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Thoughts on The Last Man (audiobook) by Vince Flynn

The Last Man


Title: The Last Man [Audiobook] [Hardcover]
Author: Vince Flynn
Narrator: George Guidall
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Running Time: 11 hours
Date Published: November 13, 2012

I accepted The Last Man by Vince Flynn for review with quite a bit of trepidation. While I love mystery/suspense/thriller novels, the synopsis for The Last Man didn’t make my skirt fly up. But within minutes of listening to the book, I knew I would love it, though I didn’t realize that this author would become that kind of author that would make me want to drop all my other reading commitments and just read his whole backlist. Seriously. I don’t kid.

So here’s the setup: Mitch Rapp, assassin for the CIA, is sent to Afghanistan to investigate the kidnapping of Joe Rickman, a guy who basically knows all the CIA’s secrets, particularly the identity of many of their spies. The fact that the US doesn’t want Rickman spilling all their secrets is an understatement. But when Rapp arrives in Afghanistan to find out what happened to Rickman, it becomes obvious that things are a lot more complicated than they seem. In fact, a series of events makes it appear as if someone is out to kill Rapp as well.

Backstory: When I discovered the show 24, it had already ended. I watched season one in a few days, and then proceeded to blow through the next seven seasons over the next few months. I loved Jack Bauer’s no-nonsense style and his bad ass ways. Mitch Rapp reminds me of Jack Bauer. He’s a no-nonsense, doesn’t-take-garbage-from-anyone, smart-ass, isn’t-a-cold-blooded-killer kind of guy. This is the best thriller I’ve read. Period. It had nonstop action, snappy characters, fantastic bad guys, even better good guys, and the violence was at a minimum. The narrator, George Guidall, has recorded a ton of novels (over 900!!!) and has won awards for his narration. I have to admit, though, that I found his cadence to be distracting. I felt like he read the way an author would read as opposed to the easy flowing style that many narrators have. I got used to it after a while, and it certainly wouldn’t stop me from listening to other novels he’s narrated but I won’t be seeking him out.

Bottom line: Best thriller I’ve ever read.

Thanks to Simon & Schuster for giving me this audiobook to review!


10 Responses to “Thoughts on The Last Man (audiobook) by Vince Flynn”

  1. Word Lily ()

    Wow, that’s high praise! Sounds like I might like it, too.


  2. Sarah Pekkanen ()

    Chime! That was the sound of me downloading a copy thanks to your review.


  3. nomadreader (Carrie) ()

    Yowser! Best ever? I just read something else about Flynn and his excellence. I picked up the first in the series at the library and am really looking forward to it (even more so now.)


  4. Melissa Richier

    Great review. Made me interested of reading this one too. I’ll try to get my self a copy this week. Thanks!


  5. LuckylovesFiction ()

    “He’s a no-nonsense, doesn’t-take-garbage-from-anyone, smart-ass, isn’t-a-cold-blooded-killer kind of guy”. That’s really similar to Bauer.
    I bet I will love it


  6. Johnny Ray ()

    WOW, what a way with words you have in enticing me to read and listen to this story. I love thrillers and hate that I have so little time lately to read other author’s work. I will take time to check this one out. Thank you for the review.


  7. Jennifer Donovan ()

    My husband and my dad are big Vince Flynn fans. They have read the series that feature that character. I never thought about picking them up, but now I might!


  8. LJB

    I have rather narrow interest when it comes to leisure reading, always spy, secret agent, CIA type books like Vince Flynn’s The Last Man. For that matter I migrate to the same type of movies too. I’m sure I am going to enjoy The Last Man.


  9. Best Books ()

    I’m not a huge thriller fan, and although 24 has become as popular as it is, it doesn’t “grab” me I guess. However, with that said, if this ONE book was intriguing enough for you to read all of the author’s other works, then It’s definitely worth a listen! 🙂
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  10. Renz Sacon


    The review you posted for The Last Man by Vince Flynn read to me like you demonstrated impartiality and insight. You stated your thought the way you should. I appreciate that you show both fairness and balance in your reviews. I will be following your other reviews with interest.



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