I liked learning more about the submariners' world, but I became bored with Clancy's writing. Too little character development, even in this book which I believe was the first Jack Ryan book.
No. His American regional dialects were contrived and silly and his English accents downright bloody awful.
The movie with Alec Baldwin and James Earl Jones is one of my favorites - the only reason I listened to this book. The movie is much more enjoyable!
Honestly, I was frustrated by the narrator. His accents... especially his British accent (which sounded more like bad Australian than any British accent) were not very good. I also was not thrilled by the radio sound effects. It seemed like he couldn't decide whether it was a narration or a performance... As for the story, I can't complain.
Naval Air Corps - (DC3, C118, P2V Neptune) 1965 - 1970
The accents used to portray the characters are badly done. You'd be better off to read the book yourself.
A great deal of suspense, which I think is appropriate for a submarine story.
Captian Ramius, of course.
Depends on my options... I have never heard so many thickly accented characterizations in one book! J. Charles wrote the book on drawl!
Suspenseful entertaining Perfect
J. Charles did a great job differentiating each character. The quality was superb.
Reading the main comments of this book audible shows I expected the audio to be terrible. But they must have fixed it because I thought it was clear and had no problems with it.
Yes, and no. The story is awesome, but the narrator is worthless.
Yes. Tom Clancy always keeps me interested and enthralled.
The narrator constantly mispronounced and over pronounced words and names. The accents and conversation tone changes were horrible. He is, hands down, the worst narrator of any book I have ever heard/read.
It was, and I did.
I recommend any other book in this line.
The book is awesome, but the narrator is so terrible I acutally had to buy the hard copy half way through to finish it, his russian accent is beyond bad. And who let him try out special effects with the radio transmissions? Really?
I will buy more Clancy books if J. Charles is not the reader.
This is solid original Clancy, dense and full of detail and suspense.
He sounds like a car commercial announcer. His Russian voices are decent, all the American ones either have the reader's own accent or sound like bad C movie caricatures.
This is a fantastic story. There a reason this booked launched Tom Clancy into mainstream fame. CIA agents having a shoot out on a Missing Russian nuclear submarines-what could be cooler?
The actual recording is horrible. They have run it through some program that removes all the pauses between words and sentences. The voice speed has been turned up so that it sounds like he's speed reading. It's understandable, the first time I heard this was actually on cassette, so they were aiming to get the recording on as few tapes as possible, but c'mon, this isn't 1988! Time for a new recording, this one is almost painful to listen to!