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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (181,390 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Clancy Narrator: J. Charles Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Ryan Series Release Date:
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It's 1984, and Marko Alexandrovich Ramius finds himself working for a totalitarian government much like the ones portrayed in the book of the same name. A Lithuanian submarine commander for the Soviet Navy, Ramius is captaining the Red October, a Typhoon-class nuclear submarine. He has recently lost his wife Natalia at the hands of an incompetent doctor, and was deprived of justice because that doctor had connections in the government. Natalia's death is the final straw for Ramius, who has been dissatisfied with Soviet rule for quite some time. He decides to pilot the Red October away from the Soviet Union, and defect to the United States, along with his officers.

A plan is hatched, and the political officer on board the ship is executed. Ramius sends a letter to his wife's uncle, informing him of the plan to defect. The letter is intercepted by government officials, who immediately send the Northern fleet to sink the sub, pretending that they are on a search and rescue mission.

Meanwhile in America, Jack Ryan, CIA analyst extraordinaire, has just returned from London with photos of the Red October in tow. His analysis determines too late that the sub is equipped with a stealth drive, which makes it impossible to detect with Sonar. When Ramius engages the stealth drive, Ryan connects the dots and realizes the intent to defect. He immediately sets out to make sure that the Red October and her crew arrive safely in America. And so The Hunt for Red October begins.

Tom Clancy is a celebrated American author of spy novels. His award-winning books, set during and after the Cold War, portray a fascinating culture of intrigue and espionage, as well as cutting-edge military science. In addition to his own books, Clancy has given various ghost writers license to use his name for similar books, movies, and video games. A native of Baltimore, Clancy is a part-owner of the Orioles, and serves as Vice Chairman of Community Activities and Public Affairs.

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 it at all costs. If the US fleet can locate it first and get it safely to port, it will be the intelligence coup of all time.

The nerve-wracking hunt goes on for eighteen days as the Red October tries to elude its hunters across 4000 miles of ocean. The rousing climax is one of the most thrilling underwater scenes ever written.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Remarkable…intricate and nerve tingling.”

    Clive Cussler, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Gripping narrative…Navy buffs and thriller adepts have been mesmerized.”


  • “Flawless…frighteningly genuine.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “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 rumored 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 sub.”


  • “This is Tom Clancy’s first book and the one that put him on the map. It’s also our first introduction to Jack Ryan, an analyst for the CIA. A Russian nuclear sub is en route to America and no one knows the intentions of its commander, Marko Ramius. Ryan believes he is trying to defect. The US government doesn’t believe him. What follows is about as intense a story as one will find.”

    Strand Magazine

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Strand Magazine Pick for 10 Top CIA Novels

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mindy | 2/18/2014

    " Really loved this series. The plot was so amazing and intricate but somewhat easy to follow. So worth reading again and again "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by matteo | 2/17/2014

    " I branched out of my Grisham/Cussler/Crighton reading material and added Clancy for the first time since reading Rainbow Six freshman year of college. I don't know that I had ever actually read this one. It was good. Not exactly as I remember the movie, but a pretty fascinating read, especially considering it was written nearly 30 years ago. Then it is kind of amazing to think of the empire Clancy spawned in the 90s, from books to movies to video games. Now, on to Patriot Games. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bill | 2/5/2014

    " The original Clancy and a great read. Some of his others are slightly better (Without Remorse) so I gave this one 4 stars but really is 4.5 stars. You can't go wrong if you pick this up and start reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Don | 1/27/2014

    " A TC classic makes the senses focus on the edge reality of war, stresses of death. "

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