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Book 4 in JRU (chronological order) is well worth purchasing.
Great story, abounds with well developed characters. So much better than Red Rabbit.
This book broadens Jack's military career and personal growth but does NOT waste so much time on needless & boring details as did Red Rabbit, with its over long narration of each character's mental agonies.
There are audio disturbances but not so bad you cannot enjoy this book.
J. Charles is not the best narrator, changing voices, he often sounded like he was deliberately trying to be comical. The "Transylvania" Russian accent made me laugh. And the "Redneck/Hee Haw" American was out of place as well. He also struggles to control his reading speed, much too fast most of the time. Still, he is better than getting stuck with Scott Brick again. I'm looking forward to hearing Lou Diamond Phillips read future books in this series.
The narrator has a tendency to make the Americans in the book sound like variations of southerners or Texans with a handful of exceptions. The Russians (and the Lithuanian-hint) all virtually sound the same.
The story itself is a classic; the genesis of the "military techno-thriller" it represented a pop cultural shift in how the military, the intelligence community and thier members were portrayed. Clancy focused on how thier actions and the technology they used were central to national security and international politics.
This reader was painful to listen to. Half the American accents he used sounded like Slim Pickens. Most of the Soviet accents sounded like Chekov or Dracula. The expressive dialogue and emotion sounded like a over-acted Japanese voice over. Do yourself a favor and find a version of this book read by someone other than J. Charles.
It ruined a great book.
A great Clancy novel, but unfortunately the narration is terrible. Russian accent sounds like Sesame Street's The Count. English Accents are butchered similarly. Even many American characters are made to sound like mentally slow buffoons. Silly, unnecessary effects are applied when dialog is supposed to be over a telephone or radio.
Why bother with this, Audible - time for a re-record of this one with someone who will do it justice. Listening to J.Charles is simply infuriating.
The audio quality isn't what you'd expect and the audio editing sometimes appears to run sentences together which can be frustrating. Great story though. Didn't disappoint!
And joyed audio book greatly. Both the story and the story teller were very good. Have read the audio portion was Poor, I disagree. They story teller did a very good job and the audio portions for radio and telephone conversations were also very well done. Well worth the time
Great story. Cartoonish accents weaken overall narrative. I cringed at every attempt at Russian or "General"
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.