We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$27.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (2307 )
5 star
 (1336)
4 star
 (676)
3 star
 (200)
2 star
 (49)
1 star
 (46)
Overall
4.6 (1861 )
5 star
 (1262)
4 star
 (454)
3 star
 (118)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (11)
Story
4.2 (1857 )
5 star
 (935)
4 star
 (553)
3 star
 (219)
2 star
 (77)
1 star
 (73)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Lloyd ambler, PA, USA 07-12-10
    Lloyd ambler, PA, USA 07-12-10 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Bad audio and..."

    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!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Harry San Antonio, TX, USA 10-03-09
    Harry San Antonio, TX, USA 10-03-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    37
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "A little fast..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    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.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    340
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    186
    57
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Randy P. Dewing Indiana 07-20-15
    Randy P. Dewing Indiana 07-20-15 Member Since 2014

    Randy Dewing

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Silly voices more suitable to a children's book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I found the performance annoying. I prefer narration to voice-acting for an audiobook, but even if I wanted acting I would prefer to skip the silly voices and accents. If there was any other version of this book, I would recommend you skip this one. As far as I know, though, this is it.


    What didn’t you like about J. Charles’s performance?

    I found the performance annoying. I prefer narration to voice-acting for an audiobook, but even if I wanted acting I would prefer to skip the silly voices and accents. If there was any other version of this book, I would recommend you skip this one. As far as I know, though, this is it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Randall L Horst Lancaster, PA, United States 07-19-15
    Randall L Horst Lancaster, PA, United States 07-19-15 Member Since 2012

    Happy Day!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    46
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Way better than the movie"

    The performance was okay not great but the story is awesome!! Way better than the movie

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    jodee 07-17-15
    jodee 07-17-15 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Better if you know something about the Navy."

    I would have enjoyed this book more if I would have had a Navy background. It is well researched and uses language that may not make complete sense if you don't know ship and aircraft names. I did enjoy the book though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Charles 07-10-15
    Charles 07-10-15 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "My 2nd Clancy Book"

    I wanted to start from the beginning after reading Dead or Alive. I love how Clancy goes into great detail about things we will never have an opportunity to witness first hand. Like Subs, missiles and the life in other countries.
    Story and Narration are top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 07-06-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Horrible narration of a great story."
    What did you love best about The Hunt for Red October?

    It's still a classic if somewhat dated Tom Clancy book.


    Would you be willing to try another one of J. Charles’s performances?

    The narration is absolutely horrible. The Russian accents sound like a bad Count Dracula and nasally redneck seems to be the narrators favorite for american accents. I will not listen to another audiobook by this narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    juho kojima 06-26-15
    juho kojima 06-26-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A classic!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and no. Yes if a friend likes a modern tech thriller with many small details, no if a friend does not have the patience for a book that takes it`s time to built up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ramius


    Have you listened to any of J. Charles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But I really liked his performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    N. J. South Dakota, USA 06-26-15
    N. J. South Dakota, USA 06-26-15 Member Since 2014

    Appreciate the Story

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Story is a masterpiece. Reading is atrocious."

    This was to be the third time I experienced this story.

    I listened to the book on cassette tape when I was in high school. It was read by Richard Crenna and was marvelous.

    I then read the book in college and enjoyed it again.

    Now, another fifteen years later, I thought I would add it to my audible library. I was disappointed to see it wasn't the Crenna reading, but knew it would probably be fine.

    I was wrong.

    This reading is horrible. There seem to be few line breaks, leading to confusion about who is speaking, especially during the scenes containing only Soviet characters.

    Oh, Dear GOD, the Soviet characters. It's as though the narrator mixed up his Russian accent (if he had one) and his bad Dracula impression. Why even do such a heavily accented Russian in the first place? Its not as though the Soviet characters are speaking accented English to each other anyway.

    If you've never read or heard this story, don't experience it for the first time like this. It's an amazing book, but the performance will affect it for you.

    Seriously Audible, get Michael Prichard in and redo this narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.