It has been many years since I first read this book. I remember the movie and saw it several times. This is my first listening of the audible book. It is like an old best friend you have missed and did not realize how much you missed them. This was fantastic!! Tom Clancy provides so much detail and builds the suspense very classically. An old friend returned!
I haven't seen the movie since the 80s. Nevertheless, after 30 years, the story was way too familiar. It was an enjoyable read but I knew the plot too well.
Fantastic book that is both an interesting lesson on naval and submarine warfare as well as a riveting story that grabs you, punches you in the face, and leaves you thankful for it. The narrator is almost unbearable though. The Russian accents all sound the same, and bad at that....to the point of making the acting in troll 2 look like The Shawshank Redemption. The Americans all sound so bad that they make Andy Griffith sound like a Harvard University professor in English. The narrator constantly has unnatural pauses that make you think "what in the hell is he trying to say?" in the end what you get is a story that is rife with technical jargon, mixed with multiple military aircraft, submarines, surface ships, etc all moving in geometric space with a narrator who would stumble through explaining the bread crumb path that hanzel and gretal made. A fine book read by the wrong man.
It's rare that you hear "the movie is better" but in this case I think it is. Lots of trees could have been spared by cutting a lot of fat from this book that added nothing to its flavor, as they did when paring it down for the movie script.
Scott Brick did a better job in previous Clancy 'Jack Ryan books; 'USS Tarawa' and 'SABOT' were pronounced incorrectly throughout the audio book. Other than that, this Clancy novel is excellent & entertaining.