Great book, great movie, pretty good audio book.
I've read Tom Clancy's books over and over. I own them all, well, all the ones he himself wrote. I haven't gotten into the newer franchise books written in conjunction with other writers. I also own all the movies based on his books. I'm not typically into military novels, but I've always ranked Tom Clancy in my top 10 favorite authors. I've read and enjoyed Clear and Present Danger multiple times, and my enjoyment has never diminished. Clancy always has just enough detail to make his books interesting to me, but never so much as to make me feel like I'm reading a technical manual or military play book. I enjoy his characters, again, enough information that they are real people to me, but never so much that character descriptions take over the plot. I get to feel like I'm really there, along side these characters, engaged in mundane routine military life or exciting action packed battle scenes. I rediscovered all of these things in this audio book. I just have one complaint, and its a pretty big complaint, the narrator, while not terrible, has no variation for characters, female, male, latino, irish, whatever, they all sound the same! Sometimes, I litterally couldn't figure out who was speaking and had to rewind. I kept thinking, its good I've read this book so many times and know what it going on, and even then, I had trouble keeping characters and speakers straight. It was very frustrating. If not for Clancy's skill as a writer, I would have stopped listening.
A good story with detailed description of both characters and environment. Each substory led to the overal effect on the main plot.
As with all the stories I have read and listened to by Tom Clancy, this one is exciting, fast-paced, and difficult to put down. I am not usually a big fan of stories involving large amounts of military action, but Tom Clancy has a knack of making even this aspect of things very interesting. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Clancy's writing in general and the Jack Ryan series in particular.
I truly love audio books for the ability to absorb good books while doing other things like commuting to work. Unfortunately, with this book I have to recommend reading rather than listening. While the narrator is not bad, it is extremely difficult to follow the story line. As with most Clancy narratives, one of the intriguing aspects of this novel is that the story line unfolds across a number of locations, subplots, and characters. And also as per the usual Clancy method, some or all of these story lines are treated within the same chapter. Unfortunately, this particular recording tends to blur them all together into one continuous thread so that by the time you realize the story has shifted from one plot line to another, you almost have to back up in the recording to make sense of what you just heard. I am not sure whether this is the narrator or the editor's fault; the fact remains that it makes the story tough to follow if you aren't already familiar with it.
This book could use a new or at least an updated recording. It is too good a story to have this poor a recording to go with it.
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I did not find this narrator as annoying as other reviewers. I did find the book to be tedious if my attention strayed even the least bit -- in part that may be a narration problem because it didn't always hold my attention. It does start slow but slowly and surely picks up speed and interest. If you're invested in this series, you shouldn't skip this book because it adds to the larger story arc. If I had realized there were two different versions, I likely would have purchased the michael Prichard narration with more satisfied results.
I have read Tom Clancy before and enjoyed it but this time I found it hard to follow. He had you in one place with certain characters, then suddenely without even taking the slighest pause you found yourself in a different location. I found myself going back over sections to see what it was I missed.I think it was the reader, He did not switch voices for the characters which didn't help.
Toni in TN
Geez!! I keep finding these great writers on "Audible." Although I have heard of Tom Clancy's novels for years, I, for some reason, did not think I would enjoy them but boy was I wrong!! However, I need to warn first time readers, like me, you really have to pay attention. It may seem slow at first but there is a reason and don't give up on it.. Mr. Clancy writes a very detailed book and you can learn a lot from all the intricacy and it makes for a GREAT read!! The narrator does a heck of a job, as well. I have put more Clancy novels in my "wish list" for later reading...
J. Charles does not change his voice to distinguish between characters. He reads too fast to understand. I haven't read the other version with a different narrator but can still confidently recommend it over this one.
I have been a Tom Clancy fan for many years and for some reason, I never got around to reading this book. I loved the movie though. I wanted to find a good long novel to listen to and stumbled upon this and I could not be more pleased!
Why no one has adapted this into a TV Series and made 20 episodes of fantastic television, I will never know. This book was great from start to finish and had the classic - tie it all together at the end - Clancy finish. I only had one issue with the way it was narrated. It sounded like someone in post production purposely made the transition paragraphs have little if no pause. So one minute you are dealing with Jack Ryan in Washington and the next sentence is about the military in Colorado and you are trying to figure out what happened. Really poor transitions. But at about hour 12, I started to figure it out. Outside of that, great book. Give it a listen.