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Patriot Games

Narrated by: Martin Sheen
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
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Jack Ryan, historian, ex-Marine, and CIA analyst, is vacationing in London when the Ulster Liberation Army makes a terrorist attack on the Prince and Princess of Wales. By instinctively diving forward to break up the attack, he gains both the gratitude of a nation and the hatred of its most dangerous men. Jack Ryan must summon all of the skills and knowledge at his command to battle back against his nemesis.
©1987 Jack Ryan Enterprises Ltd. (P)1987 Random House Inc., Random House AudioBooks, a Division of Random House Inc.

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"Ambitious, daring, studded with facts...as spectacular as any thriller ever." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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  • Laurie
  • 01-05-2008

good book, but disappointing abridgement

The story's great, the narrator is very good, but the abridgement is disappointing (although someone who has not read the book would probably enjoy this abridgement, despite the fact that many of the best characterization bits are missing). The completely unnecessary musical interludes are horrible - very melodramatic, corny, quite distracting.

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  • P. Parr
  • 09-05-2009

Patriot Games

If you like Tom Clancy this is a terrible abridgement. It leaves all the important parts out.

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  • Michael K
  • 18-07-2018

only 4 chapters!! it doesn't say that anywhere!

they dont give you the full book. I feel gypped. what a waste of money.

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  • Charlie Curtis
  • 20-02-2013

Excellent On All Counts

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Anybody who is an action adventure or Tom Clancy fan should enjoy this book, which is non-stop action in a realistic context.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Ryan is a main character in a series of Clancy books. The character is real, human, and personable, with a family and children. He is an unlikely hero who always finds himself in situations where he comes to the rescue.

Which character – as performed by Martin Sheen – was your favorite?

I have always enjoyed Martin Sheen's voice. In this case, he performs all the characters well, but I particularly enjoy his characterization of the main character, Jack Ryan.

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  • Scruss
  • 10-10-2019

good read or liaten

full of suspense and different, I think, from the movie in many ways. it's a fun, quick listen.

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  • LAK
  • 10-09-2019

disappointed

1) not a fan of the narrator, sheen. hes good at voices; my main beef is his talking fast to convey that things are happening fast. ugh.
2) the story. cant quite put my finger on why, but I just couldn't get sucked into the drama, it didn't seem believable. I know, I know, its totally made up, but e.g. an assasination attempt occured in the UK, and no one considered that the bad guys would seek out the guy who thwarted it? and the characters are a bit flat for me.
3) my first Clancy book, maybe his style of writing is too out of date for me.
4) finally, you should know that I dont keep reading books I dont enjoy... I know some people who will power thru something then announce it wasnt good. yikes, that's not me, so this review is from a reader who will quit after the first few chapters if I'm not hooked. i think I'm on chapter 3, and i forced myself to get to it just to be able to say i have it a good try. chapter 1 was terrible. I'm just happy I got this one on an audible credit.

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  • Jonathan Evans
  • 26-08-2019

Different and more interesting as the movie

Loved it. Interesting that the Royals were the Prince and Princess of Wales andittle William

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  • W. Stanley
  • 31-07-2019

Abridged and Rushed

Martin Sheen, an amazing actor, rushed through the reading. Hardly pausing for breath.
Factor the heavy abridging of the story and much of the meat of a Tom Clancy novel is tossed aside.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-2019

Not the entire book.

This is an abridged version, not the entire book. It was not clear from the title.

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  • Ed Fajardo
  • 04-11-2018

ehhh

The story was great but the reading was awful. Hard to understand voice and very hard to discern between characters. Ended up reading it over to understand it better. No need for the special effects either.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-09-2018

great performance

loved Martin Sheena reading of this Jack Ryan story. it's short but worth it. can't wait to hear the rest.

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