Hitchcock was pretty loyal to the book, other than casting -- Norman is a different age and body type than Anthony Perkins, and Martin Balsam plays Arborgast considerably different than the book's character. It's so difficult to not "see" the film while listening to the book, but, fortunately, they pretty much follow the same path.
The performance is very good. The reader makes subtle changes in voice, just enough to let you know it's a different character.
I want more.
Eddard Stark. A complex man, whose sense of honor is also his biggest flaw.
Indeed, it made me wish for a longer commute!
Virtually anyone. Seriously. His normal voice is fine, but when he drops into dialogue, everyone except Jack Ryan sounds like a cartoon character. His Russian accent -- which is identical for every Russian character in the novel -- is such a cliche that kept expecting him to cry out "Moose and Squirrel!" Fortunately, I know this story pretty well, having read the hardcover years ago (I rent these books for a long, boring commute, and sometimes you don't want to listen to hardcore literature that requires a great deal of attention, and Clancy's stories are the perfect formula, generally speaking), so I was able to grit my teeth and get through the dialogue. But for someone who has not read this book, I cannot recommend it. Charles is absolutely dreadful.
A classic from Clancy's glory days. A shame his newer works fall so short of his early stuff.
This book is a considerable improvement over the previous two installments in the series. Most of the inane political carping is gone, and the story is actually somewhat feasible; the vulnerability of government agencies and their contractors with regards to cyberattacks is a real threat, and Clancy does a very good job at explaining the technology. True, some key plot elements are quite far-fetched (such as bad guys being able to follow a person throughout the city of Washington, by hacking in to any security camera at will), but it's a work of fiction, and in all fairness the technologies described are worlds more realistic than most of the scenarios we see in film and TV.
LDP continues the great work he did in the previous two installments of this series.
Yes -- because I started on the print version years ago, and got stuck on it. The recorded version carried me through several cross-country trips, and was thoroughly engaging.
It's difficult to pick one out -- there were several that stick with me. Enoch Root's scenes were all pretty memorable.
When reading a book, I tend to voice characters in my head in a way that I would probably speak. In a piece like this, that intertwines real characters from history with very well-defined fictional characters, who run the gamut from nerdy intellectuals to gung-ho Marines, Dufris' incredible range really adds to the story.
"Part one of a 12 part story."
An exhausting book. I had no idea how all these characters and plot elements would (or could) tie together. But they did. Stephenson's mind is a wildly complex place...
Only if they're a long-time Clancy fan, like I am... or rather, was; I keep checking out his new stuff, hoping for a gripping technothriller like "Hunt for Red October" or "Sum of All Fears."
This is another disjointed, barely-credible fantasy story about a super-secret organization, staffed with ex-CIA operatives, whose hackers are SO GOOD they can routinely surf the inner sanctums of the CIA and NSA, and whose financial analysts are SO GOOD they can make enough money to infinitely fund this shadow organization off the books, and who can zip into any country, anywhere in the world, and torture or kill any Bad Guy they feel like. While their foreign opponents are, in some ways, remotely credible, their domestic opposition -- namely, the party that Jack Ryan Sr does not belong to -- are invariably cartoonish, feeble, and so mind-bogglingly inept, that I'm reminded of 1930s/40s propaganda pieces from both the Allies and the Axis. An example: While the love interest of Jack Ryan Jr is beautiful, young, brilliant, and perfectly fit -- and so chaste that she doesn't kiss on the first date -- the only other woman in the story with more than a few lines (a lawyer from the ACLU) is old, fat, ugly and corrupt, and determined to get Osama bin Laden (or at least a thinly disguised version) not only out of prison, but into bed. It's amateurish, which is a shame, since much of the story is actually quite interesting.But not all. A key scene, which one would think would be the apex of the action, involves two heroes trying to disarm a nuclear weapon. Instead of building the tension, the situation resolves itself "off screen," and we are told that an expert called the heroes on their sat phone and told them the procedures. Whew! That was close!Finally, while Clancy managed to keep politics out of his works for his first 20 years, lately he's obsessed with it. He laid it on so thick this time that I actually found myself rooting against the heroes, namely Jack Ryan and John Clarke. Ryan comes off especially as an angry, bitter, arrogant jerk in this piece, a far cry from the brilliant but humble CIA analyst who found himself thrown into treacherous situations. Again, we don't know how much Tom Clancy actually contributes to his own works anymore; it's possible he outsourced the entire book.
LDP does a great job. I used to listen to the "Books on Tape" versions of TC novels back in the casette days, and Michael Prichard did a pretty good job with the narration, but LDP brings the dialogue to life. He's also pretty good at accents, and since most of the cast of "Locked On" is non-American, his work is cut out for him. Unfortunately, he only has one Russian accent, and sometimes it's difficult to tell the characters apart.
No, but like a sucker, if there is a sequel, I'll pony up for it. I listen to these things during commutes, and you really don't want to listen to works that require a great deal of thought when you're in heavy Beltway traffic. TC has always been pretty good for that sort of thing, and despite the serious and repeated shortcomings of his later works (or, more likely the shortcomings of his ghostwriter).
Performance is very good, althought LDP gets stuck on certain "foreign" accents, and tends to repeat them. Plots was simplistic, but entertaining. Starts out very strong, but gets bogged down before too long. Clancy (or, more likely, Blackwood; Clancy appears to have sold his name to the highest bidder, which I find a little repugnant) spends way too much time creating an inept caricature of a president, only to allow his heroes to poke fun at him. Adopting a previous character, Clancy has turned him into a parody of President Obama, and spends a ridiculous amount of time injecting his own right-wing politics into the story.
A few ridiculous factual errors spoil an otherwise interesting read. For example, one jet airplane is describe as having spent many hours as a commercial jet for a major airline, servicing a route from west to east. Perhaps it was dismantled and shipped via truck for the westbound leg? Stupid, stupid errors...
Finally, the book is a mismash of the Ryan universe; characters that died off books ago reappear; 9/11 is a major motivator, even though it never "happened" in the Ryan universe, while the major plot element of "Sum of All Fears" (far worse than our own 9/11), is never mentioned; the US is at war with Iraq, even though there was no GW Bush in Ryan's universe to start such a war. And so on.
The book tries to be both a stand-alone novel as well as one that rests on the earlier works of Clancy -- back when Clancy actually wrote his own books, instead of paying someone else to do the heavy lifting. Overall, I enjoyed it, but it is a shadow of Clancy's earlier work.
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