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The Odessa File | [Frederick Forsyth]

The Odessa File

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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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Robert Leominster, United Kingdom 26/07/2012
    Robert Leominster, United Kingdom 26/07/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "Forsyth at his best"

    "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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Philip 26/09/2011
    Philip 26/09/2011
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    "Classic, brilliantly narrated."

    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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Neville Swansea, United Kingdom 03/02/2013
    Neville Swansea, United Kingdom 03/02/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic Book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom 18/12/2014
    Kirstine Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom 18/12/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating and clever thriller"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mr M J Leete 01/08/2015
    Mr M J Leete 01/08/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Story with some Great twists"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Odessa File to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the book but was recommended this by a friend it was amazing I couldn't stop listening to it


    What other book might you compare The Odessa File to, and why?

    never really heard a story like it


    Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    He is a very clear narrator and plays the roles perfectly


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some parts of this book do bring a lump to your throat and defiantly make you think,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron 31/05/2015
    Ron 31/05/2015
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    "a classic"

    i first read this when i was in school as part of an English lit assignment. it was the first book that i literally couldn't put down. now MANY years later it still has the same grip albeit with a different view point. the early chapters describing the conditions in Riga nearly made me physically ill and the remain in mystery still kept me awake at night.

    the reader is flawless.

    read this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Anne Carolan 27/01/2015
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    "Great narration"

    Very good narrator, can listen to him in long bursts. gripping storyline and thoroughly believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Farnham, United Kingdom 21/01/2015
    David Farnham, United Kingdom 21/01/2015 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant"

    Another Frederick Forsyth great. Real edge of the seat adventure. I love this style of book so I can't recommend it highly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A 07/07/2014
    A 07/07/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Timless Classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Odessa File to be better than the print version?

    Listening made easy. I prefer to listen rather than to read. Why? The combinations are endless tune in during that long car journey, a trip on the train, the long haul flight. Just relax and get lost in the story without the eye strain.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter Miller is the main protagonist. Great character with all his human flaws who does not always do what he is supposed to - like keeping his highly recognisable car. A great combination of historical fact intermingled with fiction. I particularly loved the twist in the tail that went some way in explaining why Peter was so determined and driven.


    Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Haven't had the pleasure of any of his other narrations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. A bit too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    Why not revisit the old classics that you have previously read. The plot comes flooding back and is just as enjoyable second time around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brodie Newcastle, United Kingdom 01/03/2014
    Brodie Newcastle, United Kingdom 01/03/2014
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    "Thrilling story, thrillingly told"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Odessa File to be better than the print version?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miller of course was my favourite, the main character in the story. Frederick Forsythe always gives his protagonists strong but good characters.


    Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favourite?

    Actually all of the voices used were so good for the characters being portrayed.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • andrew
    Singapore, Singapore
    21/10/13
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    "a bit bloated"
    If you could sum up The Odessa File in three words, what would they be?

    surprising; overly detailed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Odessa File?

    the ending


    What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the pronunciation of the non-english names


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, the diary entry and the war detail were too long


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
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    09/05/12
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    "Great yarn"
    Where does The Odessa File rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Werewolf is so good. Got to love it when a baddy is written up so well.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance; with accents, style of speech and his consistency.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When the past catches up with you it won't knock on the door, it may well be kicked in.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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