I love this book. This is Clancy at his best, but this narrator nearly ruins this book for me. For some reason, almost all of the American characters are portrayed as overdone hicks. The Russian accent sometime gets mixed up with the hick one. The British accent is also one of the worst I've ever heard. His general acting was decent, but when the book is so international, you need to be able to do some basic accents.
They should've used one of the other great narrators for Clancy's novels like Michael Prichard.
Tom Clancy masterfully writes a story that really shows one how lucky freedom is. He delves deep into the characters motivations and lets the reader know what they truly feel.
I'm not sure why everyone is complaining about the audio. There was no noise, nor were there clipped words. I've worked as an audio tech as well, so I know bad sound when I hear it.
Regarding the accents, there were too many Southern accents for the American personnel, and, at some points J. Charles would stumble or read dialogue in the wrong accent. However, it's forgivable, as the chapters are quite long with several technical military words that are not heard often.
I love Tom Clancy, but hate it when a narrator clearly doesn't bother to listen to other books in the series or know anything about characters. Aside from not honouring the nationality or ethnicity of several key characters, this man's character voices would still have bothered me. I personally will never again buy a book narrated by J Charles.
all other Tom Clancy/ Jack Ryan books
Yes, it is well written, just wrecked by a terrible narrator
very disappointing and very hard to listen to what is essentially a great book.
The story kept me engaged and the narrator's interpretation was excellent. Distinctive voices for all of the characters with a realistic sounding Ryan. I listened to Patriot Games prior to The Hunt For Red October and enjoyed Scott Brick's reading of that book, I it enjoyed this more as Brick's reading made the Ryan character sound like his reading of John Corey in DeMille's books. Ryan is not an ex-New York cop and needs a different treatment. I look forward to my next "read" in this series.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
Bloody Good Yarn
I have read this book twice, listened to it as well and love every moment. It is a great story
This book has always been one of my favourites for the genre and although not true (or is it) you could believe the events happen. In later Ryan books Marcus Ramius is mentioned just adding value to the Ryan books.
I dare anyone to listen/read this and not hear the crashing waves, the action and the boys own action.
Tom Clancy with certainly be missed.
A fun story.
This is one of the few books I've read having already seen the movie, and I found myself ever-so-predictably comparing notes on how the two diverged. As much as I want to issue the classic "book is better" verdict on the movie, I'm more apt to say that they simply excel at different things--the book at detail, character development (especially Ramius's backstory), and suspense, and the movie at ambience (e.g., ever-present Russian choral soundtracking) and action. I'm actually torn on which ending I like more; they're both suspenseful, fitting, and satisfying.Clancy deserves a lot of credit for the research he put into the technical aspects of this story, and his deployment of those details was generally tactful and not overdone. I'm not sure I'll revisit his novels anytime soon, but I'm glad I read this one.
All the backstory on Marko Ramius adds so much to the novel's intrigue.
Yep, even if I wasn't always crazy about the quality of his accents. But hey, those are difficult to do.
Oh, c'mon now. We all know the answers to these questions.
The narrator has a pleasant and easy to listen to voice... However do not ever again try accents.... The attempts at British accents were hysterical, they were that bad.