I loved the movie, and the book was even better.
I thought he did a great Russian accent.
If you like the book, follow up with the rest of the Jack Ryan series.
The writing of Tom Clancy.
Even though I've read all of his books numerous times, his writing still makes you wonder what's coming next. Great attention to detail.
I will not be listening to another one of J. Charles performances if I can help it. Luckily, there are two versions of "Clear and Present Danger," and I will not be listening to the J. Charles version. He mispronounces many words and does some of the worst accents I've ever heard. There is also trouble with the flow of the book. I'm not sure if it's editing or the narrator, but transitions between sections and chapters are often difficult to notice because they run together so much.
I was recommend to start the Jack Ryan series after I finished the Girl with the dragon tattoo series. I said I seen most of the movies....He just laughed and said." The books blow away the movies!. Red October was excellent! the in depth description of the subs and the political aspects of the story made me enjoy it even more! I highly recommend Tom Clancy! I just downloaded Patriot Games!
Jack Ryan - a character that many of us know through the many Tom Clancy movies and books - in his first book. This book blows the movie out of the water - and we understand that although playing many critical roles in the plot, Jack Ryan isn't some sort of all American superhero that comes up with everything himself. Well read, extremely well written - this is the book that got me into military fiction.
Right now, my favorite audio book.
He's got a good voice for the military subject matter. He changes tone appropriately with different characters to help you keep track of who is talking.
Desk bound analyst stumbles into the biggest post cold war defection in history.
The tones and accents of most conversations in this book make no sense at all. I just csn't believe they let this one get out as is. While the narrative of J. Charles is good, all hell breaks loose when he does voices, each of them more stupid than the other. What is the process of recording such a book? Isn't there a director that guides the reader on how to read the story? This rendition is way too cartoonish for Clancy material, every voices are exagerated to the point of being disturbing and that is not counting the tones that does not at all match most (if not all) situations.
On a technical point, I do not think adding pauses between scenes would have been that costly. The story itself felt rushed due to the lack of such pauses during the reading but I do not think this is the reader's fault... well not always.
All in all, awsome story, terrible directions...
Love submarine thrillers and especially Clancy's early novels.
Plot moves along well, keeps you wanting to listen.
Anyone. I had no clue everyone in our military and intelligence services is from the deep south..... or that everyone in Russia has the exact same voice.
Narration is terrible. The speed almost seems sped up and the narrator is awful. Every single American sounds like they are from the deep south, all Russians are the same, Brits aren't too bad. Seriously, if you can't do accents, just NARRATE!
Virtually anyone. Seriously. His normal voice is fine, but when he drops into dialogue, everyone except Jack Ryan sounds like a cartoon character. His Russian accent -- which is identical for every Russian character in the novel -- is such a cliche that kept expecting him to cry out "Moose and Squirrel!" Fortunately, I know this story pretty well, having read the hardcover years ago (I rent these books for a long, boring commute, and sometimes you don't want to listen to hardcore literature that requires a great deal of attention, and Clancy's stories are the perfect formula, generally speaking), so I was able to grit my teeth and get through the dialogue. But for someone who has not read this book, I cannot recommend it. Charles is absolutely dreadful.
A classic from Clancy's glory days. A shame his newer works fall so short of his early stuff.
It's been years since I read this story, while I've watch the movie version several times. it was great to hear the story as written again, much better than the movie. I was however disappointed with the narration. I do like his voice and it is pleasant to listen to. However it does irk me when a reader does not know the pronunciations used by another country (in this case Great Britain). Several words were pronounced incorrectly and his british accents are terrible mostly sounding all the same.
However if you get past that (and I understand a lot other may not mind someone being called the herb version of Basil rather than the persons name) it's a great story..
I have seen the movie and already liked it. Not wanting to be spoiled be the ending I put off listening to this book for a really long time. Recently my grandma started readying Tom Clancys books and we started to ready the same books - be through audible and she as a paperback.
This book really shows the feelings and emotions on the submarine's crew as well as the differences and in thoughts during the cold war. And I really enjoyed the turn arounds and rises in atmosphere Tom Clancy inserted here.
Of course I liked Jack Ryan most, but the way the sonar man introduced Red October's crew to some of the "standards" on western boats also gave him a special place im my memories.
it was as OK. - The way I expect an audiobook to be preformed.
The scene when Red Ocotober's Crew I being confronted with their former "enemies" and they relize that their way of thinking of each other is wrong. Especially when an american sonar operator relizes the function of a system and the russian officer wonders how a simple shipmate is able to.