I enjoy Tom Clancy books, but I will not purchase any additional books where Michael Prichard is the narrator.
I only got through the first chapter before stopping, the narrator is hard to listen to.
Mono-tone, little if no variance between characters.
I only got through the first chapter, so its difficult to say.
I would recommend reading, not listening to this book.
This may be an interesting story somewhere past the 10 hour mark, but it took such a long time getting to that 10 hour mark that I just gave up and will spend my time with another writer for a while. I've listened to loooong stories before (Stephen King eg.) but I wasn't able to tolerate any more of this story. Someone please let me know how this story ends.
This is my first Tom Clancy book. I picked it up both because I thought I'd be interested in his novels & because this one was long (27+ hours). The story is fragmented into several different story lines, and they all come together very well by the end.
Dry, monotone, steady.
A lot of reviewers really hammered Prichard, and I almost didn't buy this book because of it. DON'T BUY INTO THE HYPE. Its not that bad. Yes, it is monotone-ish, but there still is character distinction, and I think it actually fits Clancy's writing style.
Yes and no. No because it is a long, long listen, but I did burn through 4+ hours at a time.
Definitely worthwhile, and I think my next book will be another Clancy to see how they compare. I wasn't sure where to start on the Jack Ryan series and this was a pretty good place, though Ryan isn't a character yet. I figure this at least gives me back-story on another frequent character.
I'll say this too: Clancy wrote this book in the '90s, and it takes place predominantly in the '70s. I don't know if he was trying to speak from the "strong white man" perspective of the era, or if Clancy actually held some biases / gross misunderstandings, but some of the references &/or discussions on topics like women's role in society, marijuana, and peace movement would have been offensive if they weren't so laughable.
Was so looking forward to this book. Unfortunately the sound quality and voice actor made it impossible to listen for more than 10 minutes. Heed to the reviews here (I didn't like an idiot) and don't waste your money. Requested a return from Audible - hopefully they honour this and then offer this book with a new voice actor and better sound quality. Now off to download another Tom Clancy...
using this to mark books read as a trial.
all of it
A tough guy that you can relate to
Listening to the audio book immerses you in the story.
Chivalry meets badass
As another member mentioned this is a great book to start with if your new to the series. It's all about John Clark. No Jack Ryan, but certainly Jack Ryan style. The first 4 hours are fairly slow but stick with it because it's all necessary info. I wish this book was read by someone else. The narrator sounds more like a news anchor.
This was a book highly recommended at the time of Tom Clancy's death. In some ways, it seems a bit dated, and I am unfamiliar with other novels about the main character (after he became a CIA operative). What makes this a valuable piece of literature is its examination of the moral issue of revenge, and the healing power of love. It was hard to shut off the audio when I needed to get to sleep, and the pace was good and the story line believable for the most part. I am guessing that anyone who has read other books by this author would greatly appreciate this one.
I especially enjoy the narration by Mr. Pritchard despite some others' reviews, it's a matter of opinion.
This is my favorite book ever!! My best friend made me read it and I am so thankful for him. This book has so much tied to it that I think about it and it reminds me of my favorite heroes both in fiction and real life