As ever with Tom Clancy; why use 10 words when you can drag it out and use 100! The stories are good but you tend to lose interest throughout as the book it into so much irrelevant detail. It's a real shame as the general story was enjoyable. Narration was fine.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
Twists, Turns, Clancy
The descriptive powers made you feel there
I have listened to a couple of Michael's performances as reader for Clancy books and this continuity has helped me enjoy the stories more.
As a fan of Tom Clancy writing and Michael Prichard's reading I say buy it
First, there has been a lot written about Michael Prichard as narrator. I didn't know who Michael Prichard was but as soon as I heard his voice I immediately recognized it as the voice of the narrator of Seabiscuit. I agree the reading could have used more inflection at times, but those who say he ruined the book are completely over the top.
My problem with the book is that I guess I've read too much Soltzhenitsyn. When writing about the belly of the Soviet beast and the internal conflict of a noble Russian who loves Mother Russia but grew to despise the Soviet state you have to bring more to the table then just a few haunting dreams of dead comrades. I also think the book crosses well over the line of implausibility which also detracts from it in my mind.
I think the best parts of the book actually were his treatment of the Soviet-Afghan war--the the pre-9/11 profile of a future member of the Taliban was also interesting.
In spite of it's weaknesses, I found the book very entertaining and always looked forward to my commute to find out what would happen next and recommend the book for its entertainment value.
This is one of the good Tom Clancy novels. I prefer Michael Prichard over the other narrators of Tom Clancy's books. These are long books and I find Prichard's voice easy to listen to. His unaffected readings always hold my interest.
The narrative was so lifeless that it sucked the intensity out of an otherwise great novel. Half of the time I can't tell which character is speaking as the accent / voice characteristic wasn't distinct enough. Strangely though, sometimes the accent seems to change for the same character within a conversation. It is just not the right choice for novel with lot of characters
From the low enthusiasm to poor pronunciation, this was a dissapointment especially after listening to the Simon and Schuster Audio version read by David Stiers. This is not the first bookI have purchased from Audible that was read poorly compared with otder audio editions and whose readers did not know how to pronounce words properly, especially foreign words.
If you can't sleep, listen to this book. The narrator's one note read makes this dry book with FAR too many characters the greatest alternative to sleeping mess ever.
Shame on me for not listening to this narrator and one Clancy book before buying 4 of them.
Clancy is overly verbose, with horrendous grammar just to make to make the ride that much smoother, and then has what seems like 50 characters to keep track of on top of that. The narrator has the curse of reading line by line, which means that when he reaches the end of a physical written line, he pauses, period or not. So, this leaves you with sentences like "He came in from outside. Soaking wet."
With so many active characters, most good narrators use a vast array of character voices so you can keep track of who is talking, but not this one. Although, I am glad I was spared 25 hours of bad Russian accents.