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.
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 couldn't stop listening. I drove extra slow to and from work, and still wanted to listen after I got home. My wife threatened to burn my headphones.
He is a masterful narrator. I think there were a couple of problems with editing the audio, but I will start buying books now just because he was the narrator.
Sophisticated story-line. Dizzying array of characters and sub-plots. As if the the veil of secrecy shrouding the world of espionage has been pulled back for us to walk through and witness at will.
One of the best narrations I've ever heard. Usually don't like it when the voice actor tries to "act out" the characters but in this case Scott does an incredible job. His accents and subtle changes of tone help the listener keep track of the characters - which there are many...
Sum Of All Fears - Now Affleck Free.
The narrator is great and the characters, particularly the bad guys, are written well and you find yourself caring about them. The plot is a little unbelievable by Clancy standards, but he can be forgiven for that.
Brick is one of my favorite readers... very capable in all regards. No distractions from the story.
since there is no way to mark books as read in the library I thought this might be a way to mark them
A linehaul truck driver that spends most of his driving time at night. FM and talk radio can only take you so far at night, so I have filled my night miles with audiobooks - it is a great fit!
This is a great book. It has multiple story lines and points of views. It shows just how complex world events are and how just a few assumptions on one person's thoughts can make things escalate beyond imagine.
The last half of the book will have you sitting on the edge of your seat as events on the world stage fall into place..
Yes, although this is novel of significant length it was a interesting listen and built intensity well. Clancy made technical descriptions tolerable to listen to without being terribly dry, not an easy feat.
Narrator did a good job, although Russian pronuciation and accent is painful at times.
No, due to it's length I listened to it on a long car ride over the course of 2 days.
"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.
"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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