Wow, this guy is the best. He does his homework, his characters are well developed, and his stories are outstanding. I read/listen to everything he does and they are all fantastic.
I will have to agree that this is not Forsyth's best effort. Although I very much enjoy a book that lays the background for the plot I felt that he went just a bit too far and it bordered on boring. If you can make it through part one things will pick up. It ended up being a difficult listen for me. It took me much longer to get through The Afghan at just over 10 hrs than it did to get the 40+ hr "The Company" by Robert Littell. Save this one for a credit that you need to burn and have nothing else that captures your attention.
The Afghan is not Forsyth's best novel, but it is far better than any political thriller since the Cold War. The narration is fine and this is an overall good listen. More than once, I remained in my parked car until a convenient break in the action. If there is a better measure for an audiobook than that, I'd like to hear of it.
I must agree with everyone so far. The plot was very drawn out and somewhat boring. The author did do a nice job with some details, but otherwise do not waste a credit on the book!!!!
Each word counts and builds a plot gathering momentum and visual story. At a writer's conference a few years ago we all felt FF is a master of the story. The narration is wonderful. While slow in the beginning the layers count. Incredible research and restraint leaving much to contemplate.
I give this one 4 stars. I found it very entertaining. It moved at a good clip and held my interest. The plotline was well developed and there was plenty of action. It did seem like one of the subplots was somewhat extranneous and could have been tied in differently, but the author must have had his reasons. All in all a good listen that you will enjoy if you like this author.
This was a fun romp around the world but since I read it around 9/11 it was also very sobering how these terrorist operate. I fould it a really good yarn!!!
We thoroughtly enjoyed this book. There is good reason for the British narration, while at first it was bothersome. The book brings light to history and the many cultural differences between Middle-Easterners, Brits and Americans.
We listened on a trip and it melted the miles away. It is only 8 disks, and they fly by quickly. One of our favorites.
I reserve 5 stars for only the very best of books. I debated on this one; it is clearly among the best historical fiction I have ever read.
The author weaves a believable novel into current events, both educating and entertaining simultaneously.
Contrary to the other reviewers who have written that the narrator is monotone, I found his detached tone just perfect for this story. He reads with a Brittish accent, adjusting accent and tone to fit the character.
I had trouble putting this one down. Even the nature of the threat is not clear until the very end of the book.
This is the worst audio book I have ever listened to. The story is boring and the reader is atrocious. The reader makes an unbearable story TOTALLY unbearable - what a monotone and lackluster reading! I feel robbed on this one!