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  • Clear and Present Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (218)

    Jack Ryan, who has just been named CIA deputy director of intelligence, is enraged when he discovers that he has been left out of the loop of Columbian operations. Several of America's most highly trained soldiers are stranded on an unfinished mission that, according to all records, never existed. Ryan decides to get the men out.

    T. Webb says: "Hard listen"
    "Difficult to follow the reader"
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    What did you love best about Clear and Present Danger?

    As with all the stories I have read and listened to by Tom Clancy, this one is exciting, fast-paced, and difficult to put down. I am not usually a big fan of stories involving large amounts of military action, but Tom Clancy has a knack of making even this aspect of things very interesting. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Clancy's writing in general and the Jack Ryan series in particular.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I truly love audio books for the ability to absorb good books while doing other things like commuting to work. Unfortunately, with this book I have to recommend reading rather than listening. While the narrator is not bad, it is extremely difficult to follow the story line. As with most Clancy narratives, one of the intriguing aspects of this novel is that the story line unfolds across a number of locations, subplots, and characters. And also as per the usual Clancy method, some or all of these story lines are treated within the same chapter. Unfortunately, this particular recording tends to blur them all together into one continuous thread so that by the time you realize the story has shifted from one plot line to another, you almost have to back up in the recording to make sense of what you just heard. I am not sure whether this is the narrator or the editor's fault; the fact remains that it makes the story tough to follow if you aren't already familiar with it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could use a new or at least an updated recording. It is too good a story to have this poor a recording to go with it.

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