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The Hunt for Red October

Narrated by: Lance C Fuller
Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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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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Great story, great performance

The story is both very informative and thrilling, even though a bit unrealistic :). I like the performance, not least the Russian-English voices, which to my mind, having been a lot in Russia were very authentic.

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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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  • 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.

Any additional comments?

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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  • 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.

Any additional comments?

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 !

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Smee
  • 09-22-18

Surprisingly good

After reading the comments about the narrator, I was unsure about this audiobook, however the story was good from the outset and although flagged a couple of times (as to be expected in a 17 hour book), it was paced well with enough action and story to keep me engaged with it.

The narrator may not be the best, and he may say the same word differently in the same sentence (Dallas or dalis!) but he made a decent stab at it, with the odd Russian and english accents as required and didn't detract from the story for me.

Cracking book and decent enough narration, I'd recommend this story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Samuel Ramos
  • 11-05-18

Horrible narrator

I don't like the narrator. He has the same tone all the time. I don't know the difference between characters. Too monotonous. I just listened to 11% of this audiobook. I couldn't bear his voice anymore. I prefer continue reading this book on my kindle.

Please, don't record any other book with Lance C Fuller again!

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  • chris
  • 04-13-19

Excellent

Have already read this book a long time ago but I enjoyed t even more, when read as I felt the narrator added a lot.

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  • Mr. R. Taylor
  • 12-08-18

Red October

Very good story but O the reader was so very poor. I almost gave up listening ,

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  • SueW
  • 09-20-18

Confusing

It felt like there was a cast of thousands, I kept muddling up who was who. It would've helped if the narrator had differentiated them, but I felt he had rather a limited range of voices, judging by the comedy 1950s upper class british accent, which were all 'jolly well' the same.

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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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  • John
  • 03-08-18

Great Book ruined by monotone disinterested reader

My 5 year-old daughter managed to read the hard copy of the book with more expression the orator.

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  • Joe Bond
  • 02-04-19

The Hunt for a New Narrator

Amateur performance from a mono-tonal, tight-jawed narrator spoilt an otherwise fantastic story. Only download this if something stops you reading the kindle/paperback version and you're dying to complete the Jack Ryan series. Skip until a new recording is available otherwise.

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  • Jamie
  • 07-14-19

Amazing

Amazing experience, gripping till the end. palms sweating from the tension. Straight into the next one

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  • Bookie
  • 06-25-19

Poor narration and flow of story

I bought this after seeing the film. This book is a long, drawn-out saga, full of superfluous information compounded by a narrator with no vigour. The technical explanations involved are meaningless to the man on the street, leading to me stopping paying attention. I'm not sure if the story didn't flow or if it was down to my poor concentration but there were a few times I wondered what was actually going on. An abridged version, with a different narrator, might be appealing but I gave up just over halfway through this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-19

fantastic story

fantastic story.
felt the reader was a little monotone and unenthusiastic.
now to watch the movie

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-19

Exceptional

For a novel 34 years old it comes across as non fiction even today. The Cold War maybe over but this one feels you are in the moment. Fast paced, plausible and well written. This had me hooked from the moment I started listening.
The narration is perfectly pitched and adds to the action. A great way to pass the time.

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  • Debbie
  • 12-11-18

entertainment Plus

by far the most entertaining detailed and well-written book I've ever listened to narration was fantastic very fulfilling book

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  • Ben
  • 10-21-18

great book terrible narration

great book ruined by narration cant even get pronounciation right on main characters names despite a plethora if other examples

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-18

Book misaligned

Book started recording in middle of story and finished with more than 8 hours remaining then went to start of story . Disappointing

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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.