When I think of Tom Clancy at his best I think of a book like Cardinal of the Kremlin or Hunt for the Red October. GONE is that Tom Clancy .. this one is full of manufactured twists and plots that don't have the human touch that made his earlier books so wonderful to listen to. John Clark, who has always been an outstanding character, suddenly turns into a "super hero" impervious to torture and pain and able to get up and run an operation after days of capture and torture and mistreatment .. and on and on.
My hearing will surely go out early in life due to all the audiobooks I listen to!
Dont get me wrong. Tom Clancy sure knows how to describe a fight scene, but at points in this novel I found myself having to rewind to figure out whats going on! with the political side of things and all the crazy names of foreign characters. There were also numerous abbreviated orginizations that kind of got me confused and again, getting lost. Overall I think that the story is great opposed to the fact that it is-at times-hard to read. Lou Diamond Phillips definately made this book tolerable enough to finish. Good read if your on the up-and-up of politics both in country and afar.
I have enjoyed reading Tom Clancy in the past and will probably try another one.
No - it is hard to follow without long uninterrupted sessions.
Well read. Easy to hear pronunciation.
I started listening to this after checking out Threat Vector. Honestly I think I might have been better off waiting for something after Threat Vector than making the mistake backtracking the series.
Kept the politics out of it. Although annoying and awkward I found it slightly funny the amount of conservative opinion Clancy put into this book. It almost seemed like he created his only personal crazy world where every conservative idea is right and every liberal idea is idiotic and dangerous. At some point I just started to fast forward the election parts, it was just too much, I felt like I was pulled out of an interesting story so an old angry dude could give me a crappy lesson about politics.
Phillips does great voice work, the way he speaks each character lets me have a better time visualizing the characters. There is urgency when things go bad, and he doesn't overdo it.
I started with Threat Vector and I think I'm going to stop checking out the backlog. I had read Rainbow Six and Hunt for Red October and loved them. But I guess I missed the part where Clancy decided to turn his books from just talking about the specs and building the tension to making dumb jokes about MSNBC. But as I said before, I really liked Threat Vector. If he lays off the politics like in Threat Vector and keeps things focused on the story, maybe I might come back to this series.
I found that this was just a collection of events no real story invovled thst meant nothing to me. This book I found dissappointing and not to my tastte. The title is misleading in some respects.
Lou was okay
The action scenes and plot were classic Clancy, but his polictical diatribes are bit too much.
I spend about 55 hours a week driving and really enjoy having a good book to pass the miles.
I am a Clancy addict, I freely admit. This book was so action packed and fast paced I could not stop listening. I listened to it for 10 hours at work and the 15 minute trip home. Some of Clancy's book get so detailed they kind of bog you down with information. There is some of that here but overall I think the duo of Greaney and Clancy is excellent. If you enjoy Clancy or Greaney you can't go wrong with this book. The narration by Phillips is excellent as well.
No, not by Tom Clancy. He mailed this one in. The characters were not believable. Jack Jr. could not even follow simple orders. The hero is running a major Op minutes after losing the use of his shooting hand then using his shooting hand with abandon, poor continuity.
I am now listening to Extremely loud and incredibly close by Foer
I don't think it was the narrators fault. The script was
None. I am disappointed I wasted a free credit on this book.
A better actor to narrate. Better develop characters. I can't understand narrator's words and he has no emotion in his speaking.
Never buy anything narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips.
Please give us a better sample of the narration. I've read most of Tom Clancy's books and this one just doesn't measure up at all.
Check out narrator's past performance and sound.
I wasted almost $20.00 for a book I will never finish. I feel cheated!
Good story, but not the best Clancy book. The story is entertaining, slow at times but I did enjoy it. I'm looking forward to the next book which will continue the Mr. Clark and Jack jr storylines