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The Bear and the Dragon | [Tom Clancy]

The Bear and the Dragon

Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or is something far more dangerous at work here?
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Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or is something far more dangerous at work here? While Ryan dispatches his most trusted eyes and ears, including black ops specialist John Clark, to find out the truth of the matter, forces in China are moving ahead with a plan of truly audacious proportions. If they succeed, the world will never look the same again.

©2009 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House

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    Allan Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-24-14
    Allan Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "great story"

    one of clancy's best
    last of the big books
    never tire of hearing it
    and the reading also by one of the best

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    Tim Jasper, GA, United States 09-18-14
    Tim Jasper, GA, United States 09-18-14 Member Since 2009

    A middle-aged romantic who grew up reading Heinlen, Louis L'Amour and Richard Hooker. Expect and honest opinion, even if it's not PC.

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    "Not Clancy's Best - By Far"

    It's hard to kick somebody when he's dead, but for any living Authors who want to take Tom's place: you can't keep saying that someone is a good, decent Christian - and then have every other word out of their mouth be the F-bomb, and also start each sentence by taking God's name in vain. Kind of makes me wonder if Tom actually knew what being a Christian means and where he is right now.

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    Nicholas Widmer 08-06-14
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    "Usually Enjoy Clancy"
    Any additional comments?

    The book was way to long without any real weigh I tried to finish it but couldn't in my opnion one of Clancy's lesser works

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    DrfuzzyBottom 06-17-14
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    "slow...."
    What did you like best about The Bear and the Dragon? What did you like least?

    long engaging story, a little predictable, not many twists in the plot...


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tom Clancy? Why or why not?

    yes most of his work I have enjoyed


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Prichard?

    Lou diamond Philips


    Was The Bear and the Dragon worth the listening time?

    mostly, but I will not return to it like I have many other books


    Any additional comments?

    so much unnecessary swearing! why Clancy?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 06-04-14
    Matthew 06-04-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Amazing"
    Would you listen to The Bear and the Dragon again? Why?

    Best tom Clancy book ever


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bear and the Dragon?

    The nuke scene at the end


    Which character – as performed by Michael Prichard – was your favorite?

    Jake Ryan


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it's way to long


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rapil 05-21-14
    Rapil 05-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "tom clancy"
    What would have made The Bear and the Dragon better?

    are they sure tom Clancy wrote this. what a snooze fest. repeats himself throughout the book and just so boring almost wreaked my truck.


    Has The Bear and the Dragon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    something could have happened before hour 30


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bear and the Dragon?

    chapters
    1 through 43


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles 03-16-14
    Charles 03-16-14
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    "A fine story - but a hard listen."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Lou Diamond Phillips doing the narration.


    What other book might you compare The Bear and the Dragon to and why?

    Other novels written by Tom Clancy.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Prichard’s performances?

    I probably will since I like Tom Clancy novels and he has narrated several of them. His narration is faithful to the text and he does well with difficult terms and names. It is just that he has long breaks between sentences. It is much more a very straight-forward reading than a performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bear and the Dragon?

    Haven't finished it yet.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think I will be listening to this while driving.

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    Novel Reader Jackson, MS 01-18-14
    Novel Reader Jackson, MS 01-18-14 Member Since 2010

    Mystery and Fantasy Lover

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    "High Espionage is Exciting!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have recommended this book to friends and family. Jack Ryan continues his task of making the world safe against those who seek world domination. It is very well- written with entangling plots and counter-actions. The characters remain true to their traits from other Clancy books.


    What other book might you compare The Bear and the Dragon to and why?

    Other Jack Ryan books by Tom Clancy. It continues the story of Jack Ryan who remains an intelligence analyst in his job as the most powerful man in the world. This does not include the new books written by someone other than Clancy himself.


    What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

    He reads very well and his voice is perfect for long listens.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that I didn't like about this book was the swearing. It was used too much and truly unnecessary. When you read the printed page, you can skip those words but it is not possible in an audiobook. It makes Jack Ryan appear more crude than in any other Jack Ryan novel.

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    Julia 01-12-14
    Julia 01-12-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Good story, bad narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love long, complex books, and this was perfect for a beach vacation. Tom Clancy, as always, tells an intriguing story, integrating multiple different settings and groups of characters. As always, some unrealistic elements, but real enough to make you wonder "but what if it WERE true..." However, Michale Prichard is NOT a good narrator. He has no ability to modulate his voice for different characters - can barely differentiat a Chineese from a Russian accent! And with a story this complex, you really need a surperb narrator to bring it to life, help you keep things straight, and enhance the experience.


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    12-28-13
    12-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Terrible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was a total bore and the narration sounded like the it was from the old Dudley Do Right cartoon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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