- Audio CD: 14 pages
- Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; Unabridged edition (5 Nov. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480522627
- ISBN-13: 978-1480522626
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.9 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 599,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Hunt for Red October Audio CD – 5 Nov 2013
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Somewhere under the Atlantic, a Soviet submarine commander has just made a fateful decision: the Red October is heading west. The Americans want her. The Russians want her back. And the most incredible chase in history is on.
The Hunt for Red October is the runaway bestseller that launched Tom Clancy's phenomenal career. A military thriller so accurate and convincing that the author was rumoured to have been debriefed by the White House. Its theme: the greatest espionage coup in history. Its story: the chase for a runaway, top secret Russian missile submarine. END --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the reviews of The Hunt for Red October:
‘Flawless authenticity… frighteningly genuine.’
Wall Street Journal
‘Absolutely terrific: entertaining, suspenseful and masterfully written… superlative.’
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Top Customer Reviews
If you have not read the book in it's previous forms then it is still a good yarn but this has put me off buying the other Kindle versions of Clancy's work.
Once again I enjoyed the story however there was no way that this book could have been proof read before it was sold as there are lots of typographical errors. This would not be acceptable in a printed book so why should we have to accept it in an electronic version. I would like to see Amazon apologise, proof read it properly and once corrected notify everyone who has purchased a Kindle version that a "proper" copy is now available.
For me the story rates five stars but the "translation" one.
I find it hard to abandon a book midway through, no matter how terrible it is, so I sorely regretted starting this one, and the last hundred pages were like watching paint dry. It's just boring.
Buried under four hundred pages of absolute tedium is actually a genuinely good story, but it's beaten so thinly that you hardly notice it. This book reads like a technical field manual for nuclear submariners, CIA agents and seamen.
Clancy has clearly done an enormous amount of research to make the story more realistic... and didn't want to waste a single drop of it! And I think this is my problem with it. Clancy tries to conjure a realistic picture by describing every tiny detail to exhaustion, and yet misses the most important stuff completely.
There are so many characters, it's almost impossible to keep track of them all, even when reading pretty quickly (I read it over a four day period). And they're all cardboard cut-outs, with almost no emotional nuance whatsoever.
Clancy tries clumsily to inject some emotion by having these drones talk about their children now and then, but it's not nearly enough. Other than the Russia vs. America thing, you really don't care what happens to any of them.
If you're a technical, political or military intelligence nerd, you'll probably love this. If you're a sociopath with no real empathy for your fellow man, this should also work quite well for you.
But for me, it reads like a tedious court transcript providing an exhaustively detailed and objective account of an international incident that occurred in a time and place I just can't relate to.
I don't feel compelled to pick up another Clancy book anytime soon.
There's an enormous cast of characters that I had to keep going back to clarify in my mind.
Also, as mentioned, the e-book version contains a lot of spelling mistakes and grammar errors.
It's just not as good as I had expected.
A book packed with drama and suspence its worth the money anyday.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So much more than the film and a real eye opener for the time.Published 1 month ago by Gregory Michael Mohan
The book is totally engrossing and the complex nature only makes it more enjoyable. There is a lot of jargon and acronyms but it doesn't take from the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ayo Balogun
This was ordered for (and read by) my husband - Peter WoodburnPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
For a book that occasionally gets technical, it never got bogged down. Keeps you turning pages and is a fun read, exactly what I was hoping for.Published 2 months ago by Roddenberry
Not as action-based as the film, but still a good read. Very heavy on technical details but these are usually explained in detail for the benefit of thew reader.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
As always Tom Clancy's john Ryan novels are a good read, the pages fly past.Published 4 months ago by Peter