For the full-force effect of any Tom Clancy novel, you simply MUST be given time to digest it all, and that means, UN-abridged. The facts, the twists and turns, the nail-biting, they all necessitate time to absorb, to saturate, to take it all in. I was in the nuclear Navy when Hunt for Red October was published. Clancy knew his stuff then, and he still is, quite simply, the Command Master Chief of military / tech / espionage novels. Don't shortchange yourself by trying to fit a 30+ hour story into a mere 5 or 6 hours.
If you have no other choice, then 5 hours is better than starving, but remember: you have the honor of sitting at the knee of the master, don't rush through it. You might get to the end, without noting anything of value along the journey.
The beginning was w/o structure of characters. jumped from one thing to another, we were too lost to continue with the story on audible.
As I see it, there are three major problems with this title.
First, "Debt of Honor" is not Clancy's best effort. Mr. Clancy is not a great writer anyhow, but this story is so implausible (the ending excepted) and the dialog so simplistic, it's hard to keep from laughing or rolling one's eyes.
Second, I agree with another reviewer. The abridgment makes the story disjointed.
Third, the narrator reads too rapidly, pauses too infrequently, and makes several voice characterizations sound like children?a problem compounded by Mr. Clancy's adolescent dialog. The whole narration sounds adenoidal.
I didn't enjoy this one so much. The computer part lacked plausibility. The characters responded casually to things like nuclear threats and impending war with other Countries. The book makes our military sound unprofessional using slang for everything, and witty remarks in crisis situations. Not very plausible. And the F bomb, get ready for it, dropped many more times than military bombs in the book. Gd this, Gd that, the language sounded like a disgruntled teenager. This is only my 2nd Clancy book, I'm not very impressed.