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The kidnapping of a young man on a country road in Oxfordshire is but the first brutal step in a ruthless plan to force the President of the United States out of office. If it succeeds, he will be psychologically and emotionally destroyed. Only one man can stop it - Quinn, the world's foremost Negotiator, who must bargain for the life of an innocent man, unaware that ransom was never the kidnapper's real objective...

The Negotiator unfolds with the spellbinding excitement, unceasing surprise and riveting detail that are the hallmarks of Frederick Forsyth, the master storyteller.

©1990 Frederick Forsyth (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • Mike
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 12-10-16

More "novely" than some of his other books

Excellent writing as always from Forsyth. Detailed descriptions of real world politics and spycraft as background to a believable fiction. I think this was written to please more of a US audience, with an American lone wolf protagonist and a more standard fiction formula than Jackal and some other earlier work. Still we'll worth the listen! Oh and all the other books I've heard have been read by David Rintoul who is a master actor. At first the recording quality and new actor put me off, but after a while he grew on me, and his range of completely different character voices is amazing!

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  • R. M. Ingram
  • 10-17-16

more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing

leaves you with a lump in your throat, a tear in your eye. ..and unlike his usual books. ...a smile on your face

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  • goodbookreader2901
  • 01-23-15

Pacey thriller

It's an auditory equivalent of a Liam
Neeson fast moving thriller. Lose yourself in the action, the equivative backdrops and the likeable hero.

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  • Kirstine
  • 03-27-15

Variably gripping

Most of the author’s books I’ve read/listened to have been engrossing and the voluminous descriptive stuff has added to the authenticity of the story. However, in this book the narrative dragged in places and the details sometimes felt like padding. It’s a complicated story, particularly at the beginning, but it does come hurriedly together towards the end. The best part is the middle third as the negotiator and kidnappers play cat and mouse with tension mounting until the kidnap ends. The remaining third of the book, involving the negotiator tracking down the kidnappers, is too long-drawn out and somewhat repetitive.

Steven Pacey is a good narrator but I have a preference for David Rintoul reading this author's books.

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  • Tim Hall
  • 02-25-15

Solid Thriller - Dodgy narration

If you could sum up The Negotiator in three words, what would they be?

Good solid thriller, well researched, mostly credible. Ideal sun-lounger/driving to work/walking the dog material. Forsyth is sometimes a little pompous but never dull.

What didn’t you like about Steven Pacey’s performance?

The accents. Mr. Pacey has a good voice for audiobooks and yet the accents (especially the Americans) tend to wander off-piste somewhat. Whitehouse staff apparently talk like 1920's Gangsters or Appalachian hillbillies; Females suffer even more. I would prefer a book that was read as neutrally as possible, rather than acted.

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  • MR
  • 02-20-15

Very enjoyable old school novel.

Good book, easy listen with enough going on to keep me interested in the story to the end. An enjoyable listen. Recommend.

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  • K. R. Fellows
  • 02-12-15

Average

Would you try another book written by Frederick Forsyth or narrated by Steven Pacey?

Yes

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting was the background plot. The whole kidnapping story however was plodding, too long and tedious.

What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

Good character enhancement

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Unlikely

Any additional comments?

The book's ok, but not one of Frederick Forsyth's best efforts

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  • Rob
  • 01-28-15

Loved it

I had never read or listened to a FF novel before the Negotiator so didn't really know what to expect, so this really surpassed my expectations. I find that a lot of modern novels are too graphic or violent with excessive bad language, this story manages to keep all of these elements to an acceptable level. Narrator also excellent.

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  • anthony
  • 06-29-14

Joy

great book riveting to the end
10/10 great performance as well - used while painting bedroom - excellent

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  • Steven
  • 04-21-18

Thrilling Forsyth 8/10

Would you listen to The Negotiator again? Why?

Maybe not, but it is a good tale

Any additional comments?

Its classic mega detailed Forsyth. In terms of story its a mix of Harlan Coben meets Ian Flemming. It has its flaws, like villains giving away all the back story before intending to kill the hero. Its main theme was very relevant to today however. Dont believe anything in world affairs as there is always more that meets the eye.

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  • Dave
  • 03-11-18

Damn good story.

loved it, kept me interested
fom cover to cover. I would highly recommend it. Another master piece of work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-15-17

Amazing & epic story.

Loved the globe encompassing storyline where the fate of whole nations can be affected by actions of few people.
All seemingly small situations around different parts of the world combine to form a cohesive thriller, where the suspense & will keep you reading till the end.
Excellent book.