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, Jack dives forward to intervene. By his impulsive act, he gains both the gratitude of a nation and the enmity of its most dangerous men who will not sit on their hate. In an explosive wave of violence, Jack's new enemies will seek to make him pay for his act of salvation...with his life.
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"Clancy spins a marvelously tense yarn that will appeal to his legion of fans." (Publishers Weekly)
"A novel that crackles." (The New York Times)
Yes I would to anyone who loves it when terrorists get what they deserve.
That Jack Ryan is able to do what needs to be done to save innocents, especially his family.
He is too monotonous.
Already been done reasonably well, but as usually changed way too much.
"Shame about the narration"
The fact that Dartmoor Prison has apparently moved to Cornwall!
The narration was awful. For a book set mainly in England and Ireland the narrator did very little to pronounce names or places correctly.
Great novel, however the narration was monotone.
It was my intention to listen to all the Jack Ryan books having purchased the first two, however the narration is so poor I don't think I'll bother!!
"Narration renders this a failure"
A zombie computer in slow motion would have created more excitement
I managed to get 8 minutes into this 20 hour long audiobook before giving up. Thoroughly dissapointed as I have heard many good things about the author and this series in particular. But the narrator is so monotonous, there is no character in his voice whatsoever. Very early on there is a action packed high octane moment with a car crash and explosions and guns being fired and he is reading it like he's reading out the ingredients on a box of corn flakes. Also having read other comments apparantly he gets no better and his poor pronunciation means perhaps he even gets worse.
Incase you couldn't tell... Not a happy customer, wouldn NOT recommend.
"Great Story - not so great narration"
Tom Clancy puts so much into his stories. he faithfully develops his characters good and bad, goes into excellent detail with becoming boring and delivers compelling stories. Oddly a narrator was selected who didn't do the story full justice. I'm not sure he's quite so bad as some of the other reviewers make out but he is monotone and unlike the author made no attempt at researching the UK as part of his brief.
I thought it was well listening to but I do understand why others had problems.
"Great storyline terrible narration"
The storyline is great and kept me immersed all the way through. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
My only issue is the narrator. Not sure who this guy is but his delivery style is absolutely terrible. I had bought another Clancy before I realised it was the same narrator. Won't make the same mistake again. Might just be my ear but his voice and delivery are just appalling.
"Great story just an old recording"
Poor quality muffled recording initially spoils the book but you get used to it as it is an excellent story
"An enjoyable book"
Whilst I agree the reader gets some pronunciation wrong, this is mainly due to the difference in UK English & American English.
This does not defer from the story and the plain tones used is suitable for this type of story
So much better than the film adaptation. Need to look out for the next in the series now.
"Hard to put down"
Fast paced may be a little predictable but that's forgivable
Enjoyed every word had to ration the listening didn't won't to put it down
"That rare thing when the film trumps the book!"
I wanted to love this based on the film and I didn't. It is a flabby overly long book. The film streamlined it and also gave the villain a real reason to hunt Ryan.
Mr Prichard sounds like Stephen Hawkins and it is tough listening to him. Also whenever he says "Jack asked" it sounds like Jackass. Avoid
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