A bit disappointing at times, but overall, a good listen.
So many memorable ones that I can't pick one.
I hadn't before.
I'm afraid I can't think of a tagline at the moment.
An excellent book for spy novel fans.
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This varies from the previous books in the Jack Ryan series on several fronts. I'm a fan of this series and have listened to them all in order (at least through this book) and therefore found some of the changes remarkable and very refreshing:
1) New narrator. The Michael Prichard narrations always required adjustment time, both to his pacing and the dryness of his inflections. Scott Brick is a marked step up in dramatic ability and pacing.
2) No long historical context setting. Every one of the previous books relied heavily on giving the reader historical perspective and background information. Yes, there is a little of that here, but this time it is succinct and interesting.
3) Technical dissertations are gone. I'd become quite used to Clancy's long forays into military and technical discourses. Again, there are a couple, but they're appropriate to the story. Bouts of tedium appear to be gone!
This is an interesting story and it moves along smartly. The 4 stars vs 5 is simply because this time I found Ryan to be a little too good to be true. Yes he swears a little more in this book than I remember in the past -- which doesn't really bother me -- but he can't possibly be that smart at international intrigue with so little field experience. This in no way reduces the appeal of this book.
I thoroughly enjoyed this addition to the series.
The book was a dead plot in the first place. Little to no action which Clancy is normally very good with. I actually had to stop listening, though, because of the narrator. I've heard Brick before and he so overdoes the narration. His inflection is too much for Clancy's calculating characters. I know he thinks he's bringing the characters to life, but it starts to sound like Dr. Seuss. I couldn't take it for more than the first two sections of the book. Maybe it gets better toward the end, but dragging out a lame, predictable plot with Sam I Am was too much for me. Lou Diamond Phillips is a MUCH better narrator for Clancy, but the books he does are probably a bit more exciting, too. Give me Richard Ferrone reading anything.
First audiobook I couldn't stomach...
Nope, he was the reason I hated it.
Cut the background and plot explanations in half.
Great cold war premise. The two superpower are at it again.
Yes. He got better . Not his best work.
Love the Tom Clancy books and look forward to the Jack Ryan series.
As several order reviewers have noted this book has a lot of detail. However, this detail brings in to focus the fall of the USSR from an interesting historical perspective that may not be captured without this level of detail. Once again Scott Brick did a masterful job on the narration.
I have always enjoyed the authors works, but I do prefer (to a degree) his solo endeavors, for their tighness. This is a gripping story about circumstances which touch close to reality. To say whether or not the USSR leadership had a role in the events described is a matter for discussion, but it is certainly possible, and interesting.
Jack Ryan begins to evolve here as someone who is on the way up.
The tie ins that link it to the larger Ryan story arc.
The Assasination Attempt
I have all the jack Ryan books, and throughly enjoyed this one.
It was like listening to my 7th grade world geography teacher in the 60s. It was very insightful how the people lived in the soviet union before the fall. The story moved at a good pace. Did not drag at all.
Great rendering at just the right tone and speed.
The telling of the bread lines and how difficult life was under a communist regime.
Do not hesitate about purchasing this audio book.
I have listened to all of the novels by Tom Clancy in the Jack Ryan universe and I especially like the audiobooks read by Scott Brick. I may branch into the Op Center books and I would gladly listen to Scott Brick.
The gap filling to a character you thought you knew so well. Jack Ryan is a well known character spanning so many books yet with this one it filled in even more back story and gave you more of what you wanted. I just wished that Clancy could have reduced some of the repetitive nature of his writing describing the nature of the characters.
He did a pretty good job for most but at times I could not figure out when he switched from one Russian to another.
I am eagerly waiting for anything from the Jack Ryan series.
I enjoy Tom Clancy's books. I do wish he would keep them in order, so as not to listen to a book now. then listen to another one that is taling about years earlier. I like to keep timelines up to date so can listen to books in order. Tom does end to drag his books out some, but well worth the extra time. I especially enjoyed the defector..the rabbit, and Jack Ryan at it again, but would like to know before hand which time period they are so can keep them in order. I last listed to John Kelly becone John Clarke, so gets a bit confusing.
yes i would if you are into the truth behind the black side of the government then this is the series of books for you
John Patrick Ryan
it made me do both on end of the spectrum to the other