Against all odds we have made it into the last half of the 1990s. The Cold War looks solved, Arabs and Jews are talking, confrontation is on the wane. In this new harmony, one discord -- what becomes of unemployed terrorists?
You can bet they aren't going to retire quietly. Shunned by the Soviets, isolated by Middle Eastern realignment, one cadre hits on a scheme to jump-start the war machine. It's brilliant in its simplicity. With a single act they bring the world to nuclear boil. Jack Ryan and Dan Murray sweat to defuse a cataclysmic response.
©1992 Tom Clancy (P)2011 Random House
I am a Company Rep in Central Qld. I travel around 60,000klms a year and rely on my Audiobooks to keep me company on my Country Trips!
As a Company Representative covering a substantial part of Central Qld, I spend a lot of time in my Car!
Tom Clancy's Books not only deliver excellent stories but also good value in the Hours it takes to conclude them!
The Sum of All Fears has the usual Clancy ingredients, very precise descriptions & strong detail. I think that the Reader, Scott Brick, is perfectly suited to this style of narrative.
His voice & tone add an extra dimension to a long story which could easily become boring with a less accomplished Reader.
As with most long stories, I find it best digested in large chunks! Most of my journeys are 3 hours plus and this enables me to get really involved. I think a Book like this would be less satisfying if it were listened to in ten to twenty minute sessions. I will undoubtedly be working my way through all of Tom's work!
It's near the top of my list. I love the spy genre, with Tom Clancy and W.E.B. Griffin being my favorite authors. I love the way he explains what is happening during the nuclear explosion, and the way he weaves together multiple story lines. Classic Clancy.
I'd compare it to any amazing mystery book that has been raped in film by Ben Affleck.
Jack Ryan, and John Clark get really distinctive voices in the book, and it adds an extra element of realism to it. I especially appreciate the way Mr. Brick addresses the female dialog. He doesn't go over the top, and gives them fairly neutral voicing.
When Jack refuses to second the Presidents launch order I was almost jumping up and down in my car.
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
Tom Clancy changes his writing just a little, instead of writing about things that may or may not have happened like in his other books. this time, he comes out clearly with a fictional alternate universe that drastically changes.
Israel lost a nuclear bomb in the past, and now with trouble brewing in the middle east Jack Ryan came up with a idea to fix the conflicts in the middle east. but not all Muslims are happy. some terrorist group find the lost Israeli bomb and with the help of a few other terrorist friends what will they do with this bomb.
Scott Brick has some great talent as he reads this turning point to his books, from here on out the world will not be the same and so don't miss out on the start of events that will make you think more then before.
My first Clancy book and it clearly won't be my last. Excellent writing style. A well thought out plot. Kept me interested throughout the entire book. Also, Brick's narration matches the book perfectly. Clancy tends to go into detail at times, but Brick's narration makes it interesting. I have to admit, if a different narrator was chosen who could not pull off this type of book, this could have been a 3 star book. That does make me nervous going forward with Clancy's Ryan book series seeing the different narrators. I just have to cross my fingers.
The imagery is so vivid that after book you turn on the HDTV and wander why the picture is dull. My first TC book and worth the wait. One of my favorites of all time.
I come back to this book again and again. Great Clancy and a very intriguing book. Great characters and development. If you are looking for a good book - look no further.
---Firstly, this is truly a TALENTED narrator; the many DOZENS of voices/accents he adopts is amazing!
---Gripping story, but a tad far-fetched. Also, I think Clancy used a few too many plot lines--it was, at times, a bit difficult to keep up...
---All told, a very exciting/horrifying tale of near-apocalypse....Very good!
This is a really great story with lots of characters but it helps to listen to the Jack Ryan series in chronological order to help with the character development and past events to enhance the story.
I tried to read this book in print and gave up aftr the first 300 pages. I couldn't bring myself to care about the characters, and the different aspects of the plot seemed so disjointed that I found myself getting confused and zoning out. Then I began to read the audible version, and poof, something about either the pacing or the narration rekindled my interest in the book almost immediately. I'm so glad, because this one is so good it's scary--or do I mean so scary it's good?
The sheer scope of the threat makes the climax seem all the more plausible, and terrifying. If just one of any of about ten crisis moments had gone differently, the outcome of the book would have been completely different, and not in a good way. I love books that make me go "aaaah, now I get it", and keep me on the edge of my seat. It took a while, but by the second half of the book I was blowing off important work-related paperwork to find out what would happen next.
He doesn't do a great job differentiating individual characters' voices, but his accents are believable, which was critical in this book. Also, something about his pacing really contributes to the suspense of this novel. I also downloaded his reading of "Patriot Games", and was equally impressed.
That entire scene in the bunker, when the president is losing it and Eliot is already gone, had my guts in knots. Also, the bit where Ryan crashes NMCC. Love his balls.
"One of the better ones!"
Admittedly a big Tom Clancy fan but I found this book to be in my top three Clancy novels...very enjoyable even if the narration sounds slightly dated...
"The Sum of all fears"
This narration held my attention for every spare minute I had to listen to it. Tom Clansey gets it out there for all of us to see; the reality that espionage and war can bring to the human soul, and the actions they are prepared to take. Worth listening to more than once.
"A true classic"
A long but great story line and one where Tom Clancy has perfected his art. After this novel the Jack Ryan universe gets a little repetitive, although still great reads. This one keeps you listening right to the end.
"Hasn't stood the test of time"
This was a novel I really enjoyed as a youth however not now. Perhaps I have mellowed in the post cold war sun, but the right wing republican ideology is grating and the sexual encounters are very, Mills and Boon. On reflection this is nowhere near as good as the Non-Jack Ryan, Red Storm rising which given it's setting should have been more outdated but isn't.
Not worth the 30hrs of listening time.
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