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Publisher's Summary

The runaway international number one best seller that launched Tom Clancy's spectacular career and introduced his acclaimed hero, Jack Ryan, in the ultimate submarine adventure - now reissued with a new cover.

Silently, beneath the chill Atlantic waters, Russia's ultrasecret missile submarine, the Red October, is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. With all-out war only seconds away, the superpowers race across the ocean on the most desperate mission of a lifetime. The most incredible chase in history is on....

The Hunt for Red October...the classic story of a spellbinding battle of nerves, above and below the waves, unrivalled in its authenticity and breath-stopping suspense.

©1984 Tom Clancy (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Flawless authenticity…frighteningly genuine." ( Wall Street Journal)
"Absolutely terrific: entertaining, suspenseful and masterfully written...superlative." ( Washington Times)
"The Pentagon almost exploded when this book was published." ( The Daily Telegraph)

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  • Di
  • 05-10-18

Great Story

The story waw great as all clancy novels are but the narration was appaulling. Thae narrator was unable to change his voice for the different characters and they all merge into one. It was difficult to listen to. They need to redo it with someone who can really narrate an audio book.

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  • Jude Lian
  • 02-23-18

Artrocious

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

The story is solid, as always a good mix of factoids and human interest.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Lance C Fuller?

Scott Brick! A reader with great talent and finesse. He performs flawlessly in all accents.

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I own hundreds of audio books between various libraries. The vast majority of them well performed. Some excellent, some less than optimum. This reading/performance however, is so bad it needs a review.This man has NO sense of timing; he randomly ignores punctuation, puts in stops where there are none and uses upspeak where no question mark exists. He lacks any form of expression, is unbearably boring to listen to and manages to kill even a Clancy book. I had waited for this one, now I wish I had never wasted my money on it. Terrible, terrible, terrible!Did nobody listen to this before putting it out for the paying customers?Shame on you Audible UK!

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  • Lynda
  • 02-22-18

Terrible Reader

I have been waiting for a new complete and unabridged reading of the best Tom Clancy novel... I will have to go on waiting. The narrator has the same tone the entire way through and it is impossible to listen to. No sense of the drama or excitement enters his voice at all.

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  • Harvey Marshall
  • 02-25-18

Such a let down!

What would have made The Hunt for Red October better?

A decent narrator! This is the worst narration I have ever encountered in an Audible audiobook and was all the more disappointing because I was so delighted to find that this book had at last been released in audio version, as I am visually impaired.

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

As just one example, I have just been listening to "The Destroyers", by Douglas Reeman where the narrator is empathetic, smooth, coherent, good at accents, appears to have prepared well to bring the story to life, and is generally a pleasure to listen to, enhancing the listening experience.

What didn’t you like about Lance C Fuller’s performance?

Just about everything. His voice is dull. His delivery is flat, and lacking any emotion or even much expression. His intonation does not follow punctuation and is frequently irritatingly broken, unnatural and artificial. His pronunciation of names is awkward and often hesitant, as if he has not familiarised himself with them, and this breaks up the story and makes one all too conscious of the poor narration. This narrator turns listening to this book into a task, rather than a pleasure.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

All three. Anger that such a poor performance had been released on the public, sadness at a really really good book being ruined for audio listeners and extreme disappointment because the discovery that "The Hunt for Red October" had, at last, been released in audio had been something I was so looking forward to. I then felt additionally angry that I had actually purchased this audiobook.

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I am astonished that Audible ever permitted such a poor narration as this ever to be released. Surely they check out narrations to make sure they are competent and pleasant to listen to. I do not believe that anyone who started listening to this performance would ever have thought it of an acceptable standard. If I could ask for my money back, I would.

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  • Quincy
  • 02-24-18

A great book let down by a poor narrator

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I have been waiting for many years for this book to appear as an audiobook and when it finally happens the narrator seems bored and emotionless. Its a real shame as the story is strong. The constant mis pronunciation Ramius is very annoying !

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  • THEO
  • 08-09-18

great story love the tension well read very well d

great story I loved the tension very well read I live the jack Ryan character

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  • G A SHEPPY
  • 07-05-18

gripping read

I am very much a fan of Tom Clancy's books and have found this book and production a good one to follow. I would recommend this audible book to anyone to follow. enjoy your read.

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  • Steven
  • 05-20-18

Great story and pretty good narration

I really enjoyed this listen, having only seen the film, there is much more to the book.

The narrator is for the most part very good, however I disliked some of his word pronunciation , “submariner” is pronounced as Sub-marine-er, but maybe that’s the way Americans say the word, but this is really a small issue, I found the whole book very compelling.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-19-18

Gripping

This book is gripping for a first time listen. It will start you off,and then you will go on for more . I have

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  • Jono
  • 04-17-18

Fantastic

Great story and well read. Very pleased with the narration. Read this when it was first published. Magic!

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  • Robert Flynn
  • 04-04-18

The red October

Much better than I was led to believe storyline superior to the film and the narrator was good

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  • John
  • 03-08-18

Narrator single handedly sinks Red October

The entire Soviet Fleet could not stop Ballistic Submarine Red October, but the boring, monotonous narrative scuttled an epic Novel. Painful listening.

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  • Jack
  • 07-01-18

exhilarating book

Engaging and fast passed with fantastic characters and storyline. certainly not something to put on the background while half concentrating to something else though, at times can take a bit of concentration.