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Red November Audiobook

Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War

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Publisher's Summary

Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action of the Cold War.

Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, 45-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades, their work has remained shrouded in secrecy. Now, in this riveting new history, W. Craig Reed, a former navy diver and fast-attack submariner, provides an eye-opening, pulse-pounding narrative of the underwater struggles and espionage operations between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. that brought us to the brink of nuclear war more than once.

Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action during the entire Cold War period from 1946 through 1992. Reed served aboard submarines involved in espionage operations, and his father was a top military intelligence specialist intimately involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Reed is one of the first authors to obtain so many in-depth interviews with dozens of navy divers, espionage operatives, submariners, and government officials on both sides (including several Soviet submarine captains) about the most daring and decorated missions of the conflict, including top-secret Ivy Bells, Boresight, Bulls Eye, and Holystone operations.

Transcending traditional submarine, espionage, and Cold War accounts, Red November is an up-close examination of one of the most dangerous times in world history and an intimate look at the men and women who participated in our country’s longest and most expensive underwater war.

©2010 W. Craig Reed (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“If Tom Clancy had turned The Hunt for Red October into a nonfiction thriller, W. Craig Reed’s Red November might be the result. Here is the full-throttle and riveting story of espionage, secret missions, and the never-before-told tales of submariners on the front lines of a clandestine war. Not to be missed!” (James Rollins)

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    Bradford C. Snodgrass Indianapolis, In 12-14-15
    Bradford C. Snodgrass Indianapolis, In 12-14-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Good tech read"

    I enjoyed the book but potential readers should know it is very technical. I enjoyed this aspect but some might not care for it.

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    Jack Stuart 11-09-15
    Jack Stuart 11-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Former a Former CSDG-1 submariner"

    As a former CSDG-1 member having served on many of the boat in the book and some others for a total of 6 boats and 2 sub-tenders. I made some spec-op including the Big One. Story done pretty well.

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    Chika & Mike 10-20-15
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    "A "Historical Fiction""

    There were several moments where I found myself listening to this book thinking.. "That can't be right". After hearing about K-129 hitting the bottom at 200 knots I started doing some armchair research and very little of this book stands up to even basic scrutiny. It's an interesting story but belongs somewhere between "The Hunt for Red October" (fact based fiction) and "The DaVinci Code" (somewhat historically inspired fiction).

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    Amazon Customer El Cajon, CA, United States 12-29-14
    Amazon Customer El Cajon, CA, United States 12-29-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Was he really ever on a submarine?"

    As a retired submarine sonar technician there were several things in this book that made me wonder whether Reed was ever on a submarine. He makes a few mistakes about how submarines operate that no one who had earned their dolphins would ever make, even if they had been off the boats for many years. The book "Blind Man's Bluff" tells the story of submarine intelligence operations much better, although it does not have the specific details that Reed shares here.

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    Amazon Customer rossford, OH, United States 12-31-13
    Amazon Customer rossford, OH, United States 12-31-13
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    "Labored Detail"
    What disappointed you about Red November?

    This book in my opinion gives way too much technical detail on tracking submarines prior to the satellite era.

    I am a technically oriented person who thrives on nauticle engineering concepts and I found my mind wandering while listening due to the level if detail which I believe would bore most readers.

    Even though I did not like the content, the presentation was very good.


    Has Red November turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, very good


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you want techical detail of tracking submarines especially during the early 60's and the Cuban Missle Crisis, then this book is for you


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles C. Woodard Idaho, USA 03-27-13
    Charles C. Woodard Idaho, USA 03-27-13
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    "Included things I didn't previously know about"
    What made the experience of listening to Red November the most enjoyable?

    Wove the technology and events (both in the subs and political) together to make a good story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Information on the use of technology that I was not aware of previously.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Weiner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


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    James FAIRHOPE, AL, United States 02-03-13
    James FAIRHOPE, AL, United States 02-03-13

    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.

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    "Retired Spook on the ice."
    Where does Red November rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am reasonably new to this format, but with a littlle limited experience, I do have some comments.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red November?

    Finally realizing what Walker's treachery had cost us.


    What three words best describe Tom Weiner’s voice?

    Authentic, military, historic.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It was called a "Cold War" but real people died. Good people - Brave people!


    Any additional comments?

    Know I can see more clearly; Where we were and what we were doing.

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    EJV 11-25-12
    EJV 11-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding story of courage and dedication"
    What made the experience of listening to Red November the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Terry 11-06-12
    Terry 11-06-12

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    "Where was the editor??"

    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.

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    matt stokes Apex, NC, US 09-14-12
    matt stokes Apex, NC, US 09-14-12 Member Since 2015

    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.

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    If you could sum up Red November in three words, what would they be?

    accurate exciting


    Any additional comments?

    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

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