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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, because it's a brilliantly detailed and twisting scenario that builds from small acts and unlinked conversations and espionage into huge mobilisations of national armies and tank battles and missiles and jet figher battles! A rip-roaring military adventure!
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Observing from different perspectives how perceived slights on one side can be the gravest insult, where as the other side is completely unaware they have done anything wrong, and the fates of nations rests of these mis-interpretations due to cultural differences.
Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I thought he was a very good narrator, I laughed my head off the first time he tried an english accent, very well done!
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Thunder is building in the east...
Any additional comments?
Very bloody long! But that's what I got it for! I have an hour's drive each way on my commute every day! This book lasted a month. Thinking back now over all the events, it feels like I've read 3 or 4 different books; there are so many separate story lines going on which all get tied together at the end, exceptionally well done by Clancy.
Favourite character has got to be the old sniper, Pavel Petrovich Gogol
"Before I killed Germans with this rifle, now I will kill Chinese"
"Help me with my wolves boy!"
"I've never shot a General before"
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
I'm quickly becoming a Tom Clancy fan and have been enjoying his stories. This one is an outlier. At first I thought it was just the dreadful narrator that made this book so disappointing, but its racism and sexism got to me too, though I can't speak for more than the first 8 hours when I gave up on it. Even if you are characterising an unpleasant person, there are some places you just don't go. For example, two characters speaking about president Mao's penchant for raping young girls, and one of them guffaws "Well at least it wasn't a boy".
Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Clancy again?
Yes, am already into one of the others.
Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Prichard’s performances?
No never again. Flat, un-nuanced, and slow. He should get a job making destination recordings for a train company.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bear and the Dragon?
Other reviews say that the last few chapters are great. I'll have to take their word for it but if that's the case then collapse the first bit into a short into and go straight for the last few chapters!
Would you listen to The Bear and the Dragon again? Why?
Yes I will in the future. Tom Clancy was a great author and listening to his stories as well just improves the reading experience.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Nomuri is my favourite character in this novel. He is the reason that America led by Jack Ryan is able to prevent China from fulfilling their misguided destiny, and the sex scenes and flirting with his source are hilarious.