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  • Separation of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ken Kliban
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (236 ratings)

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Summary

Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

Take another thrill ride with Mitch Rapp.
©2002 Vince Flynn (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

Critic reviews

"First-class political intrigue from a master storyteller." ( Booklist)

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Good story poor narrator

It's amazing how much a narrator can affect the enjoyment of a story.

I've read most of Vince Flynn's books & have listened to all of his books on audible. George Guidall is definitely the best for these books, he's a really good narrator & I've got a lot of other books that he's narrated. The first 2 Mich Rapp books & Term Limits were narrated by Nick Sullivan who was ok, but Ken Kilban's narration is very grating

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Good plot spoiled by awful narration

If you could sum up Separation of Power in three words, what would they be?

Could be better

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kennedy always seems to have that extra insight into the meanings of people's actions.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ken Kliban’s performances?

Will definitely avoid. Poor intonation, always seems as if a quiet statement is an argument. Dialogue perpetually ends on an upward inflection that I found initially irritating and eventually it spoiled the book. I won't listen to anything by this narrator again. Painful!

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Flynn brilliant again

What made the experience of listening to Separation of Power the most enjoyable?

Another brilliant book in the Mitch Rapp Saga, following on nicely to others. Mitchs Character continues to develop and mature. Nice narration and great story. If you're a Rapp fan - this is another great book. Havent listened to a bad Vince Flynn book yet !

What other book might you compare Separation of Power to, and why?

One of the series of Rapp stories: Transfer of Power - Consent to kill

What about Ken Kilban’s performance did you like?

Good narration style.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No but gripping in places

Any additional comments?

Great Book.

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Great story, poor story teller

I have been working my way through the Mitch Rapp series and the last two books have been excellent stories, I am currently up to chapter 5 and although there are a lot of recaps to the last book, the story is starting to get going.

Sadly the voice performer is distracting and annoying. There are dramatic pauses at the end of every single sentence and so the story does not flow, on occasion these pauses are before the end of the sentence as if the reader was surprised that a comma did not mean the end of a sentence.

It is almost unlistenable but sadly as it is a part of an ongoing story I feel I must press on. This means it is less a case of enjoying the story as willing it to end. Not a good experience!

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Poor narration

I have enjoyed the series so far even with changing narrators, but it’s third change did not suit the genre at all. I found my self increasing irritated and had to stop a few chapters in. It’s a shame

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Bit of a drag

I’m diligently working my way through Mitch Rapp series and must say first couple of books kept me on my toes in anticipation of Mitch’s next move but unfortunately the next few have turned into bit of a drag. Storyline, descriptions etc is getting longer and action shorter to my disappointment. I am going to give it another shot and read next book before I give up. Shame as I had very high hopes for this series.

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Disappointed by the narrator

The story was interesting but the book was spoiled by the narrator's creepy totally unsuitable and off putting voice.

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Disappointed

Narration was so bad I nearly stopped listening. I enjoy the Mitch Rapp series but this book left me very disappointed.

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Love this Series, however

This was a rather disappointing book in the series, I found it a great difficulty to get through to the end.

It focused a lot on other characters, which is nice to grow there character but it wasn't as action packed

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Not as good as the earlier Mitch Rapp stories.

The story included several bickering arguments that were tedious. The plot line was not as exciting as the earlier stories.
Narration made the Mitch Rapp character seem more irritable and less cool.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-11

Narrator turns Rapp into a snooty, cranky man

This is the eleventh Vince Flynn book I've listened to, I saved it for last because of the poor reviews regarding the narrator. I couldn't finish it. He made all of the characters sound whiny, anxious and condescending including Mitch Rapp.
A snooty, anxious Rapp?!
Three years into my audible subscription this is only the second book I couldn't finish due to narration.
I'll get this installment on Rapp the old fashioned way I think, actual paper.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-05-11

Horrible Narration

I fell in love with the Mitch Rapp series and was thrill when these older books came out. After listening to the first chapter without George Guildall narrarating I've decided not to purchase any others. The story would be great but the story teller is horrible. THIS IS NOT MITCH RAPP!! Please redo with George Guidall!! Please!

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  • Sally
  • 07-06-11

wasted money

I can't believe I am rating a Vince Flynn novel as one star but here it is. How sad. I have purchased this novel in paper but I hate to read, then I purchased it in an abridged format, YUK, and despite the reviews I was excited to get the entire thing read to me. NOT. This narrator is really bad. I can handle the narrative parts but when he does voices Mitch sounds like a whining 16 year old kid, Kennedy and all women sound the same, like old ladies. It is so bad it overpowers the excellence of this book. If this is your first audible purchase do not judge audible by this terrible production, it is rare to be this bad. To audible, either issue refunds or get this redone and offer to replace this fiasco. To Simon and Shuster audio, shame on you. This is really inexcusable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-12-11

File under "how to ruin a good book . . ."

I am still in the first half of the book as I write this review. The narrator is just awful. He makes every character sound like a shrill, whiny, complainer. The action is just starting to really come together, but I can hardly stand to listen. Ken Kilban makes Mitch Rapp sound like he jumped off a rainbow float in a New Orleans parade to assassinate a terrorist before berating the hotel staff because it gave him the wrong candle to match the room's feng shui and messed up his bubble bath. Rule: never, ever, listen to a book read by this guy.

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  • Jeff
  • 16-05-11

Cannot finish it...

The narrator is the worst I have ever heard. I can't even bring myself to finish the book. He turns Mitch Rapp into a high pitched, whiny hero. George Guidall , the narrator for all of the other Mitch Rapp books, really captured the essence of all of the characters in a given book, male and female alike.

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  • Elaine
  • 03-06-11

terrible narrator

i should have read the reviews before i purchased this book. cannot listen to this narrator whine his way through the book. i've listened to a couple chapters and no more. i think i will buy the paper book to read.

can we get refunds on books we can't listen to? my last book by this narrator.

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  • GI Joe with Kung-Fu Grip
  • 25-05-11

Mitch, Vince, I am sorry!

If there is one single man on the face of this earth who can assassinate the mighty Mitch Rapp.... It's Ken Kilban! George, where the hell are you, your country needs you! Kilban leaves me feeling like Mitch is more of an interior decorator / gown designer than razor toothed predator. Ohhhhh the humanity!

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  • James
  • 17-05-11

Dissapointing

I can,t get myself to stop listening to Vince Flynn's books. I read about all of them. This one is not as good due to the narrater.

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  • Alex
  • 20-06-11

The worst

Love Vince Flynn.. This is my 6th book and this recoreding stinks. They will remove my post if I tell the truth on what Ken Kilban sounds like. Ken...Please retire.....Vince...quality control please...I'll repurchase if you fix this .

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  • Mark
  • 13-05-11

Awful narrator

I love Vince Flynn books, but this one is unlistenable. The narrator sucks. How do I get a refund

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