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The Fourth Protocol Audiobook

The Fourth Protocol

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Plan Aurora, hatched in a remote dacha in the forest outside Moscow and initiated with relentless brilliance and skill, is a plan within a plan that, in its spine-chilling ingenuity, breaches the ultra-secret Fourth Protocol and turns the fears that shaped it into a living nightmare. A crack Soviet agent, placed under cover in a quiet English country town, begins to assemble a jigsaw of devastation. MI5 investigator John Preston, working against the most urgent of deadlines, leads an operation to prevent the act of murderous destruction aimed at tumbling Britain into revolution...

©1984 Frederick Forsyth (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Thomas Burch 02-27-11 Member Since 2014
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    "As usual, Forsyth is Fantastic"

    Forsyth builds his story piece by piece gradually getting more and more interesting as the reader continues to become enthralled with the characters and the plot. The reader gradually discover what the diabolical plan is and then after you figure it out, you have no idea how they are going to stop it. Then, when you think you have it all sorted out, he throws you a little twist at the very end, which compliments his characters and leaves you with a clever smile on your face. I loved it, but I love almost all he does. Good stuff.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 07-25-12
    Michael 07-25-12

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "This is good reading"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fourth Protocol the most enjoyable?

    The devil is in the detail and Forsyth delivers with just the right amount of knowledge and fiction. A fun read, or listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the heads of departments either Russian or British are done so well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's many hours, but if I was on a long haul flight and could not sleep, this is the book to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to the ODESSA File and this one is even better. Can't wait to listen to The Day of The Jackal. David Rintoul is excellent in his performance and did the Scottish accents well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Calum Dundee, United Kingdom 02-07-11
    Calum Dundee, United Kingdom 02-07-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, too much detail in some areas"

    Good story, but with a very slow start which goes into far too much detail about the political system in the UK, the flow of the story was lost as a result. There were a couple of times I nearly stopped listening. That said I'm glad I did not and listed to the end, it was enjoyable.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Woodhaven, NY, USA 06-21-15
    James Woodhaven, NY, USA 06-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Forsyth is the best!!!"

    Started off slow but you are rewarded bountifully. The plot is masterfully crafted like none other can weave it. Looking forward to more books from Forsyth

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Gaffney 03-05-13

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    "Won't put you yo sleep."
    What made the experience of listening to The Fourth Protocol the most enjoyable?

    This is an intelligent story about intelligence. A classic.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot moved along nicely with no fluff to fill the pages.


    Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    David Rintoui has a great voice and uses it well. This is the first book I heard him read but it won't be the last.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sasha 10-19-13
    Sasha 10-19-13
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    "1st book I've returned because I couldn't stand it"
    What would have made The Fourth Protocol better?

    Delete most of the detailed governmental info. I even skipped chapters to try to get into it, but just couldn't do it.


    Has The Fourth Protocol turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I have other Forsyth books that I enjoyed.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Spoke too rapidly


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fourth Protocol?

    All of the first 8 chapters I listened to. Couldn't take any more.


    Any additional comments?

    Out of over 1600 books in my library and my mother's library, this was the biggest waste of time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 09-27-12
    Neil San Francisco, CA, United States 09-27-12
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    "Overall Very Good"

    I like Forsyth very much and found this to be very good. I preferred the Jackal and Odessa File more, but I was not disappointed

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Altarifa 05-03-16
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    "An excellent read"

    Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book. Great performance by David Rintoul. Will search other books he's narrated. The only minor criticism is that at times the book is a little too descriptive, much more so than in The Day of the Jackal. But still a highly recommended read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Moorhead, MN, United States 06-30-14
    J. Moorhead, MN, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Cold War Thriller"

    Rogue elements in the Politburo seek to destabilize Great Britain and let the Americans take the blame. Forsyth is in top form here making the far-fetched come off as perfectly plausible. A great read.

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    Molly 06-14-14
    Molly 06-14-14

    Wazoo Books

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    "Russians plans plant an A Bomb in the UK~ 4 STARS"

    PLOT: Elaborate Russian Plan to set off an A Bomb in Britain.

    Russians are slowing shipping parts for an A Bomb into Britain. Their plan is detonate the device next to an American Air Base and let them cause a "Split' in Nato as part of the fall out of the detonation.
    John Preston is part of MI5 and they come across a part of an A Bomb. They piece together a plot to "build" an A Bomb. This is a very good book is moves along and we like the Hero John Preston who is both methodical and intelligent. Added to the drama is the Philby Connection who is a British Traitor living in Russia. Very Good audio and the reader is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    11/20/11
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    "Meticulous details enhance an engrossing story"

    This is Frederick Forsyth at the peak of his story-telling abilities. A complex story of intrigue in the Cold War period. Multi-stranded story-lines intricately woven together into a thriller made all the more believable by the author's painstaking attention to detail which he somehow makes interesting. David Rintoul narrates the book superbly well and manages all the Russian names trip off his tongue like a native. A great listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
    12/2/10
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    "Classic Forsyth"

    This is Forsyth at his best.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gledders
    Chelmsford, UK
    1/12/11
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    "Fabulous"

    Having only ever seen the film with Pierce Brosnan and being new to Forsythe's books, I wasn't sure what to expect. But I was delighted. It is part Bond and part Le Carre. I am a huge fan of Tom Clancy and I have to wonder if this book wasn't his inspiration for Sum Of All Fears.
    Thoroughly enjoyable, well narrated, a great listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Eddie
    1/19/14
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    "Captivating"
    What did you like most about The Fourth Protocol?

    Frederick Forsyth is fast becoming my favourite author and it is great to have David Rintoul narrating. It all makes for a great novel that I could not stop listening to until it was finished.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Espionage in the Cold War era"

    Although written over 25 years ago, Forsyth captures the atmpsphere of mistrust that pervaded the security services following the expulsion of Philby and Co. John Preston's dogged attention to detail is at its best when he uncovers the truth about the spy who has operated undiscovered in the South African foreign service for many tears.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • john gadd
    6/25/16
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    "Poor"

    A poor performance from start to finish. The the actor was wooden and it felt like he was reading from a menu

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. E. Arman
    Aldingbourne., UK
    6/13/16
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    "Fantastic book"

    I have loved listening to this book .even the TVs has gone by the way side,mind you that is no loss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BelfastReader
    5/14/16
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    "Best thriller I've listened to"

    Amazing novel - although 3yrs old it was an excellent listen. If you want a thriller to listen - Freddie Forsyth is simply the master.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pleased customer
    2/8/16
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    "Great Story, well narrated."

    Great Story, well narrated, different from the film but not in a bad way. Well worth a download

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TheOriginalAikiboy
    In my own little world
    12/1/15
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    "Watched the film as a child"
    What did you like most about The Fourth Protocol?

    I watched the film back in the 1980's as I grew up in the area of MK where the 'domestic' scenes were filmed. Geographically I lived possibly under the run way of the air force base. Now an adult and can appreciate a good espionage film I decided to buy this and give it a go.
    What did I like? The well researched background and the similarities with that man Corben and the socialist manifesto ...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am torn between Petrovsy and Preston. Both doing their job for their own cause be that the security of the UK or the spread of the soviet socialist ideal. I think Preston just nudges past the post on this one due to the human element of an absentee father.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As I was mostly listening at work, not really :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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