The Bear and the Dragon : The Jack Ryan Universe (publication order)

  • by Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by Michael Prichard
  • Series: The Jack Ryan Universe (publication order)
  • 42 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

President Jack Ryan faces a world crisis unlike any he has ever known. A high-level assassination attempt in Russia has the newly elected Ryan sending his most trusted eyes and ears - including antiterrorism specialist John Clark - to Moscow, for he fears the worst is yet to come. And he’s right. The attempt has left the already unstable Russia vulnerable to ambitious forces in China eager to fulfill their destiny. If they succeed, the world as we know it will never look the same. If they fail, the consequences may be unspeakable. Blending the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his hallmarks with intricate plotting, razor-sharp suspense and a remarkable cast of characters, this is Clancy at his best.

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What the Critics Say

"Clancy ... towers above other novelists in his ability to deliver geo-political, techo-military goods on a global scale...and here he's at the top of that war-gaming.' (Publishers Weekly)
"Clancy is a natural storyteller." (USA Today)

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Customer Reviews

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So different from the others

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I'm quickly becoming a Tom Clancy fan and have been enjoying his stories. This one is an outlier. At first I thought it was just the dreadful narrator that made this book so disappointing, but its racism and sexism got to me too, though I can't speak for more than the first 8 hours when I gave up on it. Even if you are characterising an unpleasant person, there are some places you just don't go. For example, two characters speaking about president Mao's penchant for raping young girls, and one of them guffaws "Well at least it wasn't a boy".


Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Clancy again?

Yes, am already into one of the others.


Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Prichard’s performances?

No never again. Flat, un-nuanced, and slow. He should get a job making destination recordings for a train company.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bear and the Dragon?

Other reviews say that the last few chapters are great. I'll have to take their word for it but if that's the case then collapse the first bit into a short into and go straight for the last few chapters!


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- P. M. Beckman

Chinese egomaniac vs Jack Ryan

Would you listen to The Bear and the Dragon again? Why?

Yes I will in the future. Tom Clancy was a great author and listening to his stories as well just improves the reading experience.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Nomuri is my favourite character in this novel. He is the reason that America led by Jack Ryan is able to prevent China from fulfilling their misguided destiny, and the sex scenes and flirting with his source are hilarious.


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- James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-13-2014
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd