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)
I may be the last 30-something male in America to read a Tom Clancy novel...in fact, I haven't seen any of his movies! But I have come out of the cave and really enjoyed THFRO. I am now planning on reading (ok listening) to many more.
No, the narrator is really solid when he sticks to his own accent.
BUT all other accents are horrible.
If this was re-recorded without the accents it would be a five star recording.
All the Russian, UK, and Southern US accents are abysmal.
Jones and Mancusso. Smart hereos are awesome. Ramius would make the list but Accent is awful.
Pacing and emoting are spot on. very compelling.
Please re record without accents.
The book itself is one of the best I have ever had a privilege to read, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys intelligent thrillers. However, the quality of this recording is terrible. The voice sounds like a robot, like someone had just copied and pasted the novel into a text-to-speech program. It was entirely robotic and monotone, and because of this I was unable to listen to it. Terrible job done by Audible.
Actually have a human record it rather than a computer.
Great story line that keeps your attention through the whole narration. Character distinction is very clear through the narrator's voice witch helps your keep with current events.
Wonderful book! Narration so-so. The gentleman has an appalling British accent! Nevertheless, easy to understand.
Retired SMSgt (E8), USAF. C141 flight engineer/ F4 phantom crew chief. AC 130 "Spectre" flare kicker (1972).
outstanding book. Far better thsn the so,so movie.far higher detail and great projection by reader.
I've listen to dozens on books, this is hands down the worst reader I've ever heard.
The reader sounded like children's story narrator: every Admiral sounded like a cross between Hook, and Hulk Hogan, Skip and Jonesy sounded way too magoo, And the English characters sounded ridiculous... The Scottish harrier pilot sounded Australian. Don't even get me started on the Russian accents.
The only reason I give this recording a second star is because it's such a great book.
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