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Publisher's 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • Simon
  • 10-06-19

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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  • Euan
  • 10-02-15

Narration renders this a failure

How could the performance have been better?

A zombie computer in slow motion would have created more excitement

Any additional comments?

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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  • Nick
  • 05-04-15

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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  • Mr. K. Leyland
  • 07-04-14

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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  • Travis Collins
  • 01-06-20

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 pointing.
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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  • Kevin
  • 22-08-19

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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  • MR B.
  • 08-07-19

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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  • Andy
  • 06-03-19

dated

absolute rubbish.

narrator dated

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managed to get 7 hours in before pulling the rip chord

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-03-14

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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  • Robyn B
  • 21-07-18

Comparing movies with original books

I can remember much of the story as I visualise the scenes from the movie. I realise that movie makers have a license to change the original story but this one diverges quite a bit from the movie. "Reading" it again with Audible caused me to wonder if I had actually read the book before, but by the end I was confidant that I had.

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  • Jenna Waters
  • 05-10-20

Little long but enjoyable

A little long and over descriptive but the action moments are suspenseful and interesting. Over all not bad.

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  • Rodolfo Comandari
  • 28-09-20

Great story poor quality audio

Really enjoyed the story. Well performed. Some issues with the audio, stopped for periods of time, sounded at times as if there were voices in the background. Would still recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-20

Hard to listen to.

The story is great. The reader, however, is excellent if you want to go to sleep. He has such a monotone voice, and does not emphasise any of the book or try to differentiate voices between characters. His voice is staccato like and really unpleasant to listen to. I am pleased that other Tom Clancy novels have different narrators.

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  • Vaughan
  • 09-04-20

Classic Clancy

Jack Ryan becomes involved as the main foil of a terrorist plot to assassinate the Prince and Princess of Wales while on holiday in London. He finds himself almost inevitably transitioning from a teacher of history at the Naval Academy to an analyst in the Central Intelligence Agency. This is formula Clancy; Ryan is a devoted family man, and many of the characters who feature prominently throughout the Jack Ryan series are introduced. Lots of detail and lively conversation. There is a happy ending - where good triumphs over bad.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-08-19

excellent

great story, well narrated and engaging me as a listener from start to finish, great read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-19

great story

Seams like a older recording and could hear people talking in the background at times. otherwise fantastic story

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  • Debbie
  • 03-02-19

Great read

Another great read ,thrilling and very entertaining .You definitely get your money's worth from Tom Clancy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-03-18

Love Jack Ryan Stories

Wasn’t as action packed as Hunt for the Red October but still a good listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-17

Absolutely fantastic

A believable thriller and using the politics of the day entwining throughout the story that had me on the edge of my seat all the way through