Apart from the Russian accents all of the voices were terrible. Brits and southerners were way off, and Basil(the name) has a long a sound. all of this talk regarding basil the spice had me annoyed
Great story and one of the better Jack Ryan series books. This reading, however, is hard to listen to at times. The narrator overacts all English parts, yet all Russians sound the exact same. Makes it hard to distinguish who is saying what. Rather slow reader. I had to put it on 1.5x to listen at reasonable pace. Also, the mispronunciations were unbearable--"FLIR" and "Basil" in particular were hard to listen past.
Someone, please, pretty, pretty please- convince the publisher to re-record this book. Clancy does not deserve this.
If you're considering buying- just know that I'm usually pretty tolerant of poor narrators. And Charles is just fine as a speaker EXCEPT when he does accents. This quirk of his makes the preview a bit deceiving.
His accents are so incredibly cringe worthy, you'll spend vast swaths of this book rewinding to try to figure out what it was you missed in the story because you were too busy being gobsmacked at what a truly horrible Russian/ Southern/ English accent the narrator was just trying to voice.
Sadly, I'm going to have to return this one.
Hitting pause so I could take a break from some of the worst audio I've ever heard. It's sort of like being a kid and your parents coming home a little tipsy and impersonating several stereotypical characters while reading to you. Just without all the laughing.
As far as content, it's typical Clancy - you get a little tolerable lecturing on ethics and worldview, you get a good amount of fascinating military tactics/strategy, some means and methods, and a building, high-stakes story. Difficult to compare to other books. I'd say Red Storm Rising, just based on the focus on Submarine/ASW stuff.
Every aspect. It was barely tolerable. Whiny, or gravelly, or an insult to people born in the South, or normal. This is a good example of how less is more. If you're objectively not good at different voices, then don't do them. Just use inflection differences.
The Gravel Voice Marine Commander is so comical, I've started impersonating him whenever my wife and I have an argument. We're immediately laughing at each other. Thank you Audible, from both of us.
Will not waste any more money on J. Charles-read books.
I have read this particular book several times. This was the first time I have listened to it on Audible. The Performance was "okay", but if you can get past the attempts of Russian dialogue then you will enjoy it.
Even over 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union. The technical, military & geopolitical research that went into this book are fantastic for a work of fiction.
This book is probably my favorite from Tom Clancy. If you're like me and enjoy technology, action, and spy themes, this will certainly be worth your while.
This was the third time I've read/listened to this story. It was really well written I liked it again.
I don't have any idea about the reader except that I just heard the book and never noticed the reader. The reader was so good he expressed the story and never got between me and the story. The performance was GOOD.