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Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Janson Equation

Janson
Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
Series: Paul Janson, Book 4
Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
4 out of 5 stars (203 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

To prevent a war in Asia - one that could quickly spread to the rest of the world - Paul Janson and Jessica Kincaid must learn the truth behind a young woman's murder....

Prominent US Senator James Wyckoff hires former government agents-turned-private security consultants Janson and Kincaid to locate his teenage son Gregory. Gregory's girlfriend Lynell has been found strangled in a Seoul hotel, and Gregory has fled the city to avoid being arrested for the crime. But Senator Wyckoff insists that his son is innocent, suggesting that Lynell, who was a translator, may have been murdered because of something she overheard at a recent international conference. And when Janson and Kincaid realize they're being hunted by an assassin, they suspect that this crime - and the cover-up - were orchestrated by a shadowy unit of the US State Department as part of a larger plot to provoke violence between North and South Korea.

©2015 Douglas Corleone (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Disappointing for this series

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

The previous narrator and previous author

What was most disappointing about Douglas Corleone’s story?

The new author changed the characters and wrote a disappointing story line.

What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

The narrator couldn't have been more boring, it was hard to distinguish between characters, and he dropped all accents from the previous stories.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. The previous stories and narrator were great, and I couldn't wait to continue listening. I almost dropped this story 3 times because it was so bad.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Another exciting adventure for Paul Janson!

I loved it. This was another great entry in the Janson storyline. It was well written and performed.

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Don’t waste your time

I don’t believe Robert Ludlum would want to be associated with this book. Aside from the many errors such as the plane was traveling at 49,000 “miles” above the ocean it was full of cliches. If you can get by the writing you have to listen to Kevin Collins who sounded like a high school student trying out for a dramatic role in the school play. Paul Janson deserved better.

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Time Warp read by a Shatner protege

Somehow, Paul Janson, Vietnam war SEAL/POW has gotten younger and became an Afghan POW.

The voice actor has taken a page from the William Shatner school of excessive pauses.

if you were to do a voice to text on this performance, you'd need a truckload of comma's delivered.

Oh, and for the first time in the series, Paul Janson suddenly has debilitating claustrophobia????

He has an amazing private jet that can fly at 35,000 miles above sea level. WTF?

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  • A Blake
  • Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
  • 02-26-19

Corleone can't compete and the narrator ruins that

Who picked this guy to write this addition to the series? As bad as the narrator was, Corleone's juvenile writing and dialogue made the whole thing unlistenable and often comically so. The narrator's absurdly slow pace with all characters in the same voice, made bad dialogue even worse. The concept of the story was quite good, but so much of the writing came across as if it was originally written in another language.

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Different narrator bummer

I’ve been listening to the series and Janson seemed perfectly depicted by narrator Scott Shepard. Calm, cool & collected. Smooth operator. This book in the series is completely changed. Janson sounds more like a “nervous Jack Ryan Jr.”. Very disappointing to me.
The action and personalities aren’t as easy to really care about with the different author as well. I got through it but it was a bummer because of the change in writer & narrator.

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Terrible narration; okay story

This review is strictly for the Audible narration. The Overall and Story ratings were gleaned from the Kindle version I retreated to because I could not stand listening to the narration. The one star is awarded not to the narrator, who obviously was out of his league, but to the individual(s) at Audible who hired and approved the narration, which I refer to as "the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain narration." Each word emphasized, with a pause after every three words. I tried increasing the speed, as another reviewer suggested, but it was just too awful. I bagged the Audible and read the book. Total waste of money.

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  • drumbell
  • MASON CITY, IA, United States
  • 06-08-18

Good book-difficult narration

I enjoyed the story. However, the narration was a distraction for me. His voice timbre and dialects were fine, but he would take a breath after every two or three words. The rhythm and cadence of his character voices did not seem to change with the characters. I finally listened at 1.25 speed and was finally able to enjoy the rest of the story.

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  • Gregor
  • Hillsboro Oregon
  • 01-23-18

A decent read, but really only sets up what ever i

The story was not really Ludlum like. The narrator did Korean accents well, but over all I found the narration to be some what stilted and lacked engagement. The story had a lot of things going on, somewhat believable, but really a re-telling of a typical soy novel.

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Exciting story, not so good storyteller

This book is one of the best of the Janson series of books, the only thing that I didn't care for was the reader, Kevin T. Collins. I'm sure they could've done better but the reader was like one of those second rate actors on tv that tries too hard and ends up over acting. He just didn't have the voice for it.
Someone like Mark Boyett would've been a better choice but nonetheless, it was a good story and I both enjoyed and suffered through it on my commute.
I liked the reference to Jason Bourne but wondered, other than the obvious, why Paul's capture changed from the NVA to the Taliban.
Thank you for this book.