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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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    Amazon Customer 10-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Gripping"

    Absolute beauty. Frederick Forsythe totally has you in rapt attention. sometimes one feels this could actually be true, well only he can confirm that

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    Altarifa 05-03-16
    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.

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

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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.

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    Anonymous 03-16-14
    Anonymous 03-16-14

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    "Masterfully written and narrated!"

    I've been a fan of Forsyth for many years. The attention to detail that a few reviewers complained about is one of the things I love about Forsyth's books. Characters are well developed, the reader comes to understand the background, intentions, procedures, risks, possible outcomes, and so on. While reading Forsyth you won't think, "That's out of character" or "How could they possibly do that?" No plot holes. Yes, to enjoy Forsyth one must think and pay attention, bit it's always so worth it. I can't imagine a better narration than David Rintoul's.

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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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie HEATH, OH, United States 09-25-12
    Valerie HEATH, OH, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Rivetting"

    Beautifully written, as always by Frederick Forsyth, as well as nail-bitingly exciting. What more can a reader ask?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lloyd mollymook, Australia 06-30-11
    lloyd mollymook, Australia 06-30-11
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    "Forsyth at his best"

    Well done Frederick Forsyth. What we have come to expect a great plot, well drawn and believable characters , a long book but enrtertaining in it's entirety. Superb naration that compliments the book in every way

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ray 01-20-14
    ray 01-20-14 Member Since 2017

    Ray is my husbands name. I am a middle aged woman from Michigan

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    "Never Finished it."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Slow slow slow. I dont know who would enjoy this. I rarely dont finish a book and I just couldnt see devoting any more time to this one


    Would you ever listen to anything by Frederick Forsyth again?

    I doubt it.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David Rintoul?

    It wasnt the narrator that was the issue with this book


    What character would you cut from The Fourth Protocol?

    Just burn the book. This guy took an entire chapter to talk about the connnections and influence in teh British parliament. Soooo boring and could have set up the connections in about 10 pages - instead he devoted an entire chapter - talk about page filling. This is the kind of crap I would do in high school papers.


    Any additional comments?

    Dont waste your time.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-27-17
    Wayne Matthews, NC 04-27-17 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "Great spy novel first released in 1984!!"

    The Fourth Protocol was British author Forsyth's 6th espionage thriller. All of his spy novels are wonderful, so picking the best is impossible for me, but this novel is as good as any of Forsyth's work. As an ex-spy himself, Forsyth knows of that which he writes. He is still writing at age 78 with his latest being an autobiography titled The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue which was released 18 months ago. Scottish actor David Rintoul narrates the Fourth Protocol perfectly!

    I very highly recommend all of Forsyth's spy novels.

    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Aryeh 07-08-17
    Aryeh 07-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the best book I read."

    My favorite writers include Tolstoy, Conrad, Edna O'Brian, Hemingway, Iris Murdoch, and Philip Roth (whose talent must have sprang full blown from Conrad's head) and then Thom Jones (whose stories Audible does not provide sadly). BUT THE FOURTH PROTOCOL equals the finest work of these writers upon whom the literary mandarins (to borrow one of his words) have singled out for the pantheon of the greats. Read it now. A word about Thom Jones. His first book of short stories won the National Book Award, but they should not be discounted on that ground. They will cut your soul to pieces and leave you the better for it. Profane, focused often on the futility, but ecstasy of military combat, of war, his stories put Schopenhauer into flesh and blood. They will also balm the soul. He wrote so brilliantly in spite of suffering from a debilitating severe seizure disorder, depression, and physical disabilities. He died before he could write a fourth volume of short stories (and it is rumored a novel). The Fourth Protocol more than holds its own. David Rintoul, like George Guidal, and John Lee make any story better.

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  • Ed Dawes
    10/9/16
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    "gripping"

    a gripping and intense spy thriller with an intricate plot. excellently narrated. I highly recommend this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. D. Hall
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    9/29/16
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    "Excellent!! Listen & Enjoy!"

    I loved this title. I knew and enjoyed the film, and thought I'd give it a try. I was not disappointed - David Rintoul's delivery is spot on, engages you and really brings the story to life. His range of accents is impressive and adds realism. Given that Forsyth is a byword for authenticity and accuracy the delivery by Rintoul is a perfect match. Listen & Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • nsuffield
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    9/18/16
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    "Engaging from the beginning."

    Somewhat let down by the realisation that I'd seen the film some years ago and had an idea as to where the story was going. Nevertheless very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lynne B.
    9/16/16
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    "The consummate spymaster"

    An excellent and compelling, multi-layered yarn from the master of spy thrillers, well-narrated and with a satisfyingly complete pulling-together of loose threads in the final pages. My only quibble with Mr Forsyth is that his attention to factual detail can sometimes be a little over the top: my reading experience would have been equally rewarding for example without gaining as I did an encyclopaedic knowledge of the geography and road names of Chesterfield. But this is a mere quibble and overall I would recommend this book highly to those who enjoy Mr Forsyth's genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • R. Maines
    9/13/16
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    "Hmmm."

    Not really my thing, but a well told if dated tale.

    Narration was good and could be understood at X1.5 playback speed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MAGGS
    Port Talbot
    9/13/16
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    "The Fourth Protocol - Very enjoyable"

    The Fourth Protocol - Very enjoyable
    This is my first Frederick Forsyth novel and apart from a very length explanation by philby to Russian leader regarding the Labour Party in uk this was an edge of the seat spy yarn.
    Excellent narration by David Rintoul

    1 of 1 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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fred
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
    10/21/12
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    "The Fourth Protocol"

    I liked the story but thought that the passages about the history and constitution of the British labour party were over long over complicated and unnecessarily tedious.

    I thought that the book which was just a novel, should have concentrated on entertaining the reader/listener rather that giving a lecture on British politics.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • H Gralton
    9/12/17
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    "Irritating narrator"

    Enjoyable story ruined by narrator. Found myself having to constantly adjust volume and rewind to compensate for the changes in voice level from too loud one minute to an imperceptible whisper next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • shona lidgey
    5/23/17
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    "Thrilling and absorbing"

    This is the second Frederick Forsyth novel I have listened too and I was again enthralled. David Rintoul read engagingly and cleverly. I was totally impressed by the Author's in depth knowledge. Thanks! A great yarn!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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