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The Sum of All Fears

Jack Ryan, Book 6
Narrated by: John MacDonald
Length: 33 hrs and 57 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A major motion picture starring Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Alan Bates and Michael Byrne!

Peace may finally be at hand in the Middle East - as Deputy Director of the CIA Jack Ryan lays the groundwork for a peace plan that could end centuries of conflict. But ruthless terrorists have a final, desperate card to play: They have their hands on a nuclear weapon and have placed it on American soil in the midst of an escalation in tension with the Soviet Union. The terrorists hope to rekindle cold war animosity and prevent reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. With one terrible act, distrust mounts, forces collide, and the floundering U.S. president seems unable to cope with the crisis. With the world on the verge of nuclear disaster, Ryan must frantically seek a solution - before the chiefs of state lose control of themselves and the world.

©1991 Jack Ryan Enterprises Ltd. (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"He constantly taps the current world situation for its imminent dangers and spins them into an engrossing tale." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"Heart-stopping action ... entertaining and eminently topical." ( The Washington Post)

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Terrible reading and production.

What can I say..? Poor voicing, poor timing, over-produced left this reading sounding at times like controlled burping or a 31 hour story read to you by the same mechanical voice as an automated weather advisory.

Too bad... this is a fairly good story.

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robotic tone

struggled at the start due to John's robotic time but it got better the further we got

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Such a grind to listen to

TL;DR Narrator crap, story Great This was such a tough book to listen to, the narrator so below average that I could not wait for it to be over... the story itself is the only saving grace. There are a lot of weird pauses, repeats of sentences and strangeness in the EQ that it feels you're listening to a computer generated voice from the 90s. The narrator does some times vary his voice character to character but it's pretty rough. I only persevered because I love the writing and the Jack Ryan series. I won't be listening to this book again, so it's a definite return and spend it on something better.

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So much better then movie

Another awesome Tom Clancy book. I left the Tom Clancy books that had been turned into movie to last thinking I had an idea of the stories. After Clear & Present danger and this I realise how wrong I was. Books are completely different to movies and are much better.

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  • Chris Nenke
  • 27-03-2020

Give it a miss. Bolinda buggers it up again

One of the worst narrator's I've heard, sounds like a robot, almost no variance in his voice. obviously the recording wasn't checked as in the first chapter they reference the KBG, not the KGB. last time I buy a book from the Bolinda group which is a shame as they seem to have the rights to a number of Clancy's books in Australia

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  • kris
  • 02-07-2016

Lots of details for the "fans"

What did you love best about The Sum of All Fears?

I love the way Clancy always acknowledges his readers are intelligent enough to manage several "back" stories. He doesn't have to step you through the characters, they are so well written you don't need reminders or prompts. The Sum of All Fears is just such a story.. Clever, well proportioned and credible characters.

What other book might you compare The Sum of All Fears to and why?

Matthew Reilly gives the reader the same impression of deep research. and having done same wants to share every morsel with the reader. I feel I'm not just being entertained I am learning... Very satisfying experience

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

Nice to hear someone who can read without taking breathes and gasps midsentence (like Lou Diamond Philips) this destroys the story. I have sought out and listened to more McDonald and he is good.. Wish he could re-read all the ones Phillips has mutilated..

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Ryan saves the world (again) .....

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  • Laurence
  • 25-04-2015

Almost as good as Patriot Games

As with a lot of Tom Clancy it takes a while to wind up and has some very slow portions but that's the price you pay for a well developed story. Well worth it. Best Narrator so far on the Jack Ryan series.

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  • James
  • 15-06-2014

A book of nuclear proportions

Where does The Sum of All Fears rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It rates as one my favourite audiobooks, not because of the narrator, but because Tom Clancy was on of my favourite authors.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that Tom Clancy was brave enough to let the bomb explode.

Which scene was your favorite?

The terrorists, drug cartel and Cutter getting their comeuppance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The sheer length of Tom Clancy's books prevents reading in one sitting.

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  • Tessa
  • 17-05-2018

Pretty sure this is being read by a robot

I would give more information but the narration has put me off. I have managed 5 minutes and have lost the will to live.

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  • Richard Davis
  • 28-06-2019

Poor sound quality

First to have to say, this is a fantastic book. Unfortunately it sounded like Stephen Hawkins was reading it. It’s the first time I’ve heard such poor quality from Audible. Hopefully I won’t again.

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  • Lotus
  • 16-01-2015

Great story line

I read the original book when it first was published and am now working my way through the series as audiobooks to refresh what happened to who and where.
This book was yet another great story and it's interesting to read the plots now that technology has moved forward some what.
However it was a bit long winded in places and I struggled slightly with the scene changeover from one part of the story to the next as the narrator didn't pause long enough and sometimes it was quite confusing however I did enjoy it overall and would recommend it to others

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  • SE75
  • 26-09-2020

Thilling

really enjoyed this novel. couldn't switch it off. the story builds and nicely. Has normal loads of techy stuff.

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  • Steph H
  • 16-09-2020

A Favourite

This is one of my favourite books from the Ryan universe, Jack gets sucked in to the life of CIA and loses focus on what's important. But he manages to pull it out of the bag and come back stronger than ever. My only criticism of the audio of this book is that the narrators voice takes some getting used to and he isn't always distinct in his change of character voices. He also sounds a LOT like Stephen Hawkings robot voice which is rather off putting at first. Still wish you would find a good American voice actor to redo the whole series with continuity of voices for each character. They also need to work on their pronunciation of words, submariner is just one example.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-05-2020

very good book, minor audio issue

thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the narrator was very good. unfortunately there are quite a few places where audio clipping occurs and it sounds like an automaton/robot reading the book.

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  • jack
  • 03-02-2020

Alexa has more range in her voice than John

Have listened to the previous works of Tom Clancy suburb righting and previous narrator was excellent John macDonald is unbelivbley monotone

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  • Kieron
  • 07-12-2018

great

In awe at how well this series is going! Can't wait for the next! Bravo

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  • mark Innes
  • 29-10-2018

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excellent would recommend , great story, interesting facts, well read. time to load my next book.

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  • Ian
  • 16-08-2018

Just great!

I’ve only recently got into the Jack Ryan series of audio books. I’ve read them in order and prior to listening to this book I read reviews that stated that the extensive use of different characters and their actions was confusing and frustrating. This was not so in my case. I found the reading to be emotional, tense and completely spellbinding at times. Well done to all concerned. I heartily enjoyed The Sum Of All Fears!