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Debt of Honor Audiobook

Debt of Honor: A Jack Ryan Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

Take another thrill ride with Jack Ryan.

©1994 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Clancy's latest novel traces the financial, political, military, and personal machinations that drive America into the next major global war.... a shocker climax so plausible you'll wonder why it hasn't yet happened. (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Gray Plano, TX, United States 02-09-15
    Gray Plano, TX, United States 02-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Story was stead fast... Reading... Well..."

    Love the book, but the reading hurt. Through the series, worst so far but gets better as you listen. Guy is just too robotic. Sorry bud... I said it.

    Tom, book is an ace. Love it as always. Already downloaded the balance of series and will listen to as soon as I post this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eric 01-30-15
    Eric 01-30-15
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    "Poor narration "

    If you like Michael Prichard you won't like this one. Hard to follow, monotone, almost computer generated, poor inflection.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 01-15-15
    Joe 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "narrator sounds like a robot"

    I liked the story but the narrator sounded like a computer generated voice. he really sounded badly.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ryedpar 03-24-11
    ryedpar 03-24-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Read by a Frog"

    I sure wish they'd let us rate narrators separately from the writers. Some reviews say it has bad sound engineering, but honestly I just don't hear a faulty recording. I hear a guy with a croak for a voice.

    And honestly I find it annoying when someone can't pronounce America towns' names correctly, but has an overzealous flair for French words.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-06-14
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "Loved this long novel flying 14 hours to Manila"

    This is another long overdue review. Flew to Manila for the XMAS holidays and listened to this audiobook 2 times. Clancy weaves such complex plots that it actually takes me 2 readings to get the most out of his novels. Clancy stands alone when it comes to adding extra's to his counter terrorism novels. Those extras include rich history and political science: be it Asia, Eastern Europe or the Middle East. Clancy also provides wonderful description of military weapons: whether aircraft carriers, submarines, fixed or rotary aircraft, tanks or the latest small arms weapons. His knowledge seems unequaled to all other writers when it comes to military science. I loved this story. Enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Smith 03-03-13
    A. Smith 03-03-13
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    "A Big Tip & Thank You To Another Reviewer"
    Would you listen to Debt of Honor again? Why?

    Yes


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

    I hope.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually haven't listened to the book yet, but was forced to "review it" in order to give you this tip.

    Another reviewer remarked about the "slowness" of the speaker & he/she said it was an easy fix. If you are using an Apple product, you merely speed up the Audiobook under the Settings. Wow, it worked! OK, so many of you guys already knew that, but I am PC based. But for all the complainers, I wish they had changed their iPods, lol.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 06-02-11
    Shawn Carrollton, TX, United States 06-02-11

    Considering that I have a reading disorder, the Audible compamy has quenched a great day of time with Audible as my greatest personal fre

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    "Once again Clancy is the master"

    Not much more to say than the Jack Ryan series continue to entertain in depth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-12-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 05-12-16 Member Since 2017

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "The most exciting/suspenseful Jack Ryan novel!"

    In Clancy's 1994 release of Debt of Honor Jack Ryan goes from retired CIA agent the president's National Security Adviser as the US is in deep trouble. The VP is then forced to resign and the president names Jack Ryan VP. Immediately, the same evening, a Japanese pilot angry with the US fries a jumbo jet into the US capital during the State of the Union speech killing the president and most members of the US. Ryan and his family escape. He is now President Jack Ryan!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Cambridge, Mass. 03-26-16
    Kevin Cambridge, Mass. 03-26-16 Member Since 2011
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    "One of Clancy's Best"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Debt of Honor?

    There are so many moving parts in this novel that it would be so easy for a less-skilled author to fumble, but Clancy does an expert job of building a wonderful tale with them, never skipping a beat. As you'd expect from Clancy, Debt is a political action-thriller through and through, but it crosses into so many different areas and walks of life - not just what he has become known for in previous novels.

    This book continues into the immediate sequel, Executive Orders, which is also excellent. Be advised that you really can't read one without the other. Some may consider that a negative, and Executive Orders is (in my opinion) Clancy's harshest and maybe most difficult to read/listen to for some audiences, but still very much worth it.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I typically listen to audiobooks at x1.25 speed, but immediately found this book didn't lend itself to that - a first in over 70 books. MacDonald's "narrator" monotone was disconcerting - it almost sounded like like a computer synthesizer. I was quite sure I didn't like it and that the next ~36 hours was going to be difficult, but it quickly got better once he started doing character voices. Not sure if he was just getting his bearings at the opening, or not, but by hour #2, MacDonald is doing a good job, with a better-than-average range of accents.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book when it first came out, and thought of coming back to it for a second time more than once - it's good enough to be revisited later. When I saw that the abridged version was only 1/6 the length (6 vs. 36), I was quite shocked. Yes, the full version is longer than many audiobooks, and yes, even I - knowing what was coming - wanted to get to the meat of the story as quickly as possible. But this listener's recommendation to you is to go for the unabridged version - you'd miss out on so much good story. 30 hours to be exact =)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doc Holliday 11-24-14

    Retired, living in Montana, enjoying the good life. Favorites: CJ Box; Carl Hiassen and historical non-fiction—Modern European History

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    "Another hit for Clancy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe. The reader sounds like a computer generated voice in some places. If there were a better, different reader for this tittle, I definitely would recommend that book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Taut, gripping, realistic. Great story from a great story teller.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different reader. This guy sounded like my computer. He just drones on and on in the same monotone.


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  • Heidi
    Sutton, United Kingdom
    8/22/12
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    "I wish I had read the reviews before buying this"

    Lucas (15 March 2011) has said it all. The narration is indescribably bad. So much so that I have been trying to find out if audible has a 'returns' policy for downloads. I shall certainly be writing to Random House audio to express my disappointment. I have listened to many audio books across a range of genres including thrillers, literary fiction and non fiction and while there are certainly some which are less well read than others, this is the first book that I know I will not finish.

    I deliberately look for long books to use my credits on, but have listened to 20 minutes of this and cannot imagine spending another 36 hours listening to John MacDonald's robotic delivery - which does not even seem to break naturally across sentences and paragraphs. It's not quite as bad as the 'speech enabled' function on a kindle, but almost.

    I have never read Tom Clancy, but he was recommended by a friend - and seeing the 4.3 star rating on audible, downloaded this without reading the reviews or listening to the sample before buying. Big mistake. I shall be more cautious in future.

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  • Martin
    Poulton-le-Fylde, United Kingdom
    4/9/12
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    "Unfortunately let down by the editing."

    Fantastic writer with powerful plot and tremendous detail-however I agree with the other reviews as this was difficult to follow as the complex story twisted and turned and at times I was confused as to which time and place we were in. This was mainly due to the narrators accent and it was difficult to tell which character he was in at times, after a while I did get used to his extremely slow delivery. If it were not for these gripes I would have scored it much much higher as it is a great storey, I cant wait for the sequel.

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  • Stephen
    Lutterworth, United Kingdom
    7/30/11
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    "Great Story"

    I found that it started off abit slow but then got gripped by it and could not stop listening. Cannot wait to listen to the follow on with Execuite order

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