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
"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)
The story was great, but the narrator was very robotic. Tried to listen to it once before and stopped after about an hour. I put up with the reading because it of the storyline.
This book is near the top of the Audible books, John MacDonald does a great job of distinguishing the characters with very different accents, voice inflections and style of read. The story, is of course, great. I am a big Clancy fan, have been for years.
John Clark is as always my favorite character.
There are so many, but probably when Clark and Ding are meeting with the local Russian counterpart for the first time.
An old enemy, now an ally. An old ally, now an enemy.
I too struggled with the almost robotic pace of speech found in the beginning of the story. He really comes into his own with the different voices he uses as the book progresses. I ended up Loving the performance!
I was worried about some reviews of the narration, but the narrator did a wonderful job of using accents to differentiate between the characters, and his style in the points of third person narration were consistent too.
Ignore people's reviews of the "overly detailed" style of Clancy; that's what he does. If you like Clancy then you have to like that style. You have to be a military and political enthusiast to like it.
all the "foreign accents" sounded exactly the same, and the rest of it sounded like the old Microsoft Sam computer voice. the story though was fantastic, Tom Clancy at his best. Very well researched and suspenseful all the way through.
There were two many characters that were woven in and out of the story.I kept getting loss in who was connected to whom. It was boring and narrator voice was so monotone,
Someone I trusted would have to convince me I would like it.
Detailed and dramatic. Could Japan be so brutal, well, 20 million Chinese dead in WWII is silent testimony to their brutality. A true hero for all ages is Jack Ryan.
A different narrator
I am sure the book is great, I have loved all of the others but I could not enjoy the story because the robot narrator is so disturbing and distracting.
He sounds like a robot, I don't know if that is his voice a problem with the recording.
I want my credit back audible!! I purchased this and one day later purchased a different book, I clearly did not listen to it since the recording is over 35 hours.
It has been a long time since I’ve been engrossed in a Tom Clancy novel, and it is sad that I will no longer be so privileged. My first exposure, as I believe would common to many readers, was The Hunt for Red October. These few words address Executive Orders and Debt of Honor. Read by Michael Prichard and John MacDonald, respectively, these books total approximately 87 hours of listening. I would suggest reading Debt of Honor first, as it is a tale that ends with information critical to the beginning of Executive Orders.
Tom Clancy’s generation, the baby-boomers, was one of the Cold War, and as a youngster, listening to tales of World War II, and as time marched forward, the Gulf War, and the overall Muslim-country-based angst. Well, guess what … these books reflect exactly that … Japan is the bad guy in Debt of Honor – and the Muslim terrorist is foundation of Executive Orders. The U.S. Capitol is destroyed, threats against the president and is family lace the pages. Ebola is unleashed, there are good-guy politicians, bad-guy politicians, good ‘o boys, sex scandals, and more. Typical of Clancy, these books are very detailed in the war strategies and technology of the era. No cell phones, but a world-wide-web is born.
Clancy, through his character Jack Ryan, is a flag-waving patriot … a red, white, and blue type A guy. The views are conservative. May have those readers with a liberal bent rolling their eyes a bit.
My preference in audiobook narration is pretty simple. If I am enjoying the listen and not hitting re-wind a great deal, the narrator is doing a good job. No complaints.
There are thousands of reviews on Clancy books, ergo not much for me to add. There is a baby-boomer writer flavor. The authors of this generation were encouraged to pen 800 page novels. Think John Jakes, Robert Ludlum, James Clavell, Allen Drury … these long, wordy, books are fun. The plots and sub-plots are rich and detailed … sometimes wavering from the story, but always intriguing and usually educational and historically accurate. Books are not written like this any more. Too bad.
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