The life-and-death hunt for a notorious Nazi criminal unfolds against a background of international arms deals. As the story leads to its final dramatic confrontation on a bleak winter's hill-top, the question every reader asked at the end of The Day of the Jackal will inevitably be asked again: Can this be fiction?
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surprising; overly detailed
the pronunciation of the non-english names
no, the diary entry and the war detail were too long
i enjoyed the story but it seemed( not true but seemed ) as if the Nazi war stories took up half the story. In my opinion, it was too much, too long.
Without it, the story would be nice but perhaps some people would feel it was too short.
Not all the extra layers were necessary, i think.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
Frederick Forsyth, Jack Higgens, Bernard Cornwell to name a few are 'Big Boys Own Adventure' stuff. Not too much detail to bog you down, but just enough to keep the pace flowing. A pleasant experience this audiobook.
The Werewolf is so good. Got to love it when a baddy is written up so well.
Excellent performance; with accents, style of speech and his consistency.
When the past catches up with you it won't knock on the door, it may well be kicked in.
It is great to see how a major character does not necessary cause all effects but is important to events that he has no idea he is effecting. Lovely writing.
"Forsyth at his best"
"The Odessa File" is Frederick Forsyth at his best. It tells the tale of a journalist who - for personal reasons that are revealed at the end of the book - hunts down a former concentration camp commandant.
The book is filled with the incredible detail and planning that are the hallmark of Forsyth's books, and he creates believable and interesting characters. The audiobook version of the story adds to this through David Rintoul's truly flawless narration. He perfectly matches the mood of the text, and does a good job giving each character a 'voice.' His narration of Roschmann's rant at the end of the book is brilliant.
This book thoroughly deserves five stars, and is highly recommended. Once you've finished this one, you should try "The Day of the Jackal," another superb Forsyth book which is also narrated by Rintoul.
"Classic, brilliantly narrated."
Although I'm a fan of the author (can you add more please Mr Audible), I do not give my stars easilily. However all five are well deserved. David Rintoul also does a brilliant performance and his pronoucation is good for both English and German. I recommend you buy it!
This has been on my top ten films since I was a young lad, I had never read the book. This audio book didnt dissapoint, it was an exciting read.
"Fascinating and clever thriller"
This is one of the few Frederick Forsyth novels that I haven’t listened to before and so was gripped by the twists and turns in the intricate plot as I had no idea what would happen next. I don’t know if the story is based on actual events: the postscript to the book suggests that it is, but others have contested the details. There certainly were secret organisations devoted to protecting ex-Nazis and facilitating their escape to South America and this is the thrust of the book into which is woven a clever story of a journalist trying to track down the ‘Butcher of Riga’. Other reviewers have criticised the amount of detail incorporated into the story. I like this about the author’s books as it adds authenticity to the narrative and most of the factual stuff is interesting. I have complained in reviews of other authors of too much detail but this has been endless descriptions of what people are wearing, the decor or inconsequential facts unrelated to the story.
David Rintoul has just the right voice for this author’s books.
i first read this when i was in school as part of an English lit assignment. it was the first book that i literally couldn't put down. now MANY years later it still has the same grip albeit with a different view point. the early chapters describing the conditions in Riga nearly made me physically ill and the remain in mystery still kept me awake at night.
the reader is flawless.
read this book!
Very good narrator, can listen to him in long bursts. gripping storyline and thoroughly believable.
Another Frederick Forsyth great. Real edge of the seat adventure. I love this style of book so I can't recommend it highly enough.
Listening made easy. I prefer to listen rather than to read. Why? The combinations are endless tune in during that long car journey, a trip on the train, the long haul flight. Just relax and get lost in the story without the eye strain.
Peter Miller is the main protagonist. Great character with all his human flaws who does not always do what he is supposed to - like keeping his highly recognisable car. A great combination of historical fact intermingled with fiction. I particularly loved the twist in the tail that went some way in explaining why Peter was so determined and driven.
Haven't had the pleasure of any of his other narrations.
No. A bit too long for that.
Why not revisit the old classics that you have previously read. The plot comes flooding back and is just as enjoyable second time around.
"Thrilling story, thrillingly told"
I have read the book, the audio vision was superb. The reader was excellent, just the right amount of tension in the voice to match the mood of the story
Miller of course was my favourite, the main character in the story. Frederick Forsythe always gives his protagonists strong but good characters.
Actually all of the voices used were so good for the characters being portrayed.
This book had me wanting to be constantly in my kitchen working, this is where I listen to my audio books, so I got a lot of cooking for the freezer done.
For me, this is an audio book I will re listen to, there is just so much in the story, that a second or third listening I am sure I will hear things I missed first time round.
Classic tale of an underground organisation of former SS officers in Germany and other parts of the world protecting each others identities in 1960s Germany. From their now respectable positions of power they continue to hate and plot against Jews until their secrets are stumbled across by a German reporter. I've seen the film in the past and was apprehensive about reading the book in case it was identical. However, the book is different from the film in many ways. A great, gripping story that is well written and narrated. It perhaps loses a bit of pace in the last hour but it's still highly recommended by those interested in this genre.
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