The Sum of All Fears

Jack Ryan, Book 6
Narrated by: John MacDonald
Length: 33 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A major motion picture starring Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Alan Bates and Michael Byrne!

Peace may finally be at hand in the Middle East - as Deputy Director of the CIA Jack Ryan lays the groundwork for a peace plan that could end centuries of conflict. But ruthless terrorists have a final, desperate card to play: They have their hands on a nuclear weapon and have placed it on American soil in the midst of an escalation in tension with the Soviet Union. The terrorists hope to rekindle cold war animosity and prevent reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. With one terrible act, distrust mounts, forces collide, and the floundering U.S. president seems unable to cope with the crisis. With the world on the verge of nuclear disaster, Ryan must frantically seek a solution - before the chiefs of state lose control of themselves and the world.

©1991 Jack Ryan Enterprises Ltd. (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"He constantly taps the current world situation for its imminent dangers and spins them into an engrossing tale." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Heart-stopping action ... entertaining and eminently topical." ( The Washington Post)

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What did you love best about The Sum of All Fears?

I love the way Clancy always acknowledges his readers are intelligent enough to manage several "back" stories. He doesn't have to step you through the characters, they are so well written you don't need reminders or prompts. The Sum of All Fears is just such a story.. Clever, well proportioned and credible characters.

What other book might you compare The Sum of All Fears to and why?

Matthew Reilly gives the reader the same impression of deep research. and having done same wants to share every morsel with the reader. I feel I'm not just being entertained I am learning... Very satisfying experience

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

Nice to hear someone who can read without taking breathes and gasps midsentence (like Lou Diamond Philips) this destroys the story. I have sought out and listened to more McDonald and he is good.. Wish he could re-read all the ones Phillips has mutilated..

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Ryan saves the world (again) .....

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Almost as good as Patriot Games

As with a lot of Tom Clancy it takes a while to wind up and has some very slow portions but that's the price you pay for a well developed story. Well worth it. Best Narrator so far on the Jack Ryan series.

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A book of nuclear proportions

Where does The Sum of All Fears rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It rates as one my favourite audiobooks, not because of the narrator, but because Tom Clancy was on of my favourite authors.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that Tom Clancy was brave enough to let the bomb explode.

Which scene was your favorite?

The terrorists, drug cartel and Cutter getting their comeuppance.

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

The sheer length of Tom Clancy's books prevents reading in one sitting.

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  • Tessa
  • 05-17-18

Pretty sure this is being read by a robot

I would give more information but the narration has put me off. I have managed 5 minutes and have lost the will to live.

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  • Richard Davis
  • 06-28-19

Poor sound quality

First to have to say, this is a fantastic book. Unfortunately it sounded like Stephen Hawkins was reading it. It’s the first time I’ve heard such poor quality from Audible. Hopefully I won’t again.

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  • Lotus
  • 01-16-15

Great story line

I read the original book when it first was published and am now working my way through the series as audiobooks to refresh what happened to who and where.
This book was yet another great story and it's interesting to read the plots now that technology has moved forward some what.
However it was a bit long winded in places and I struggled slightly with the scene changeover from one part of the story to the next as the narrator didn't pause long enough and sometimes it was quite confusing however I did enjoy it overall and would recommend it to others

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  • jack
  • 02-03-20

Alexa has more range in her voice than John

Have listened to the previous works of Tom Clancy suburb righting and previous narrator was excellent John macDonald is unbelivbley monotone

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  • Kieron
  • 12-07-18

great

In awe at how well this series is going! Can't wait for the next! Bravo

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  • mark Innes
  • 10-29-18

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excellent would recommend , great story, interesting facts, well read.
time to load my next book.

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  • Ian
  • 08-16-18

Just great!

I’ve only recently got into the Jack Ryan series of audio books. I’ve read them in order and prior to listening to this book I read reviews that stated that the extensive use of different characters and their actions was confusing and frustrating. This was not so in my case. I found the reading to be emotional, tense and completely spellbinding at times. Well done to all concerned. I heartily enjoyed The Sum Of All Fears!

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  • Patricia
  • 06-09-18

Not like the film

I love the film version of this so was a bit disappointed that the story and timeline is completely different from the movie. Still enjoyed it and will definitely listen to others in the Jack Ryan series.

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  • Churchill1940
  • 06-09-18

Another great book from Tom Clancy

It always amazes me how in depth Clancy goes to tell the foreboding truth. Great Book. A must read.

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  • Blair Milligan
  • 03-08-18

Totally Brilliant

Was daunted by the length of this book as it is a big investment. However is paid dividends. Multiple story threads. Brilliant details. The book builds beautifully to an awesome climax. Really fantastic. So much so I have moved on the Executive Order to get me next fix.

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  • Danander11
  • 11-24-17

Terrible reading and production.

What can I say..? Poor voicing, poor timing, over-produced left this reading sounding at times like controlled burping or a 31 hour story read to you by the same mechanical voice as an automated weather advisory.

Too bad... this is a fairly good story.

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  • joshua
  • 12-03-19

Such a grind to listen to

TL;DR Narrator crap, story Great

This was such a tough book to listen to, the narrator so below average that I could not wait for it to be over... the story itself is the only saving grace.

There are a lot of weird pauses, repeats of sentences and strangeness in the EQ that it feels you're listening to a computer generated voice from the 90s. The narrator does some times vary his voice character to character but it's pretty rough.
I only persevered because I love the writing and the Jack Ryan series.
I won't be listening to this book again, so it's a definite return and spend it on something better.

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  • Jon Dobson
  • 08-28-17

So much better then movie

Another awesome Tom Clancy book. I left the Tom Clancy books that had been turned into movie to last thinking I had an idea of the stories. After Clear & Present danger and this I realise how wrong I was. Books are completely different to movies and are much better.