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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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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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  • 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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Cringingly cheesy

As pointed out the sound quality of this recording isn't at the normal standard you would expect from Audible. It's not unlistenable but slightly grating and off putting.
The storyline however is however dire, the author can't help living out his fantasies. Meeting the dashing and brave Prince Charles; who we learn is much in love with Diana. Saving royal lives, being given a knighthood as a reward, in friendly terms with the Queen and Prince of Edinburgh, the works. Good luck not vomiting through this drivel and the rest of this all American good guy's heroics.
The narrator is generally good, until he tries to pronounce any place names, and fails nearly everytime.
Overall the book is bearable if you just accept it as low brow easy listening, but there are so many much better books you would be better not wasting your time and money on this one.

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Narration renders this a failure

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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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Slow

Very strange narration...sounded like the guy had been sedated. Unfortunately the story tends to have the same effect on the listener. There are also a range of comically bad stereotypes of English and Irish people. There is a lot of excruciating prose thrown in as well. This wasn’t for me.

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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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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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audio quality like it's been recorded on a cassette tape. very hard to listen to

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Could not get into

Simply could not get into this at all. Unsure if it was the narrator or the story. Not for me.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-12-21

Best Espionage story

Loved the story my favourite is Ryan joining CIA narration is fantastic the depth of he characters is outstanding

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  • Alex J.
  • 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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  • 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.