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In the Jack Ryan series from Tom Clancy, I put Executive Decision behind Debt of Honor and The Bear and the Dragon. But since, IMHO thoes are the Best of the Best in the audio world (both are AVAILABLE here on Audible) this is still a great story and a great listen. Top notch.
I enjoyed this book despite it being abridged. The narrator was excellent. It did feel at times as though there were holes in the story, which is probably to be expected with an abridged version, but I didn't find that it took so much away that it made it difficult to follow. Good book!
The abridged version while keeping the essence of the story did leave some caps unfilled and left me disappointed with the overall experience. However being a Tom Clancy fan I was still riveted by its content and development to its climax . I would recommend this version as to a first time Clancy reader but once they are hooked then I would recommend they read the fuller version Overall a good listen
Not bad, but not real entralling either...
The typical fast paced story with minimal meat or intrigue for me. I am starting to think it may be personal taste at this point. While I love these types of movies, I find that I just don't enjoy the books as much.
Far and away the best Clancy novel since Red Storm Rising. Sadly, it marks the apogee of Jack Ryan's career. There is nowhere to go from here, and Clancy is not going to keep re-writing the West Wing. All his books from this one forward talks about someone else. Too bad. But enjoy this one. It's the real deal.
The "ABRIDGED" book is pretty good. I enjoy Tom Clancy novel immensely. Moreover, this book would be a very much improved Audiobook if it were not an abridged edition. However, it is my considered opinion that anyone who purchases and downloads this audiobook would not be disappointed.
So buy this audiobook and enjoy.
Happy New Year 2005
And Buffalo George
The abridged version was a quick listen, providing the meat of the story without some of the very long stretches of boredom reported by others reading this 1300+ page book.Technology was dated somewhat since it was written nearly 20 years ago--noted but not distracting. It was well researched, as Clancy always does and includes a mix of national and tactical views. I especially enjoyed Ryan's first speech where he said that he did not want politicians...realistic? Maybe? The Iranian sponsored biologic attack is something that was developed with interesting effects, probably not horrific enough. DC and international. Iran inspired bio attack. The tactical movements of Army units around Southwest Asia during the last hour was pretty boring. Glad I listened to the abridged version...good story!
The abridgment editing appears to have taken the first sentence of each chapter,and left the rest on the floor. So it does not make much sense, and is confusing to figure out. Really a terrible job of editing. You get some slight sense of what the story is but you never get enough development of a story angle to care much about what happens.
Yes, certainly if they are abridged like this one,
Satisfactory, some character voices.
Disappointment; no excitement or mystery. Just random facts and statements. Sadness that I basically wasted a book credit.
This abridged version of the book should really be withdrawn from sale.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
Others had mentioned how poorly Edward Hermann does in performing this book and I must concur. I had just listened to a Clancy book performed by Lou Diamond Phillips and got spoiled by his abilities. Ed Hermann is, to my way of thinking, unable to get any sense of irony or excitement int his voice He has James T. Kirkish phrasing and pausing at strange times that makes you wanna say "HUN/ WHA?" and hit the 90 second replay over and over to figure it out.
This pock takes place when Ryan is in the white house because apparently the President was shot..I didn't get them in order unfortunately.
Plot is contrived and loaded with typical of Clancyesque overabundance of military background, acronyms, details about weapons and how the boats run.
Protagonists: President Ryan (Swordsman) and Mr Clark, the former Mr Kelly are the primary dudes though there are lots of extra people standing around giving their lines then leaving the stage. Hermann does not do a variety of voices well, and lord help him if he has a russian, a chinese and a japanese woman all in a conversation. Good for a laugh.
Antagonists: Several bad guys are well written. I don't know if any of the characters is written naturally..they all seem to be very stereotypical views of bad or good guys.
Writing. At this point, Clancy has, I assume, a plethora of staff editors who pull his books together and say --on occasion-- "Too Much Information Tom," His editing is good but I can't comment on the typos as the book was read to me.
Escapist literature, a very long book which I listened to at 1.5 speed and lost nothing. Thats my good friend Ed again who stretches his words out like he's talking at 33 and a third. Perhaps it's time for him to retire.
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