But with consummate psychological skill, a shadowy military organization seduces Bob into leaving his beloved Arkansas hills for one last mission for his country, unaware until too late that the game is rigged.
The assassination plot is executed to perfection until Bob Lee Swagger, alleged lone gunman, comes out of the operation alive, the target of a nationwide manhunt, with his only allies a woman he just met and a discredited FBI agent.
Now Bob is on the run, using his lethal skills once more - but this time, to track down the men who set him up and to stop a dark conspiracy aimed at the very heart of America.
©1993 Stephen Hunter; (P)1993 Random House Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House Inc.
"Hunter passes almost everybody else in the thriller-writing trade as if they were standing still." (New York Daily News)
"Tautly written...the plot makes a number of turns before swooping to a conclusion where patriotism and personal integrity triumph." (Library Journal)
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Not a fan of abridged versions but I decided to give this one a try, and I am very glad I did, the story was brilliant and the narrator did a wonderful job, didn’t stop listening to it until it was finished, just like a good book you can’t put down. I would recommend this production to everyone.
"The best of Bob Lee"
Sticking close to the real life character that Bob Lee was based on makes this the best of the series. This is a great read.
"Point of Impact"
This is a really great book! The abridged version was done very nicely. However an unabridged reading would have been better. So many action scenes I enjoyed were not included.
"Point of Impact"
Good story about the point of view of Bob Lee. Could have done without the music in the reading....
"Beau Bridges ruined it for me..."
I never like getting abridged books because I think too much of the story is lost when parts have to be cut. I thought the music and sound effects took away from the story and were totally unnecessary. I think Beau Bridges was the worst narrator I have ever listened to and I've listened to quite a few considering I have more than 1300 books in my library! I will try another book written by Stephen Hunter as long as Bridges is not the narrator. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Read D-Man801's review. It is right on the money.
I found the abridged version was overly abridged. I thought the author added great detail about the workings of ballistics, guns and sniperdom but I imagine much of this was removed during the process of making the story shorter. I would have liked to of heard more. I always try to purchase only unabridged versions but I guess a full version of this book is not available.
I like Beau Bridges but this narration was not great, almost as if he was making fun of the story as he was reading it. Perhaps it is too much to ask Beau to overcome bad writing. The music in the interludes was a cheezy, but this fit right in with the story and character names.
Sorry, but not even close to Patrick Obrien series as narrated by Patrick Tull.
"Creates Suspense, But Hard To Follow"
Enjoyed how the story turned back and forth between who had the advantage. The story seems too short for the listener to get familiar with all the names. The sniper content is pretty cool.
"If you like smart, don't listen to this book"
I hear this was made into a movie. If it was, it had to have been the worst movie ever. Either that or the movie was better than the book which rarely happens. It was seriously like a bad parody of a very bad movie. Lines like "It's Howdie Doodie Time." In an overly dramatic raspy voice forced from Beau Bridges was supposed to be taken seriously but all it got from the listeners in our car was loud laughter and "oh my, this is maybe the worst writing ever."
Do yourself a favor and skip this and listen to smart writers in the genre like Baldacci, or a book called The Ascendant (forgot the author's name). This was really, really bad.
Not be so obvious and fake. Seriously? Nick Memphis? Bob Lee Swagger? He should have thrown in a character named Mike Pistol and Johnny Blade.
Ease up on the macho and try to add more information that makes the reader smarter, not dumber.
Sounded like he was making fun of people trying to sound macho. Only, he was trying to be serious. It was bad.
I would rewrite all of them. And name them normal people names.
"Les story than the film!"
I have wanted to read the book that inspired the movie Shooter since I saw it, I finally found it here on Audible but was very disappointed to find that it and 2 other books in the Bob Lee Swagger series were Abridged ONLY. I never understood why an Unabridged version isn't always available and that an abridged version is only an option to it. Seems like common sense that way. As for the specific abridged novel in question, I found the story OK but certainly lacking. There is so much character development and even some action missing that I feel unfulfilled after reading(hearing) it, as if there was a lot more to the story, which was even less in depth that the film version. When a film has more story than the book, there's something wrong there. If you just want to know if Point of Impact in and of itself is a good read, yes and no. The whole book is awesome! This version is only enough to get you interested in reading the whole version.
"Wish it was unabridged"
Good listen, I have waited years hoping for an unabridged version. Oh well, still good story
"Great but I read the original."
It was good to listen to this book again, but I should have looked for the unabridged version as some of the story detail was lost. still enjoyed it though.
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