When Muslim fundamentalists blow up a key Soviet oil complex, making an already critical oil shortage calamitous, the Russians figure they are going to have to take things into their own hands. They plan to seize the Persian Gulf, and more ambitiously, to neutralize NATO. Thus begins Red Storm, an audacious gamble that uses diplomatic maneuver to cloak a crash military build-up. When Soviet tanks begin to roll, the West is caught off guard. What looks like a thrust turns into an all-out shooting war, possibly the climactic battle for control of the globe.
©1987 Tom Clancy (P)2010 Random House
I'm not sure how long ago it was that I first read this book, but I loved it. Since then I've reread it numerous times and have thoroughly enjoyed it each and every time. When I saw that Audible had added Red Storm Rising as an unabridged selection I was delighted.
When I listened to this selection I once again enjoyed an excellent story told with skill. Some people might not care for the detail that Tom Clancy goes into but as far as I'm concerned the more detail the better.
More unabridged Clancy please.
The more audio books I listen too, the more I wonder why I didn't start sooner. They make the ride to and from work much more tolerable.
This book is about a time period that has always fascinated me, as are a few of the Tom Clancy books. The tensions between the United States and the USSR have made for quite a few good stories and this one is no different.
The events leading up to the hostilities between NATO and the USSR are described in a completely believable manner and set the stage for an overall good book. I was especially entertained by the tension that Mr. Clancy was able to convey during the many submarine battles that seem to make up a good portion of the story. I listen to my audiobooks in the car during the ride to and from work and several times didn't want to leave the car once I arrived due to these battles!
The ground war was told more through the eyes of a few people, generals and their staffs mainly, which is a stark contrast to the detail of the previously mentioned sub battles. But the details that were given provided enough incite to the strategies used that you still got a pretty good picture of how the war was being fought.
Also, I have to say, that on numerous occasions I ran for the computer as soon as I got home to look up the equipment, ships, subs, jets..., etc that were being described and had a blast seeing if my expectations met reality. Often times they did, sometimes they didn't...
The only part that left me puzzled was a rather weak, sparse love interest that seemed totally out of place. But since it wasn't touched on enough to make an interesting side story, it wasn't too much of a distraction either.
Mr. Prichard's narration was more than adequate. I found the reader very entertaining and he set an excellent tone for this type of story.
Although this book is dated, it's an overall good read / listen, I highly recommend it.
I love this story. I have read the book at least 3 times over the last several years and love the audible book.
Was when Lt. Michael save Vigdis from the Soviet Troops
Did anyone find themselves cheering for the Russians. This was by far one of the best Tom Clancy novels I have ever read. And I have been catching up on the Jack Ryan universe. The writing was amazing and flowed as if this story really happened. You won't be disappointed.
One of the very first "adult" books that I read when I was in my late teens (25 years ago). Listened to it this past week and was really happy to rediscover my old friend. I particularly like the naval combat chapters. You can really feel the tension of the sailors. Prichard is great with his performance. I'm a big fan of his (see all of Rex Stout's Nero Wolf mysteries).
Over the road Truck Driver. I enjoy audiobooks as they help the miles roll by.....Especially unabridged History and good Fiction.
Not necessarily. I have a paperback copy and got this to enjoy the story while working.
Yes. I was in the military before the fall of the Berlin Wall and we trained to fight Warsaw Pact forces. This is how it could have happend.
Michael was very good at personifying each character as he came to them. He also did a great job with the accents of the various nationalities in the story.
There are too many (to me, anyway) to list.
A very well reasearched 'What could have been' that was scary when I was in the military and is still a relevant story today.
I'm a guy. I like books about war and sci-fi. I listen to 2 or 3 books a week.
This is one of Clancy's best. A classic book about modern warfare and battle tactics. Prichard does a great job. Well worth the 27 hour investment.
