this book is a terrifying portrayal of how assumptions and personal agendas among senior leadership could be exploited by those
seeking to do us harm.
Honestly, the book starts off very slowly. It has a lot of development necessary for it to mature into the masterpiece that it is. You really have yo bear with it but eventually everything happens for a reason. The narrator is very soft and not very exciting for the first 1/3 of the book but he does get better. Stick with it and it will be very good (first 2/3s of the book is plot development). The only thing the movie has in common with the book is the name Jack Ryan. Everything is different in the book and its so much better than the movie. If you have the 35 hours to listen to the book, I highly recommend it.
I loved how he made everything sound like it was really happening. The narrator was fantastic with all his accents so you could keep the characters straight in your head. I loved every minute and can't wait to get to the next one.
It really sucks when you adjust the volume to a comfortable level, then the narrator yells.
Also, any narrator who reads a military novel should have a military background.
A Radio Intercept Officer is pronounced as RIO, like Rio, like where the Olympics are going to be held...
Struggled to finish this book. skipped multiple whole chapters due to needlessly elaborate and pointless dialogue. Unfortunately, most abridged novels are too short. I think a version of this book that is about 20 hours would have been perfect and not left out anything important.
I have listened to this book twice. It is great because the fragmented story structure makes it easy to listen in 15 minute spurts or at length. Also, Scott Brick is awesome. The macho-man driven dialogue of Tom Clancy at times gets in the way but I think Scott does a good way of playing it out in a digestible way.
Best has to be the build up of the friction between Jack and his Wife and its climax of an awful and passive oral tiff in the white house.... so good.
90 percent of the perks of being a senior official is the parking. The rest is all cigarettes and bad wine.
This is a good long listen- will last you a month and then some if you have an hour commute to work.