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The Hunt for Red October Audiobook

The Hunt for Red October

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Publisher's Summary

A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The CIA's brilliant young analyst, Jack Ryan, thinks he knows the reason for the sudden Red Fleet operation: the Soviets' most valuable ship, the Red October, is attempting to defect to the United States.

The new ballistic-missile submarine's defection is high treason on an unprecedented scale, and nearly the entire Soviet Atlantic Fleet has been ordered to find and destroy her at all costs. If the U.S. fleet can locate her first and get her safely to port, it will be the intelligence coup of all time.

The nerve-wracking hunt goes on for 18 days as the Red October tries to elude her hunters across 4,000 miles of ocean. The rousing climax is one of the most thrilling underwater scenes ever written.

Please note: The original source for this digital production was audiocassette tape, which is the best available source audio from the publisher. The audio quality reproduces the analog format.

Take another thrill ride with Jack Ryan.

©2004 Tom Clancy; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Gripping narrative....Navy buffs and thriller adepts have been mesmerized." (Time)

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    just me 02-03-12
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    "Great book. Worst narrator imaginable"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of J. Charles?

    Anyone. Anyone at all. Even Kevin Costner could have done better accents. This narrator has a great voice, but his accents are just awful. Sometimes his awful southern accent merges with his equally laughable British accent. The result is unholy. Please, please, please Audible, re-record.


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

    Cringed.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, but the delivery was just overpowering. Like Listening to Roseanne Barr's national anthem.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 03-19-12
    Sher from Provo Utah 03-19-12 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    "Read the Book or Watch the Movie"

    I loved this movie, and I think I would love this book if I had read it. But the narrator started to get on my nerves. He did all right with much of the book, but when he tried to do an English, Australian or Southern U.S. accent, it just about sent me through the roof. It's ok, not everyone can do those accents justice. So don't try so hard that you sound like a cartoon. I think this is a very good story, but I wasn't as engaged with it as i would have liked to be. I was looking forward to it being "over with." That is not a good way to leave a book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Winter Springs, FL, United States 03-22-11
    Tim Winter Springs, FL, United States 03-22-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Worst narration EV-ER."

    Ive listened to virtually hundreds of audio books and I must say, never have I heard a worse narration attempt. J. Charles turns this book, a suspense thriller, in to a virtual comedy. Based on the voices, youll hear appearances by beloved characters such as Foghorn Leghorn, Count Chocula, Boris (of Bullwinkle fame), and Fred Flintsone. It was hard to sustain suspension of disbelief due to the fact that I kept laughing out loud, many times in the midst of the most intense parts of the book. Ive never been the biggest Scott Brick fan but, compared to Charles, Brick is on par with Frank Muller. I really wish they'd have stuck with him on this book.

    The writing was fine, just overshadowed by the Summer Stock comedy act of J. Charles.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MB CORDOVA, TN, United States 08-08-09
    MB CORDOVA, TN, United States 08-08-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Book - Awful Narration"

    Such a good book, such a bad reading. The accents are absolutely dreadful. A 5 star book is a 3 just because I could barely stand to listen to the reading.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Joplin, MO, United States 07-27-09
    Tim Joplin, MO, United States 07-27-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Poor Audio!"

    The audio quality of this is very poor. It sounds almost as if it was run through a voice recognition program.

    The "reading" of the book does not do justice to the book itself.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    THeGAME 10-28-15
    THeGAME 10-28-15
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    "Gets a bad rap. 4 stars"

    I enjoyed this reading. I did not hear any of the bad quality exept for a echo of the reader in the back ground. Voices aren't horrible, but you could get confused because some of them sound the same. There are simulation radio and phone conversations that change the audio clarity. it's read fast, but the story happens fast.
    All in all, going by some negative one star reviews, I almost didn't try this book. I am happy I did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 05-08-14
    Jonathan 05-08-14
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    "Siri sounds more real than this narrator"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of J. Charles?

    Literally almost anyone else, this was terrible


    Any additional comments?

    Well, at least now I know what a robot trying to do a Russian accent sounds like

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Loeffler OK 08-06-09
    Scott Loeffler OK 08-06-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Book - Horrible audio"

    The audio quality is so bad that I could not listen to the whole book.



    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron CHESAPEAKE, VA, United States 01-20-14
    Aaron CHESAPEAKE, VA, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Almost Unlistenable..."
    Would you try another book from Tom Clancy and/or J. Charles?

    Tom Clancy, yes. J Charles, absolutely NOT


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His narration was ridiculous. Accents were flawlessly terrible, reading was over dramatic. A five year old native Martian could have done a better job.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GregorTG San Antonio, TX 12-29-13
    GregorTG San Antonio, TX 12-29-13 Member Since 2015
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    "J. Charles Clownish"
    Would you try another book from Tom Clancy and/or J. Charles?

    I'm going through the Jack Ryan series. I wasn't thrilled by the writing on this one because I felt that there was too much detail and not enough action.

    I won't listen to another J. Charles no matter what the story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Oh my goodness...the performance was SO bad. It was like J. Charles was so concerned with making each voice different that some of them just sounded distorted, fake, and clownish.

    Lou Diamond Phillips rocks!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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