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)
I was recommend to start the Jack Ryan series after I finished the Girl with the dragon tattoo series. I said I seen most of the movies....He just laughed and said." The books blow away the movies!. Red October was excellent! the in depth description of the subs and the political aspects of the story made me enjoy it even more! I highly recommend Tom Clancy! I just downloaded Patriot Games!
Jack Ryan - a character that many of us know through the many Tom Clancy movies and books - in his first book. This book blows the movie out of the water - and we understand that although playing many critical roles in the plot, Jack Ryan isn't some sort of all American superhero that comes up with everything himself. Well read, extremely well written - this is the book that got me into military fiction.
Right now, my favorite audio book.
He's got a good voice for the military subject matter. He changes tone appropriately with different characters to help you keep track of who is talking.
Desk bound analyst stumbles into the biggest post cold war defection in history.
The tones and accents of most conversations in this book make no sense at all. I just csn't believe they let this one get out as is. While the narrative of J. Charles is good, all hell breaks loose when he does voices, each of them more stupid than the other. What is the process of recording such a book? Isn't there a director that guides the reader on how to read the story? This rendition is way too cartoonish for Clancy material, every voices are exagerated to the point of being disturbing and that is not counting the tones that does not at all match most (if not all) situations.
On a technical point, I do not think adding pauses between scenes would have been that costly. The story itself felt rushed due to the lack of such pauses during the reading but I do not think this is the reader's fault... well not always.
All in all, awsome story, terrible directions...
Love submarine thrillers and especially Clancy's early novels.
Plot moves along well, keeps you wanting to listen.
Anyone. I had no clue everyone in our military and intelligence services is from the deep south..... or that everyone in Russia has the exact same voice.
Narration is terrible. The speed almost seems sped up and the narrator is awful. Every single American sounds like they are from the deep south, all Russians are the same, Brits aren't too bad. Seriously, if you can't do accents, just NARRATE!
Virtually anyone. Seriously. His normal voice is fine, but when he drops into dialogue, everyone except Jack Ryan sounds like a cartoon character. His Russian accent -- which is identical for every Russian character in the novel -- is such a cliche that kept expecting him to cry out "Moose and Squirrel!" Fortunately, I know this story pretty well, having read the hardcover years ago (I rent these books for a long, boring commute, and sometimes you don't want to listen to hardcore literature that requires a great deal of attention, and Clancy's stories are the perfect formula, generally speaking), so I was able to grit my teeth and get through the dialogue. But for someone who has not read this book, I cannot recommend it. Charles is absolutely dreadful.
A classic from Clancy's glory days. A shame his newer works fall so short of his early stuff.
It's been years since I read this story, while I've watch the movie version several times. it was great to hear the story as written again, much better than the movie. I was however disappointed with the narration. I do like his voice and it is pleasant to listen to. However it does irk me when a reader does not know the pronunciations used by another country (in this case Great Britain). Several words were pronounced incorrectly and his british accents are terrible mostly sounding all the same.
However if you get past that (and I understand a lot other may not mind someone being called the herb version of Basil rather than the persons name) it's a great story..
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
I have seen the movie of the same name several times and it cannot stack up to the technical detail Tom Clancy adds to his books. For military thrillers, no one beats Tom Clancy, and for Tom Clancy novels, none beat The Hunt For Red October.
I admit, we love Tom Clancy. Despite little inaccuracies in his books (particularly the early ones) with some gun and military terms (for example, he says clip when he means magazine and he frequently says automatic when he means semi-automatic), everything else (plot, characters, etc.) is riveting, every time.
For context, we have read most of Clancy's John Clark/Jack Ryan books and are now working through them on audible.com during long travels. I believe this is our fifth Tom Clancy unabridged version book purchased on Audible. If you are a Clancy fan, we needn't sell you on the content of the text, no doubt.
However, if you ARE a Clancy fan and you are going to be a heavy user of audiobooks, you might want to think through carefully which audio versions you prefer because narrators range widely. Some books are available from more than one narrator. Of course, many of Tom Clancy's audiobooks books come in an abridged and an unabridged version. We prefer the latter as we want to enjoy the story and the subplots as intended by the writer (and we don't mind very lengthy audiobooks).
Since we also have some of Clancy's books on CD and such, we have listened to quite a few different narrators. We realize every narrator has his quirks, of course. Michael Prichard, for example, who is an excellent narrator 99.9% of the time, does the weirdest husky female voices in Rainbow Six. Ew, but at least it's only the one character and, fortunately, that is only a tiny piece of the plot. He is otherwise a top notch narrator. Lou Diamond Phillips, who has narrated three of Clancy's more recent books we have listened to so far, also does a fantastic job, as well. Scott Brick is another good narrator of Clancy books.
J. Charles, however, who narrates this audiobook [The Hunt For Red October], has some quirks of speech that are so pervasive as to be annoying and that harshly interrupt the listening flow of the book. The most obvious is any word ending in -own. Own, blown, unknown, known, shown, etc. He makes these into two syllable words (or three in the case of unknown) such that the word Own becomes Owen. This is very odd and annoying, so much so that every time a word ending in -own pops up (very frequently!) we are cringing. This oddness is even carried through to his Russian accented characters using those sorts of words. Furthermore, his Russian accents occasionally sound more like Romanian or Serbia accents and seem almost vampirish at times. J. Charles also has a very funny way of pronouncing Annapolis (of course, this word appears frequently in the book which is very Navy centric) and Tarawa (which is a class of Navy ship) and a few other words that don't come to mind at present.
So, while we give the book itself five stars, we give the narration (performance) only one star. Narration that is frequently annoying is not good narration. We'll avoid J. Charles in the future if other narrators are available for the same book (such as with Clear and Present Danger).
I really wanted to listen to this book but based on the reviews and sample audio I just couldn't bring m self to buy it. I finally decided to because I love this movie and wanted to hear the book. While the narrators character voices were pretty bad (every American sounded like a hillbilly idiot) the reading was listenable. Before I started I decided I would give it a try and though I might have to use Audible's return feature, but it turned out I didn't need to return it and enjoyed the book.
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