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I'd read this book some 15 years ago or so. Listening to it again now, with the hindsight of more recent events and the state of world politics as it is now (in 2014) it's quite prescient about how things could have developed (particularly as regards "non-state aggressors"). The story actually moves along at a decent clip, so it didn't feel like you were plodding away through a long novel. That said, One of the weak points that I remember from reading the book applied to the audio version too. It's easy to lose track of all the characters, especially the Russian ones, as to who is who exactly. This is very true when it comes to players who you haven't seen/heard for a few chapters later on in the book.
Michael Prichard did a reasonable job narrating this, but he could do with a bit more variation for the characters. There's a few times where you have 3 or 4 characters talking, and it's too easy to find yourself losing track of who's saying what.
All in all it's a good book, if you're into techno thrillers, and it's one of Clancy's better ones, quite probably because it was an early one that he wrote completely himself, and without the more convoluted character history that eventually put me off the later Jack Ryan series (although Hunt For Red October is still a personal favourite. If you're listening to this, you'll want to do it in big chunks, just to make sure that you keep the story straight and get the most out of it.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. It's too good to keep to oneself.
What about Michael Prichard’s performance did you like?
A professional rendition in a very acceptable accent.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The arranged explosion at the Kremlin.
Any additional comments?
It is easy to see just how easy it could be to start the next war.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Red Storm Rising again? Why?
I have re-listened to sections of the book, it has quite a lot of detail which suits a second listen
What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Storm Rising?
The battle descriptions
What does Michael Prichard bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Consistency with a lot of the other Clancy books I've listened to. He's become the go to voice of the earlier Clancy novels
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, there is a lot to digest
Any additional comments?
Excellent book, well worth a listen. I would rate it in my top 3 of Clancy novels
What did you love best about Red Storm Rising?
Red Russia and their Marxist views failing yet again.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
It kept me wondering how bad things could have been if the Soviet Union didn't collapse.