This is one superb story. I really like the intelligent, pseudo-realistic way, Tom Clancy spins his plots. Worth your while from cover to cover - if an audiobook had any. Covers, I mean.
But Scott Brick with his overemphatic, overdramatic, sermonizing way of reading, his exaggerated false accents and the annoying fact, that he so often sounds hyper-excited, when his character should be calm and cool is almost unbearable. Michael Pritchard does such a wonderful, unobstrusive job, reading many of the other Tom Clancy novels. That makes "Patriot Games" and "Red Rabbit" doubly sad. Eaaahspeshially nooow, dat ee doss rushans agaiiin. Argh!
Nevertheless - great audiobook. And it is really partly to "thank" Scott Brick for, that it is not easy to get drawn into this narrative. His protagonists so often leave a caricature-like impression. THAT in a Tom-Clancy-novel... sad. Just sad.
I started listening to "Red Rabbit" right after I finished Robert Littell's "The Company", so I have to admit there was a threshold to trip over before I got into the book. It seemed to start _very_ slowly, and took about 6 hours before you got past setting up the plot, identifying the characters, and moving into the story. It felt longer.
Once the plot got moving, the book was enjoyable, and getting a prequel look into Ryan made for a good story with some interesting references. What I didn't like was how deep Clancy went into the thoughts of the characters, especially at the beginning of the book. Setting a character up is one thing, but following a character's mind-trip as he thinks about 50 different concepts gets real old, real fast. Scott Brick, the narrator, is one of my favorites - but even he couldn't help me wade through that stuff any faster. Maybe this is the kind of junk they skip over in the abridged versions. If so, I understand why.
Oh my! How the mighty have fallen!
What a dire and torpid book that drones on and on spouting Clancy's political doctrine and seemingly random, and often inaccurate, details. Fifteen years ago Clancy was respected as a writer for the detail and suspense of his novels. Red Rabbit calls into question that previous respect. There are innumerable trivial errors in this book regarding British life which immediately raises concerns for the rest of the book and previous publications. Many of these arise from the irrelevant rambling descriptions (e.g. a British pint has 20oz not 16 Mr. Clancy. Also York is probably about the 20th largest city in the north of England - not the largest).
Also, the brilliant foresight of the 'superhero' Jack Ryan makes him out to be so ludicrously talented as to be the second coming. Way too over the top for believability, particularly as this book is trying to interpolate itself with real life events.
I listened to the unabridged version (20 hours) and was amazed to see that the abridged version is still 7 hours. The usually impeccable narrator Scott Brick, was so challenged by the 'prose' that every single one of his British characters sounded like a pantomime cockney. Despite this one of the stars I gave this book is for Mr Brick, the other is for Mr Clancy who really can do much better.
A great 10 hour book , diluted with 10 hours of blather. Nothing like his other riveting books.
This is good story that takes too long to get started and too long to get to the meat of the story. Many too many details about the characters that didn't help drive the story. Half as long would be twice as good.
This boring, predictable novel is a joke. Designed to leverage Clancy's name and extract dollars from an unwitting customer base, I would only use it to cure persistent insomnia.
I enjoyed this story about a Russian KGB insider with a conscience. The details about protecting the Rabbit and the Target were interesting and intense. Cool to see that Ritter is finally seeing Ryan's capabilities as positive, not negative! Looking forward to the next chapter and seeing how "we" catch the Russian moles! Scott Brick does a great Russian voice!