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.
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©2004 Tom Clancy; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
"Gripping narrative....Navy buffs and thriller adepts have been mesmerized." (Time)
The plot built well as we got to know the characters as people. There were twists and turns that were not always predicable as in less skillful plots. I won't ruin the story by going further than that.
He did not do a wonderful job at the beginning of the book which seemed to be monotone, but later he did a good job at allowing you to recognize each character at the sound of his voice. However, there were still some characters that sounded too similar to recognize.
I know this is an old book about a cold war which we believed was over. Even if not for the most frequent episode in out tangled relationship with Russia, this book would be riveting as a historical novel. Research was excellent.
The plot is not as involved, nor the character development as detailed as later Clancy works. I don't really feel like we get to know much about Ryan. He's also not as crucial a character in this story. Which is weird, as he's kinda the main guy.
Sure, but not as much as later Clancy works. I actually prefer the film version of the story, which is highly unusual for me. In the film, Ryan is much more crucial to the events and more capable. In the book he's kinda just wandering around.
His accents are LAUGHABLE, particularly his "southern" attempt. It sounds like a bad cartoon. I mean, REALLY BAD.
Yes, buy the movie.
Narrator is horrible; avoid in future.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
This book is truly a masterpiece. Tom Clancy has no equals in the realm of technical, military thrillers. The Hunt for Red October is honestly toward the top of the list of his quality efforts. The intrigue and emotion of the cold war is in it's peak. The hunt that takes place as both the Americans and the Soviets search for the submarine, and the suspense that plays out is epic and amazing. Add in the fact that it all takes place beneath the surface of the ocean, in a world that most of us can only dream about, and this story takes the reader to heights that few novels can equal.
The Jack Ryan character is one of the best developed characters in any author's body of work. He is the epitome of the reluctant hero, never wanting to be in the center of the action, but finds himself there nonetheless. Not only in the center of the action, but saving the world to boot! Fantastic!!
The narrator of this book was just....really bad. I hate to use such a description because I am sure that it is a difficult thing to narrate such a work as this, but it was honestly hard to listen to the entire performance. When Mr. Charles was reading the simple narration, he was fine, but as soon as he went into any character voice things fell off the table. First of all, the accents were appalling. That, however, was the least of his character problems. He seemed to perform each character in the most ridiculous, stereotypical fashion that it was truly hard to listen to. There was no depth of any emotion...every line was delivered as if the sailors were all from Mayberry. There was never a trace of excitement, urgency, panic, dread or horror that should have been throughout the narration! Many times I thought, "I can not take this any more! Turn it OFF!!" But, I trudged through it, and I am glad that I did.
I love this story. I love Clancy. An amazing tale...if you can handle the narrator. Not an easy task....
I work in a library, so you would think I read a lot, but I feel really guilty if I sit just to read. That is why audio books are great!
If there wasn't another book in the series with him narrating, I wouldn't listen to him. Mispronunciations as well as some truly hideous voices were distracting from the story.
It is difficult to select what is "best" about this book. I have read the hard copy twice, but the story is one that you can come back to anytime. It's like the classics and will be counted among the classics in time.
Almost anyone. J. Charles has an excellent voice for reading a book. Unfortunately he has no concept of accents. For some reason he believes that anyone that flies an aircraft is from another planet and speaks with a very strange accent. Not only that, he has no idea what a British accent sounds like nor how they speak. Has he ever listened to a Brit speak? Not based on the way he portrays them. Every sentence he reads in a supposed English accent ends in an upward inflection and sounds like a mix between English and Australian, neither of which is accurate. Extremely annoying! It is troubling that the "director" let him get away with it. All he has to do is ride around New York in a taxi to listen to Russian accents. There are a few more annoying things about J. Charles. He reads in politically correct speak. The word harass used to be the word huh-ras. Now it's being read as har-us. Sabot is a french word, the T is silent but the genius Charles reads it as sa-bot.Love the book. But the reader and the director should not be used in the future.
