I would hesitate to name any single one of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan books as my favorite, but if I did Executive Orders would probably be it. What an excellent book! When I started reading this series sometime in the late 80's it never dawned on me that Jack Ryan would ever become president. Still Clancy comes up with a plausible if unlikely sequence of events to propel Jack Ryan into the presidency of the United States. My only problem with the whole scenario is that I find it hard to believe that there are any politicians with as much common sense as Jack Ryan demonstrates in this book. Prichard does a good job as narrator of this book although there might be some better choices for narrator. Some people don't care for the detail that Clancy puts into his books or the length of this book in particular. I don't understand that myself. To my way of thinking I got this audio book for entertainment. Isn't 51 hours of entertainment better than 5 hours of entertainment? Would I recommend this book? I sure would!
You might wonder at my reasoning when I gave 5 stars for the story, 5 stars for the performance, but only 3 stars for overall. The story was a great story and it was very well told and Lou Diamond Phillips did a fabulous job with the narration. My problem comes from the fact that for a Clancy novel it just doesn't measure up with some of his greats like; The Sum of All Fears, The Bear and the Dragon, Debt of Honor or Executive Orders. The fact is that if Clancy's name hadn't been on the front cover of this book my expectations wouldn't have been as high as they were so consequently I wouldn't have felt any let down and the book would have gotten a higher overall rating from me. It's a shame that the last Clancy / Ryan book couldn't have been his best but the fact is that after The Bear and the Dragon Clancy never again hit his stride with the notable exception of Red Rabbit. I will morn the loss of a writer of Clancy's caliber there are none better and in fact I can't think of any as good as Clancy at his peak. Still if you don't approach this book with the expectation of Clancy at the top of his game this is an excellent book and well worth the credit and the time. Rest in Peace Mr. Clancy
A Time to Kill is another of those books that captured my imagination and wouldn't let go when I first read it all those years ago. Over the years I have returned to A Time to Kill several times to read or listened to it again. In case you might be wondering I will listen to and or read A Time to Kill again. So you might not be all that surprised when you learn that when I learned that Sycamore Row would be the squeal to A Time to Kill I got excited...... no I got really excited. Sycamore Row didn't let me down as it is worthy of both A Time to Kill and John Grisham. What I didn't know and didn't expect was that Sycamore Row went back and touched the story in The Last Juror and also filled in a little of the "pre-story" from The Summons. I didn't catch any references to The Chamber, but when I listen to this book again, and I will, I'll be paying attention for references to The Chamber. Now I'll have to go back and listen to Ford County again looking for people, events or other things that found their way into Sycamore Row. John Grisham can be counted on for great books and Sycamore Row is another.
I consider myself to be fortunate because I am able to enjoy a book or a movie more than once. That doesn't hold true with every book I've ever read (or listened to) or movie I've ever watched, but it is true for this book. If I were to be asked what I liked about this book I would probably say the humor. Actually I don't know if Roberts wanted me to laugh at the scenes that I laugh at but there a few scenes in this book that even after having listened to this book again and again and even again I don't merely laugh, I howl with laughter. Another of the things that I enjoy about this book is the characters. Elizabeth / Abigail is a great character as are Brooks and Sunny. I was also very impressed with the story that Roberts moved these characters through and I really liked the way the good guys foiled the bad guys. I gave this book five stars because I couldn't give it six stars.
I first read this book decades ago and enjoyed it immensily. I also watched the mini series and enjoyed that immensly as well. Now finally someone has introduced an unabridged audio version of it, I'm thrilled. Having read the other reviews of this book I have to agree that this book is a classic. Actually it is an epic classic especially when considered with the other two books in this series. Jakes does a fabulous job of fictionalising historical events as this book and the two that follow it so apetly demonstrate. The narrator isn't bad, but he isn't good enough to do these books justice, although to be honest I'm not sure who would be. One of the other reviewers compared this book or series with the Winds of War - War and Rememberance series. He was right on the mark like taht series this series is also epic.
