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Debt of Honor: A Jack Ryan Novel | [Tom Clancy]

Debt of Honor: A Jack Ryan Novel

Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.
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Publisher's Summary

Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

Take another thrill ride with Jack Ryan.

©1994 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Clancy's latest novel traces the financial, political, military, and personal machinations that drive America into the next major global war.... a shocker climax so plausible you'll wonder why it hasn't yet happened. (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Louann CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 02-10-11
    Louann CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 02-10-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator not so great"

    I love Clancy books, but this Narrator is too robotic. Doesn't even sound human to me.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    kim 01-20-11
    kim 01-20-11
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    "Vintage Clancy - Deserves a Better Narrator"

    Having read and enjoyed the book when it first came out in hardcover, I've just been waiting for the unabridged audible edition. I'm not sure I'll be able to stand the monotone narration for 36 hours. It's the worst I've ever heard.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer WA 04-14-11
    Amazon Customer WA 04-14-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Debt of Honor"

    Do NOT listen to this book while driving!!!!!!!!! This is a GREAT book, the narrator sucks, this guy had to be hired to do the computer voice for my Co-Pilot Truck GPS program.

    I would have enjoyed Jack Sondericker or Scott Brick as a narrator, a Tom Clancy book deserves better............

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Joe SISSONVILLE, WV, United States 02-06-11
    Joe SISSONVILLE, WV, United States 02-06-11 Member Since 2007
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    "DEBT OF HONOR"

    The story as always is outstanding. The recording is the worst I have ever heard. If you ever wondered how a book would sound if it was read by a computer this is it.. The speed is so slow I thought I had it on my IPhone at half speed when I checked I was listening to my IPOD. I have donwloaded over 200 books and this would be the first time I asked for a refund. Save your money until they fix their mistake.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    patricia 01-24-11
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    "Clancy's best novel, but poorly narrated"

    Listened from start to finish; I love the story but wish it was someone else narrating. Aside from the narrator I would have give this 5 stars. I will say that by the last part he had improved from a one star to a two. Michael Pritchard would have been the best but even Scott Brick would have been a dramatic improvement.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Woodford 09-13-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Story, Terrible Narration"

    Make sure you listen to the audio sample before buying this audiobook. It's very monotone and robotic. I enjoyed the story but it would have been much more enjoyable with a better narrator.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    George Marietta, GA, United States 08-30-11
    George Marietta, GA, United States 08-30-11 Member Since 2005
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    "computer generated voice"

    The engineer that produced this should be taken out and shoot. I can not believe
    that this is the voice of a real person narrating. I just could not listen longer than the first chapter. A real waste of time and money.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Spring, TX, United States 05-07-11
    Dave Spring, TX, United States 05-07-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent story, bad sound, bad narrator"

    I almost stopped listening to this in the first two hours, but stuck it out, and the story was worth it, honestly. However, those first two hours...like listening to human Valium. I don't know which to blame: the engineering, or the narrator, but whichever is responsible...it is one of the worst sounding audiobooks I have ever listened to.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Fort Worth, TX 02-27-11
    Robert Fort Worth, TX 02-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun to hear one I'd read..."

    I read this book when it was first published. It was a great read and it was an even better listen. John MacDonald did a nice job. Some of his voices ran together somewhat. As far as Clancy...I wanna be him when I grow up! I love his stuff. The man can tell a story and make every detail...And there are a LOT of details...Fun to roll around in.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Jenks, OK, United States 01-25-11
    Robert Jenks, OK, United States 01-25-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Bad Sound Engineering"

    It is not the narrator's fault that this sounds like a monotone robot. This is a bad transfer. It sounds like they recorded it at one speed, then slowed it down so that many words are now slurred and drawn out. Also I feel that the "robot" problem is also from the transfer, by clipping off the upper and lower ranges of the sound pitches, it now sounds artificial in a lot of places.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. L. R. Black
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    3/15/11
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    "Terrible"

    Like the lovechild of Stephen Hawkins & a telephone answering machine. This narrator is more robotic than a child's robot toy. It's unbearable. I read the book and it is superb, but I can't get past the first 20 minutes of this awful, dead drone.

