Rogue Male is one of the classic thrillers of the 20th century. It's a gripping adventure on the themes of liberty, tyranny, and the ethics of political violence.
An Englishman plans to assassinate the dictator of a European country. But he is foiled at the last moment and falls into the hands of ruthless and inventive torturers. They devise for him an ingenious and diplomatic death but, for once, they bungle the job and he escapes. But England provides no safety from his pursuers - and the Rogue Male must strip away all the trappings of status and civilization as the hunter becomes a hunted animal.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
©1939 Geoffrey Household (P)2010 RNIB
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This was a good listen, well narrated story of an thirties gent whose attempted assassination of a European leader is thwarted, and his escape from capture and flight are told from his diaries.
Very much a novel of it?s time, it is like the Thirty Nine Steps or Riddle of the Sands. It is a thoughtful story that kept my attention. There is action but much of the story is the main character alone with his thoughts as he goes to ground to escape his enemies.
Very enjoyable, looking forward to getting another of his books!
The release of this book in audio is long overdue. Its clear to see the influence on modern thrillers as the action and themes are as relevant today as on first publication. The suspense and tension flow and grow to a crescendo and Robin Browne's excellent narration bring the very human feelings of the hero to life. Adventure thrillers don't come much better than this!
I was first drawn to this story when the BBC made a dramatised version of this on its drama radio. It is a great story about a bloke who was sent to assassinate a European leader to try to prevent a war (1939 - wonder who that could have been based on??). After the attempt fails, he escapes and returns home only to find thathe is "damaged goods" and without friends. Hunted by traitors within his own Government, he tries to disappear, hiding in the English countryside. His escape (from the foreign country), his living in hiding and his friendship with another lost sole (a ferral cat) and written in an "older language" (Beautifully English) where the fantastic, old ideal of British "fair play" comes to the fore makes for a brilliant story - I loved it and I hope you do too!!
A really good book for those who like detail and adventure and how to be an Englishman...
The language, the setting, and the character are all perfect. Both thrilling and charming, this is the only book I've consumed twice—and I could probably go again straight away.
yes i would read other books by Geoffrey Household
The concept of the book was interesting, although i found it hard to empathise with the main character until near the end of the book
when the cat appears in the den
probably wait for the DVD
Classic detectives and history are mostly my thing along with a dash of science fact and fiction.
An enjoyable old fashioned spy/escape story. I enjoyed this reading. Being a massive fan of the book I was delighted to find the audiobook read so well. Some strange pronunciation occasionally but a thoroughly good ripping yarn for all that. If you like Hannay then you must like the Rogue Male.
To be honest, I didn't expect much from Rogue Male as it was quite cheap and I just bought it on impulse to while away a few commutes.
I'm so glad I did because this is a wonderful thriller. Although decades old now, the writing is still fresh and exciting, with unpredictable twists and a style that many contemporary authors should envy!
The story is well-paced with an intriguing and inventive central character, perfectly narrated by Robin Browne whose voice matched exactly how I felt the fugitive should sound.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RNIB for producing such a great audiobook.
"Nice book, first person, not fly on wall"
I usually enjoy books that are told by the hero or main character. Like, I did this and not, he did that. This book is written that way. I got this book for less than 4 dollars and consider it a little gem. It is a bit fantastic that so many people would chase this guy but still I suspended disbelief and just enjoyed it. It may not go down in the great books category, but it may go down in the great books category for four dollars.
"An Englishman's ditch is his castle"
This is one of the (many) books I have loved. I read it first when I was about 12 and the plot and some of its scenes have lived in my head for a very long time.
It is very English.
It is very 30's.
It is very good.
It's Englishness and it's 30'sness mean that some of its language and some of its sensibilities will jar on many 21st century minds. Get over it. The point of historical texts is to let us see where we came from and this does that well.
The writing is clear and direct. The language is simple and the descriptions are concise. The story is simple in concept but deep enough to stay interesting.
It translates well to audio and Browne's narration is clear and without excessive characterisation.
This will make it to the repeat listen list with no problem.
I never had heard of Geoffey Household. I really enjoyed listening to this book that i bought the rest of what audible had. I've listened to only part of another so far and it is very interesting so far. I recommend these books.
"Hammond Innes is better"
I bought this because William Gibson recommends it in "Zero History,:" and because I'ma fan of Hammond Innes's plot-driven adventure novels. This book has minimal plot. It's just an English gentleman trying to hide from the police in the countryside. I gave up halfway through the book.
for a supposed classic of the genre this is rather boring and dated and not at all up to the quality of others from the same time period.
Fast paced, enjoyable listen. Good narrator and an interesting storyline. I highly recommend this spy thriller.
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