The story was excellent, with a gripping plot and interesting characters. I wasn't surprised by the plot, having seen the movie, but of course the book included so much more background... and several of the book's events were combined into one climax for the movie.
I appreciated the narrator's doing a Russian accent for the Russian characters. He could've used a bit of coaching on Russian pronunciation, but that won't bother non-speakers of Russian. Overall great voice-acting.
i stopped listening after half an hour. the narrator read it like someone is chasing him. it was so fast that i checked the setting of my iPad.
Awesome-more details than the movie (which is one my favorites). Narrating was very good and the action sequences were performed well.
I'm definitely a Clancy fan, but love Scott Brick as narrator, not J. Charles
Not really, since I've seen the movie
Redo with Scott Brick! J. Charles' characters sounded like W.C Fields or Howdy Doody. You couldn't take any of the characters seriously with their cartoonish voices.
I've read/listened to many of the Jack Ryan series, but wanted to go back and listen to this early book having only seen the movie. It was worth getting the history, but the narration was poor.
I read some of the later Jack Ryan stories first. This has given me a chance to see how the character of Jack Ryan developed into the great man he becomes by the later books.
Okay, I don't usually read thrillers, or suspense, or whatever this is. Still ........
The story is certainly creative. It is highly plot driven. The characters are diverse, but largely flat.
The narration is clear, easy, and utterly distracting. Hey, Narraters, if you can't do accents very well indeed, DO NOT ATTEMPT ACCENTS AT ALL.
I may be the last 30-something male in America to read a Tom Clancy novel...in fact, I haven't seen any of his movies! But I have come out of the cave and really enjoyed THFRO. I am now planning on reading (ok listening) to many more.