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.
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.
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.
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
A story which we have all thought about and hope will never happen brought to life in true Clancey style
Enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, and who dun-it books.
I do not know how the film writers pull a script out of this book, but I am so disappointed in this book. Rest In Peace, but the author uses too many words to describe and define everything. It has so many scenes in this book, that it is very confusing to keep track of the characters. I bought this book because of the narrator. I Love Scott Brick. But, his foreign language characterization is too muddled. I just HATE this book. I had to skip chapters just to keep from turning off the recording. I hope I can return it.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
The plot is rich in detail: international espionage, political science, weaponry, tactics, psychology, war strategy and superb story telling. I lost too much sleep, unable to turn off my audiobook after the 30 minute timer on my iPod player shut down the story for the night. Clancy is, in my opinion, the top writer of the most detailed, sophisticated, and knowledgeable espionage novels I've had the pleasure to enjoy. I cannot give this book a higher rating but if I could I would.
realistic, gripping, exciting
I is difficult to pick one incident as I enjoyed the book, which was purchased hoping it was as good or better than the movie. I wasn't disappointed! If I had to pick it was when Jack Ryan stood up to the president.
whose sleeping in whose bed
I would recommend this book to anyone, and it certainly seems timely today.
Yes, even though I read the book I was waiting to see what would happen next
Just gave me a lot to think about
I find most of Clancy's books riveting because to me they are possible.
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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