Clancy makes everybody real and gives both sides of the story. The technical didn't overshdow the story.
Not sure I can pick one. The submarine Captians and all the predicament and not knowing outcomes had to be the most dramatic.
The liutenant on Iceland ad the thre othe soldiers and the trek across the island. They had the most human story.
NO SEVERAL SITTINGS TO LONG BUT IT IS A BIG BOOK.
Good overall. The condensed version the sub battles are left out but it really tells the story just as well.
Faster start and a DIFFERENT Narrator (reader)!
.... Not if Prichard is the reader.
Too Mundane/Blase and monotone in nature!
I won't purchase another Clancy work if read by Prichard. And furthermore, won't purchase any Clancy work w/o listening to a sample first.
Tom Clancy's best novel. An all encompassing work of military fiction. It makes you you remember the good old days when we only had one enemy to worry about, the Soviets.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
This might be my favorite Clancy audio book. The plot was exciting and complex. Air, submarine, battleship/carrier, tank, infantry battles interwoven with info about satellite and cruise missile technology delivers an exciting war novel between superpowers and their allies. The premise that a war could be fought over something the average citizen may not imagine creates nail biting angst. After hours of thrills the story ends with a satisfying finale.
I hope you enjoy as much as I did. This is a totally enjoyable war thriller.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
This book is written for those who amazed by the capabilities of more glamorous machines of war, nuclear subs, battleships, tanks, jet fighters and the strategies of their commanders. (The grunt work of real foot soldiers is neatly avoided.) Back in the post "energy crisis" days (the 80's for you young'ns) a war for oil seemed an very possible scenario. Here's how that war, fought on all the major fronts, underwater, on the sea and on land, and in the air, could develop. It's a good book. I bought it only because I've read it before and only stuck through it's an exciting story. BEWARE - this is one of the blandest narrators I've ever heard. The editing is competent enough (i.e. no distracting sounds) but this guy hardly ever shifts his inflections. He almost never bothers with an accent for any Russian characters. Those who complain they don't like their books "performed" will LOVE this guy. Me, I expect to hear the feeling that the author intended. Half the fun of hearing a book read aloud is sharing the excitement of the narrator. This guy could be reading the phone book, not relating the nerve wracking suspense of dodging enemy torpedoes. I doubt I will buy anything by this narrator which is a shame. Long ago, I got on audio cassette, a version of the "Cardinal & the Kremlin" narrated by Kelsey Grammar who "performed" that book aloud so well that one passage still resonates in my mind 20 years later. I doubt I'll buy anymore Michael Prichard narrations. In updating to the digital version they ruined their shot at making some real classics worth buying. Long well written books with good narrators are worth every penny. It's a shame they went with this guy. I'd have bought every one if they'd hired a reader with a pulse.
I believe that I have read all of Clancy's books and loved them all. Except for "Red Storm Rising." I found it boring beyond belief and just could not stay interested. I kept hoping that it would pick up but it was just awful all the way through. I imagine that if I had read this book before the cold war ended it would have been much more interesting. However, I found it absolutely mind numbingly boring, almost painful to get through this one. If you have not read or listened to all of Clancy's other books yet, I strongly recommend a them all. They are great but I would certainly stay well away from this one.
The poor, mostly monotone narration destroyed this book. It made it difficult to follow. There is no vocal distinction among the characters...regardless of whether they are American, German or Russian. I listened for 5 hours, but finally shut it off. I cannot continue with this narration.
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
This one showed promise for the first few hours, setting up many characters with significant potential. Then, it turned into what can only be described as a "field manual on conducting a non-nuclear war in the 1980's". Trust me, it's less interesting than it sounds. Just a bunch of highly-detailed chess moves by subs and aircraft for about 80% of this book. Sorry, not my idea of interesting. However, I'm sure there are many people (i.e. the high reviews) that LOVE that kind of stuff.
If Clancy had focused that 80% on the characters, and only 10-20% on the technical details, this would have been a much more compelling story. As it stood, I couldn't have been less interested in the lives of the characters....whether they lived or died.
It was actually putting me to sleep at times.
Narrator was ok, not great, not even all that good.
Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.
This OK and well read and full of great facts and information. But it's all about the events and not the people.
Michael Prichard has to be the most boring reader there is. He puts me to sleep in a matter of minutes. The story is great but the reader has much to be desired