    1 star - only because I had to tick the damned box.

    If this had been my first audiobook, I would never buy another.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Rochester, United Kingdom
    10/2/12
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    "Such a shame"

    I just can't listen to this recording. The narrator reads it in such a dull monotone voice it's impossible to get into the story. Chapters back and forth but unless you are listening very carefully you would not notice as there is no gap in between them. I am sure the book is great but the narration is the worst I have heard, I will make sure I buy no other books read by the same person.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Marc
    8/11/11
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    "Great recording - appalling edting!"

    Whilst John MacDonald does a very good job with the character voices and the telling of the story, the editing of this audiobook lets it down. Sentences, paragraphs and chapters sometimes almost merge together causing some confusion when the scene, location of stroy thread changes.

    This, along with Executive Orders, are 2 BRILLIANT Jack Ryan books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    lewes, east sussex, United Kingdom
    3/16/11
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    "like the book not the reader"

    the book seems to be really good but coming from tom clancy i would expect nothing less. however the person who does the reading sounds like a voice from a computer so mechanicaland although i really want to listen to this book i find my self gettin wound up by the reader. should have been done by michael prichard i think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr
    Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    12/18/13
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    "Could not bear to listen- Narration was terrible"
    Would you try another book written by Tom Clancy or narrated by John MacDonald?

    I am agreat fan of Tom Clancy books, but the experience with the narration of this book is enough to put me off


    What didn’t you like about John MacDonald’s performance?

    This is the worst narration of an audio book that I have ever heard. In fairness to John MacDonald, it may not be his fault. It sounds as if he has been asked to record several thousand single words, for reconstruction into an audio book by computer. If this is not infact what has happened then his narration is truely awful.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't know I really could not listen to it


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks goodness for Audible's good book guarantee

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ollie
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    10/20/13
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to Debt of Honor again? Why?

    Clancy has a great talent for running several sub-plots at the same time. It gives the reader some great variety.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John MacDonald?

    Yes


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Right at the end when Congress is smashed up by a plane.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    london uk
    7/6/13
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    "Make time for this..."
    What did you like most about Debt of Honor?

    This story kept me hooked from the very first spoken word. Tom Clancy doing what he does best !! well read with no fake accents to speak of and spoken with feeling. Superb detail in every line that made me loather to turn it off even to sleep.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Ryan of course having followed him through the rest of the Ryan series, always fighting with his conscience and still managing to do what's right. Adding humour, sarcasm and passion to the american capital and raising hell in the process.


    Which character – as performed by John MacDonald – was your favourite?

    Jack Ryan of course having followed him through the rest of the Ryan series, always fighting with his conscience and still managing to do what's right. Adding humour, sarcasm and passion to the american capital and raising hell in the process.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Emotional ? most definitely yes !! This book was exceptionally well read, I laughed, Cursed, swore and was left deep in thought. An emotional roller coaster second to none.


    Any additional comments?

    The Ryan series by Tom Clancy is one of the best series of books I have ever had the pleasure to read. Every book has kept me turning page after page until completed. He captures military, political,family life in america. The detail is unparalleled, The story line amazing and the delivery sublime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • don
    peterborough, United Kingdom
    5/11/13
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    "very dissapointed"

    The narration spoilt what I think would have been a good story, I kept falling asleep with the monotonous drone of the narrator. It was a great shame, as a Tom Clancy fan I was totally let down..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stewart
    Belvedere, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Excellent"

    Really good book and thoroughly enjoyed the listen. Have downloaded the next in the series to see what happens next

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    9/11/12
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    "Disappointed with narration"

    The second Tom Clancy book spoilt for me by the narrator, this one worst than the other (Executive Order). So disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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