Plan Aurora, hatched in a remote dacha in the forest outside Moscow and initiated with relentless brilliance and skill....
Sam McCready has served with distinction for seven years as chief of the cover operations desk of Britain's Secret Intelligence...
the time he has set forth this sinister venture in all its ramifications, Frederick Forsyth has fashioned that manual and given us a classic of terror and enthrallment....
A collection of five suspenseful gems by master storyteller Frederick Forsyth, best-selling author of The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File....
The Odessa File is based on its author's life experiences as a Reuters man reporting from London, Paris, and East Berlin in the early 1960s....
One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman....
Deception, blackmail, murder, revenge - these are themes of stories that move from London to the coast of Spain, from Mauritius to Dublin....
The summer before he goes to college, Ricky Colenso travels to Bosnia to volunteer as an aid worker. A few weeks later, he disappears and is never heard from again...
On a routine intelligence gathering mission in Tehran, Jack Ryan, Jr., has lunch with his oldest friend, Seth Gregory. As they part, Seth slips Jack a key, along with a perplexing message....
The war is on-though who the ultimate winner will be, no one can tell....
A chilling story of modern terrorism from the grandmaster of international intrigue....
Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed....
For more than 40 years, Frederick Forsyth has been writing extraordinary novels. But what most people don't know is that some of his greatest stories have been in his own life....
CIA analyst Jack Ryan is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack....
The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent....
From its first moments, Hunter takes you on a nonstop thrill ride....
A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She's disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes....
When fifteen-year-old American Hailey Portman goes missing in Switzerland, her desperate parents seek the help of their neighbor....
Whichever option I choose, men are going to die.
When the entire Soviet Union wheat crop is destroyed by a devastating string of failures, the population faces starvation. The USA is quick to offer assistance. They devise a plan to trade vital food resources with the Russians in exchange for sensitive political information. But the Politburo has other ideas: the invasion of Western Europe to commandeer the food for them...
As the paths of communication breakdown the president of the United States and leaders from around the world face an appalling choice: Should they allow the loss of thousands to save the lives of many more? This is the Devil's Alternative and in this incomparable and gripping thriller the Cold War giants must fight a battle to the death.
I just couldn't imagine a better narration. Such a pleasure just listening to Rintoul's genius. Forsyth's real world understanding of spycraft and politics makes for a wonderfully believable adventure.
What did you like best about The Devil's Alternative? What did you like least?
the closer to the end the story got better it is a litttle longwinded at the start slow going nearly stopped listening
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
yes a lot more action at start
What three words best describe David Rintoul’s performance?
slow to go
Could you see The Devil's Alternative being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
matt damon and donald sutherland and anthony laparlia
very good clarity , narrator is 1st class would not mind another book by him
Published in 1979 this book is redolent with the suspicion and hostility between the Soviet Union and the West that prevailed at the time. I listened in the early 1990s (when audiobooks came on numerous tape cassettes) and recall thinking that although the book was exciting it was less convincing owing to the new rapprochement between the old adversaries. As many years had passed and I’d forgotten most of the story I thought I’d download the book and see how it played in the current climate of renewed tensions. It couldn’t be more topical as the story involves Ukrainian freedom fighters, the importance in saving face for Soviet leaders and tussles between hawks and doves on either side of the Atlantic.
Apart from its renewed relevance to today’s world it remains a first class thriller. As with other books by the author, there is quite a bit of technical detail about, for example, guns, tankers, aircraft, the SAS that I would normally find boring but somehow in these books adds authenticity. Though largely a book about men wielding power and manipulating events the book, unlike, say, those by Wilbur Smith, avoids misogny and the few women characters are not clichés.
David Rintoul narrates with perfect manly authority making the characters seem believable as they save the world from disaster.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Devil's Alternative to be better than the print version?
It's probably on a par. It was easy to follow as an audio book - the characters were distinct from one another and there weren't so many that it confused.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil's Alternative?
To be honest it was a bit formulaic and while I can remember key points, they would seem trivial, for instance the captain of the tanker receiving a visit from his wife was quite poignant but hardly a pivotal moment.
What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
David Rintoul brought the characters to life by 'doing' their accents. I also thought he pronounced the various place names correctly and I liked that he had taken the effort to do that. The performance was the best part.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Not at all. It was a good listen but not outstanding. Steady, innocuous stuff.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Excellent read. Great plot and descriptively captavating. This is my first FF but I will be picking up a second one day for sure
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
loved it! excellent narration. story grabbed me from the beginning. and great global power struggle story during tense time in the world!
One of the best
Kept me gripped. Great ending too. Loved it loved it. On to the next
Slow start as usual with FF as he sets the scene by describing every character in detail. But stick with it as the tension quickly builds as the story unfolds.
The world's superpowers are held to ransom by a group of freedom fighters but are all the governments united in their desired outcome?
Every twist in the plot keeps you guessing until the final reveal.
Excellent narration by David Rintoul.
I thought that this was a very good book and excellently narrated. However, I was left a little bit confused from the description. I understood that the main plot centred around a grain crisis facing Russia and while the story started off in that direction I was very surprised when the whole plot is changed and becomes about the hijacking of an oil tanker with no further mention of grain!
I was left wondering what the actual plot of the story was about at first.
Irrespective of this, David pulled off yet another fantastic piece of narration which made The story enjoyable to listen to
I read this book many years ago and have been waiting for it to appear in audio format. The characters are totally believable as is the plot. Just how close the world came to these various scenarios coming about we will never know however, the chilling truth of the matter is that they may have!
Where does The Devil's Alternative rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
What other book might you compare The Devil's Alternative to, and why?
Red storm rising by T Clancy. Similar theme.
Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Yes, Same High standard.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Neither but really enjoyed it
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