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Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or is something far more dangerous at work here? While Ryan dispatches his most trusted eyes and ears, including black ops specialist John Clark, to find out the truth of the matter, forces in China are moving ahead with a plan of truly audacious proportions. If they succeed, the world will never look the same again.

©2009 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House

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great action

I enjoy Clancy and this was a great read. Factual accuracy creates quality of story...

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Meh

Decent book. By this point, the Jack Ryan novels were starting to get a bit silly. A little too much politics and making your guy president pretty pretentious. Still, the military stuff is great

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  • Emil
  • 2012-03-24

Good Clancy Book and Enjoyable Audio

Would you consider the audio edition of The Bear and the Dragon to be better than the print version?

No, just more convenient.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, though I feel

What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Since he reads slower than others (an advantage to me !): better focus on the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are humorous moments and even a sense of irony !

Any additional comments?

I find Tom Clancy espionage and political stories enjoyable, though I feel more inclined towards Robert Littell, Frederick Forsyth, and John le Carre.
Contrary to several opinions expressed here, I find Michael Pritchard read good. Others, like Scott Brick may read faster and, perhaps, involve themselves more into the story, but I personally am satisfied with Michael's narration. There is enough voice modulation and intonation to provide for an enjoyable listening experience. Pronouncing foreign (non-English) names (different accent !) is not often easy for English readers, but Michael's effort is commendable.

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  • rlovegreen
  • 2011-12-29

Good story - Narrator tries hard to kill it...

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This is a very good Clancy story. Lots of intriguing inside baseball detail about the inner workings of the CIA. However, the narration made it almost unlistenable. It sounds like every sentence in the book - no, every phrase - was recorded seperately and spliced together. It is so disjointed and emotionless that it took me the entire first part to get used to it. It is comically bad, especially when compared to the Clancy stuff done by Lou Diamond Phillps. I don't regret buying it because it is a good story, but it is painful to listen to...Buyer beware...

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  • Joseph
  • 2011-11-28

Michael Pritchard=Monotone

Michael Pritchard has the wrong voice for audiobooks, looking forward to Lou Diamond Philips in Dead or Alive.

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  • CB
  • 2011-04-29

Ever a Clancy Fan

As is evidenced by my other reviews, I'm hardly a book critic or a literary connoisseur, but I sure do love me some Jack Ryan. The plot arc that starts in Sum of Fears finds ends well in The Bear and the Dragon.

It appears that several of these Jack Ryan books are available in duplicate versions, ones read by Scott Brick and one by Michael Pritchard. I enjoy both authors, but suggest that as much as you can, stick to one narrator or the other; it does greatly help with the flow.

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  • Lawrence
  • 2011-02-21

Save your money until they re-do with new narrator

I have been listening to audio books, in one medium or another, since 1990, and I can say that this narrator should retire.

I seen other reviews for other books where people have said the narrator was horrible. But I still got the book because I liked the author. But although the narrator was bad, I was able to muddle through.

But Michael Prichard is 10 times worse. I'm not trying to be mean, but it's like he doesn't even care. He just reads the words so he can get his paycheck.

If you don't believe me or think I'm just being cruel, just look at the reviews for some of the other Clancy books that Prichard does. I'm not the only one that finds Prichard unbearable.

And to the publisher, if you are wondering why repeat sales of the Clancy books are so low, this is why. Please find a new narrator to redo the Clancy books. I love Clancy, but I'm not sitting through another book read by Prichard.

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  • Linda
  • 2018-08-06

Terrible

Worst book we listened to in the Jack Ryan series. My advice, skip it. The author drags the story out, hundreds of pages could have been skipped. Didn’t even like the story. It was such a far stretch from anything believable.

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  • Ken
  • 2013-02-27

two old enimies are now allies, will it work?

The former nation of the USSR is now weak, struggling, and trying to survive the collapse of Communism, but they have luck, the struck gold, literally. with a huge gold mine and a oil well big enough to rival the middle east the new Russian nation has high hopes. but so does the PRC.

In the final novel of the Ryan universe Tom Clancy makes it worth it. old KGB enemies are working together with CIA men. the elite NATO team of Rainbow six goes to Russia to help train the Russian military in counter terrorism.

many of our old friends in his whole series come back to help out and we end with a few laughs, cries and we know the world is safe.

tom clancy tried to write a few years later with another novel but gave up before finishing the story.

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  • Xavier
  • 2011-06-05

Great Listen!

Intriguing read of "what if" post cold war Russia, China, and the U.S.accidentally moved into a sudden war. I loved all the detailed plot development into leadership decisions behind the public awareness. The narrator is monotone and takes away from the story enjoyment; however, the story was so strong I managed to love this novel. Sadly, I will never purchase another audio book narrated by Michael Prichard. It is just too difficult a listen. Nonetheless, I loved Tom Clancy's story. It was fantastic.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2012-07-15

classic interwoven intrigue - improved narration

Largely good mindless entertainment, though it takes an attentive brain to track the multiple plot lines that you KNOW will "coincidentally" come together. Plot gets a bit convoluted and is rather predictable but if international spy/military action is your mood, then the predictability works. Narrator does a better job with this one than the previous novel in the series -- more modulation of the voice. This one is less about Ryan in role and character development. Includes pretty strong pro-life politics along with trashing Chinese communist leadership. For the digital world in which we now live, the computer and communications is a bit quaint, but adds to the plot and action really well. I got tired of the continual stereotyped racial name calling and labels, and it seemed more liberally dotted with 4 letter words and sexually oriented expletives etc. Ok Ok boys will be boys, but it got pretty juvenile. All this said, it was a fun listen and kept me well engaged.

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  • Bob
  • 2018-08-21

1/4 of the way and couldn't keep going

I had enjoyed the Jack Ryan series through to this book. Executive orders was a bit on the long end, but with a dramatic premise that was engaging. See good reads for pretty accurate more detailed reviews of the plot .

1/4 of the way through the book and the plot continues at glacial pace due to unneeded narratives. Rather than the characters having their own political and personal views drive the plot and their development, the characters seem to repetitively mouth piece the author's political views with no particular character development/story plot purpose. I enjoy Michael Prichard's other readings, but the combination of repetitive political narratives (and enough 'I hate this job' Jack Ryan jibes that get old over two books), unnecessarily crude language, slow plot, and the narrator's performance made for one of few audio books I was unable to finish.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful