I listened to the earlier Tom Clancy book, and while it was hard to get used to Lou Diamond phillips' speech patterns, I began to appreciate his many different dialects and thought he was spot on. This book was much easier to dive into because I was ready for his voice. His ability to mimic accents and sound like a native speaker when using Chinese, Russian, Spanish, French, and the many other languages in this book allows the listener to discern the large group of different characters in the story.
I've read most of TC's books and this is the first one in probably 10 years I found memorable. Strong storyline, great pacing and dynamic events along with LDP's wonderful accents made it a world to dive in.
Not a fan of Jack Ryan or his son Jr but I thought I would try again. I am bored to death and think the title should be "Sleepy Vector". Returning the crappy Tom Clancy rip off now. Words, words, words words, words words words words no story, no plot.
Lou Diamond Phillips has great performance and is an excellent narrator to this complex story with many characters and threads. He aptly tracts that characters slightly different voices and maintains the character voices throughout the 18 hours of audio.
Tom Clancy contiues his great writing style and ability to weave a thread of reality into fiction. It is never very hard to have to suspend dis-belief while reading this novel, especially with how close the subjaect matter is to reality.
I am only a casual reader, and generall read for information (technical, etc.). Tom Clancy novels have rarely disappointed in their ability to entertain and, in most cases, educate. The education is not the typical typoe, but more of an enlightenment on complex issues - like electronic espionage in this case. This was my first Audible experience and it did not disappoint.
Engaging on many levels. Getting alittle out of the realm of possible on all the ways Jack Jr can be the new superhero.
The concept and the warning to all that evil is real and many nations are looking to hurt us at any cost
He reads well and manages to give each character a unique persona
No too long for one setting
Jack Jr. saves the world, but not by himself and certainly doesn't get any help from his girlfriend, Melanie Craft. Was on the edge of my car seat the entire time.
Clancy has a way of writing that is very detailed. I feel like Hennley Associates is real.
I liked the action. From the opening scenes to the very end.
Air to Air Jet fighter scene.
Yes. I hate that Sam Grainger dies. I do like that Crane and his men all die.
Don't like that Jack doesn't stay with Melanie.
By far one of the better books I have read.
Yes, Clancy really shows how to write action well.
This is the only book that he has read that I can remember. Won't be the last as he has a true talent. Was easy to quickly recognize each character.
This one had me scheduling time when I could listen and difficult to turn off. He has a great talent for taking you through actions scenes. The concept that computer hacking and infiltrating networks are as big of a thread as conventional weapons in warfare keeps you thinking throughout the entire book.
This is a great audiobook. The threat of cyberwarfare seems very plausible, and the story itself is gripping. Maybe the superheroic exploits of the characters are a little over the top, but you don't read Tom Clancy for total realism. And the narrator was great. He used just a hint of accents to remind the listener of the different ethnicities of the characters. If you buy this book, resign yourself to the fact that you will definitely be listening to it instead of doing things that you SHOULD be doing. It's a hard book to turn off.
So, when you think of plugging in and tuning out, this IS the audio book you are looking for. The narration is excellent, the story is fast-paced and make the miles slide by in the car- and it's long enough that it isn't light fluff that's over in no time...
It ranks as the quintessential audio book- spies, jet fighters, intrigue-- it's all there. You will not be disappointed- unless you're looking for love, romance and that other stuff. Enjoy!
This book is not as 'technical' as some of the other Clancy novels. It was an exciting and easy read!
Lou was a positive part of the novel. His character representation was pretty much spot on.
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I would definitely put this in the Top 5 of all the books I've listened to in the past few years.
This is the first time I have heard Lou Diamond Phillips narrate and I was pleasantly surprised. He does an excellent job keeping the dialogue flowing and varies the voices just enough so you know who's talking without it being overly dramatic or distracting.