a new author! And reader!"

    If you like thrillers as much as I do, you are going to love Mark Greaney's Gray Man. Yikes ??? Talk about relentless action! Not only does Greaney create an exciting plot, but he can also write. Court Gentry ??? the eponymous Gray Man ??? joins the ranks of fictional assassins ??? like Daniel Silva's Gabriel Allon ??? for whom we root enthusiastically. Of course, Gentry only kills bad guys; so we can root for him without compunction. (I don't know how much these fictional good-guy assassins might correspond to anything in real-life; but, we all really appreciate them "taking out the trash," don't we?) Court Gentry is so tough and skilled that he seems virtually indestructible ??? although he does get pretty banged-up by the end of this novel ??? and we keep rooting for him the whole time, even through astonishing violence and blood-shed. Right now, I'm wondering what on earth Mr. Greaney could possibly come up with to top "The Gray Man;" but I'm eagerly forging ahead with his next novel ??? "On Target" ??? to find out. I suspect that I may have already succumbed to Greaney addiction, so I hope that he writes fast. To sweeten the pot, an excellent actor ??? Jay Snyder ??? narrates this audiobook. Good narration adds immeasurably to the fun of a good audiobook; and Jay Snyder has the chops to keep us listeners enthralled. In short: Unless you are very squeamish, buy this audiobook.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 03-25-17
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 03-25-17 Member Since 2017

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.

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    "Move Over Jack Reacher"

    Stumbling across The Gray Man by Mark Greaney could not have come at a better time. I was beginning to become disenchanted with my favorite "take-no-prisoners" character, Jack Reacher in the series written by Lee Child. Along comes Court Gentry, aka the Gray Man, aka Jim. He gets stalked. He gets shot. He gets stabbed. He bleeds. He fights against insurmountable odds. He wins. Mostly he goes after bad guys, just like Paladin did 150 years earlier in Have Gun Will Travel. And best of all Greaney keeps the action going pretty much non-stop while Child has Reacher spending nearly a quarter of one of his recent books riding in the back seat of a car. I thought I was going to have to reread some of the earlier Reacher novels to rekindle the excitement that the series used to generate. Instead I'm going to jump into The Gray Man series. I like my chances.

    8 of 9 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

    8 of 9 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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    Francie shingle springs, CA, United States 09-04-10
    Francie shingle springs, CA, United States 09-04-10
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    "Excellent"

    Fast paced thriller. This is the first time I have read a book by this author and I will definitely be interested in reading additional books.

    32 of 39 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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    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
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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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    dumbclub Penland, NC USA 02-12-13
    dumbclub Penland, NC USA 02-12-13 Listener Since 2005

    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.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    JW 03-12-17
    JW 03-12-17
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    "Great story"

    The story line was gripping. A great listen. .Way to much foul language! Great readers performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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