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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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always better if you can get the same narrator

this narrator did a decent job but it would have been nice if they could have got the same narrator for all the books all in all great book Tom Clancy is a fantastic writer the Jack Ryan series is just amazing I just can't stop listening

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Wow, how does this guy get paid to read books?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This guy makes the book virtually impossible to listen to. Firstly he reads so fast that its difficult to follow, I think he was trying to get out of there before they realized he didn't know what he was doing. Second, you would think a basic grasp of English pronunciation would be a prerequisite for narrating audio books, but I guess not. Finally why is it that every character (regardless of nationality) sounds like a cross between Yosemite Sam and an old time Holywood studio executive?

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Foghorn leghorn meets Clint Eastwood

The narrator has a great voice until he try's to do character voices them it's horrible. I almost turned the book back in due to this. All he missed was having the judge say" I I I say son " and we would have known he was really foghorn.

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Great book, truly terrible reading

Seems like other readers agree, the book is very entertaining, the reading on the other hand just destroys the entertainment value. The accents are so bad, I have to wonder if J. Charles has EVER even heard a different accent or if he is just guessing at what it might sound like. Will definitely avoid this narrator like the plague in future books.

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A Classic

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.

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Submarines are now cool in my book.

What did you love best about The Hunt for Red October?

The tension. The small details of the over all mystery made it even more tense. It all just felt very genuinely dire. i never found myself caring just because the book said it was time to care.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunt for Red October?

The super computer bit. I'm a programmer and i work with engineers in my real life so the effort made with the computer and the explanations of what it was trying to accomplish felt very much like home to me.

Which character – as performed by J. Charles – was your favorite?

Jonsey. Easily Jonsey. His focus, professionalism and chipper attitude were a joy and he reminded me alot of myself.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Mystery, Stealth, Risk.... and Righteousness.

Note: i watched the movie on Netflix after i finish the book. Connery's accent ruined one of my favorite characters. i just couldn't deal. haha.

Any additional comments?

The sense of danger and tension was fantastic. Teamwork was a huge theme. Seeing how important everyone's job made it feel more real.

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  • Ron
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  • 12-26-14

Great book, even having the movie a few years ago.

Great story. Some say it is dated with the end of the cold war; however, Russia is still not our friend and who knows what next weeks headlines will be. The narrator was not the best, but I understood what he was saying without any problem. Well worth a credit.

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Worst. Reader. Ever.

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This is a great book. Clancy is masterful in working all the angles both political and military in this espionage thriller. But the experience is seriously marred by one of the worst readers ever. I admit he had a lot of voices to work through but this reading made the experience a lot worse than it should have been. The accents are uneven and ridiculous at times, as if he's trying so hard to do an accent he forgets that this is supposed to be a person actually saying something. Other times it sounds as if the reader doesn't really understand what he's saying; as if this is the first time he's read the book too. I found myself constantly having to translate what he said to get the actual gist of it. Which is a shame, this book is great. But I almost quit multiple times simply because I got tired of rolling my eyes at the truly awful voice acting.

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Wish it wasn't over

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot built well as we got to know the characters as people. There were twists and turns that were not always predicable as in less skillful plots. I won't ruin the story by going further than that.

What about J. Charles’s performance did you like?

He did not do a wonderful job at the beginning of the book which seemed to be monotone, but later he did a good job at allowing you to recognize each character at the sound of his voice. However, there were still some characters that sounded too similar to recognize.

Any additional comments?

I know this is an old book about a cold war which we believed was over. Even if not for the most frequent episode in out tangled relationship with Russia, this book would be riveting as a historical novel. Research was excellent.

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Narrator is annoying, story not as in-depth

What did you like best about The Hunt for Red October? What did you like least?

The plot is not as involved, nor the character development as detailed as later Clancy works. I don't really feel like we get to know much about Ryan. He's also not as crucial a character in this story. Which is weird, as he's kinda the main guy.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Sure, but not as much as later Clancy works. I actually prefer the film version of the story, which is highly unusual for me. In the film, Ryan is much more crucial to the events and more capable. In the book he's kinda just wandering around.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His accents are LAUGHABLE, particularly his "southern" attempt. It sounds like a bad cartoon. I mean, REALLY BAD.

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

Yes, buy the movie.

Any additional comments?

Narrator is horrible; avoid in future.

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