horrible reader. Accents or almost unbearable. Great story otherwise. some background noise. that is all.
First I will echo the other reviewers and complain about the narrator. A narrator can definitely make or break a story. In this case, he broke it. His voices for various characters changed throughout the story. His accents were terrible. He made pretty much every US Military character sound like a bunch of down-home, barefoot, overalls-wearing inbreds. Pretty terrible. Also, his pronunciation was way off. Who pronounces Soviet as "Sovi-ETTE" ? To summarize, this was a good Clancy novel. Not the best or worst in the series, but a solid read/listen, minus the frustrating narrator.
J. Charles' performance is abysmal. His characterizations are over wrought and hammy to the point of ridiculousness. His mispronunciations of key words and phrases are jarring. As much as I love the story I can't recommend this recording.
Much better than the movie. I can always read or listen to a Clancy story. Too bad the movies pretty much all suck.
The narrator's accents leave much to be desired, his Russian accent sounds like Dracula, for example, and I actually couldn't distinguish between his British accent and his Southern accent. The book of course is a classic and once you get used to the bad accents you still love it.
A very well-written story from a great storyteller. The narrator was somewhat irritating. For the most part he was great, his normal voice was pleasant to the ear, his Russian and British accents were fine, but when he would try to do different voices for Americans, it seems like the only accents he could do were American hick and deep southern twang.
The narrator read the book way to fast and the audio wasn't that good, but it was a good story.
J Charles has a good voice when reading in his normal voice but he has no talent effecting accents and varying his voice for different characters. Read the book so u are not distracted by a poor voice performance.
I enjoyed the story and I'd recommend this book to anyone who appreciates military history or just a good military story. No it's not factual but a awesome book never the less.