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?
©2011 Frederick Forsyth (P)2011 Random House Audio Go
"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!
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.
Being a fan of the book and having read it more times than I can remember, I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but found the story to be as captivating as an Audiobook as the Novel is, A pleasure to listen to in the car, and responsable for me taking the long way to Appointments on more than one occasion to listen to a bit more.
I would deffinatly recommend this to other lovers of a great story
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.
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.
"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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