This is the worst narrated Audible book I've ever listened to. The accents are horrendous and distracting and the rest of the narration is mediocre at best. 'Hunt' was one of my favorite books when I read it 15 years ago and that's the only reason I got through the entire book.
I really love listening. I listen every chance I get. 10 minutes in the car, 3 hours at work. Seriously, any time I can.
I loved this book so much that I have gone back and bought most of the series (thanks audible for the extra 20% off in late December!). It was at times a little hard to follow because the editor of the audio tracks did not put enough space between location changes. This will become apparent if you buy the book. Otherwise the Russian names were hard to follow as well, but really good book!
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As a Clancy fan it's disappointing that this is the only audio version available. As others have mentioned, it is a terrible digital conversion from cassette. However, I have found a way to at least make it tolerable by adjusting the Pitch and Speed through Amadeus Pro for Mac (emphasis on tolerable). I have included the Amadeus steps and settings, but you can likely do the same with other audio tools (PC / Mac)..
(1) Open Amadeus Lite / Pro & import the audio file.
(2) Select Change Pitch and Speed from the Effects Menu.
(3) Set Pitch to "0" & set Speed to "81%", click "OK".
(4) Click "Save As" from the File Menu & select "Bookmarkable AAC".
(4) Import the files to iTunes or another library.
These settings seem to produce a significant improvement, but you can play with the adjustments to find your own sweet spot - at least until a better recording is on offer (fingers crossed)!
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
This story has a way of making you wonder. Based in the cold war, John Patrick Ryan CIA analysts working in London Comes over to Langley with information on a new Russian nuclear sub Red October. on board the Red October Captain Marko Ramius and his senior most officers are stealing the sub and its new technology, while fooling the crew and running to America.
Tom Clancy is a master of planning, manipulation, and detail as he runs us from one end to the other of the Atlantic Ocean. A book of information and action together he shows how with the right men, luck, skills, perseverance and dedication can a CIA miracle happen.
Clancy knows also how to bounce around just right, it takes a little bit of time to get use to who is who, but he keeps roughly three sides of the story all tied into one major event, Ryan, Ramius and the USS Dallas can keep your attention on this exciting adventure.
Absolutely... if I have 24 hours to kill. This book was fantastic! I have, of course, watched the movie a dozen times before reading the book. The book was much more dramatic. Fantastic story and very well read.
32-year old chemist and pharmacist from Québec, Canada. I've listened to over 100 audiobooks in 18 months : classic detective, sci-fi, 20th century history.
.... you guessed it : worst recording ever.
As everyone pointed out, the accents and voices are completely laughable. It sounds like a high school project gone wrong. I want my money back. I couldn't even finish it, it was too painful. I managed to listen to over 10 hours but I'm not that masochistic. Also, you can hear other people talking in the background during most of the recording. Shame. Shame. Shame.
Clancy wrote a very fine book, and you should pick up the BOOK and read it. Don't download this one.
This is the book that catapulted Tom Clancy and his books into public awareness. The story and the research that Clancy put into it are fantastic. No wonder Tom Clancy's name has become so familiar to the American public. The odd thing is that while Clancy's research allows him to inject an extreme dose of realism into the world he creates so masterfully in his books the characters with whom he populates his world don't exist. Clancy's characters biggest flaw is their universal enthusiasm for what ever professional environment Clancy has cast them into. I read several reviews where the quality of the recording or production of this particular audiobook were severely criticized. Personally I didn't have a problem with the recording, maybe that's because my hearing isn't as good enough the hear the imperfections.The one major defect with this audio book was the stupid sounding accents that J. Charles used. It's unfortunate that the narrator did such a poor job on such a great book. I've listened to other audio books narrated by Charles that were just fine, I don't understand why he had to use such fake sounding accents, but there you go. Still overall I've enjoyed this audio book several times.
I loved this book. I originally had it on about 9 or ten audio cassettes, but I had lost them and I wanted to hear the story again. So much more detail than the movie. The only complaint about the book was the narrator mispronounced "Pass Christian" (it's 4 syllables, not 3... Christian sounds like the girl's name Christy Anne; not like the English word for a group of Religions that include Catholics, Methodists and Mormons). If this is my "only complaint" you can begin to understand why I gave 5 stars.
If you've seen the movie, you don't know the story in this book.
?Spoiler Alert?: (I put many hard returns to make it not immediately visible, just in case those who haven't read the book yet).
I love the irony of the Invisible Battlegroup (British vessels) protecting the Atlantic Coast.
Don't get me wrong... this story is a classic and is a very quick read/listen. It doesn't get bogged down in politics like some of Clancy's other novels. It is definitely pro-American, but then again if you're reading any of these novels you should expect that. The author pretty much assumes that you agree that Western democracy is obviously better than any other form of government and everyone in the world naturally wants to be like us if given the chance. That's fine with me because I agree with it, but I know that many people might not.
The narration leaves a lot to be desired. The only thing that really made this reader listenable was the use of audio effects to simulate phone calls, radio, etc. Otherwise I found his voicing ridiculous. The most glaring fault is that every British accent he attempts comes out sounding Australian, not English. It actually confused me at the beginning because I thought he was introducing a new character. If you can find another version of this book, I'd recomment it. The effects are fun and always appreciated, but a good voice actor and do a lot with his voice even without the efffects. In this case I'd rather the gentleman just skipped the accents when he couldn't do them. (His Russian accents are much better, though.)
I saw a lot of complaints about the audio quality on this recording, I downloaded using the
'enhanced' quality - sounds good on my iPhone. This was a very good story.