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Clear and Present Danger Audiobook

Clear and Present Danger

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The U.S. president, unsatisfied with the success of his "war on drugs", decides that he wants some immediate success. But after John Clark's covert strike team is deployed to Colombia for Operation Showboat, the drug lords strike back, taking several civilian casualties. The chief executive's polls plummet. He orders that the unofficial plan be terminated, leaving no traces.

Jack Ryan, who has just been named CIA deputy director of intelligence, is enraged when he discovers that he has been left out of the loop. Several of America's most highly trained soldiers are stranded on an unfinished mission that, according to all records, never existed. Ryan decides to get the men out.

Take another thrill ride with Jack Ryan.

©2004 Tom Clancy; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Rousing adventure....A crackling good yarn." (The Washington Post)

"The issues raised are real ones, and a jump ahead of the headlines." (The New York Times)

What Members Say

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    FireStormJRVW 03-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Story, but a Little hard to follow at times."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would if that person is also into Tom Clancy, but I think there are other stories that are more exciting. but this is not a good introductory book into the Tom Clancy/ Jack Ryan Universe


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I Thought it was pretty crazy at times. Tom Clancy describes things in such great detail and knows how the world works! It was that much more believable!


    Which character – as performed by J. Charles – was your favorite?

    Honestly? J. Charles was a Bit flat sometimes, there was no real distinction or differentiation between characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was good. the Narrator did a great job when one of the characters dies.
    also another part was a Gunfight between a Police officer mowing his lawn and two Drug cartel hit-men was performed really well that was intense.


    Any additional comments?

    There are no clear transitions from the Narrator when the story changes locations and characters. Several times I found myself confused as to how these characters were with another group. or I thought they were in Washington? how could he be men in AK-47's marching up a Hill? oh now it's Chavez and Vega. I thought Jack was just at the Hospital with Greer.

    Stuff like that, they don't emphasize the change in scenery. you need to be paying attention REALLY Hard.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia Ryan 08-28-14 Listener Since 2008
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    "Awful Narration"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of J. Charles?

    Almost anyone. The narration was rather flat. There was no distinction between settings. No pause, no change, nothing to tell you that there had been a change. So several sentences into the next paragraph you would realize you were no longer in DC but had moved into Colombia (for example).


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointing. This was the first Tom Clancy novel I had listened to/read. After seeing several movie adaptation of his novels I had higher expectations.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tony 12-31-14
    Tony 12-31-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Clancy is best read in book form"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to anyone. The simple facts are these; first, I couldn't tell which character was which. The performer in this book made every communal group of characters to sound exactly like each of the other characters in that particular community or group of characters. Second, whomever he was performing at the time sounded like a poorly trained actor. Third, my own personal opinion is that Clancy should not be experienced through Audible "reading". I have read several of his books, and attempted to listen to a different Clancy novel and ended up returning it based purely on the performer. However, I figured I'd give Clancy, and the narrator another shot, but this time with a book I had already read, and watched the movie. It didn't help. I wish I could return this one as well; it was that bad. However, I couldn't, in good conscience do that since I did in fact listen to the entire book. I will say this though, if it hadn't been for the fact that I was traveling cross country for Christmas and listened to the book in two sittings, I would have returned it. I didn't enjoy this at all. The narrator is by far and away the biggest reason why though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Since I have read the book myself, I can easily say in the book form, Clark is easily my favorite character. Sadly, his character is lost in the droning and confusion of the narrator's inability to create different voices for every character and you end up not being able to connect to him as you do in the book form; or the movie for that matter!


    What didn’t you like about J. Charles’s performance?

    Charles' performance leaves a lot to be desired. I will give him the benefit of saying that there are SO MANY characters in a Clancy novel that he must perform for, but this novel may have been better served had two or even three performers did the production because I personally found it hard, in act impossible to keep track of which character was speaking at given times. I even found myself rewinding and re-listening to different passages two or three times to figure out whom it was I was supposed to be listening to at any given time. He is no where near what I would refer to as a favorite of mine.


    Did Clear and Present Danger inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to never again listen to a Clancy novel. I had intended on buying The Hunt for Red October after this novel: needless to say, that will NOT be happening.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that the Audible "Powers that be" would consider redoing the production with more than one performer to better allow the listener to be engaged by the characters. Especially the field personnel and the Coast Guardsmen. So much of their personality and sense of duty and charisma is lost by J. Charles's lack of ability to create and maintain dramatic vocal scenes in this novel. As I said, I bought a previous Clancy novel performed by Charles as well; I returned that novel and thought I'd give this one a shot. It was not a good idea on my part. I am sure Mr. Charles is great in other endeavors, however, with so many characters that Clancy presents in his novels, I don't think he is a good choice as the performer for Clancy novels. Again, I am not trying to be insulting; I am merely trying to be helpful to the Audible community and be honest in my personal opinion of this particular performer and his inability to maintain a drama and excitement filled novel. Leaving port, flying on a commercial airplane, driving in D.C. and fighting in the jungles of Colombia should NOT ALL sound or feel the same in a novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark N. 10-02-17
    Mark N. 10-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "nice to listen to the real Tom Clancy again"

    after listening to Angela reading up Center and the aftermath of what had occurred after the death of Tom Clancy it was wonderful to listen to his writing again. the book was. the solidly written. the narration was rather good, and the entire combination of Clancy's writing and the narration they score very very enjoyable listen and a very good albeit long read.

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    Essence H. 06-18-17
    Essence H. 06-18-17
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    "Awespme"

    this book was very enjoyable so far Tom Clancy has not missed the mark. excellent

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    Amazon Customer 03-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Book!"

    I enjoyed the action throughout the entire book. Each chapter kept me waiting to hear the next chapter.

    James Barber
    Author of The Networking Guru

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    R. Wayne Fritzsche Tampa, Florida 02-25-17
    R. Wayne Fritzsche Tampa, Florida 02-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Waste of time"

    The narration was poor. The reader didn't change his voice to reflect different people were talking. It was hard to follow who was speaking. I think this was probably the weakest Aspect of the book.

    Most Tom Clancy novels are exciting however this plot was relatively timid. Normally, his books are so much more exciting.

    I would not recommend this book for anyone.

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    R. Stearns 01-19-17
    R. Stearns 01-19-17
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    "This Recording Isn't THAT Bad"
    Any additional comments?

    If you're listening to this book on Audible's player, you can reduce the speed to .95 instead of 1. That resolves the speed issue and makes the narrator's voice sound better, although since this is such a long book you will definitely notice when the narrator took a break and came back to record more. Anyway, the story is so good that I didn't notice the sound quality issues most of the time.

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    David R. Grover 01-05-17
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    "Great book"

    Lots of action vividly written. I enjoyed it very much and recommend this book it's a great listen.

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    kcvas 08-03-16
    kcvas 08-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "compelling thrilling story"

    great story line as always.Technically perfect in every detail. Exactly as one comes to expect from a Tom Clancy Novel

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