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.