Sorry, but the recording is not listenable, unless you think short-wave audio quality is the way to listen to a book like this. My review reflects only on the audio book. Love the book and movie versions of this story.
If this was the first recording I listened to from Audible, I would not consider buying another title. I turned this off after 4 minutes.
I like the way Tom Clancy is able to be so technically accurate and yet clear enough for the lay person to continue to follow the story. I only didn't give the story a 5 because the narrative was slathered and dripping with patriotism and anti-soviet rhetoric. Considering the novel came out in '84 I guess that's understandable, but it was a bit over-the-top considering the painstaking accuracy he wrote with regarding the navy and its subs. J. Charles had a perfect balance between narrative and conversation. He made this book even better in his rendering.
I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.
The tension. The small details of the over all mystery made it even more tense. It all just felt very genuinely dire. i never found myself caring just because the book said it was time to care.
The super computer bit. I'm a programmer and i work with engineers in my real life so the effort made with the computer and the explanations of what it was trying to accomplish felt very much like home to me.
Jonsey. Easily Jonsey. His focus, professionalism and chipper attitude were a joy and he reminded me alot of myself.
Mystery, Stealth, Risk.... and Righteousness.
Note: i watched the movie on Netflix after i finish the book. Connery's accent ruined one of my favorite characters. i just couldn't deal. haha.
The sense of danger and tension was fantastic. Teamwork was a huge theme. Seeing how important everyone's job made it feel more real.
As with all jack Ryan books I have listened to, I loved the story line. However, I don't like the narrator of this book. His voices were unbelievable and unrealistic
Love the story but hated the narration. I've read and enjoyed the book several times and was really looking forward to hearing it, unfortunately the narrator didn't have the skills necessary to voice all the characters well.
No. Read the book. J. Charles's reading is infuriatingly bad.
The accents are a joke. Like something you use to mock british and russian nationals.
It was a good story but added a lot of extra subplots that seemed extraneous. The movie was much more focused and entertaining.
I love this book. This is Clancy at his best, but this narrator nearly ruins this book for me. For some reason, almost all of the American characters are portrayed as overdone hicks. The Russian accent sometime gets mixed up with the hick one. The British accent is also one of the worst I've ever heard. His general acting was decent, but when the book is so international, you need to be able to do some basic accents.
They should've used one of the other great narrators for Clancy's novels like Michael Prichard.
Tom Clancy masterfully writes a story that really shows one how lucky freedom is. He delves deep into the characters motivations and lets the reader know what they truly feel.
I'm not sure why everyone is complaining about the audio. There was no noise, nor were there clipped words. I've worked as an audio tech as well, so I know bad sound when I hear it.
Regarding the accents, there were too many Southern accents for the American personnel, and, at some points J. Charles would stumble or read dialogue in the wrong accent. However, it's forgivable, as the chapters are quite long with several technical military words that are not heard often.