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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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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

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

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    A 04-21-12
    A 04-21-12 Member Since 2013

    Love to read. Mysteries, history, romance, biography, current events, science, classic fiction. No vampires. No zombies. No self-help. Find me on GoodReads and BookLikes.

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    "When you know the movie dialogue by heart..."

    it is hard to listen to this story being read. You all know the story so I am not even going to comment on this Tom Clancy classic techno-thriller, other than to remind you that this is the book and it is different from the movie.

    I've read the book. I've seen the movie more than once and now I have listened to the Audible recording. It was not an easy listen. The voices did not sound right. It wasn't that Ryan didn't sound like Alec Baldwin and Jonesy didn't sound like Courtney Vance and that Jones, Connors, Glenn, Neill, Thompson were all no-shows. It was that the voices/accents that were chosen for some of the characters just didn't work for me. Sometimes it was because the accent was a hodge-podge of regional accents and other times it was because it was just the wrong accent for the character. It doesn't help the recording any that the movie got the voices right so many times (so much easier to do when you have 20 actors not just one doing 20 voices).

    If you want to make this a good listen, then you have to understand going in that this is not the movie and that the voices will be different. But otherwise, sit back and enjoy! It is Clancy at his best.

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    steve sollentuna, Sweden 04-18-15
    steve sollentuna, Sweden 04-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Tension and espionage like only Clancy can deliver"

    Great read start to finish. a+++. The perfect travel companion to pass away the hours on a long trip or voyage

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    Jeffrey L. Meek 04-08-15
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    "Great Book! Recommend to all."

    Love it. Different from the movie. Worth your time. I love the detail given to military operations and events. Tom knows his stuff.

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    Dat guy 03-27-15
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    "One of my all time favorite books... Almost ruined"

    Fantastic book that is both an interesting lesson on naval and submarine warfare as well as a riveting story that grabs you, punches you in the face, and leaves you thankful for it. The narrator is almost unbearable though. The Russian accents all sound the same, and bad at that....to the point of making the acting in troll 2 look like The Shawshank Redemption. The Americans all sound so bad that they make Andy Griffith sound like a Harvard University professor in English. The narrator constantly has unnatural pauses that make you think "what in the hell is he trying to say?" in the end what you get is a story that is rife with technical jargon, mixed with multiple military aircraft, submarines, surface ships, etc all moving in geometric space with a narrator who would stumble through explaining the bread crumb path that hanzel and gretal made. A fine book read by the wrong man.

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    Damien Warrnambool, Australia 03-27-15
    Damien Warrnambool, Australia 03-27-15 Member Since 2011
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    "good yarn"

    nice to see the movie follows the book pretty closely. good, intense story at times that flows quite well

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    Eric 03-27-15
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    "first audio book"

    this was my first audio book. I liked it. I saw the movie but the book was better. I like the audio and listen at night before bed, great narrator

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    N. Peelman Seymour, IN 03-12-15
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    "Clancy's first, not his best."

    It's rare that you hear "the movie is better" but in this case I think it is. Lots of trees could have been spared by cutting a lot of fat from this book that added nothing to its flavor, as they did when paring it down for the movie script.

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    Tony 03-10-15
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    "Mispronounced words"

    Scott Brick did a better job in previous Clancy 'Jack Ryan books; 'USS Tarawa' and 'SABOT' were pronounced incorrectly throughout the audio book. Other than that, this Clancy novel is excellent & entertaining.

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    Ammar 03-05-15
    Ammar 03-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "loved it!"

    i was hooked. very detailed and extremely engaging. The perfomance was superb.
    just plug in your earphones and get ready for an excting underwater adventure.

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    Chris United States 02-24-15
    Chris United States 02-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story with okay narration."

    The Hunt for red October is a typical Tom Clancy novel, great in that story with lots of characters. Narrator was okay, but story ends up on this book though.

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