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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"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.
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 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.
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.
Musings of a bald guy
The pace is terrific and the subject matter riveting...
Some parts made me laugh like how they had to walk to the local village to make a phone call because the line was down
Im struggling to think of a better book as I write this. Its got everything, history, action, suspense, and the narration is unreal - you would never believe Rintoul is Scottish. Wish it wouldn't end
Having read the book several times I found that my imagination and imagery fell in line with the narration of the audible version
The story of Peter Millers father and how he is murdered
I found it interesting how the author makes the distinction between the Wehrmacht. and the Waffen SS.
I have read and listened to this story several times and I still find it enjoyable
The plot. Solid, not too predictable.
The telling of the inmates story
The central character.
One of the best thrillers of the last 50 years.
This must have been dynamite when it was published in 1971.
I'm re listening to TDOTJ, TOF and TDOW after Forsyth's new memoirs. Forsyth was really on a roll with his first three books.
I've not heard a David Rintoul audiobook yet that wasn't superb.
I haven't read the book but was recommended this by a friend it was amazing I couldn't stop listening to it
never really heard a story like it
He is a very clear narrator and plays the roles perfectly
Some parts of this book do bring a lump to your throat and defiantly make you think,
"a bit bloated"
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.
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.
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