His work for the CIA is brilliant, cold-blooded, and efficient, but who is he? In a harrowing tour de force, phenomenally best-selling author Tom Clancy shows how an ordinary man named John Kelly crossed the lines of justice and morality to become the CIA legend known as Mr. Clark. It is an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness, without mercy - without remorse.
©2009 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House
I enjoyed the book and listened to the whole 27 hours over three or four days, so it is entertaining. The only thing that is bothersome is the environment is so early 1970's that you get distracted by it. Sometimes I wish the author would go back and do a rewrite to the world as it is today. Vietnam and drugs are really old stories.
This has always been my favourite Clancy novel for the depth of the main character, compared to other Clancy novels. But Clancy's sometimes stilted prose is much easier to ignore in written form than in this narration. Prichard was the a poor choice of narrator. His exaggerated enunciation (e.g. suit pronounced "see-oot") made it impossible to ignore what I don't admire in Clancy's prose. 3 for the novel; 1 for the narration.
I have always enjoyed Tom Clancy, and this one is an oldie, but a goodie! I had not read some of the earlier books, so learning about some of the characters in later novels was fascinating. The narrator has a pleasant voice, but seems to lose track of whose voice is whose a couple of times in conversations, so listen to those carefully. I always prefer unabridged, but I found this one especially long. I sometimes tuned out, only to realize something important had happened, still I followed the novel with relative ease while working on other projects. If you're a big fan of Tom Clancy, give it a listen. If you're a bit impartial to him, he has faster paced books than this to listen to.
If you're a fan of the Jack Ryan universe, this is an awesome book. It tells the origins of special agent John Clark. Jack Ryan doesn't appear in this book, but if you're read other books about Clark, it's quite a treat to find out where he came from and what his emotional past is.
The reading of this book is mediocre. The speaker has a good voice, but doesn't differentiate the character's voices at all. It can make things a little confusing when there is a lot of dialogue between two or more characters. The newer books in this series are much better narrated.
This long book jumps repeatedly from one sub-plot and time period to another, making it very difficult to follow. This is made worse by the recording which has no pauses between sections. It is often difficult to tell which story arc, time period, or set of characters is in focus until many words have gone by. I spent more time backing up than listening. Some parts of the book are good, but, overall, following it is more trouble than it is worth.
I can't really say how much I would have liked this story if there had been another narrator because Michael Prichard is wooden, flat and makes the dialogue that is in places already juvenile, even worse. I've always liked the movie The Hunt for Red October so I thought I would try this book. I think I'll still try another later Tom Clancy to see if he gets any better, but only with someone else reading.
I do not know how it ended therefore it hard to rate book. Maybe Audible can provide it.
This book was well written yet.... This book was not my favorite the mix of violence and sex was ugly, this I know is to be expected with the drug scene yet this was a hard listen,
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
Yes, having listened to a few of Micheal Pritchards readings of Tom Clancy books I feel a great friendship between us in the long saga of Jack Ryan. Great stories, Great readings
The mind set of revenge for Pam
Clarke's memories of Pam
Loved it, however, I have noticed the reading is by Michael Pritchard yet the image for the book here and on my player is that it is read by David dukes.
It was like listening to a 1980 nightly news program. Narrator was very boring. After the first 5 minutes I wanted to stop listening, but I was really interested in learning more about John Kelly, A.K.A John Clark. If your not interested in Clark's past, then do yourself a favor and pass on this one. By the way, the cover says "read by David Dukes" when it is actually narrated by Micheal Prichard. Did Dukes just happen to have "read" this book? Pun intended...
"Great story, bad narration"
I really enjoy this book, it's got a few twists, good pace, vivid descriptions etc. But it is really let down by the narrator/recording - unfortunately the same on most classic Clancy books by the look of it. He is pretty monotone and doesn't bring much life to the story, but the worst is that multiple recording sessions have been chopped together mid-sentence! This is noticeable and distracting. Also, there is a complete lack of pause to indicate the end of a chapter or a change of scene making some jumps from sleepy USA to Vietnam PoW camp scenes very jarring.
Still, despite it all, worth a listen on the merit of the story alone.
I was originally introduced to the John Clark character when I read Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six and this story is a great insight into his character, his morals and sence of justice.
Riveting tale about a recurring character in Jack Ryan books. Very graphic in parts
I found the performance to be good. A strong voice for a disturbing tale of our times
There were parts of the book which were droll and some made me angry at attitudes of the criminal element to the young women they used and then killed almost as a form of entertainment. The description of depressurisation as a form of torture is found horrific
"Superb story ruined by poor recording quality"
This book has had me gripped since starting it. Having "stumbled" across Mr Clark in previously read Clancy books, it has been great to see where he started out from. My only gripe, as alluded to in my headline is the awful recording quality and perhaps Michael Pritchards' monotone performance
Weird book full of weird characters with odd names,not easy to understand.Not for me .
Listened to this after all the other Tom Clancy books. Loved it. Good to know John Clarke's back story
This is one of the better Tom Clancy books, it is focused on John Kelly (Clark) and has all of the hallmarks of a Clancy novel in the level of detail, and pace of the story, some of the characters are a bit over the top, but that does not detract from the overall story. This is one of those books, that is hard to put down or stop listeneing to! The audio quality is good and the narrator keeps the story going at a decent pace. Overall an excellant audiobook and I am likely to go back to it at some stage in the future.
Gripping story line with great detail creates an atmosphere that engulfs you.
I could not stop listening to this book. Tom Clancy at his best.
Some reviews critisised the narrator I could not disagree more. I think he pitched it just right.
I found this hard to put down and was listening at every opportunity. I loved the whole idea of the hero and what he achieved and shall follow up with any sequels of his exploits. If you like fast paced thrillers then this is for you.. Highly recommended.
A really enjoyable book... good plot, fast paced and with vivid descriptions. The narration sounds likes it's dated but it doesn't take from the overall content.
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