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)
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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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.
Great story. Cartoonish accents weaken overall narrative. I cringed at every attempt at Russian or "General"
The narrator has a great voice until he try's to do character voices them it's horrible. I almost turned the book back in due to this. All he missed was having the judge say" I I I say son " and we would have known he was really foghorn.
Read this in print - loved it. Just as entertaining in audio format BUT some really annoying aspects. At first I thought the run on sentences and failure to pause before each new section (the narrator treats the chapter title like just another sentence - reminds you of the cadence the computer voices use on National Weather Service alerts) was the fault of the narrator but after reading some of the other reviews, they may indeed be correct it that it was a technical problem with the recording. Does it ruin the whole experience? I guess not, but it is really, really annoying. If you truly have a desire to listen to "Red October" don't let that stop you. If you are just looking fora good Clancy book, there are a lot of others to choose from.
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