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Debt of Honor

A Jack Ryan Novel
Written by: Tom Clancy
Narrated by: John MacDonald
Length: 36 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

©1994 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Clancy's latest novel traces the financial, political, military, and personal machinations that drive America into the next major global war.... a shocker climax so plausible you'll wonder why it hasn't yet happened. ( Entertainment Weekly)

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Narrator, too bad

I decided that I would listen to the books chronological order . What a disappointment to have switched narrators, changed the whole experience.

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Text to speech would sound better

Partway through the prologue I can’t take it. The guy reading sounds like a computer voice from the 90’s. My phone’s text to speech sounds better.

I’m going to go check other sources for this title and return it if there’s a better option

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Microsoft Sam bores you to near death!

the worst narrator I've ever heard. he made this book a snooze the whole time

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Great Story. Painful Reading.

I really liked the story even though it was a bit far fetched and made America seem invincible.

However, John MacDonald’s performance was so hard to get used to. I honestly thought it was a text to speech version of the audiobook at first. His accents were jarring and took me right out of it every time. The New England accent was almost laughable.

I’m listening to Without Remorse now read by Michael Prichard and it’s like night and day.

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Such a shame.

Spoiled by the narration, the first few chapters sounded like a computer voice over, then the New England accents started, they were so awful it was actually funny.

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Great story!!! Can't wait to start Executive Orders. Performance was "meh" but if you run it at 1.10x or 1.25x its better.

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Not bad

Not Clancy's best work, but enjoyable. At this point, the author started going to places with his characters which were no longer very plausible.
John MacDonald's reading includes trying some pretty bad accents...a decent effort nonetheless. Generally a pretty good read

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excellent first listen

an excellent listen very riveting was hard to put down the reader was also very pleasant to listen to. this was my first audible book and I truly enjoyed it

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listen at 1.10 normal speed

if you speed up the audio just a little bit it is totally fine. this an amazing atory you dont wanna miss

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  • 2015-01-20

WORSE READING/PERFORMANCE EVER!

As I drive a lot I love audible books. I have over 200 titles and must say this is THE READING ON THIS IS HORRIBLE. It sounds like a bad computer voice and often does run on sentences (no pause between sentences or paragraphs as most every reader in the world would do).

The story is classic Clancy. I have read all his books years ago and love them. I was going to listen to them in order but can't finish this one due to performance.

Bottom line is this book needs to be re-done as it is not up to Audible or Clancy standards....

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  • Louann
  • 2011-02-10

Narrator not so great

I love Clancy books, but this Narrator is too robotic. Doesn't even sound human to me.

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  • George
  • 2011-08-30

computer generated voice

The engineer that produced this should be taken out and shoot. I can not believe
that this is the voice of a real person narrating. I just could not listen longer than the first chapter. A real waste of time and money.

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  • kim
  • 2011-01-20

Vintage Clancy - Deserves a Better Narrator

Having read and enjoyed the book when it first came out in hardcover, I've just been waiting for the unabridged audible edition. I'm not sure I'll be able to stand the monotone narration for 36 hours. It's the worst I've ever heard.

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  • Greg, Bremerton
  • 2011-04-14

Good story, the narrator Sucks

I like the story, in my humble opinion John MacDonald should Never have been allowed to narrate this book!
If you have Scott Brick narrate it I will Gladly repurchase this book so I can properly enjoy this book, I have already repurchased the Hunt for Red October just because I enjoy Scott Brick's narration of other books that I own.

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  • JOE PAVLOCK
  • 2011-02-06

DEBT OF HONOR

The story as always is outstanding. The recording is the worst I have ever heard. If you ever wondered how a book would sound if it was read by a computer this is it.. The speed is so slow I thought I had it on my IPhone at half speed when I checked I was listening to my IPOD. I have donwloaded over 200 books and this would be the first time I asked for a refund. Save your money until they fix their mistake.

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  • Eric
  • 2015-01-30

Poor narration

If you like Michael Prichard you won't like this one. Hard to follow, monotone, almost computer generated, poor inflection.

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  • Mike Woodford
  • 2011-09-13

Great Story, Terrible Narration

Make sure you listen to the audio sample before buying this audiobook. It's very monotone and robotic. I enjoyed the story but it would have been much more enjoyable with a better narrator.

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  • Dave
  • 2011-05-07

Excellent story, bad sound, bad narrator

I almost stopped listening to this in the first two hours, but stuck it out, and the story was worth it, honestly. However, those first two hours...like listening to human Valium. I don't know which to blame: the engineering, or the narrator, but whichever is responsible...it is one of the worst sounding audiobooks I have ever listened to.

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  • Joe
  • 2015-01-15

narrator sounds like a robot

I liked the story but the narrator sounded like a computer generated voice. he really sounded badly.

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