Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

Narrated by: Steven Weber
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
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Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the story combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes listeners deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world.

When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America.

©2012 Dick Couch (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Good performance, boring story

I was happy with the readers performance, he has a good voice and was comfortable to listen to. I do wish there was a bit more intensity given to the SEALs voices particularly in the action scenes. I've read a number of biographies of former SEALs and they are all colourful characters with both good and bad traits, I found the characters in this book to be too textbook and without flaws or depth, and lacked some of the "Gung Ho" spirit and undying love for action that actual SEALs seem to possess. The story itself is predictable but passable, but I think it pales in comparison to the real stories told by actual SEALs such as in the books by Chris Kyle and Donn Mann which I found to have more intense action, humour and entertainment value than this work. Based on my knowledge I do think the author is very knowledgeable and includes lots of accurate details about the SEALs, technology and the Military/Navy which I enjoyed, and it is also clear that he has utmost respect for these heroes.

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too, too trite

I have complex feelings about Tom Clancy. I thought his first five or so books were wonderful. The next few laughable. The last few great entertainment, particularly as to the action scenes. This one is just too trite. Too much like thousands of other jingoistic, US all good, SEALs all good and near superhuman, the wives all brilliant and beautiful with great careers until they become housewives after getting married, volumes. Like a pulp Western I suppose. Telegraphs the outcome, to the extent is any different than it would ever be in any similar story, way ahead of time.

That said, the action scenes are great. Very compelling, even if the characters are super human. And the actual prose is not bad at all. I thought the narrator was suitably manly and serious. Really quite good.

So it is not horrible escapist literature, just way more predictable than even most of the genre.

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Pageturner....you feel like your inside the story

Would you consider the audio edition of Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor to be better than the print version?

Never read the print version but this was a very good audiobook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor?

The attack to retrieve the CIA agent and the funeral procession at Coronado.

Have you listened to any of Steven Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First book read by Weber but he did an excellent job with changing characters and keeping the listener engaged.

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

You bet, great story

Any additional comments?

buy this one...cannot say that about many books of this type but this was an excellent story well read..

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Give me a sec while I dry my eyes.....

Would you listen to Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor again? Why?

Wow~ I would have to say yes, but this is one very intense story...at least for me it was. Yes, I am a girl...yeah, girls are a little more emotional, but even manly men are allowed to get teary eyed over the conclusion of this one.

What did you like best about this story?

What can I say, it's an intriguing & compeling story. The writing & narraration is so well done that you feel like you are right there living it or that you are at least being told the story by someone who actually experienced a real situation. It doesn't really have that

Which character – as performed by Steven Weber – was your favorite?

The narration was so amazing, but I have to say... holy moly, there is one scene with the Dr. when she(he) says

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

I had planned to, but I just couldn't do it....it was just too intense. I had to take 2 seperate breaks which is very unlike me to be honest. I usually like to just plow through from start to finish.... however, it is now 4:30 a.m. because once I got back into it I couldn't turn it off because it got so intense. Then, I had to write this review while it was still fresh in my thoughts....not that I will be forgetting this one any time soon.

Any additional comments?

This story is about the ugly up-close and personal side of terrorism. But it is truely about bravery, patriotism, honor, loyalty, and the ultimate sacrifice.
I highly recommend this audiobook~
Happy listening~

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Can't stop listening!

What did you like best about this story?

Steven Weber brings each character to life! You can actually picture them as the story progresses.

Have you listened to any of Steven Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Any additional comments?

This is a great listen!

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Exceptionally well written and narrated audiobook

This audiobook is incredible; I enjoyed it from the first chapter to the last. Couch and Gladorisi do an excellent job of writing. The story is very well conceived, flows well and is very believable. Steven Weber does a very good job of narration.
After reading a previous review, I had concerns this book might be a 'little mushy,' it isn't! It's about Navy Seals and their heroic wives who never seem to get the credit they deserve for their sacrifices while their husbands are deployed to keep us safe.
I will warn you, this is a great book worth every minute of listening. In fact, you will probably be wishing it were longer - I would rate it a 10 if I could,,,but I hated the way it ends.

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WHAT CAN I SAY

Would you consider the audio edition of Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor to be better than the print version?

I spend a great deal of time in my car and have very little time to read the book. So I would say yes.

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

The plot was predictable in a good way, but the action was non stop.Good guys win, bad guys lose. At times I found myself driving slower to listen to a little more. Edge of my seat no but, always wanting more.

Have you listened to any of Steven Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Couldn't say but, I would love to listen to him again.

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

YES, as a man and an Amercian.

Any additional comments?

It is simple to to bad mouth Amercia, Why because we care. We fight the worlds battles with little help or understanding. Kill Bin Landen and half the world wants to kill all Americans and the other half second guesses every move. What other country would allow you to do that.The men of the Seals do missions that few could or would do and should be respected and honored in every way posible.

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Great read.

Where does Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

I am amazed at the amount of technical knowledge about the military and equipment used by the military that Clancy comes up with. I have asked some supposed experts that say he knows what he is talking about.
He knows how to weave this knowledge into a believeable story.

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Too Short

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Story was so well written and captivating, that when it was over I was disappointed that there wasn't another two - three hours of listening time.

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A Great Book. I Cannot Wait For The Movie.

If you could sum up Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor in three words, what would they be?

Forget Tom Clancy and concentrate on Dick Couch. This writing was superb. Action from page one to the end. This was one book I did not want to end. I cannot wait for the movie.

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

Absolutely. Each character was an important part of the book. Easy to follow

Have you listened to any of Steven Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. I was disappointed in Weber. I don't know what he used to prepare for reading but as a retired Navy Chief, you pronounce a Navy Corpsman as COREMAN, not CORPSEMAN.

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

I enjoyed every portion of the book

Any additional comments?

I will look for more from Dick Couch.

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  • rikki
  • 07-09-18

act of Medriocty

I know loads of people who think tom Clancy is action story god, but I found this uninspiring some interesting ideas and good character details (too much for my liking) probably make a good film if you just did the action bits

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  • S Blakemore-PREWITT
  • 11-05-19

wow

I had seen the film . but this narrative was fantastic the best I've heard

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  • D. P. Pegg
  • 07-08-19

Usual high quality of Tom Clancy books

when heard the music at the start I was concerned but once started a great story well performed, easy to listen to.

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  • iphoneman
  • 10-05-18

Superb Audio book

Well narrated and gripping all they way until the end. Superb book! would recommend to all.

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  • Mr. Gordon Downie
  • 07-03-18

Good but......

I enjoyed this book mostly but there was way too much technical detail. Right down to the individual items of equipment and clothing. This went on and on and on to such an extent that began to seem like it was padding out the book. The reader was excellent tho’.