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!!!
10 Years on Audible with very few sorry choices.
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!
I love Audible and I love books. What more can I say?
The Afghan is Forsyth in top form. His attention to details not only informs but makes the plot even more cohesive and thus rewarding to follow. I have been reading JF since Day of the Jackal, and this book rates as high as any of his superior early works. He seems to be getting better, his research is impeccalbe, and the narrator is superbly low key, letting the story carry the plot and not inventing any unecessary drama.
Pretty good, but not up to Forsyth's usual standards. The first 2/3 of the book is typical FredFor... a detailed and intelligent set-up of the story, establishing interesting characters and drawing from major world events. However, the end of the book is disappointing. This includes a completely implausible coincidence (the plane crash)that detracts from the credibility of the author without adding much to the story. Most significantly, the ending fizzles and lacks the depth of the first half of the book. Overall, it seemed that either the publisher rushed the completiong of the book or the author lost interest in the story. Having said all of this, I would still buy the audiobook again as I think Forsyth on a bad day is better than most authors on a good one.
In doing his research, the author found some interesting facts, and felt compelled to use each and every one of them in the novel. This made some subplots quite contrived, and seemingly unnecessary to move the story forward. The narrator was good, and did his best to keep a somewhat mundane storyline interesting. Somewhat entertaining, but not really worth the listen.