I remember reading this when I was maybe 11 or 12. Right before 9/11.
Listening to it years later, with some hindsight and more appreciation for Clancy's writing style it's an impressive novel. Part techno-thriller, part House of Cards, part James Bond. Highly engaging, entertaining and accessible despite the subject matter.
Narration is very good. Not a show stealer but consistent and listenable.
Doubtful. I'm going to sound a little Prichard does a really poor job with this story. He is horribly monotone and there's little to no change in character voices. I am really sorry he got the job on so many of these Clancy stories. I had to use 1.5-2x speed to make him tolerable.
I had bought two books Prichard read (This and Rainbow Six) before starting this one (Executive orders), so I already have bought one of his other performances. I am hoping another reader does more Clancy as I want more of his books but NOT by Prichard.
It's probably clear by now my reaction was severe disappointment with the narrator.
I doubt Random House is listening, but on the off chance they are...
Please guys, no more Prichard.
I started reading the story and liked it but when I switched to the audiobook I loved it. The voices are all perfect for each character and it was better than my imagination which is why it was better for me with the audio. It's great that there was more than one artist performing. One of my favorite audiobooks. And it was a really enjoyable and believable story - and fun - not gory. Highly recommended.
also says love going back to my old favorite books, listening while working around the house is great.
I enjoyed it, but I've read the book many times already and It is one of my favorites. BUT....... Please see my Additional comments
J. Charles, Scott Brick,
NO, too many plot lines that go into this book that make it enjoyable for me. Most of them would be cut so I wouldn't go see it.
I've read this book many times and I love reading it over and over again, so I bought the audiobook so I could listen to it in the car. Unfortunately the Narrator is very bad, he's mono-tone, and is speaking like he's just reading it for the first time since he puts the emphasis in the wrong places in each sentence while he's reading.
If you like Tom Clancy you'll like this book story wise, just be prepared to deal with the bad narration. It's not bad enough to make ME want to stop but it might be for some people.
Yes - lot of sub-plots that come together well in the last section
When Jack started to pull things together after the initial chaos
Main reaction was one of wishing I had bought the abridged version - this was very detailed, obviously had a great deal of research, but some of the detail got in the way of the story line.
over 50 hours for one book was a lot - it took a long time to finish it - I wish I had bought the abridged version.
I honestly loved this book. Extremely long but a fantastic read. Great story. I certainly recommend it. Clancy has a very specific style where a lot of background is given at the beginning but once things start moving you can grasp all the side stories because you have the extensive background. And the side stories make this book and joy to read.
This is a Long Book! and Tom Clancy Uses a lot of superfluous language to describe E V E R Y T H I N G! and so much happens in this book! the guy who they have reading it Micheal Prichard, is kind of dull. he doesn't distinguish between characters all too well. but that is partly the authors fault, there are more characters than a Song of Ice and Fire Novel.
Out of all the Clancy Books I have read/listened to, this was one of my favorites despite it being so long and somewhat incomprehensible at some times. There are 3-7 sub-plots going on in addition to Ryan becoming the President of the United States. Compared to his other Books like Patriot Games and the Sum of all fears, they are easier to follow and more relate-able. This book is apart of a series, so you need to have read Debt of Honor (minimum) to understand what is going on.
The voices are a Bit hard to distinguish who's character is talking at some times. the voice is flat and could be boring at times.
This book has a Lot of many exciting and controversial moments. The book opens up on a Gripping icy event that coincidentally had an event in real life come true, Terrorists fly a Plane into the Capital Building while senate is in session! yikes! very similar to the September 11th attacks. The way he described it was almost exactly how the attacks took place at the Pentagon and World Trade Center. and this was written in 1996! and then at the end of the book the US invaded Iraq and Iran from Kuwait... scary how we've done almost the same thing just 5-7 years later in real life. and in this book Bio-weapon attacks are carried out in the US, except they use an Airborne Ebola strain as opposed to Anthrax.
a Good read. Eerily familiar but the Reader is a bit flat. but overall, very good! one of my favorite Tom Clancy Books.