Tom Clancy hit his stride with books like; The Sum of All Fears, Debt of Honor and The Bear and the Dragon. He slipped a little with Red Rabbit and then hit bottom with The Teeth Of The Tiger. Several years passed between The Teeth Of The Tiger and Dead Or Alive and of course this book was written in collaboration with Grant Blackwood. The last book Mr. Clancy wrote with a co-author was Red Storm Rising which he wrote with Larry Bond. You might notice that I haven't mentioned any of the Op Center books. The reason for that is that Tom Clancy didn't write them, when you see one of these books in a book store it says created by Tom Clancy. Back to Dead or Alive, Dead or Alive is by far a vast improvement over The Teeth of The Tiger but it is by no means up to par with books like The Sum of All Fears or The Bear and The Dragon nor does it compare favorably with Red Storm Rising. Having said all of that it is an excellent book its just that with the name Tom Clancy on the cover I expect more than this book delivers. Lou Diamond Phillips dose a great job with the narration.
It seems to me that every time I read (listen to) a book by Greg Iles I'm struck by his genius. I've read a number of books about World War II and or the holocaust. This one stands out as one of the best. Of course I know that World War II and and the holocaust actually occurred. I don't know if the Nazi's were planning to combat the allied invasion of Europe, but I do know that they did invent nerve gas. I also know that nerve gas is the most toxic of all the chemical weapons available just as it was during World War II. In this book Greg Iles inserts his characters into a historical setting with an imaginative plot. Listening to this book requires more than a little concentration and still I think it will take more than one listen to get everything out of this book so I'll absolutely be listening to this book again.
Once again Audible has made it possible for me to listen to the newest release from one of my favorite authors almost before the ink has dried on the pages of this great book. Michael Connelly has a habit of turning out these excellent books featuring Harry Bosch and mores the good fortune it doesn't look like he's about to stop. In this book Connelly uses actual historical events to set up an imaginative scenario for a story that he goes on to tell in his usual superlative manner. Once I started listening to this book, that was it, there was no way I could have possibly have stopped before I got to the very end. It seemed to me that Connelly is really beginning to develop Maddie Bosch's personality while at the same time he keeps building the character of Harry Bosch. I can see at some time in the future Connelly putting out books featuring first Officer and then later on Detective Maddie Bosch, daughter of the legendary Detective Harry Bosch. Besides being an excellent book in and of itself The Black Box also does a great job of beginning to set that up. The only downside of this selection is having Michael McConnohie as the narrator. He isn't Harry Bosch, Len Cariou is.
Wrong question. It should will you listen to Three Fates again. The answer is yes. The reason is that it was an extremely enjoyable story and I believe that I'll get more out of it during subsequent listenings. While I don't listen to all of my audio books more than once I do listen to most of them more than once. Three Fated is a for sure re-listen-to audio book.
I liked and enjoyed all of the characters in this book but I especially enjoyed Rebeca.
I liked when Rebeca was introduced to the old man that had been the little boy saved by her ancestor.
I have quite a few audio books that were written by Nora Roberts and I've enjoyed them all a lot, but this book stands out from the crowd. Additionally in my opinion Bernadette Quigley did a great job narrating this book. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone that enjoys this type of romantic thriller / suspense.
This is such an excellent book. Tom Clancy has a real talent for story telling and in The Bear and The Dragon he show off his talent to an extreme degree. I rated the performance somewhat lower than the story and the overall. The reason for that is because of Micheal Prichard's dry style of delivery. Other than that the only problem with this book is that knowing Tom Clancy books this book is very predictable, absolutely no mystery. Still having said that it is great fun to root for the good guys knowing full well that they will meet with total success. So if you like real flag wavers then this book should please you.
Tom Clancy is my favorite author and has been for a lot of years. Rainbow Six is not my favorite Clancy book. I like the fact that Clancy explains every detail of everything in his books. I like the action. I like the suspense. I can't really say why this this book doesn't excite me more than it does because I don't really don't know. This isn't a boring book, maybe it's that John Clark is too perfect.
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