It's rare that you hear "the movie is better" but in this case I think it is. Lots of trees could have been spared by cutting a lot of fat from this book that added nothing to its flavor, as they did when paring it down for the movie script.
Scott Brick did a better job in previous Clancy 'Jack Ryan books; 'USS Tarawa' and 'SABOT' were pronounced incorrectly throughout the audio book. Other than that, this Clancy novel is excellent & entertaining.
The Hunt for red October is a typical Tom Clancy novel, great in that story with lots of characters. Narrator was okay, but story ends up on this book though.
Where to start? Tom Clancy's first novel, originally published during the Reagan Administration has held up extremely well over time. The story is just as engaging now as it was in the mid 1980s and also works as a reminder of just how tense the political relations between the US and the USSR were at that time.
Now on to this version of the novel. The narrator is OK, though he seems to have a problem "doing" the voices of the different characters, this is especially true when he's reading the Soviet side. His "Russian" accent honestly reminded me of someone doing a bad Dracula impression. He also mispronounces several fairly easy names and words(the USS Tarawa stands out for me).
All in all though, this is a good production, nothing outstanding, and nothing terrible.
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I have seen the movie several times the book is
Way better but having seen the movie gave me a minds eye view of what it looked like.
Tom would do well to have the same person do all his books he was great.
Sorry, but the recording is not listenable, unless you think short-wave audio quality is the way to listen to a book like this. My review reflects only on the audio book. Love the book and movie versions of this story.
If this was the first recording I listened to from Audible, I would not consider buying another title. I turned this off after 4 minutes.
I like the way Tom Clancy is able to be so technically accurate and yet clear enough for the lay person to continue to follow the story. I only didn't give the story a 5 because the narrative was slathered and dripping with patriotism and anti-soviet rhetoric. Considering the novel came out in '84 I guess that's understandable, but it was a bit over-the-top considering the painstaking accuracy he wrote with regarding the navy and its subs. J. Charles had a perfect balance between narrative and conversation. He made this book even better in his rendering.
I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.
The tension. The small details of the over all mystery made it even more tense. It all just felt very genuinely dire. i never found myself caring just because the book said it was time to care.
The super computer bit. I'm a programmer and i work with engineers in my real life so the effort made with the computer and the explanations of what it was trying to accomplish felt very much like home to me.
Jonsey. Easily Jonsey. His focus, professionalism and chipper attitude were a joy and he reminded me alot of myself.
Mystery, Stealth, Risk.... and Righteousness.
Note: i watched the movie on Netflix after i finish the book. Connery's accent ruined one of my favorite characters. i just couldn't deal. haha.
The sense of danger and tension was fantastic. Teamwork was a huge theme. Seeing how important everyone's job made it feel more real.
As with all jack Ryan books I have listened to, I loved the story line. However, I don't like the narrator of this book. His voices were unbelievable and unrealistic