©1999 Andy McNab; (P)2002 BBC Audiobooks Ltd.
I found this book very repetitive, to such a point that I could predict much of the dialogue. The number of times the word okay was used was uncountable and the premise of a very young child behaving as she does in tbe book was unrealistic. The end of the story was a non event and unsatisfactory.
This is the third of the author's novels I have read and heard. The main character is on a mission but too often diverts his attention to delivering his own style on justice. A good listen unabridged but probably better abridged. I do now intend to work my way through the series in chronological order.
This is the most slow moving, boring book I have ever had the misfortune to encounter. after a promising start,it stalls and degenerates into totaly uninteresting padding.
If you are an insomniac there is no finer remedy than to give this a listen.
Clive Mantle is Nick Stone he portrays the character so well. It was difficult to get into the story with a different narrator.
I admire Andy McNab with his first two books, Bravo 2 Zero and Immediate Action, but turning his hand to fiction in this book did not work. Throughout the book the characters are pretty much the same, using the same dialogue and actions, and much of the wording is very crude. Where other authors give excellent dialogue and description to locations, I found that I could not get my imagination going, it was like a one dimension perspective, not 3d where you would feel part of the story. I continued with the audio, the narrator was not the best, and it led to a very disappointing end which was totally unrealistic. Disappointing overall, hope the future books improve.
When an author uses profanity to convey stress, then it often implies that they have an insufficient vocabulary from which they can convey the situation to the listener. I did not finish the book and will not download any more from this writer.
Manager for a Large Company in Central London. Love listening to audiobooks whilst driving . Currently into Andy McNabs, Nick Stone books.
Andy McNab, draws on his training and knowledge of covert operations to bring you a story that is not only beliveable but gripping and includes the sort of detail only an experienced operative can give you.
Reminds me of the James Bond books (not the Films)
Ric Jerrom made the experience even more complelling as he expertly read the book.
I read this book when it first came out but wanted to read it again, i chose to buy the audio version as i was going on a long trip. It was as goood the second time as it was the first time I read it. This book must be made into a film.
I live in rural France with my husband and cats. We both love audio books as they get us through the dreariest jobs, like weeding and diggin
I am not normally a fan of Andy McNab, but my husband went on and on until I listened just to shut him up. I am glad I did, brilliant narration, he (Ric Jerrom) made it for me. Lets hope he gets to read more of them. Great story, left you wanting more.
Liked it - no, loved it. I was hooked early on and nailed the whole 13 hrs in two days. Some great 'I know that' scenarios (with the kid, not with weapons or spy tradecraft)...
Ric Jerome is a great narrator. He puts the right enthusiasm and emphasis just where it is needed. The book is very enjoyable the build up just where it is needed written by a man in the know.
My only problem with Andy Mc Nabs books on audible is that they do not have the same narrator for all the stone books. We get used to Nick Stones voice and see him in our minds eye. So when the second book came out and the voice is different it does not add up.
I hope this some help. this should not put any one off buying the book it is a great listen and time well spent.
"Graphic and tough"
Most good espionage thrillers are written by Americans, and this might cause us to forget that the British pretty much invented the genre, with John Buchan, Graham Greene and Ian Fleming among the most prominent pioneers. Andy McNab is now a member of the club. His style might not suit all, being politically incorrect and saturated with profanity. His approach to violence is also overly graphic. Also, if you are not British, your ear will need to tune to the strong accents, but the narrator does an excellent job. McNab has a tight approach to plot, and there is an intelligence that pervades his writing, that will reward readers and listeners. The book starts slowly, and it requires something of an effort to get through the first couple of hours, but if you stay with it, the book will reward.
"Waiting for the Action to Start"
Based upon the summaries of this book, I was expecting an action thriller in the same vein as Robert Ludlum. It turned out to have a much quieter, more narrative style without a decisive ending.
I could not finish this novel. The storyline continuously dragged on about an outcast British agent caught up in an assassination of an American friend. This agent is dragging across the Eastern U.S. a frightened little girl who is the only survivor. I got tired of listening to the screams and panic attacks.
I also became very tired, and somewhat insulted, of all of the cheap shots at Americans. Someone should teach the narrator how to pronounce “Quantico”.
Good book on it's own but even better lead into his next book "Last Light". McNab is a no fluf author and brings a lot of his life experience into his writing. I recommend following both books up with "Firewall", a personal favorite of mine. I only wish Audible would get the rest of McNab's work.
"This book was a waste"
The story was a bit hard to follow since it was writen in the british english style. However that was not really a problem it was just a little different and I appreciated the opportunity to increase my "british english" vocabulary. The vocabulary that I found ridiculous was the constant use of profanity. It was used so often that it took away from the story itself. It was profuse enough for me to stop listening after about an hour into the book. After going through about 120 audio books this particular book is the worst one that I have "read" to date and consequently a Not Recomend for me.
"I loved it!"
I thought this book was terrific. I found I simply could not stop listening to it. The story is well developed and the plot twists are very clever. The narrator has the perfect tone and accent for the main character, and makes listening all the more enjoyable.
"Protracted and unconvincing."
I listened to Recoil. Enough action there to keep me interested, but again rather unconvincing characters.
Looking at other reviews, probably not.
The protagonist has a seven or 8 year old girl with him during most of the book. The whinny kid detracted from the story. Nothing against the performer. He did a good job.
Well these were on sale and I bought several. I will try another but if the kid is still there I may just have to rack this up to caveat emptor.
Wish I hadn't bought more books in the series during the sale.
"full of suspense but ..."
A little slow even though full of suspense !- glad i read/listened and will be downloading another but if i had read this one first, I may have taken a little longer to load the next.
"Where will you be listening.?"
I buy audio books for in the car. Currently I am listening to another Andy McNab book which I am enjoying. However, the narrator of Remote Control , Ric Jerrom, has made it impossible for me to listen to this book. I tried but in the opening chapters ( I did not get any farther) there is very uneven volume. The narrators tone fluctuates considerably from whispers to normal tones and I was turning the volume up and down constantly. This does not work for listening in the car and I think it would be distracting at anytime.
I do not know if it is a production problem or a narrator problem but I will think twice before purchasing anything else with this narrator.
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