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
"Gripping narrative....Navy buffs and thriller adepts have been mesmerized." (Time)
The performance was okay not great but the story is awesome!! Way better than the movie
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.
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.
It's still a classic if somewhat dated Tom Clancy book.
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.
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.
No. But I really liked his performance.
Appreciate the Story
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.
This is a classic example of a good spy novel and the audio book does it justice. At times the technical jargon gets a bit thick, but if you can abide that you'll enjoy it.
This was the first book of Clancy's that I read in 1984 and it has been a favorite of mine ever since. The Audible version really brings the story to life.
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