• The Assassin

  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (236 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, is the most dangerous city in the world. And when a mission to break the local cartel’s grip goes wrong, Isabella Rose, the Angel, finds herself on the wrong side of prison bars. Fearing the worst, Isabella plays her only remaining card...

British agent Vivian Bloom is determined to be the first to reach her, certain she will lead him to other operatives he’s under pressure to hunt down. But US agents are circling too. And with the shadowy Prometheus group pulling the strings, Isabella knows that she and her mentor, the Asset, are living on borrowed time…

The Assassin is the fourth part in a continuing story involving Isabella Rose that also includes Act I: The Angel, Act II: The Asset and Act III: The Agent.

©2018 Mark Dawson (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Isabella Rose Book 4

Napoleon Ryan is an outstanding narrator but his voice is simply wrong, wrong, wrong for this series mostly about a 16 year old girl and her female friend.

THE ASSASSIN is Book 4 in the series with protagonist Isabella Rose, daughter of now deceased British espionage agent Beatrix Rose, being 16 years old assassin. The plot delves off into medically and scientifically impossible situations that go into the area of fantasy rather than espionage. I am through with this series.

I am a fan of author Mark Dawson. I have listened to all of his audio books in this series, the Beatrix Rose series, the Soho Noir series, and the John Milton series and I have rated almost all of the 32 books 4 or 5 stars.

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Hooked on lame series

First off the narrator is mediocre at best...does horrible on the female voices. Secondly, Dawson again fills his novel with unnecessary street names, turns, scenic and weaponry description that I'm able to multi task while listening and not miss any of the story line. Having said that, when the author does address the subject matter of the book it's really well written with plenty of suspense and action to the plot. Isabella is gaining traction as an assassin and was glad to see Pope reimerg in the thick of things; sans his wife and family. That's another part of the story that irritated me as Pope's wife was portrayed as an unfeeling unappreciative woman who didn't care about him or what he went thru to save his family. Anyway, as usual I will be waiting on the follow-up book in this series.

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I love this series. I love Mark Dawson.

BUT....this was THE worst narration I have ever heard. And I have listened to 60-70 books per year for 10 years!

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Terrible narration

Love Mark Dawson's writing as usual, but the narration is so bad. Cartoonist and unrealistic.

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Assassin's Journey

Excellent, action-packed and surprising twists. Can't wait until the next installment. Isabella and Pope are a great team.

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Awful narration

I really enjoy reading those books but the narration and emphasis on every third word is awful. Funny accents as well

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Fantastic narrator for a fantastic story.

Napoleon Ryan once again out does himself with an absolutely laudatory performance of the assassin.

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  • 05-17-21

Fabulous!! Ties so much together.

Another fantastic book in the Isabelle Rose series. Mark Dawson keeps getting better and better!

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A different kind of story. But ,engaging.I would

recommend it as a study in intrigue. A story filled with compassion and desire for justice.I hope anyone who will listen to it will come to the conclusion that it will satisfy their feelings.

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Weird speaking cadence spoils the reading

It's very odd. I have found 2 narrators with similar strange speaking affectations. The first is Napolean Ryan, reading this book, and the the other is Susan Duerden, reading "The Rook". I believe that both are British, and I have to wonder, is this strange speaking cadence is intrinsic to one or more of Britain's many dialects of English?

Lydia from Texas wrote a succinct evaluation of Susan's reading of "The Rook".

"... - the narration was completely horrid - I could not focus on the content at all because of the weird sing-song cadence of the narrator. Every sentence was just an arpeggio - with her voice going up and down with each syllable..."

While Napolean Ryan's rendition is not quite so strongly cadenced as that of Susan Duerden, I still find it quite annoying. I cannot recommend this audio book.

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  • Richard OJ.
  • 04-09-19

The Assassin disappointing.

I am sorry to say that I found the book disappointing this was due to the very poor narration, I did complete the story though nearly gave up on several occasions due to the narrator.

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  • Mr J.
  • 07-30-18

couldn't finish

absolutely love the author but the narrator was a blooming awful ....managed half way before I couldn't bear listening to him any longer , the story however is up to the author's high standards

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  • VJ
  • 07-17-18

Needs a Female Narrator!

I struggled to listen to this instalment of Isabella Rose. I had to resort to increasing the play speed to endure the narration. Given the protagonist is female in this series, surely it would make sense to have a female narrator. After all, John Milton books aren’t read by a female narrator!
Unfortunately this will be my last Isabella Rose audiobook unless there is a change of narrator - so sorry Mr Ryan 😐

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  • Daniel
  • 07-05-18

Robot performer

A good actor/narrator can read a telephone book and give it colour. In this case it is quite the opposite: although it gets minimally acceptable towards the end, the monotous rythm, nearly always ending with a higher pitch made the listen a torture. I can only save the dialogues, where this feature is less applied. I previously had the same problem with Paul Thornley... have they both gone to the same school? Or is it the current trend and I shall have to put up with it? Many of the Mark Dawson titles are read by David Thorpe. Why change?

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  • Iain
  • 12-20-18

Good story, annoying narrator

It's a roaring story that covers the background of Isabella Rose, spoiled by the narrator's inability to read more than a few words without pausing.

Ignoring the narration, the story is just as good as the John Milton series with potential to exceed. A bit akin to a female Bourne, she has her own agenda and is only slightly influenced by those around her.

Can't wait to read more from this series

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  • paul
  • 02-12-19

brilliant

great story with an unexpected twist that has left me pining for the next in the series.

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  • Sally Alp
  • 09-30-18

narrotors ruined it

I am ploughing through the book because I want to know what has happened to Isabella and everyone else. I have read all the books in this series.
Mr Ryan's voice is distracting but the female voice is irratating. Please don't use her again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-19-22

its a no from me.

I like Marks work usually. I really didnt like the naration. The cartoon accents were terrible and spoiled what may have been a decent story but I just did not enjoy this one.

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  • Ken Cowen
  • 05-16-22

I Can’t get past the first five minutes!

This narrator is SO awful I had to turn off after five minutes. Típ to producers: not every syllable needs to be read like it’s a Milk Tray advert.

Also… why not have a female actor reading this??

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  • Brinkus
  • 05-15-22

Great story distracting narrator

An enjoyable story, unfortunately the narrator sounds unnervingly like Matt Berry playing Steven Toast - so much so that it becomes a difficult listen.