The Last Man in Tehran

A Novel
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
4 out of 5 stars (421 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Decorated CIA analyst Mark Henshaw continues the "authentic, compelling, and revealing" (Jason Matthews) Red Cell series following agent Kyra Stryker, who must work with retired analyst Jonathan Burke to save the CIA from being torn apart by a conspiracy of moles.

New Red Cell chief Kyra Stryker has barely settled into the job when an attack on an Israeli port throws the Middle East into chaos. The Mossad - Israel's feared intelligence service - responds with a campaign of covert sabotage and assassination, determined to protect the homeland. But evidence quickly turns up suggesting that a group of moles inside Langley are helping Mossad wage its covert war.

Convinced that Mossad has heavily penetrated the CIA's leadership, the FBI launches a counterintelligence investigation that threatens to cripple the agency - and anyone who questions the official story is suspect. With few officials willing to help for fear of getting accused, Kyra turns to her former mentors - now-retired Red Cell chief Jonathan Burke and his wife, former CIA director Kathryn Cooke - to help uncover who is trying to tear the CIA apart from the inside out.

©2017 Mark Henshaw (P)2017 Simon & Schuster

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Another notch in Henshaw's belt

Mr. Henshaw nailed it again! I love the series! Kyra Stryker is my all time favorite spy!

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Excellent espionage thriller!

THE LAST MAN IN TEHRAN is Book 4 in Mark Henshaw's Red Cell espionage series (Audible need to correct the fact it is part of the series). It is one of few such series that has a woman CIA agent, Kyra Stryker, as primary protagonist. My issue with this novel is, does it deserve a 5 star rating? It is a close call. The first three novels in the Red Cell series did not have great narration, but this novel does. George Newbern does an excellent job.

The publisher's summary sets up this novel well. The author packs a lot of action, intrigue, and suspense into this 9.5 hour novel. The novel ends with an important ethical question.

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Fantastic!

I have really enjoyed every book Mr. Henshaw has written thus far, this however is the Crown Jewel! I can hardly wait for the next book! I hope it’s a short wait, please keep up the good work! The narrator did a superb job, perfect not only in the story but in its delivery.

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Not a Quitter...

I’m no quitter...I hang in there to the end.

This is a difficult review to write for a number of reasons, which I will list as my review.

1. Mark Henshaw is a good writer; thorough, very well structured, precise, informative, and believable for the most part. I like his writing to a great degree.
2. The narration was terrible, also for a number of reasons. 1. The guy was TERRIBLE at voices. Conversations are nearly impossible to follow, his accents were okay at times, but changed or showed up without warning at other times...TERRIBLE voice actor!! You could hear the overwrites/corrections plain as day 2. Speed was wrong at times. 3. Tone and inflection seemed random and filled in, at times confusing. His voices were NOT BELIEVABLE. Oddly enough, the only character that was believable was the one I disposed the most - Rhodes. Even he drifted in and out of realism.
3. Plot was a bit weak for this genre, to which I am no stranger. There were bits I really liked, but narration pulled all the pleasure out of it for me...I would have much rather read the book.
4. The plot was anti climatic for this genre. Book was written from a desk job perspective that bleeds through too much in the story. Procedures, check, agency rules and boundaries all come through like an instruction manual.

I will not be reading anymore books by Henshaw...just too difficult to get through. I am sure that many, many people enjoyed this book- this review is not a slam, just a critique from my perspective.

I began reading Ludlum at 13 years old and then Clancy, Koontz, Flynn Etc. Etc. as time followed. I thought this would fall in that line. It didn’t.

Look at my reviews...I am generous with stars.

Takeaway: What could have been a good story became a burden to get through by poor voice acting and interpretation.

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Loved it!

I have to keep myself from overindulging in Henshaw's storytelling!! I want to neglect studying for binge listening.

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Awesomness on a page

Mark Henshaw has again provided the listener with a awesome ride through the world of modern espionage and current global events. George Newbern did a very good job narratoring and interpreting the written word. I await the next collaboration with great eagerness.

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Typical spy novel.

Good story , typical of many cia/spy novels.
However narration by Me. Newbern was barely adequate. He is an excellent reader with a very good voice. But it was almost impossible to distinguish the voices of the different characters. This voice was the same for everyone even when narrating.

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Please choose a good narrator for this author

A dirty bomb kills, wounds and sickens a city. The scene is described in appropriately belabored detail. Narrator reads it with the flipancy of a teen forced to describe his day to his parents. Four books, four bad narrations. Why can't this author get a decent narrator? I'm done with this author until I see a narrator I know is good.

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Technically Good - Disappointing Performance

The reader did not have the inventory of voices to properly portray the characters; particularly when two men were having a conversation. The author did not help this very much because he didn't put many of the the usual "stops" like: "answered, John" This made it difficult to understand some of the narrative. The plot was quite good, but toward the end, it seemed like the author needed to end it. As a result, the plot seemed to get ragged or disjointed.The author was one of the most imaginative and/or knowledgeable about the workings of the CIA.

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great story

completely engrossing story with good characters and a great performance by the narrator. went by too fast