The story kept me engaged and the narrator's interpretation was excellent. Distinctive voices for all of the characters with a realistic sounding Ryan. I listened to Patriot Games prior to The Hunt For Red October and enjoyed Scott Brick's reading of that book, I it enjoyed this more as Brick's reading made the Ryan character sound like his reading of John Corey in DeMille's books. Ryan is not an ex-New York cop and needs a different treatment. I look forward to my next "read" in this series.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
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I have read this book twice, listened to it as well and love every moment. It is a great story
This book has always been one of my favourites for the genre and although not true (or is it) you could believe the events happen. In later Ryan books Marcus Ramius is mentioned just adding value to the Ryan books.
I dare anyone to listen/read this and not hear the crashing waves, the action and the boys own action.
Tom Clancy with certainly be missed.
A fun story.
This is one of the few books I've read having already seen the movie, and I found myself ever-so-predictably comparing notes on how the two diverged. As much as I want to issue the classic "book is better" verdict on the movie, I'm more apt to say that they simply excel at different things--the book at detail, character development (especially Ramius's backstory), and suspense, and the movie at ambience (e.g., ever-present Russian choral soundtracking) and action. I'm actually torn on which ending I like more; they're both suspenseful, fitting, and satisfying.Clancy deserves a lot of credit for the research he put into the technical aspects of this story, and his deployment of those details was generally tactful and not overdone. I'm not sure I'll revisit his novels anytime soon, but I'm glad I read this one.
All the backstory on Marko Ramius adds so much to the novel's intrigue.
Yep, even if I wasn't always crazy about the quality of his accents. But hey, those are difficult to do.
Oh, c'mon now. We all know the answers to these questions.
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.