This was an interesting story, but I did feel like it dragged on at times. On the one hand I appreciate Clancy's thorough character development. However, on the other hand sometimes that process seems just a bit too drawn out. This story requires some patience for storylines of individual characters to come full circle.
As for the production, it was ok. Narrator was well spoken, but didn't have much variety in tone, pitch, or dialect between characters. Also every now and then the vocal strength would change in the middle of a section. It was as if he read up to a point one day and then forgot his level of enthusiasm upon returning.
Overall it was a pretty good book. I recommend it to readers that have patience and attention to details.
The story is just as good, if not better, to experience now than it was reading it in my teen years. The narration is very good and it gets tough to put the headphones down for this one!
This is my second audio book by Clancy but it is surely perfection! The story kept me in rapt attention. Couldn't wait to get back to the story.
Loved the book but narrator is slow and monitonish . I had to speed the book up to at least 1.25x speed in order to enjoy listening to it. I took a break and listened to another book and this was way hard to get back into. I will continue the series and hope that another reader is in the works.
I have read several books from Clancy and decided to start at the beginning. I suppose after so many with Jack Ryan as the main character I felt that this one would be the same. Yet this is from the beginning and he was not as developed as a character. The only issue truly that I have with this novel is the reading style. Since his voice is a bit monotone you will need to get used to hearing it. I felt I had to focus more and keep track of the characters in the book better. I did enjoy this book and I hope you will too. Still a good read.
I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.
I liked the psychology of some the characters, especially The Cardinal. The story was really big on peoples actions due to their psychology.
It dissapointed me that it was about the spy game but it never felt very tense or clutch. Not a true fault. It felt very realistic and professional. It just never felt dire. Clancy's books always feel dire.
Just a "Hmmm". The story wasn't sewn interestingly enough or tightly enough for that WOW or breathless moment you normally get during or at the end of a Clancy book. Again. Not true flaw. But because it was about Spys, i wanted more spy stuff and less... psychological case study.
Flat. For this book he didnt really grab me.
Appropriate. His voice fit the mood but his enthusiasm didnt.
Poor. For voices and accents.
Only because i "read" the book.
This was good but i was looking forward to a spy thriller with Clancy's attention to detail and verbosity. The story being told simply wasn't that. It felt more like a psychological case study. Very cause and effect. It just wasn't a ride for me(Like Clancy usually is). Minus a few points, i just didnt feel like i was suppose to care much for what was going on.
if you are a ton clancy book, this title is well worth reading. I personally found the author focusing on overly technical descriptions and elements that made the story seem slow and disjointed. there were times I simply fast forwarded to get past them. a below average title among the jack ryan series, but still worth a read.
I love Clancy novels in the Ryan series. This one about the Cardinal is exceptional. The reading of the book had good pace and kept my attention well but was frustrating in that it was dry and had little discernable variety in character accent or personality which made it hard to follow who's voice and thoughts he was reading sometimes. I give the book an A+ and the reading a B-