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Don't let the long duration deter you. Rainbow Six is an engrossing thriller about a globe-trotting group of elite soldiers to save the world. Do yourself a favour and don't read into too much of the blurb as the story works best when you simply let it unravel as you go.
The action scenes are fantastic, realized in minute detail from spent bullet casings arching through the air to heads exploding in a mist of pink vitae, and bodies collapsing like a bag of potatoes.
The characters are excellent, with the bad guys given plenty of backstory to show that, like reality, doing good or evil is simply a matter of perspective and beliefs.
The novel has served as a solid foundation for the numerous videogames over the years.
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I wish I could give a negative rating for this. Unnecessary and burdensome descriptions, serving only to satisfy militaristic urges without serving to progress the story. Terrible, childish, 2 dimensional characters, especially the antagonists. Listening to this is a 36 hour exercise in self-inflicted torture. The narration was satisfactory - it was not the fault of the narrator for having to speak a terrible story - but the attempted accents were infuriatingly clichéd and poor. In summary: -6/10 stars.
i never noticed how time flew by when listening to this. i highly recommend this to anybody who likes commando based fiction
What made the experience of listening to Rainbow Six the most enjoyable?
The intrigue and twisted thinking of the eco terrorists, and the ironic ending.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Rainbow Six?
The former Russian spy turning the tables on the eco terrorists and becoming a rich gold mine owner.
Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes. Michael Pritchard does a good job in all his readings of Tom Clancy's novels but is a bit monotonous in his reading. Considering the size of Tom Clancy's novels this can be a bit tedious.
You have to hand it to Clancy, this could easily have broken this down into a series of three books and made more money. There is so much storyline in here and yet I never felt that he was just filling it out. The story itself is genuinely thought-provoking and I would say has become more relevant with the passage of time rather than less. This is partly because unusually there is plenty of time and even at points sympathy given to the motivations and detailed methods of the "bad guys".
The main protagonists are well detailed and thoroughly rounded out, the action seems generally well thought through rather than of the simple shoot 'em up style even if there were one or two puzzling oversights by the Rainbow team that went unexplained. If there is a downside it is a slight tendency of the author to use a cliched style of representing some characters, particularly the English who say "good man" just a tad too much for example . . . This is exacerbated by the style of narration. Now I can only imagine just how difficult it is to present a 36 hour audio book but Prichard has a strong American accent and he didn't seem to be able to change pitch, tone or pace to fully represent the widely varied characters and plot devices quite enough.
That said, very glad I read it, great value for this length of compelling story and I will be back for more of Clancy's books!
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I have never read, or listended to a Tom Clancy book previously but thought I would pick this up due to a flash sale. I was impressed with the story and it kept me engaged throughout.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
As a Brit, I found the US narration quite hard work. Perhaps this is more normal in the states, but I found there to be very little variation in tone, and no attempt to differentiate characters through their voices. If you want a straight read-through and don't mind the accent - go for it. If you want voice acting and bringing a story to life - perhaps look elsewhere.
There was also little real attempt to make brits sound differenet to germans, americans, etc (minor props for the stereotypical french accent though!). Everyone got the stock American accent. In a book with such as large cast of characters, this made it difficult at times to keep tabs on who everyone was.
Do you think Rainbow Six needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I believe there are several hundred already.
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