One of the most perfect books written was wrecked by one of the worst narrators. I slogged through because I had to drive for 30 hours and needed something to occupy my mind. Since I can't read while driving I listen to my books. I also listen to them in story line order and listen to every one from the first to the last in the series. Sometimes it can be a problem when the reader changes from one book to the other. But if it changes from a bad reader to a good reader...well, that's fine.
The performance was awful. The voices were awful. I have listened to almost all of the Clancy books and this outdistances them all by a far margin of aufuwlness.
Since when did all service people have bad southern accents? And did not this guy know that Robbie Jackson was an African-american? What a terrible and demeaning voice he was given.
I will avoid.
He’s probably good for military technical buffs. Tom Clancy is a popular best selling author. But not for me. I assume his fans are those who love to think and talk about military technical stuff - with a story to go along with it. The author is regularly welcomed aboard jets, submarines, and destroyers. Admirals and generals give him access, Pentagon officials debrief him, and many of his books are required reading at military colleges. So I assume he is accurate about these things.
There were too many characters to keep track of. And for each character, I only knew them through their work. There was no emotional development of characters, no seeing their feelings. I felt like this was “bring your daughter to work day,” and I was going along with my dad (and many other dads) listening and watching as they did their work and attended meetings. I wasn’t excited about anything. Parts were boring. I listened to the sonar guy for a while, then I listened to the captain of a ship for a while, then I listened to the Russian leaders meet and talk about what to do, then I listened to the CIA meet and talk about what to do, then a guy calls another guy talking about what to do. Throughout the book the reader is jumping around among different groups of military and political people.
I want interesting characters to watch, characters that pull me in emotionally. I want witty, interesting, or enlightening dialogue. I want interesting events that move the plot along. There were two interesting major climactic resolutions, but it took way too long to get to them, with nothing else good along the way. It was just watch the guys work. My mind wandered too often, and I wished it would be over.
I saw the movie many years ago and loved it. The movie had a very different feel, and it ended sooner than the book. I think the movie was one of those “inspired by” movies rather than “based on” the book. In the BOOK Jack and other U.S. leaders all believe Marco (the captain of the RO) wants to defect, and they have a plan and prepare for it. In the MOVIE, Jack believes Marco wants to defect but another US commander doesn’t. The commander plans to blow up the RO, and Jack has to convince him not to. At one point Jack lies to the US commander saying I know Marco so well that I know he will turn left at the next something. Jack was bluffing. But when Marco coincidentally turned left, the US commander cancels the order to attack. That scene was so intense that I still remember it all these years later. Nothing like that was in the book.
Anyway I wanted to try Tom Clancy, which is why I read this, but I won’t be reading any more.
The narrator J. Charles spoke too quickly. It was jarring to concentrate on his speed of talking. Even between scenes and chapters there were almost no pauses.
ENDING: happy for the good guys.
GENRE: military historical fiction.
The other rewiews citing horrible audio are spot on. In addition, I got lost in the technical description and jargon. I wanted a good story, and there may be one to be found in there somewhere, but I could stay awake through all the desciption. It just didn't hold me. Take a pass on this one folks!
J. Charles is an adequate narrator, but he reads a bit fast. And some of his accents are a bit forced. Sometimes his Russian characters run together. But overall, a pleasant audiobook.
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Book 4 in JRU (chronological order) is well worth purchasing.
Great story, abounds with well developed characters. So much better than Red Rabbit.
This book broadens Jack's military career and personal growth but does NOT waste so much time on needless & boring details as did Red Rabbit, with its over long narration of each character's mental agonies.
There are audio disturbances but not so bad you cannot enjoy this book.
J. Charles is not the best narrator, changing voices, he often sounded like he was deliberately trying to be comical. The "Transylvania" Russian accent made me laugh. And the "Redneck/Hee Haw" American was out of place as well. He also struggles to control his reading speed, much too fast most of the time. Still, he is better than getting stuck with Scott Brick again. I'm looking forward to hearing Lou Diamond Phillips read future books in this series.
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