I am currently listening to the entire Jack Ryan series again. One of the things about a Tom Clancy book is that there is enough going on that you are bound to miss some things. Because of that when you listen (or read) one of his books again you're more than likely to pick up on some things that you missed previously. I gave this book 5 stars for overall and performance but only 4 stars for the story and yes I agree that is a strange way of rating a book. The reason I rated it the way I did is because while this book does fit in very well with the rest of the series the story that this book tells suffers because of all the introspection that the characters go through. Having said that I'll also say that the introspection was an important and necessary element of the story. I think that someone contemplating leaving his home and everything that he knows would do a lot of soul searching just as the rabbit in this book does. Once again Scott Brick does a fabulous job of narrating and shows off his talent with different accents. If this had been the first Clancy novel I had ever picked up I would have enjoyed it but I might not be the die hard Clancy fan that I am.
Awesome listening pleasure. It was great how the reader used British and Russian accents. I was intrigued by Tom Clancy's usual talent for keeping his reader spellbound. Great book. Since I didn't have time to read it myself, listening to it, I think, was even better.
Not really. Brick is excellent but the book is just very weak. Nothing happens. Clancy rambles on and on interminably about communism. Then another character starts thinking about it and we get to hear the same diatribes all over again. Repeat ad nauseum. Very boring.
What story? Nothing really happens. The entire "plot" would be the subject of one chapter in another of his books. This book is really not worthy of Clancy in my opinion. Furthermore, Jack Ryan comes across as more of a loudmouthed jerk in this book compared to his other adventures, where he's more circumspect and not as profane. This entire book just seems incongruous with Clancy's oeuvre (there... I get a nickel for using "oeuvre").
He's one of the better narrators and does excellently with all types of accents (at least to my American ear). His Brit could stand some polishing up, but it's not laughable like some narrators' attempts.
No... I think I'd not bother with this one if I could choose again.
Excellent Clancy novel!
Scott Brick does very good accents but he ruins the stories by injecting fake emotion and drama. Michael Pritchard does other Clancy novels sooooo well and I sure wish he did ALL of them.
No, no laughter or tears. Not from a Clancy novel. It's just good high end spy drama as usual.
When I bought this one I didn't happen to notice that Scott Brick was the reader. I have tried and tried to get used to his phony emotion and drama in other stories, notably the Dune Series, but I just can't. I would probably not have bought this if I had seen his name.
Say something about yourself!
The book has to be the slowest moving Tom Clancy book I've ever come across. It was extremely long and lacked any suspense. It was a good description of what it would be like in Russia during the time but I kept waiting for something great to happen. There were no shoot-outs, car chases, near misses or anything of great action. There were a lot of expletives and harsh language that didn't fit the slow moving pace. As I mentioned in the headline, it was fine but I expected more.
"Rose goes in the front big guy."
I enjoy the John Clark / Jack Ryan series - but really had to drag myself through this one.
Clancy has always used the long rambling mental 'aside' as a tool to set the stage, but it felt like three quarters of this one was mental navel pondering.
All the main characters take part in this literary chore – Jack and Kathy Ryan make it a high art. The biggest problem though, all that stream of consciousness is just whiney crap. Kathy Ryan – the strong doctor – has about three snits (totaling about 15 minutes) because Jack has to go out of town for an assignment he can’t talk about. Then Jack bleats about having to actually sleep away from his wife - and how outrageous that is - for another 15 minutes. And that's just the mildest of subject the characters whine about.
Also, this installment is a Clancy soapbox for his right-wing propaganda/bleating about social issues. While he doesn’t have the opportunity to slam ‘tree huggers’ in this book – he spends pages smearing England’s medical system – something he sneers as ‘socialized medicine’.
My favorite exchange (paraphrased):
Jack: “Kathy is telling me about how horrible the British medical system is. (sneer) Socialized medicine. I get all my medical work done by Kathy’s colleagues at Hopkins.
Admiral Greer: Yeah – I’d hate (sneer) socialized medicine. Thank goodness I have access to Navy benefits at Bethesda.”
Apparently, Clancy doesn’t realize the irony here – Jack doesn’t have to avail himself of a more ‘public’ option in the US and Greer doesn’t realize that he is actually using socialized medicine in the form of military hospital services.
Pass on Red Rabbit.
I am trying to read these books in seqence.. This is the first Jack Ryan story (unabridged)
available on audible. Patriot Games (1987) is abridged..
I read the reviews and saw the discord..
I am engaged and listening to the last download (part 3) of this book and can not understand the negativity of some of the reviews.. here and on wiki....
A wonderful tale wrapped around the newly installed Pope John Paul II. A great trip down memory lane as you realize how much of this is woven from actual events that occured then. It quickly blurs the line between fact and fiction.
I enjoyed this book immensely. I have read many of his books and this is one of my favorites. I wish I good get more Clancy in Unabridged version.