The Cardinal of the Kremlin : The Jack Ryan Universe (publication order)

  • by Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by Michael Prichard
  • Series: The Jack Ryan Universe (publication order)
  • 25 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two men possess vital information on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system.
One of them is Cardinal -- America's highest agent in the Kremlin -- and he's about to be terminated by the KGB.
The other one is the American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace . . . or war.
Here is author Tom Clancy's heart-stopping masterpiece -- a riveting novel about one of the most intriguing issues of our time.


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Great Story, a Less Great Reading

I've always thought that "Cardinal" was the most interesting of Clancy's Jack Ryan books. And in terms of the quality of the story, I enjoyed the unabridged version of this story even more than the abridgment that I bought many years ago. It felt like I was getting "bonus material" beyond the original version of the story that I knew. I've been waiting for a long time to see unabridged Audible versions of some of the Jack Ryan novels.

As far as the reading of the story was concerned, I was less impressed. Perhaps it's unfair to rate Michael Prichard's read when matched up against the masterful performance of the abridged version by David Ogden Stiers. Nonetheless, I did feel at times like the soul of this often-soulful story was drained in Prichard's read. In certain passages, such as the pivotal conversation between Felitov and his KGB interrogator, I sorely missed the intensity and well-defined character sense of David Ogden Stiers' performance of the dialog. Don't get me wrong-- Prichard is a fine reader of nonfiction. But a book like "Cardinal" loses a lot when it is read like the evening news instead of the emotional human drama that it is.
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- Tom

Previous Reviewers Are Spot On

The reviews on this book are a mixed bag...and each is right in their own way. Prichard does a lackluster job of general narration, yet his dialog scenes are quite good. The story is very slow to develop, yet there are spots of fast and interesting developments. This book is not for you if you need fast, punchy action with crisp dialog. However if you are a fan of well crafted intrigue with political twists and turns -- then indeed you'll enjoy this book. If I weren't such a big fan of the Ryan series overall I probably would have given even fewer ratings stars.
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- Nancy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2010
  • Publisher: Random House Audio