The story line and substance of the book is awesome and so believable. Tom Clancy makes you wonder if this really happened. The performer for this book was NOT GOOD AT ALL.
The performer for this book was AWFUL!! He doesn't have enough distinction between the voices. Accents are awful. You cannot tell which characters are talking until a few lines are read, and by then, the speaker has switched. I have had to rewind several times to catch who is talking. The performer did not have many inflections to accurately make you "feel" the moment, what emotions are being portrayed, etc. Often times, there wasn't appropriate accents or missing the accents for the various characters all together. For instance, a Russian spy should ALWAYS have an accent. When he talks to American spy John Clark, he loses it in the conversation and he sounds like he lived in the Midwest all of his life. I suffered through this awful reading. It's too bad, because the story itself is interesting and good.
All of Tom Clancy's books would make good movies (hence all of the Jack Ryan movies). However, there does come a point when you can't really shorten the story to do it justice in a movie. A mini-series on several of the books that haven't yet been made movies would be AWESOME!!
If you can pull yourself past this monotonous reader/performer, the storyline itself is good. You just have to stick it out with this terrible performer. He did not do any justice to this book.
After a few faulty gas tanks resulted in 6 deaths, the US government leaps at the chance to engage Japan in a trade war, to which Japan responds with a shooting war. This story written even as Free Trade Agreements were coming into force in America and beyond.
I found the plot hard to swallow and in general the story flow to be weak for a Clancy thriller. As the story concluded I was shocked by the grand and dramatic ending. It made me wonder if Osama bin Laden had perhaps read this book. The conclusion is surprisingly prophetic and if only for this, worth the listen.
MacDonald's performance was fair, not great, but not bad. My opinion was worse until I began listening to the robotic performance of "Executive Orders". I think I've just been spoiled by a spat of extremely good performances in other audible books.
I like science, sci-fi, history, and biographies. Audible has made my long commutes so much less boring!
This is a great book, but the story deserves a better narrator. It seems to me that the recording lost something in the editing.
No. The story is OK, but the performance by the narrator sounds like some automaton. At times I wondered if it was a human reading it, or electronic.
His voice is monotone and sounds like it's made by a machine. Horrible inflection. No emotion.
The narrator is truly awful. I've never heard more "mouth sounds" in an audiobook. Lip smacking, swallowing, on top of a robotic, monotone, and disgusting delivery. It's so bad it's distracting. Tons of mispronunciations and bad accent attempts.
Too much detail
Worst narration ever, it really ruined a great book for me. He did ok on the accents, but bulled his way through the punctuation without any inflection in his voice.
Not sure, the story takes a long time to take off, the reader has a hard time bringing you in, he reads in run on sentences.
His reading was in "run on" sentences... hard to stay with him, follow him.
gosh, not sure i would cut scenes, but have it read by someone who can capture and bring you in ...Lou Diamond Phillips seems to do a good job of holding your attention when reading.
The end was good, but not sure if it was because it is coming to an end, or finally caught up to the story after all the "run on sentences".
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Would love to recommend, story is great, ruined by text to speach narrator.
Frustration with the incredibly poor quality.
I love Lou Diamond Phillips, great actor and top narrator in latter Jack Ryan novels!
Yep, turned it off.
Audible, you really need to weed monsters like this one out!
The narrator has a really monotone voice that is extremely nasally. The story itself holds my interest, but it sounds like the guy is reading the story with a clothespin over his nose. It almost makes it so I don't want to even listen.
Debt of Honor is a great story full of action and intrigue. However, like many other reviewers I found the narrator to distract a great deal from the story. The near monotone is indeed like the online computerized voices albeit one that suffers from either severe post-nasal drip or, to be harsh, a mild stroke.
The plot is captivating and keeps you coming back for more although it is difficult to keep tabs on Clancy's many details due to the narration.
As previously mentioned, the narrator's digital-esque monotone is only enhanced(?) by apparent post-nasal drip, untimely breaks, sudden run-ons (Clancy put the punctuation in for a reason!) and slight pauses to, I can only assume, sound out some of the words. Many times I asked out loud, "who talks like that?"
Yes although I would much prefer Scott Brick or Michael Pritchard (or nearly anyone else) as a narrator. If the story wasn't so good this would be a bitter pill to swallow.
If you are working your way through the Jack Ryan universe then you'll enjoy the story and be able to take the narration, but for full enjoyment maybe the paperback is the way to go on this one.