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)
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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.
It has been many years since I first read this book. I remember the movie and saw it several times. This is my first listening of the audible book. It is like an old best friend you have missed and did not realize how much you missed them. This was fantastic!! Tom Clancy provides so much detail and builds the suspense very classically. An old friend returned!
I haven't seen the movie since the 80s. Nevertheless, after 30 years, the story was way too familiar. It was an enjoyable read but I knew the plot too well.
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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