Great story. Some say it is dated with the end of the cold war; however, Russia is still not our friend and who knows what next weeks headlines will be. The narrator was not the best, but I understood what he was saying without any problem. Well worth a credit.
This is a great book. Clancy is masterful in working all the angles both political and military in this espionage thriller. But the experience is seriously marred by one of the worst readers ever. I admit he had a lot of voices to work through but this reading made the experience a lot worse than it should have been. The accents are uneven and ridiculous at times, as if he's trying so hard to do an accent he forgets that this is supposed to be a person actually saying something. Other times it sounds as if the reader doesn't really understand what he's saying; as if this is the first time he's read the book too. I found myself constantly having to translate what he said to get the actual gist of it. Which is a shame, this book is great. But I almost quit multiple times simply because I got tired of rolling my eyes at the truly awful voice acting.
The narrator has a pleasant and easy to listen to voice... However do not ever again try accents.... The attempts at British accents were hysterical, they were that bad.
I first became acquainted with the "Red October" on the big screen about two decades ago (okay, it was longer than that) when Sean Connery was forever cast in my mind as Captain Ramius. Now that I have finally added the actual book to my repertoire, I can honestly say that I love them both. I am so often disappointed when comparing film to book and vice versa that I avoid it as much as I can. There are a few of these pairings that actually compliment one another; I believe this is one such pairing.
The Hunt for Red October is still one of my all-time favorites!
I ad this book back when it first came out and I have to say that it is just as good as I remember it.
I read the review where there was a complaint about the recording, Must have fixed it because there where no skipping in the download that I had
LOL this guy can't do an English accent at all. It vacillates somewhere between Australia and an Elementary School performance of Oliver. Also, one of the characters sounds like a Muppet for some reason.
When I get a badly narrated book, I always wonder if anyone listened to it before it was released. I have the cassette version that was narrated by Frank Muller. Granted it difficult for anyone to follow in his footsteps, but this narrator doesn't come close.
I consider this book one of Tom Clancy's classic. He does a wonderful job pointing the major differences between the American and Soviet Military. Also included is a little about life as a civilian as well.
Any good book is ruined when the narration is awful. This book was ruined. I'll listen to my cassette again before I will listen to this.
The book that was narrated by Frank Muller is much better than the movie.
If you like Tom Clancy don't buy the book. You be greatly disappointed.
On a par.
Clancy's 2nd book, Red Storm Rising, because the technical accuracy and the character development are every bit as good.
Just listened for the 3rd time. Read it while it was hot in the mid 80s and was almost brought up on charges for talking about what many Naval officers considered secret material in the hallway of my USN ASW command. I explained to the OPS officer that I had read what I was talking about in a book published by the Naval Institute. They were amazed at the accuracy of Clancy's material, as I spoke of it from memory, while displaying the book.
After seeing the movie, which was good but disappointing, I now listen to this book with all the characters from the book being played by the actors in the movie [except I substitute Harrison Ford for Alec Baldwin - too bad Harry was busy during filming].
I read this book when it was first published by the United States Naval Institute in 1984. This was the first work on fiction ever published by the Institute and introduced me & maybe the world to techno-thrillers. Though not as long a story as some of Mr. Clancy's later novels, it is still fairly long, but the story grabbed me when I started reading it on that long ago Saturday afternoon that I completed it before I went to sleep on Sunday. Since then I have re-read it several times and went to the matinee when the Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery film came out in 1990. I'm sure I've seen the film a half dozen times since. I'm glad I decided to listen to the the audio book version. Brought back a much fuller version of the story of a nuclear powered Soviet ballistic missle submarine, with a new quiet propulsion system, on which Captain Ramius & his senior officers are conspiring to defect along with their ship. The efforts of the U.S. Navy & CIA to assist in the defection and the efforts of the Soviets to prevent it, provide a good basis for the author to include details not only of the weapons involved, of the strategies employed by both sides to complete their respective mission but most importantly the thought processes of the decision makers on both sides.. A defection on it's surface sounds pretty straight forward, but the politics and dangers involved are very complicated. The main agent for the CIA is Jack Ryan, who though basically a desk jockey analyst, proves to be a pretty good man of action when required. The story is definitely a product of Cold War thinking and the author includes a goodly number of sub-plots, twists and turns. The narrator does a fairly pleasant job of changing his voice for different charactors, as well as sounding American, British or Russian as the characters require. A pleasant difference from Sean Connery's Scotish accent as he portrayed Captain Ramius. If you find you enjoy this book, I recommend you look for other Clancy novels in the Jack Ryan Series. As you read or listen to the series, you will discover that characters, besides Jack, introduced in one book appear in other books. All the major person's and even some of the minor people have depth and in many cases are someone you would probably like to have as a friend. If you've only seen the movie, I am sure you will find the audio book much better and more in depth.
This is still a classic story. Fantastic action and espionage sequences.
The only complaint is the number of 'Southern U.S.' accents in the performance: they all sound like Forrest Gump.
I definitely recommend giving this audiobook a listen.