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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) .....
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.
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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Initially you might think the story is being read by a synthesised or computerised voice. However John MacDonald's tone settles you onto the story and grips you. John's accent for both Russian and German parts is impressive and captivating. I will most definitely be buying another audio book read by John.
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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.
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.