I have read or listened to so many Clancy novels and found something to love in every one of them. I have given them all high marks. But this was a huge disappointment. The story is slow and pointless for hours. The narrator was not very good. If you have not tried this, consider avoiding it.
I can't put my finger on why this story seems to start slow. The narration at the beginning did not grab, but by the end the narration was more on point.
The story started slow, but I was determined to continue. I can remember reading the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and almost stopped listening because of the minutiae at the start; and if I had stopped, I would not had the pleasure of that great masterpiece. In about the 2 hour mark, the story did get more intriguing and the character development of Mr. Clark and Chavez started to take shape. Jack Ryan is not the main character in this book and his role is more Inspector Clouseau than Jack Ryan.
I decided to start the Jack Ryan series from the start and listen to them in order. As an Audible member since 2001, I had purchased a few of the books early in the series that were abridged, and found the stories disjointed. So I had stopped listening to Clancy. I have since upgraded all books to unabridged and what a difference it makes to the stories.
The plot was involved and the characters were interesting.
I liked the intrigue with the Navy and the local cops.
His narration is competent but not my favorite. It doesn't distract from the story but he seems a bit stuffy at times. Definitely not among the worst I've heard but not among the best either.
Though sometimes offering details of inconsequental characters that seem like filler, the story IS awesome! I've seen it written that Michael Prichard is the voice of Tom Clancy and this is definitely accurate. I have had try to get past the performances of some readers but Michael's readings are not over-acted and sound intelligent. The story itself is well-written and very entertaining. Very much worth your time if you like the genre.
The narrator did a fine job of reading this book, I loved the plot and the story. It just sometimes had very dry content. I am a reader who never has bought an abridged version of any book, but I almost would for this one. Again I loved the story, characters and the narration, it was a great book and I would recommend it!
This is another great book by Tom Clancy, even though Hollywood made a hash of the movie. There were 2 options available to me from Audible when I picked out this selection not counting any abridged versions that might be available. I don't do abridged. I chose Michael Prichard as narrator over J. Charles because for some inexplicable reason J. Charles uses the stupidest accents when he reads a Tom Clancy book. Check out The Hunt for Red October. Unfortunately Prichard did a pretty poor job on this book although that might not be entirely his fault. I don't know how they do audio books, that is to say I don't know if the narrator is given a copy of the book to read from or if the narrator reads of something that was copied directly from the book. If the former then the fault lies completely with Michael Prichard, if the later then the majority of the fault lies with who ever copied the text for him to read. What I'm talking about specifically are a few places where the incorrect word was read onto the recording. One such case was when instead of the racketeering and corrupt organizations act he read the racketeering and corporate organizations act. Even if Mister Prichard was reading that off something that someone else had prepared he should have been able to catch that just by the context. Other that a few screw ups like that it was a decent performance of a great book. Since I've heard the J. Charles version I think I can say that mistakes and all I got the better of the two. One of the things that I find remarkable is the consistency from book to book. The thing that makes that remarkable to me is the fact that while this was the 4th book of this series to come out it is actually 6th in order of the overall story. So while there are a few inconsistencies, there are only a few.
I didn't finish it so I couldn't say.
Quit bouncing around so much
No feeling for the characters
I wouldn't recommend this book, and have doubts if I'll get anymore from this author.