Wove the technology and events (both in the subs and political) together to make a good story.
Information on the use of technology that I was not aware of previously.
Retired and Ready for Adventure. Just your everyday Grandfatherly, slightly overweight, bald headed, book affectionado! Enjoy documentary videos, Tom Clancy novels and Shaun Connery movies. Weakness for fast women, slow airplanes and challenging ski slopes. Ran out of money with lots of retirement to go; so I am committed to the Walter Mitty life. Did not say that was by choice. Enjoy.
I am reasonably new to this format, but with a littlle limited experience, I do have some comments.
Finally realizing what Walker's treachery had cost us.
Authentic, military, historic.
It was called a "Cold War" but real people died. Good people - Brave people!
Know I can see more clearly; Where we were and what we were doing.
Having been enthralled with Blind Man's Bluff from start to finish, I was hoping Red November would give more of the same. But it just doesnt measure up. This book recalls the facts, describes the event, but forgets to tell the story.
Excellent narration and a fine story combined to provide a great listening experience. The story captivated me while listening and made me look forward to my next quiet moment. It was a great way to learn a bit about our history while being treated to an entertaining experience.
I purchased this book to learn more about the topic of submarines and their part in the Cold War. To that extent the book stays on topic but I am left with serious questions as to it's accuracy. There are so many errors in minor areas, i.e. while riding to meet with President Kennedy the author refers to "a dark, lowering sky in Washington, DC", but while meeting with the President he refers to rays of sunshine streaming into the White House windows?!!
The above minor error is indicative of at least a couple of dozen other similar errors though out the story. The problem with them is that it makes the technical and historical accuracy of the book questionable. I have absolutely no knowledge of submarines, their operation, or of the technology used to track them. I'm also in the dark with reference to the historical events involving submarines in the Cuban Missile crisis. My main reason for listening to this book was to gain ACCURATE knowledge in those areas, at the end I'm left with as many questions as answers.
The reviews of this book published in Amazon.com's website delve into technical difficulties in great detail. If you are listening to this book as a learning experience I urge you to read through those reviews.
All said, the book is interesting, held my attention, and stimulated further interest. So it certainly isn't all bad. Tom Weiner does a good job reading the book, especially since the writing style doesn't necessarily flow easily.
Retired US Navy Submariner. Served in 2 Diesel boats, 2 fast attacks and 2 SSBNs Retired as Master Chief. Worked in civilian Nuclear power plants as a second career.
As somrone who served on a couple of the boats in this book. I was able to connect.
the author really knows subs. the narrator actually pronounced "submariner" correctly
The detailed description of the development of technology that went into signals analysis in order to track the Russian Subs, as well as the details of several specific missions and situations.
Three memorable moments come to mind (and they are all extensive parts of the book): the development of Project Boresight; the implementation of Project Boresight during the Cuban Missle Crisis; the wire tapping operations in the Sea of Okhotsk.
The narrarator did fine. When a single narrorator attempts to change his voice to sound like multiple characters, it gets a bit comical. But the narration was well read, easy to listen to, and very clear.
There were a few points that were frustrating because the author's research seemed a bit off on some points. Particularly with regard to the Russian submarine K-129. I strongly recommend Red Star Rouge for a detailed history of that submarine and the US recover of the submarine. Other history books (some of them autobiography's by individuals actually involved in different aspects) have confirmed that some of Red November's information on the K-129 was not entirely accurate (e.g., in From The Shadows, Robert Gates himself writes that he presented the Russians with the bell from the conning tower of the K-129. Gates could not have done that unless the US had gotten more of the sub than Red November indicates the US recovered.)
I had hoped for an exciting and thought provoking account of the cold war beneath the waves. Instead I received a dose of rather lame conspiracy theories, uneven story telling and little in the way of new information on this important period of time. IMHO poorly written and unsatisfying.
Huge number of inaccuracies-- some are stunning.
Needed some quality control-- totally fumbled pronunciation of Navy nomenclature.
I would have reviewed the entire book, page by page for factual accuracy, and if I myself was not prior Navy, I would have brought in a knowledgeable consultant.
Many people have already written about the errors-- in my reading, one error per page is probably about right. Many of these errors are stunning. Most could have been avoided by some careful research or peer review before publication. I have the Kindle version as well as the Audible version, and there was obviously no quality control in the audio recording as well. A narrator is not born with the knowledge that military systems are referred to as "Mark 14" or "Mark 11" instead of sounding out the MK of the nomenclature as "emkay". Obviously no intelligent editing of the narration.