Read this in print - loved it. Just as entertaining in audio format BUT some really annoying aspects. At first I thought the run on sentences and failure to pause before each new section (the narrator treats the chapter title like just another sentence - reminds you of the cadence the computer voices use on National Weather Service alerts) was the fault of the narrator but after reading some of the other reviews, they may indeed be correct it that it was a technical problem with the recording. Does it ruin the whole experience? I guess not, but it is really, really annoying. If you truly have a desire to listen to "Red October" don't let that stop you. If you are just looking fora good Clancy book, there are a lot of others to choose from.
No, it's not better than the print version, but it IS pretty good. I was worried from the sample and from other reviews that J. Charles would be an annoying narrator. But overall, I ended up liking him. He does a good job with the action scenes. Where he's atrocious is with accents--especially British ones, and there are a fair amount of British characters in this book. He's also not great with Texan or Southern accents. I'm not qualified to judge the accuracy of his Russian accents, but as a listener they didn't get on my nerves, which is good since nearly half the book is about Russian characters. Again, overall, he is actually quite good. Don't let the sample put you off of listening to this audiobook.
Absolutely! I first read this book in high school in the 90s, and of course I've seen the movie plenty of times over the years, but Clancy is a master of suspense and I was STILL on the edge of my seat listening! He moves between so many different characters and locations, giving you little pieces of the puzzle along the way, that you can't wait to learn how they all come together as a whole.
Can't do Brits.
Of course there is an excellent film of this book already. It's rare that an adaptation is so good. Even though I'd read the book before, I've seen the movie more, and at the end I found myself surprised that there were still a couple of hours left after the events that form the climax of the film. I actually think that the filmmakers improved on Clancy's narrative by streamlining the ending. The book has two separate climaxes; the film mashes them together intensely into one.
Clancy knocked it out of the park with his first book. There's never been anybody who did what he did quite as well, weaving a complex tale of many characters and lots of hardware, of espionage and military action into such a tense, compelling read. He was at the top of his game in the 80s, at the end of the Cold War, and his first four Jack Ryan novels are outstanding.
I found the narrator's inability to pronounce the names of common and famous Naval institutions and ships to be distracting an unacceptable for a story about Naval espionage. while the average American does not use names like Annapolis and Tarawa on a regular basis, I would expect a professional narrator reading a story involving Naval vessels to at least familiarize himself with how to pronounce the names of some of our ships and our Naval Academy.
Outstanding story. Excellent presentation. Superlative overall audio. I enjoyed this audio thoroughly. Keep up the good work. Your audios are excellent.