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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

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"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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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-12-16

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!

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  • Kevin
  • Cambridge, Mass.
  • 03-26-16

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.<br/><br/>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 =)

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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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  • Gil
  • Plymouth, PA, United States
  • 03-23-13

Honor is what Tom Clancy does for story telling

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I highly recommend the entire Jack Ryan series to everyone and all of Tom Clancy's works<br/>for that matter. In this story he shows what having debt and what economic conditions can due to the entire world and he makes it so real and so believable full of action and adventure as only the Mind of Tom Clancy can give.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Debt of Honor?

To many moments to just pick one

What does John MacDonald bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

at first I thought he sounded like a computer voice mail but that soon passed and I think he is one of the best story tellers to date. The way he does the characters and how he can hold you into the story is very good

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

with any great story teller if you don't feel something like this then it is not a good story or they a good teller and Tom Clancy is a master of his craft so this story makes you feel all sorts of things

Any additional comments?

Everyone that loves a great suspense, action drama and political thriller needs to listen and or read Debt of Honor.

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  • Tom
  • Anderson, SC, United States
  • 12-05-12

Draggy

If you could sum up Debt of Honor in three words, what would they be?

Good story and plot. but he drags it out to to much, Clancy's way. he has not learned youcan say more with fewer words.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

most intrerestimg? Are we gonna let Japan kick out hineys.

What about John MacDonald’s performance did you like?

good narrator

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no. is to long

Any additional comments?

Clancy needs to learn to get to heart of matter..not keep building supsense, cos it fails, and you are left with an overly long book even though is a good book is to lenghty.

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  • Charles
  • Jasper, GA, United States
  • 09-17-12

Another GREAT book

A great listen. One that makes you want to stay in the car :). Clancy always has a great story line and this one is great one.

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  • Ed
  • Laguna Niguel, CA, United States
  • 08-06-12

Entertaining and informative.

Where does Debt of Honor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top five of Tom Clancy's novels.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Debt of Honor?

The moment Jack Ryan becomes the President.

What about John MacDonald’s performance did you like?

One of his best. With so many difficult languages involved, his variety of accents and tones make the story seem realistic.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not a book that can be digested in a single setting. There are too many important messages involved that require time for reflection.

Any additional comments?

I've been to Japan for business at least 40 times over the last decade. The insights into the Japanese mindset are very accurate and informative. I learned much more than I expected through out the story. A must read for anyone that wants to get a view of the business related culture of Japan.

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Great Story - Narration "OK"!

Would you consider the audio edition of Debt of Honor to be better than the print version?

I almost passed on this one due to the comments on the quality of the narration. That would have been a big mistake. The story is great, as usual, and the narration if "OK"! Don't miss it!

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  • Mrs
  • Pervolia, Cyprus
  • 05-17-12

Narrator sounds off but keep listening.

Where does Debt of Honor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

very good

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

as aways clancys attention to detail was excellent and the story while takes a little time to pick up pack locks you in.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

bad recording quality. the narrator sounds computerised but is not just the recording quality keeps messing up the voice speed making some words drone. but you do get used to it and once you do it is so worth it. <br/>

Any additional comments?

<br/>I SUGGEST ALL WHO HAVE GIVEN NEGATIVE REVIEWES DUE TO THE NARRATION BEFORE LISTENING PROPERLY SHOULD AT LEAST GIVE IT 1 HOUR BEFORE MAKING UP YOUR MIND. YOU REALLY DO GET USED TO IT AND IT SOUNDS NORMAL.

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Narrator not as bad as some say.

Sure, at 1st MacDonald does seem a bit robotic, but as by the 3rd chapter he begins to gain some momentum. Sure he's no Scott Brick in SoAF (my fav narrator of all the Clancy series) but he is pretty good in his own right once he gets into pace. I particularly like his dialogue between Clark and Chavez when he'd switch to a Russian accent to indicate that they were actually speaking Russian to each other.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful