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Patriot Games

Jack Ryan
Narrated by: Michael Prichard
Series: Jack Ryan, Book 1, Jack Ryan (publication order), Book 2
Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (600 ratings)

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Summary

CIA analyst Jack Ryan, historian and former Marine, is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack. Instinctively, Jack dives forward to intervene. By his impulsive act, he gains both the gratitude of a nation and the enmity of its most dangerous men who will not sit on their hate. In an explosive wave of violence, Jack's new enemies will seek to make him pay for his act of salvation...with his life.

©1987 Jack Ryan Enterprises Ltd. (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

"Clancy spins a marvelously tense yarn that will appeal to his legion of fans." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A novel that crackles." ( The New York Times)

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  • Jo
  • 08-04-15

Great storyline terrible narration

The storyline is great and kept me immersed all the way through. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
My only issue is the narrator. Not sure who this guy is but his delivery style is absolutely terrible. I had bought another Clancy before I realised it was the same narrator. Won't make the same mistake again. Might just be my ear but his voice and delivery are just appalling.

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Maybe I’ve missed something...

...but this is deeply tedious and slow. The representations of doctors, English people and Irish people are laughable as well. Maybe his later work improved. Wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.

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Narration renders this a failure

How could the performance have been better?

A zombie computer in slow motion would have created more excitement

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I managed to get 8 minutes into this 20 hour long audiobook before giving up. Thoroughly dissapointed as I have heard many good things about the author and this series in particular. But the narrator is so monotonous, there is no character in his voice whatsoever. Very early on there is a action packed high octane moment with a car crash and explosions and guns being fired and he is reading it like he's reading out the ingredients on a box of corn flakes. Also having read other comments apparantly he gets no better and his poor pronunciation means perhaps he even gets worse.

Incase you couldn't tell... Not a happy customer, wouldn NOT recommend.

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Great story just an old recording

Poor quality muffled recording initially spoils the book but you get used to it as it is an excellent story

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This is awful. Truly awful narration

What the f*@k is this audible. Terrible recording and terrible narration. Please take it back and give me my money back. This is terrible.

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Terrible narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Great novel, however the narration was monotone.

Do you think Patriot Games needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It was my intention to listen to all the Jack Ryan books having purchased the first two, however the narration is so poor I don't think I'll bother!!

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dated

absolute rubbish.

narrator dated

story dated

managed to get 7 hours in before pulling the rip chord

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Shame about the narration

What was one of the most memorable moments of Patriot Games?

The fact that Dartmoor Prison has apparently moved to Cornwall!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was awful. For a book set mainly in England and Ireland the narrator did very little to pronounce names or places correctly.

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Great Story - not so great narration

Tom Clancy puts so much into his stories. he faithfully develops his characters good and bad, goes into excellent detail with becoming boring and delivers compelling stories. Oddly a narrator was selected who didn't do the story full justice. I'm not sure he's quite so bad as some of the other reviewers make out but he is monotone and unlike the author made no attempt at researching the UK as part of his brief.

I thought it was well listening to but I do understand why others had problems.

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Dated even for the late 80s and f me it’s long!

Plagued by terrible stereotypes and an attitude towards women that was prehistoric even in the 80s, this book really struggles to keep you entertained. And unlike this review, this book goes on ... for ... ever!

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  • J. Anton
  • 17-09-19

Still a great story.

Even after multiple, repeat listenings this is a keeper and though Mr. Clancy is dead this story of his will continue to be part of my listening experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-18

Narration did not work for me

Could not fairly mark the story tried for well over an hour to get used to the narrator but simply could not sadly. The narrator has almost a monotone that simply spoilt it for me. My apologies.

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  • James
  • 15-06-14

Don't mess with family

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would to anyone who loves it when terrorists get what they deserve.

What did you like best about this story?

That Jack Ryan is able to do what needs to be done to save innocents, especially his family.

What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?

He is too monotonous.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Already been done reasonably well, but as usually changed way too much.