the only complaint I have about this book is that the performance is sub-par. The first thing that annoyed me were the low quality sound effects when a character in the book was speaking over a phone or radio. The last thing was the accents, the most irritating of which were the British accents.
Living in a log home in the tall trees, surrounded by wildlife and streams, it is easy to find myself enveloped within a great story!
The narrator changed voices too many times, it became distracting and was hard to follow characters due to the inconsistency.
I almost shut down the book at least 3 times!
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.