It is fall. CIA analyst Jack Ryan, historian and former Marine, is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack.
Instinctively, he dives forward to break it up, and is shot. It is not until he wakes up in the hospital that he learns whose lives he has saved - the Duke and Duchess of Kent.
By his impulsive act, he has gained both the gratitude of a nation and the enmity of its most dangerous men - men who do not sit on their hate.
Patriot Games is a prequel to The Hunt for Red October and has all the excitement and energy of Clancy's famous first book.
©1998 Tom Clancy (P)2011 Random House
"Ambitious, daring, studded with facts...as spectacular as any thriller ever." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
I vaguely remember reading the book back in the 80's, I have seen and enjoyed the movie dozens of times but listening to the book was more fun than I anticipated. I'm not a purist when it comes to adapting books to movies and I appreciated the adaptions made in the translation of this title. The movie is fabulous in it's own right but listening to the book let my imagination visually soar. Scott Brick reading was phenomenal as ever. His inflections throughout the story are spot on - I have a bad habit of gasping at exciting points in the storyline while listening to a point my husband thinks something is wrong with me. The storyline is just one entertaining wild ride. Another very much enjoyed audiobook that I would recommend!
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Admittedly, I'm a fan of this series. Having skipped around a little re which ones I was listening to I decided to go back and listen to all in order. (I did skip Red October due to the quality concerns expressed by other reviewers.) All is first rate in this book. Even though there is a reasonable mix of characters and nationalities, Clancy keeps it clear enough that you don't find yourself wondering , 'who is this again?" Scott Brick handles the various accents exceptionally well. The pacing is just right to keep you fully involved but not so fast that you lose track of things.
Now, on to the next one.
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.
I probably would not listen to this book again, I would prefer to read it. Clancy gets into a lot of details to make you really understand the Characters and place yourself in the exact same scenerios that the characters are in. But the Narration by Scott Brick seemed to be so monotone and lacking inflection, that it made Clancy's writings seem overdone and lacking in sentence structure and story development. I almost stopped listening to the book entirely because of this, but I didn't want to throw the money away entirely, so I slowly finished the book.
Clancy's writing is very in depth, it is wonderful to see him delve so deeply into his Characters, and really allow the reader to know "ordinary" details about the character that make them feel real. He doesn't just bring in a character to play a small part and kill him off for the required effect. He tells the story of the man, then let's him die so that we can truly understand the effect that Clancy is trying to put forth. This is of course just one example, and a very grim one, at best.
Clancy gets into a lot of details to make you really understand the Characters and place yourself in the exact same scenerios that the characters are in. But the Narration by Scott Brick seemed to be so monotone and lacking inflection, that it made Clancy's writings seem overdone and lacking in sentence structure and story development. I almost stopped listening to the book entirely because of this, but I didn't want to throw the money away entirely, so I slowly finished the book.
Dont know I could not listen for very long
his inflections during narration
Scott Brick I felt did a wonderful job. Never strayed from keeping me interested. Did a good job with the translations of dialect. Overall impressed.
Jack Ryan is the f#&%ng man
The opening was the best. Great sense of morality and take charge attitude.
Jack Ryan in "I'm Way Smarter Than You"
Great Clancy Novel. Awesome book for people who read non-fiction.
This is another excellent novel by Tom Clancy and in my opinion is very well read by Scott Brick. I like the acents that Scott Brick uses and while I don't consider myself to be an expert on different accents I can always tell weather the charactor speaking is English, Irish, Scottish Austrillian or even South Aferican by listening to the accent Mister Brick gives to the Charactor in question. He doesn't do as well with female charactors as he does with male charactors but I don't feel comfortable critising him for that. Dispite what some may say or think this is the second book in which Jack Ryan puts in an apperance even if it is the first book in which he does more than put in a breif cameo apperance. Jack Ryan did make a very breif apperance in Without Remorse discussing with his father his reasons for going into the Marines. Great book, well read, what more could you ask for.
I love this story. I've re-read the book multiple times, and I love the book so much that I purchased the audiobook even though I practically have every bit of the plot memorized.
Scott Brick's performance is adequate, in that it does not distract from the story, but it is also not inspiring. I doubt he'll make anyone fall in love with the book.
For those of you who can put up with Scott Brick's overdrama and bad foreign accents this is good adventure and twist of plot. A good book badly read is a shame, but give it a try.
Narrator has amazing voice range with giving each character there own voice
Sir John Ryan
There were several plot twists that held me on the edge of my seat
"Another outstanding Tom Clancy book"
This is story telling at its best. Full of detail and exciting to listen too. The narrator occasionally mixed his accents but excepting this he was very good and added to the listening experience. I will not give any details away about the plot but will say that I highly recommend this book. A must listen too!!!
I read the other reviews with interest and had to agree that this is not Scott Brick's best piece of work. His attempt at English and Irish accents are a little cringing. Get past that and the storyline does take a while to get going. HOWEVER, there is a part in the middle of the story that almost had me in tears! I don't want to give the story away, but let's just say that as a husband and father it really got to me. This is a story where you can really empathise with the characters.
I decided to start with this book as the first Jack Ryan book and follow up with the second "Red Rabbit". One slight problem, Audible don't have it on their list - Grrrr!
Although the narrator takes a little getting used to, and as others say his accents are horrendous. The story however is great. Starts quickly and so many twists, even though i had seen the film years ago, there was so much more in this. I listen to it in the car and dont want to arrive anywhere as it means i will have to stop listening.
"Great story- just ignore the accents"
So long as you can get past most of the UK characters speaking with Dick Van Dyke accents it is a fine story.
Odd however that the publisher (or at least the person who wrote audible's "publisher's notes") doesn't appear to have read or heard the story (maybe they saw the film?) The Duke and Duchess of Kent definitely do not feature in this book.
Though the book is interesting and I really like Tom Clancy novels, the narrator makes it painful to listen at times - being very lethargic and pedantic in his delivery. Glad it wasn't the first audiobook I bought, because I think it would have been the last.
This is my least favourite Tom Clancy book but that's no excuse for the diabolical narration. The attempts at English and Irish accents are just terrible, the English sound straight out of Mary Poppins, never met a copper speak like that. The Irish accents just hurt my ears, I stopped listening to it after part 1 I just couldn't take it any more
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