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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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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 03-25-17
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 03-25-17 Member Since 2017
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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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Harry Poorman 06-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Well written but a bit over the top"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Depends on the friend. This is more for the people who like Jason Bourne type stuff.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 06-01-17
    Mark 06-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Mispronunciations, geographical errors, wild plot"
    What did you like best about The Gray Man? What did you like least?

    "Suspension of disbelief" only goes so far: Plot is too far-fetched, and protagonist's obstacles are so extreme as to be unbelievable. Court Gentry has too much endurance and performs way too well after taking extreme punishment. I also cannot forgive the geographical errors: "Luanda, Botswana?" Last time I checked, Luanda is the capital of Portugese-speaking Angola, not in English-speaking Botswana. Plus the many foreign kill teams are way too confusing: Weren't those Libyans patrolling the roads while the Kazakhs were patrolling the grounds? Would an evil corporation REALLY be motivated to squander so much money and resources on this unbelievable scheme? Characters are cardboard cutouts, not human.


    Would you recommend The Gray Man to your friends? Why or why not?

    Definitely NOT! Save your money and credits. Look elsewhere.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jay Snyder’s performances?

    HELL NO! Avoid this narrator. Every mispronounced word throws me out of the story -- and there are LOTS of them (too many to count!). I was endlessly correcting the narrator in my head. Accents can be challenging, but they seem especially difficult for this narrator. Too many are cardboard cutout or caricatures of old stereotypes. And in at least one case mismatched. A different narrator could have made the book listenable - but couldn't save the plot in any case.


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

    Unfortunately no - although movie editing might actually improve the plot.


    Any additional comments?

    Better luck next time. Maybe other books in the series get better, but I don't want to risk the money or credits to find out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    hooterville 05-15-17
    hooterville 05-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "a poorly written silly story. "

    the characters are cardboard and the story is just silly and poorly executed. i am actually embarrassed for the author while listening to the characters dialogue. its astoundingly bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey E Austin, TX 10-23-17
    Jeffrey E Austin, TX 10-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretty good start to a series. "

    I look forward to see where this character goes. Decent story and a good actor.

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    Lori Long 10-18-17
    Lori Long 10-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A badass, loner killing machine with a conscience!"

    If you require your books to be believable this might not be the book for you. Much like a Jason Bourne character, this guy does it all and keeps on living! But I liked it and the character. The reader does a great job with voices and accents. If you don't take it too seriously, it's a fun read with lots of action and fist pumping yells of "Yes!" when he takes out another bad guy!

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    Marisia Robus 10-08-17
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    "WOW!!! My new favourite author and character! "

    Not since Tom Clancy has there been such an author. I could not wait to listen to this book. I was so sad when it was done!

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    dave 10-07-17
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    "Fast paced espionage "

    If anything it is a touch unbelievable and Gentry too much of a "can do it all, can survive anything". There again, books are meant to be a bit fanciful. Who want to read about me do the dishes!!

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    RestockDotCom 10-05-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Too much swearing"

    Great reading. Story would be far better if it lost all or most of the swearing that adds nothing useful.

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    Brian 10-02-17
    Brian 10-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great story "

    the story was well written well read and kept your attention throughout the entire story

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    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 .

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    5 of 6 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

    4 of 5 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
  • nigel
    10/19/17
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    "Awful."

    I am not familiar with Mark Greaney, but the fact that he has worked with Tom Clancy suggested that he should be good. This book was awful and so far removed from the likes of Frederick Forsyth, Andy McNab, Gerald Seymour etc that this was probably made for TV, such is the pointless puns. I hated this book and had it refunded. The narrator made a bad book worse.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sue
    SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom
    10/17/17
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    "Like being spoken to by your satnav"

    The narration kills an already dodgy story. The accents are impenetrable and incorrect pronunciations are downright irritating. Who knew we had a tunnel under the North Sea !! One of the glaring mistakes. Can’t believe I listened to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macon
    10/14/17
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    "Rubbish"

    Bad story badly narrated.
    Other much better examples of this genre can be found. Not recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James G. Hartman
    UK
    7/26/17
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    "Lacks Depth and Performance"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. In the highly-trained-assassin genre there are other authors who manage to imbue far greater depth in their protagonists. The Grey Man is two dimensional and ridden with cliche.


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

    It was so implausible. I know the genre relies on a certain amount of implausibility, but this was taken too far. Much of the character's success was down to blind luck or, frequently, the convenient location of pal with a stash of arms.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The accents were truly terrible. The English accents were appalling, the German characters sounded French, the French sounded like a generic European accent plucked from the air, and the French towns and street names were butchered. As so much of the novel is set in France, it seems daft not to hire a voice artist who can handle the pronunciation. Having said this, he has a great voice and paces the narration well. But the narrator should stick to American characters in books set in America.


    Was The Gray Man worth the listening time?

    Just. Kept me entertained as I did the housework.


    Any additional comments?

    Still looking for a rival to Mark Dawson's John Milton series. This wasn't it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. H. Lewis
    5/26/17
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    "Unbelievable!"

    Would have been more enjoyable if the story didn't get increasingly implausible as it went along. I made it to the end though, so it wasn't _too_ bad. Narrator had good style, but obviously hasn't done his pronunciation homework!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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