I would. Any fan of technical thrillers would like this.
Jack Ryan. The beginnings of a great career.
Whre Ramius kills the Political officer. It showed how far he was willing to go.
A different narrator.
It would have, if the narration wasn't so speedy. Had a hard time following the story.
The narrator read the book at breakneck speed.
I was looking forward to this narration of the story, but was greatly disappointed in the presentation.
I should have listened to the narration sample first, but hey, it's a Tom Clancy book, it will be great -- I was wrong.
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.