A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.
The challenge facing President Jack Ryan is an old one with a terrifying new twist. The international stalemate with North Korea continues into its seventh decade. A young, untested dictator is determined to prove his strength by breaking the deadlock. Like his father before him, he hangs his plans on the country's nuclear ambitions. Until now, that program was impeded by a lack of resources. However, there has been a dramatic change in the nation's economic fortune. A rich deposit of valuable minerals have been found in the Hermit Kingdom. Coupled with their nuclear capabilities, the money from this find will make North Korea a dangerous force on the world stage.
There's just one more step needed to complete this perfect plan... the elimination of the president of the United States.
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Great story! AWFUL narration!
Mark Greaney continues in the strong tradition of Tom Clancy in creating an engaging, fast paced action thriller.
Unfortunately, this audiobook falls on its face due to the poor narration.
Let's get this out of the way up front: Lou Diamond Phillips has been a fantastic narrator of this series for the 4 books preceding this one: Dead or Alive, Locked On, Threat Vector and Command Authority. Through his voice he brought a range and depth to the characters that fully immersed the listener in the storyline. I was really looking forward to another narration from him on this book, but sadly, it was not to be.
Now for the bad news. In my humble opinion, Scott Brick was the wrong choice for this audiobook. His narration is dull, narrow and melancholy. He sounds so sad as he's narrating this book, like his dog just died or something. There's little inflection in his voice, and his cadence is slow and overly drawn out. He puts emphasis on all the wrong words. It was kind of like listening to an inebriated William Shatner.
Scott's accents are terrible, as are his character voices. For example, there was no discernible difference between his impression of Ding Chavez and Mary Pat Foley. There was no change in tone, timbre or intonation between these characters, even when they were having a conversation with one another. The only indication that Scott had switched to voicing another character was by hearing the words "...said Chavez" or "Mary Pat then said...". Come on! Talk about disappointing.
Adding insult to injury, he mispronounced several names as well. For example, who is Gavin "Beerie"?
Contrast this with Lou Diamond Phillips' narrations of these iconic characters. Each voice was unique and instantly recognizable. The listener grew to know and care about their characters by the subtleties of inflection Lou brought. President Ryan sounded presidential. John Clark sounded tough and stoic. Center sounded menacing. Every voice he delivered was unique and perfectly matched to the character in the story. I can't imagine a better narrator for the Jack Ryan series that Lou Diamond Phillips.
Does that make me biased? You bet! But that doesn't mean my review is any less valid.
PLEASE bring back Lou Diamond Phillips for the next book!
If the next audiobook in the Jack Ryan series is not narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips, I'm not buying it!
The Narration did not suit.
I hated the narration. You can listen to the sample but the dialogue may not be as troublesome as action scenes. The cadence never changes for action scenes or dialogue. I bought this pre-release, and i never imagined that such a popular series would have a poorly suited narrator (yes that is my opinion. Your opinion may differ.) I listen at 1.25 speed but i still hear those over dramatic pauses and downbeats at the end of each sentence.
Greaney isn't as good about developing characters, or getting you to believe in the science of the weapons as Clancy was, but he sure writes action well. Things move so fast that i dont question the contrived good luck and miraculous timing. While not the same as Clancy i can enjoy listening to the action.
I will never get a book from Scott Brick again. I can do without different voices for each character, but the reading has much more to dislike. I think he would do well at soap operas or romantic novels, where the listener wants the narrator to add drama in an other wise boring book. But his cadence over emphasizes every period as being meaningfull and significant.
Isn't there some editor that makes narrators audition for parts? This book was ruined for me by the reader, and i hate to think a real editor would have actually selected Scott Brick as appropriate for this book. Maybe Greany should give his opinions on possible readers ( and listen to more than a sentence before approving a narrator.)
- Norman "Strong characters in all genres. and narrators who don't ham it up."