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Sydney, Australia
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Great story made better by Lou Diamond Phillips

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-2019

I'm loving the Jack Ryan series, but Lou Diamond Phillips' narration makes this feel like a movie every time I turn the audiobook on. A great shame the narrator changed in the next book.

Great story, bad narrator

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-2019

I had the pleasure of listening to three of these books narrated by Lou Diamond Phillips. Those renditions were great, he had good pacing and distinct and entertaining accents allowing you to easily identify the characters.

Scott Brick, who narrates this book, does not have any of these qualities. The accents are poor, and the story telling is stilted and halted. All characters sound like this.

I've never abandoned an audiobook 15 mins in before. I've decided to just read the book instead. Such a shame.

David Hunt is very entertaining

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-2018

David Hunt is very entertaining. It's a rich and interesting experience, I found myself laughing maniacally in public amidst quizzical stares of passers by.

Great book, Narrator awful

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-2017

After getting used to the last narrator, it was incredibly jarring listening to this one. Every V is pronounced with a W in it's place, which while historically accurate is incredibly jarring as the last narrator avoided this, and the use if the W is not in common vernacular. I dont know how many times I cringed when Octavian was pronounced Oct-Ahhhhhhhh-Wee-Ahn (the length of the Ah is NOT exaggerated), and Servillia pronounced Sir-Wheeeeeel-Eeee-Ahhh. Frankly, it sounded comical, so I stopped listening to the audio version a quarter of the way through and opted to read the book instead. We also got used to the old narrators accents and tone for different chaeacters, which i thought was masterful in the last two. Not so much this new one. Quite annoyed that the narrator spoiled what was an excellent book.

Loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-2017

Jonathan Davis does an excellent job bringing this audiobook to life. His distinct accents for each character, the sound effects and background music make this a top quality production.