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The Hunt for Red October | [Tom Clancy]

The Hunt for Red October

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.
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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.

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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    Ryan Fairbanks, AK, United States 01-16-15
    Ryan Fairbanks, AK, United States 01-16-15 Member Since 2012

    "The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why" Mark Twain

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    "A serious book, but the narrator made me laugh..."
    Any additional comments?

    As everyone has said, this is the fantastic story of a rogue Russian submarine commander attempting to defect his nation's newest and most advanced submarine, the Red October, to the Americans. Top notch book and a great movie, to boot!

    But the narrator J. Charles botches his reading about a thousand times during the course of the book. As someone mentioned, he makes every Russian character sound like Count Dracula and every American commander sound like a backwoods hillbilly. It was beyond ridiculous. And I'm not usually very nitpicky about pronunciation, but Charles mispronounces such common words that the narration almost became comical. Simple words like "known" are pronounced "know-when", or FLIR (forward looking infrared - usually pronounced "fleer") was pronounced "fluur" throughout the entire book. The list could go on.

    Suffice it to say this is a great book with sub-par narration.

    4 of 4 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

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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.

    4 of 4 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.

    15 of 18 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.



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    Jonathan Raleigh, NC, United States 05-08-14
    Jonathan Raleigh, NC, United States 05-08-14 Member Since 2013
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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

    2 of 2 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
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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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    Andrew M. Niehaus Saint Louis, MO 07-01-13
    Andrew M. Niehaus Saint Louis, MO 07-01-13 Member Since 2015

    'The Nature Boy' Andrew Niehaus

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    "What a horrible narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Fire this narrator and get someone else.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Ryan has always been my favorite character in these books.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    J. Charles is HORRIBLE. His Russians all sound like Count Dracula, his Robbie sounds like a white southern hick, which wouldn't be a problem except for the fact that Robbie is A BLACK MAN. He rushes through the story, barely pausing to take a breath. I have listened to other Tom Clancy audiobooks. Heck, I had another copy of this very book, but lost it and decided to replace it with the Audible version. This guy is horrible and I hope that he doesn't narrate any other Clancy books.


    Did The Hunt for Red October inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, horrible narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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