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R. A. James

pittsburgh, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Bear and the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (693)

    Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or is something far more dangerous at work here?

    rlovegreen says: "Good story - Narrator tries hard to kill it..."
    "Great at 1.25x narrator speed"
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    If you could sum up The Bear and the Dragon in three words, what would they be?

    Gold, Oil and Suckers


    Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Typical Prichard. Voice characterizations don't have a lot of range, but if you speed it up, it's pleasant enough.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt for Red October

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1420)
    Performance
    (1056)
    Story
    (1063)

    A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The CIA's brilliant young analyst, Jack Ryan, thinks he knows the reason for the sudden Red Fleet operation: the Soviets' most valuable ship, the Red October, is attempting to defect to the United States.

    Rick says: "Very rough recording"
    "Never so many thickly accented characters!"
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    What did you love best about The Hunt for Red October?

    A great deal of suspense, which I think is appropriate for a submarine story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captian Ramius, of course.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by J. Charles?

    Depends on my options... I have never heard so many thickly accented characterizations in one book! J. Charles wrote the book on drawl!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debt of Honor: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (676)
    Story
    (679)

    Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

    Louann says: "Narrator not so great"
    "It won't really take that long..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend, but only at 1.25 playback speed!!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    He did not... but if you speed up the playback, it's much better!


    Any additional comments?

    The strength of the story carries the overall performance, fortunately. The additional political and financial details may bog this one down if you just want Clancy action. If that's what you really want, go ahead and get the abridged version instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rainbow Six

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (993)
    Story
    (1006)

    Ex-Navy SEAL John Clark is the newly named head of Rainbow, an international task force dedicated to combating terrorism. In a trial by fire, he must stop a terrorist group of men and women so extreme that their success could literally mean the end of life on earth as we know it.

    Brodie says: "Tom Clancy (Top Cat)"
    "Loved the details!"
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    Would you listen to Rainbow Six again? Why?

    I have and I will! I'd listened to the abridged version many times in the past, but I couldn't pass up this new unabridged version. I loved the additional details and information.


    Did Michael Prichard do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I was not over-impressed with the voice characterizations, but I was not completely disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    Though the narrator is not a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3568)
    Performance
    (3052)
    Story
    (3038)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Joseph says: "Give me more! Loved it!"
    "Another winner!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Locked On the most enjoyable?

    A very gripping and intricate story from Tom. It was awesome!


    What does Lou Diamond Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    LDP's voice characterizations add life and depth to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, another outstanding story and a great performance!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christie Golden
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (544)

    Luke and Ben Skywalker pursue the formidable dark-side being Abeloth, the Lost Tribe of the Sith is about to be sundered by an even greater power - which will thrust one Dark Lord into mortal conflict with his own flesh-and-blood. On Coruscant, a political vacuum has left tensions at the boiling point, with factions racing to claim control of the Galactic Alliance. Suddenly surrounded by hidden agendas, treacherous conspiracies, and covert Sith agents, the Jedi Order must struggle to keep the GA government from collapsing into anarchy.

    R. A. James says: "Greatest Narrator of all time!"
    "Greatest Narrator of all time!"
    Overall

    I love all things Star Wars, and I've listened to every audiobook available, but Marc Thompson makes the difference. His ability to audibly define every single character is superb!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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