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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.

Take another thrill ride with Jack Ryan.
©2004 Tom Clancy; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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"Gripping narrative....Navy buffs and thriller adepts have been mesmerized." (Time)

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the audio quality is fine - Oct 2016

Would you listen to The Hunt for Red October again? Why?

I laid off listening to The Hunt for Red October for nearly 8 months because of the bad reviews of the audio quality. Either it has been enhanced or replaced since those claims were made. Don't let these reviews keep you from enjoying Tom Clancy's debut novel. As a 30 year veteran of the broadcast industry, I know bad audio when I hear it. This recording is perfectly fine.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Siri sounds more real than this narrator

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of J. Charles?

Literally almost anyone else, this was terrible

Any additional comments?

Well, at least now I know what a robot trying to do a Russian accent sounds like

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • MB
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • 08-08-09

Great Book - Awful Narration

Such a good book, such a bad reading. The accents are absolutely dreadful. A 5 star book is a 3 just because I could barely stand to listen to the reading.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Book - Horrible audio

The audio quality is so bad that I could not listen to the whole book.



12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Gets a bad rap. 4 stars

I enjoyed this reading. I did not hear any of the bad quality exept for a echo of the reader in the back ground. Voices aren't horrible, but you could get confused because some of them sound the same. There are simulation radio and phone conversations that change the audio clarity. it's read fast, but the story happens fast.
All in all, going by some negative one star reviews, I almost didn't try this book. I am happy I did.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Aaron
  • CHESAPEAKE, VA, United States
  • 01-20-14

Awful Narration

Second J Charles book I've listened to. His narration, when not attempting accents, is okay. When he tries to perform different voices in a dialog, for example, the accents are laughable. His British accent sounds like an over exaggerated country accent mixed with something that sounds like my six year old trying to speak like Sir Topham Hat from Thomas and Friends. It makes this excellent book un"listenable." It was worse in Red Phoenix.

I wish they could convince Scott Brick to do a re-narration. I'd probably pay $30-$40 to listen to that.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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What a horrible narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Fire this narrator and get someone else.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Ryan has always been my favorite character in these books.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

J. Charles is HORRIBLE. His Russians all sound like Count Dracula, his Robbie sounds like a white southern hick, which wouldn't be a problem except for the fact that Robbie is A BLACK MAN. He rushes through the story, barely pausing to take a breath. I have listened to other Tom Clancy audiobooks. Heck, I had another copy of this very book, but lost it and decided to replace it with the Audible version. This guy is horrible and I hope that he doesn't narrate any other Clancy books.

Did The Hunt for Red October inspire you to do anything?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Great book, horrible narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Read faster than the Red October

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunt for Red October to be better than the print version?

Both were good,

What other book might you compare The Hunt for Red October to and why?

Several of Clancy's first Jack Ryan's books

What three words best describe J. Charles’s voice?

Good voice and reflection but read way to fast. Felt like I had to listen at high speed. I had my IPOD on normal speed and tried slow but that was horrible.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Read many years ago and got the Audible book to listen to at night. Good story line and introduces Jack Ryan to the world

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great story with a poor performance.

I'm a huge fan of the Tom Clancy series. I am rereading (listening) the whole series in order. This was by far the worst performance of the set so far. The narrator is a very quick reader which made it hard to comprehend if there were any distractions while listening. His performance of the different voices was terrible as he made most characters sound like country hicks. Loved the story, but would not listen to another book by this narrator as it really soured the experience.

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  • Joshua
  • mcleansville, NC, United States
  • 05-04-17

A Classic, but Drags

I was a fan of the film, so I wanted to jump back to read one of the earlier Jack Ryan novels and get some cool submarine action. While parts of the book drag a bit and this book doesn't have the refinement of the later stories, it's still a solid read and thoroughly enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful