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This is a pretty darn good series, though a bit preachy, it has a good story line and it is told in a fresh manner. The only suggestion I have is that the narrator purchase a dictionary so that when a word he is ineasy with can be pronounced correctly.
Dr McWhorter in this lecture has displayed his ability to keep one of the more uninteresting parts of language, interesting. And not just interesting but I found myself looking forward to the next part of this lecture. I call it a lecture rather than a course because, though this may be a lecture series, because it is a book, I find it more along the lines of a very long lecture. I find Dr McWhorter one of the more interesting professors and this is his subject. He provides the proof of his PhD through this lecture.
Well presented, well considered and all the depth of subject you would receive in a sophomore lecture series.
Yes I would and have recommended this book to friends, co-workers, folks waiting for a bus, people I have no idea where they were nor where I was at the time I recommended the book.
IT WAS FUN! This book was one of the best recreational books I have ever read. Not difficult to follow, nor was it difficult to believe it just made me feel like it was a good story. No investment with a high return
As always Mr. Reynolds did a spectacular job bringing life and character to the story.
Rather than pick one I will say there wasn't a character that didn't impress me.
Read this book, listen to this book, steal it if you must but most of all enjoy this book!
I would consider that this version to be every bit as good as the print version. This is the first series I have listened to Mr Chase and he has done as well as more well known narrators.
The attack by Atiana on the other Matres was very intense and I enjoyed it quite well. Difficult to say if there were other parts of the book that weren't memorable but that one stands out as she is battling with those who have been her mentors and relatives.
The entire book was very well done so there isn't a particular "moving" part but there are some very touching moments the author describes and he has done well with these.
Though this is the first series I have read by Mr Beaulieu I am impressed with his abilities and will consider reading more of his work as well as the last installment of the trilogy. That is the greatest testament I can give to an author. Though I have read many, many books in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, I can honestly say that if I read all the books of a series then it must be a pretty good series. Witness the fact I could not care if I read another book by some authors with incomplete series, Song of Ice and Fire being one.
A different reader
I hated them all by the end of the second hour of this nightmare rendition of Sir Thomas Mallory's wonderful compilation.
I couldn't finish the book so it may have but I am unwilling to go further with it. I don't let someone hit me in the head twice, this narrator is as bad as Scott Brick.
Yes! I have already listened to this prologue twice and I have only had it 5 hours.
I have read and listened to this fabulous series since it came out and I really enjoy it. Makes the Song of Ice and Fire pale by comparison.
The characters are well developed, the plot arc is well planned and each book is a tale unto itself.
The Band of the Red Hand vs trollocs in Caemlyn
Too many to count
This being the Prologue the only thing missing is what will be the first paragraph of the first chapter of the Memory of Light.
Each of the books have begun with the a paragraph I will not use but still brings a grin, a tear and the expectancy of things great to follow.
I am going to re-read the entire series starting today so that I get the complete story in my memory before Memory of Light arrives.
RJ, great thanks for your vision and books. The world will miss you more than you ever had anticipated.
This book was the low point in the series for me but at least it wasn't narrated by Scott Brick, Mr. Predictable.
The story was good but if you take out all of the plot from the previous books this was short a few pages.
After reading the reviews for the next two books I think I will stop at this one. Charlie Castillo is a great character but the lack of new story is more than a bit disappointing. Did I mention that at least this wasn't done by Scott Brick?
Yes I would recommend this book because it wasn't narrated by Scott Brick.
When he meets the defecting agents.
Great performance by someone other than Scott Brick. Did I mention that Scott Brick narrations make me want me to plunge hot ice picks into my ears?
Though the author is obviously a civilian and never had any military experience (a Lieutenant in the US Army has two gold bars not silver, a Lt Col has silver oak leaf and a "bird colonel" has silver eagle) the story is a good yarn.
If you overlook the glaring mistakes in the technical details the story is good and keeps the listener interested. If you love Tom Clancey stay away from Griffin as the two do not compare. However, if you have an afternoon and the credits, the story is worth a listen.
For the Author, do some research before beginning a story it could save some embarassment.
Simple things like latitude and LONGITUDE. Rank insignia and Army society could help as well. Also a brief study of the sciences could help with the distance a satellite is from earth.
I love this series, the books and stories are fantastic, but Scott Brick? PLEASE!!! He is good for Kevin J Anderson and Brian Herbert, even good on some of the non fiction but he is WAY TOO PREDICTABLE, if he were any more predictable, when his timber raises or he reads the words faster he is getting to a plot jink or action point. When he reads slower and more subdued he is reading a background point. I mean I would rather have Michael Prichard or Diamond Phillips read these books than Scott Brick. Like kissing your sister, even if she is beautiful there is no spark.
Print version is much better because I have a chance of interpreting for myself and it isn't the way this guy reads it.
There are too many memorable moments to pick just one.
I try not to unless it is a Kevin J Anderson or Brian Herbert book. For some reason he can do fine with them but when he does Clancy he doesn't quite get it right.
After starting the Jack Ryan series with Dead or Alive I thought I would try starting the series from the beginning, now there is a series view but this is the one that starts Jack Ryan out. He is not a character in this story but at Boston College, or just going to start at BC.
But John Clark begins in this book and he is a strategic character to the entire series, even when you don't get a mention of him he is there and you know it. But this is where it all starts, and this is where I wish I had started the series.
In my humble opinion the series should be started here, Without Remorse then follow along to Patriot Games, then Red Rabbit (one of the two of the series I won't buy because of the price being twice the other books). Hunt for Red October next then Cardinal of the Kremlin and Clear and Present Danger. Sum of all Fears next, though Hollywood added some drama that is not part of the book in the movie and the movie sucks for me now. Debt of Honor next then Executive Orders and Rainbow Six. Coming back to the stretch is Bear and the Dragon then Teeth of the Tiger and Dead or Alive and Locked On.
Without Remorse does give you the start and basics of the Jack Ryan universe and the over arching story is really founded in this book. Great Read and a fair narration, easily worth the time and credits.
I had purchased this title in hopes of pleasantly killing time until my next installment from my favorite author was available but found myself panting for more.
I am now on my third listen to this story.
I had a real difficulty putting the story down many and much of the time.
Michael Prichard gives a good performance but he does have the same basic voice for all characters. He gives the story more credibility than interest
Though I am not as excited about Michael Prichard as I was with Lou Diamond Phillips in Dead or Alive, I did enjoy the story and am now waiting for my next credits to get the rest of the Jack Ryan series.
Tom Clancy does go a bit overboard with the technical jargon of the hardware, he has some insight and inside knowlege of the functioning of the SOG and the CIA.
Give it a try as I did, I don't think you will be disappointed.
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