This was my first "non-school" book I read in 1990 or so. I was then hooked on Tom Clancy books. Anyway this book is also the one book which i have re-read the most times over the years I thought the audiobook would be just as awesome experience to listen to as I used to get from reading it. Unfortunately the reader is very dull. He barely changes his voice for different characters. Hardly adds enthusiasm to parts that call for it. If it wasn't that I just love this book, story, and amount of detail given regarding 1980s Cold War era warfare, I would have been bored by the reader
The Soviet Union is no more. There is one Germany, not two. The Air Force went with the F-117 instead of the F-119. Nevermind. The basic premise of this story still works: How would the major economic powers respond to a crippling oil shortage? Clancy also asked the question, "What would the Battle of the North Atlantic look like in the 1980s instead of the 1940s?" If you are a fan of geopolitical intrigue stories, submarine warfare, naval surface warfare, resistance warfare or even tank and air warfare, there is something here for you. Well written and well narrated. Well worth the credit.
As the other reviewer I was extremely pleased to see this available for download. It is without a doubt my favourite Clancy novel and I love the wargaming detail even though I am technically a girl!
Loved the length, good value for money and I have already listened to it twice. The only thing is that often when I am distracted, that is attention is required by reality, you miss subtle plot elements of which there are many which contribute to the great story telling.
"Toys for the Boys!"
I read the paperback years ago and was impressed with Mr. Clancy?s knowledge of military and technical matters and the way he tells a good yarn, managing to seamlessly weave multiple sub-plots in to the story.
I was delighted to see this book on Audible so downloaded it immediately - I was not disappointed! Very long and excellent value for money!
Only one criticism, for some reason, the narrator Mr. Prichard does have a problem pronouncing vehicle, perhaps its an American thing but ?Vee-ickle? does grate after a while?.! Highly enjoyable and recommended, but one for the boys I think.
I've listened to this novel twice in 6 months and loved every minute of it. The story is gripping and the narration is spot on.
The first time I listened to the chapter "The Dance of the Vampires" I had chills down my spine.
He narration was perfect for this setting. His pacing and tone suited the military setting of the story and it was easy to keep track of different characters with the slight accents and tones he uses.
As close to World War 3 as you would ever want to get.
I read the book years ago and couldn't put it down - the audio book was addictive.
I have always enjoyed the story so going over to audio was going to be a tough one. The narrator was okay, but a bit dull. Great story, but I recommend listening to a good stretch of the sample to make sure you can stand the voice.
"A Classic techno thriller"
the audio version creates a more immersive experience for the listener than reading the book did.
The 'Dance of the Vampires' chapter is real edge of the seat stuff that keeps you glued to the speaker.
Michael Pritchard puts emotion into the descriptions as well as the dialogue adding to the storytelling experience.
yes but as its over 30 hrs (great value) there was no chance of actually getting through the whole book
"He did his homework!"
The story is a good cold war one with modern overtones. I did not find the sound quality too good but once engrossed into the story it faded into the background.
The different theatre's of war are gelled together very well showing the effects of modern logistics.
Beagle going walk about on Iceland is my favourite character. His motivation to do his best when giving in and up would have been easier, is inspiring.
Having read the book previously, I knew this was one to be picked up as and when. Because the book moves from battle theatre to theatre, on land, sea and air. The chapters allow you to have natural breaks from listening.
I found it better then "The hunt for Red October" but that may be because I was a squaddie not a squid.
"classic clancy dont expect shakespeare"
I would always try another Tom Clancy as I have read everything he has written. Some good some not so good.
Yes as per above
Pretty decent effort
like most Clancy there will be a follow up
"Good read/ listen"
This is my favourite Tom Clancy novel and I have read it many times. The audible version did not disappoint and I was as totally engrossed as when I read the book. The plot is great and moves around at a great pace that keeps you hooked; when the book moves to a different are,a as engrossing as it is, you are always waiting to see how other characters are getting on. The narration is great and kept me listening. I would thoroughly recommend this listen/ read to anyone.
"Believable, complex, thrilling"
This story will be most enjoyed by those people that remember the cold war and the pre-glasnost tensions that existed between the east and west. I think this story may resonate well with anyone that was in the military during that period with its believable storyline and excellent technical/tactical detail.
The story starts off with several apparently disparate threads that are intricately weave together during the course of the story. This makes the story quite difficult to follow and not one I would recommend if you can only intermittently listen to (unless you have a very good memory).
Overall, a great story, well read - 5 star recommended listen
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