Yes - better story, less polical pundit
No, but very disappointed in Tom Clancy
Very good reader
Pop culture icons
Remove the real world political bias from the story.
Somewhat interesting covert intelligence storyline.
Performance is very good.
This book reads like a Fox News special report with Dick Cheney as the ghost writer and research by Glenn Beck.
no - in spite of good writing and pacing, this guy is a fox news moron, breaking the flow of the book every 15 minutes or so to preach really stupid, really annoying right wing BS in the most annoying way possible, creating phony straw dogs right and left.Big waste of money - the first chapter had me on the edge of my seat - the second and third were just as good. Then he got on his soapbox. I let the first two sermons go by, but then he got on the most ridiculous anti-environment neanderthal rant and wanted to throw a brick at my computer. Writing talent wasted on a drooling pig.
The narrator is good because he had me at full attention during the action segments and I wanted to kill him during the right wing propaganda.
the afghanistan stuff
anger at the writer
I want my money back - I wasn't warned that this was a fox news piece of garbage.
Plenty of action, well narrated but too much bitching about domestic (U.S.) politics. maybe good if you're a rabid tea partiest but as for me it ruined what otherwise would have been a good listen. Overall rating....Meh....
I read some of Tom Clancy's Op Center Books. They were excellent and did not contain the unbridled profanity that Dead or Alive does! Why, Why, Why does Tom Clancy (and other writers) insist on uses these horrble words? Can't they come up with other text and still keep the reader's interest? If not, that's REALLY sad. I wasted a credit on this book as I stopped reading it when the umpteenth F-Bomb dropped. I am finished with Tom Clancy until I can confirm that he has written a book without all that garbage!
Very enjoyable book to listen to. Lou Diamond Phillips does a great job with the story. I fast action packed adventure. This will probably be a movie in the future.
I had read some other reviews criticizing the writers for their political jabs at the current administration. Those jabs are unfounded. You could take any book with political references and make ties to any administration. I am not a fan of the current administration but found few instances where you could make parallels. Maybe the administrations supporters are a bit over sensitive or have guilty consciences.
Sit back and enjoy the action and the fun. I had a hard time putting down my Ipod. Once I got started!
How are we supposed to believe that a group of snarky, self-important, predicate felons (100 Presidential Pardons) run or want to govern in the United States of America. Too bad Jack Ryan, Sr. wasn't previously a southern govenor, then the premise would at least stand up. Bite me, Tom.
They killed the quality when making it a smaller file. They took the life out of the voice. Hard to listen to. Shame
I was a big Tom Clancy fan in the old days. I like the details, don't mind the politics. Those are not the issues here. The problem with this book is that it's boring. 2/3 of the book is tedious setup, which might be OK if there was any decent character development. When there was action, it was eye-rollingly absurd. Characters say "it's not like that in the movies" and then they do things just like in the movies. Everything is just too easy for these guys.
I've enjoyed Vince Flynn books recently as simple, fun spy stories. I thought this would bring me back to more sophisticated writing and plots. Not so. If I didn't know it was Clancy I'd say this was an amateur struggling for dialog and character development. Narrator wasn't bad, but you can't be too good with all the "mans" and "bros" these guys throw around.
One of my most disappointing listens in a while.