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.
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)
Living in a log home in the tall trees, surrounded by wildlife and streams, it is easy to find myself enveloped within a great story!
The narrator changed voices too many times, it became distracting and was hard to follow characters due to the inconsistency.
I almost shut down the book at least 3 times!
horrible reader. Accents or almost unbearable. Great story otherwise. some background noise. that is all.
First I will echo the other reviewers and complain about the narrator. A narrator can definitely make or break a story. In this case, he broke it. His voices for various characters changed throughout the story. His accents were terrible. He made pretty much every US Military character sound like a bunch of down-home, barefoot, overalls-wearing inbreds. Pretty terrible. Also, his pronunciation was way off. Who pronounces Soviet as "Sovi-ETTE" ? To summarize, this was a good Clancy novel. Not the best or worst in the series, but a solid read/listen, minus the frustrating narrator.
J. Charles' performance is abysmal. His characterizations are over wrought and hammy to the point of ridiculousness. His mispronunciations of key words and phrases are jarring. As much as I love the story I can't recommend this recording.
Much better than the movie. I can always read or listen to a Clancy story. Too bad the movies pretty much all suck.
The narrator's accents leave much to be desired, his Russian accent sounds like Dracula, for example, and I actually couldn't distinguish between his British accent and his Southern accent. The book of course is a classic and once you get used to the bad accents you still love it.
A very well-written story from a great storyteller. The narrator was somewhat irritating. For the most part he was great, his normal voice was pleasant to the ear, his Russian and British accents were fine, but when he would try to do different voices for Americans, it seems like the only accents he could do were American hick and deep southern twang.
The narrator read the book way to fast and the audio wasn't that good, but it was a good story.
J Charles has a good voice when reading in his normal voice but he has no talent effecting accents and varying his voice for different characters. Read the book so u are not distracted by a poor voice performance.
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