• Red Storm Rising

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: F. Murray Abraham
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-08-02
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (168 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Allah!" With that shrill cry, three Muslim terrorists blow up a key Soviet oil complex, creating a critical oil shortage that threatens the stability of the USSR. To offset the effects of this disaster, members of the Politburo and the KGB devise a brilliant plan of diplomatic trickery - a sequence of events designed to pit the NATO allies against each other - a distraction calculated to enable the Soviets to seize all the oil in the Persian Gulf.
But as this spellbinding story of international intrigue and global politics nears its climax, the Soviets are faced with another prospect, one they hadn't planned on: a full-scale conflict in which nobody can win.
©1986 Jack Ryan Enterprises Ltd. & Larry Bond (P)1987 Random House Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Harrowing...tense...a chilling ring of truth." (Time)
"Exciting...fast and furious." (USA Today)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-27-03

Red Storm Foiled by Abridgement Manuver

I am unabashedly biased toward unabridged books but I can usually deal with most abridgements; not this one. Anyone who has read Tom Clancy is familiar with his extraordinary level of detail and setup work that goes into each of his novels. That verbose, often dry setup is what makes the action sequences, the punchlines if you will, so powerful. This abridgement of <U>Red Storm Rising</U> is so severely cut down, all you get is scattered action sequences that do not fit together very coherently. Add to that the fact that this classic Clancy pre-dates the character of Jack Ryan and you have nothing to hold this abridgement together at all.

In an attempt to save the story, this audio book is augmented with full sound effects and music, which does add back some of the imagery but none of the meaning. F. Murray Abraham does a terrific job narrating this story but because the editor stole most of his script, even he can't save this one.

If you know the story from the print version, this audio book is worth having as a refresher but if you are looking for your first Tom Clancy on audio from audible, I suggest you go with <U>Debt of Honor</U> and <U>Executive Orders</U>, the best two Clancy audio books available from audible. If you chose to get <U>Red Storm Rising</U>, be sure you get the least compressed version your player can handle, format 3 or 4, so that you can get the best reproduction of the sound effects and music.

Almost all Tom Clancy audio books are abridged and not one of them is improved by it shortening. <U>Red Storm Rising</U> is all but killed by it.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 06-20-08


The abridged version is far too short. RSR is a great book, but this recording is a big disppointment. It's leaps from one scene to another without context.

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