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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 06-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Hard to put down!"
    Any additional comments?

    Hard to put down! Even though I wonder if any highly trained operative could really have so much bad luck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don M. San Diego, CA USA 06-28-16
    Don M. San Diego, CA USA 06-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Poor."
    Would you try another book from Mark Greaney and/or Jay Snyder?

    I would not. The writing was stilted and forced. The narration, particularly the narrators use of accents, was sub-par.


    What could Mark Greaney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He needs to learn to write well. His use of euphemisms and American slang for people from around the world was jarring and juvenile. I had no empathy for any of the main characters; back stories, if there were any, were simplistic and felt tacked on.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The foreign accents were cartoonish, and they wavered; sometimes the characters had them sometimes not.


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

    The idea for the story overall would have been interesting if it had been told well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe ENGLERT RIVER RIDGE, LA, US 06-27-16
    Joe ENGLERT RIVER RIDGE, LA, US 06-27-16
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    "GRAY = Dead,Nice action, Suspension of DISBELIEF!"

    Good read and action, but one must accept the Suspension of DISBELIEF for Superman Gray

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    fred 06-27-16
    fred 06-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible... Don't Bother"
    Has The Gray Man turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Complete bullsh*t... ridiculous premise, implausible characterizations and situations. Impossible to suspend disbelief - just kept getting worse page after page.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time or money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M Croom 06-25-16
    M Croom 06-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Suspend belief"

    If you are looking for a fast action thriller with a high body count, this is a great way to pass your time. However, character development is minimal and one must continuously exist in a suspended reality to make it to the obvious ending. On an alternative positive note, Jay Snyder narrates wonderfully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Chen Sequim, WA United States 06-23-16
    Rebecca Chen Sequim, WA United States 06-23-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Action book"

    Not genius but reliable entertaining

    Not a bunch of useless emotion and angst. The protagonist is a cool guy and you want him to survive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara O. 06-17-16
    Barbara O. 06-17-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting story"
    What did you love best about The Gray Man?

    The action and situations


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Has to be Court.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    Flow was good and easy to understand.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Mission Impossible


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint would be that the situations are almost too staged. There is no way out of trouble and a very short time later something unbelievable happens and situation is resolved. Wish it could be closer to possible before solution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Kailua, HI, United States 06-17-16
    Christopher Kailua, HI, United States 06-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Itchy and Scratchy Show for 11 hours"

    For most books, you have to suspend your idea of reality and dive into the author's. It's one of the reasons that I love audiobooks... Well, book in general. With this book, the reality that is presented is so dumb and poorly executed that I was never able to get into the story. I kept asking myself if I was reacting to bad narration. I think I was a little but not entirely. The narration IS that bad but not bad enough for me to quit the book - which I did twice. I'd run out of podcasts, roll my eyes and turn it back on. Mark Greaney knows how to keep a book moving and I expected so much more from him but the story itself is so bad. SO bad. The whole book is about our seemingly immortal protagonist who goes from bad situation and injuries to bad situation and injuries with exactly as much believability as the Itchy and Scratchy Show. He's about to die and then a miracle happens and he escapes and is about to die again. Rinse and repeat. Throw in horrible accents and mispronunciations and you have the whole book. Just don't go there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Torhout 06-14-16
    Leslie Torhout 06-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Simple, but good"

    Not the book with the most depth or fleshed out characters, but I really enjoyed it.
    I'd recommend it just to men who like the movie The Expendables.

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    voidsource 06-13-16
    voidsource 06-13-16
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    "quite well, better than I thought"

    took me a while to finish this one but I surely did love the epilogue. I found the beginning very interesting and the ending as well, so the only thing that slowed me down or interest is towards 3/4 of the story through. That is when I had trouble not repeating a few chapters as I found it lacking in excitement. To be fair, I mostly listen to it when I'm in bed going to bed, but usually I can do with 3-4 chapters before I fall asleep. But those times I fell asleep during one chapter and then the next night repeat that chapter. Other than that, the story itself is quite interesting and the epilogue. The voice actor does a great job with almost all male voices but when it comes to the little girls or any other female, well.....it's very challenging to believe him or stay in the illusion of the story.

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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
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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 .

    3 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.)

    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
  • MR P K PROCTER
    4/21/17
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    "very fast and entertaining"

    not the most intelligent book, but is totally riveting! leads well in to the rest of the series which is a blend of Bourne and Reacher, will be a good movie someday

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Dobell
    Romford, Essex, England
    3/1/17
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    "All action"

    A great listen. Action packed crime romp. Court Gentry is a believable character. a menace with soul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    2/23/17
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    "Review of the Gray Man"

    I enjoyed this audio book, quite a thrill a minute ride. It was clear however, even from the spelling of the title that it was written by, narrated by and intended for an American audience. UK listeners may wince at some of the errors in the detail and some of the narrators accents were distinctly dodgy. My only other slight criticism was that it was clear some break were made in the recording. I understand this is essential as the narrator cannot be expected to get each chapter in one 'take' but these were quite obvious and jarring.
    All those niggles aside I may give the next book in line a listen at sometime.
    PJ

    0 of 0 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

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