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.
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!
This book is kind of boring, not a whole lot happening here. My least favorite Tom Clancy book of the 15 I have listened to so far... you can skip this one and you will not miss anything from the series..
Hunt for Red October
It was smooth and did not detract from the story.
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.
Very well done. Family aspects show human qualities in both sides of the fence. Only regret is lack of more unabridged works by this author. And from what i have reviewed Tom Clancy has many books to his credit,
I'm a Tom Clancy fan but this one is just plain boring. It is around 26 hours in length but you have to struggle through 23 hours of rambling and repetition before it gets the least bit interesting. I have the book but could remember very little about it. Now I know why.
I usually like long audiobooks in which I can really become immersed. Also, I have really enjoyed some of Tom Clancy's other books. The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising were very good. On the other hand, Patriot Games seemed to show a shift to a less credible, more self-indulgent trend. Well, this might be the capper to that trend.
An abridgement of this novel might taken 90 minutes to two hours. However, in the unabridged version we are treated to 24 hours that stray through long, rambling discussions of Jack Ryan's commute to work while the top three people at the CIA cannot seem to do anything but talk about him. And the irrelevant critique of Britain's healthcare system is riveting . . . not.
Avoid Red Rabbit.
(If you want a good cold war story, Audible has Clancy's unabridged The Hunt for Red October, and Stuart Woods' Deep Lie was very entertaining.)
This is the most boring book Tom Clancy, or any one else, could write. Extremely repetitious, so much so that I that thought I had lost my place on several occasions and was repeating sections. Don't waste your time with this one.