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 first read this book 10 years ago and even then it was an old book. But Clancy's books always seems like they could happen today or in the near future, almost never yesterday. It's the same in Without Remorse, which gives us the John Clark story before he became John Clark - one of the strongest Clancy characters in my opinion.
The story is well written and it's a rollerc coaster ride all way through. Michael Prichard does an excellent job in narrating the story and he really brings it to life.
If you are only going to read or listen to one Clancy novel, this one should be it.
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.
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