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R. Hunter

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  • The Day of the Jackal

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 553

One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, Operations Chief of the O. A. S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Forsyth novel meets a great narrator

  • By Jernau Gurgeh on 13-01-12

Classic, gripping story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-19

Really enjoyed the book. A really interesting and thrilling story. Very well narrated by David Rintoul, and I would encourage everyone to read the other Forsyth/Rintoul books.

One of the best thrillers ever written, I found the story engaging (a master assassin is hired to kill Charles De Gaulle) and informative and very believable. Absolutely incredible last quarter. Highly recommended. More complex and nuanced than most assassin books.

  • Death on the Nile

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything...until she lost her life. Hercule Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: "I'd like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger." Yet in this exotic setting nothing was ever quite what it seemed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, let down by narration

  • By Tab on 22-05-18

Very well read. Great story.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-19

Really enjoyed the book. Very well read by David Suchet, who really makes the book.

Interesting story, but as with a few AC books, takes a bit of time to get going. Better than Evil under the sun, not as good as the orient express. Would recommend all the Poirot/Suchet books.

  • Horse Under Water

  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

The dead hand of a long-defeated Nazi Third Reich reaches out to Portugal, London and Marrakech in Deighton's second novel, featuring the same anonymous narrator and milieu of The Ipcress File, but finds Dawlish now head of the secret British Intelligence unit, WOOC(P). The detail is frightening but unfaultable; the story as up to date as ever it was. The un-named hero of The Ipcress File the same: Insolent, fallible, capricious - in other words, human.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Second of the Harry Palmer Novels

  • By DT on 16-10-14

The best of the bunch

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-19

The best Harry Palmer book, in my opinion, and the only one not to be filmed (i think?).

Very well narrated by James Lailey (as ever). A really good, interesting story that cracks along at a good pace (and is a bit more engaging than the later books). Would recommend reading all the HP books, although the last one is a bit poor.

  • London Match

  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Long-awaited reissue of the final part of the classic spy trilogy GAME, SET and MATCH when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. The spy who's in the clear doesn't exist... Bernard Samson hoped they'd put Elvira Miller behind bars. She said she had been stupid, but it didn't cut any ice with Bernard. She was a KGB-trained agent and stupidity was no excuse. There was one troubling thing about Mrs Miller's confession - something about two codewords where there should have been one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An uncanny ability to get inside the mind of the intelligence community

  • By JT on 19-08-15

A great end to a great trilogy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-19

I really enjoyed the 3 books. They take a while to get going, but once you get into the story and the characters, I really enjoyed it. Narration is very good. If you look at the 3 books as a whole, I have a few criticisms (a slow start, and the books do crawl sometimes), but overall I would recommend the series. Best one is the 2nd.

Not quite as good as the Palmer books (which James Lailey also narrates very well).

  • Spy Hook

  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

The long-awaited reissue of the first part of the classic spy trilogy, Hook, Line and Sinker, when the Berlin Wall divided not just a city but a world. Working for the Department was like marriage is supposed to be--"'til death do us part"--but the Department is really not like that, and neither are many marriages, including that of Bernard Samson. The cool and cynical field agent of the Game, Set and Match trilogy has grown older and wiser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The master of the spy story

  • By Mr Tristram Shandy on 13-02-15

A slow start

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-19

Really enjoyed the previous trilogy, but I think that the first one of the second trilogy is the worst so far. It's way too slow and meandering in its first half, but picks up later. Like the first trio (which I thought got better as they went along) I'm hoping for great things as the story progresses as I loved Game Set and Match. The lack of any solid plot to start with makes it a difficult listen. I'm sure it will put people off an otherwise excellent series. Narration is perfect, as ever.

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stopped the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train was surprisingly full for the time of the year. But by the morning there was one passenger fewer. An American lay dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Natsume on 15-12-15

Great mystery

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-17

Good story. David suchet is excellent and really makes the story. Great stuff. Highly recommend

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  • The Afghan

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

When British and US intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation, they're ready for action. But what can they do? They know nothing about the attack, so they plant The Afghan, a prisoner of Guantanamo Bay and a former commander of the Taliban.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Review of the Afghan

  • By Hayley J. on 15-11-07

Good but overlong

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-11-16

Not a bad story, like all of his books it's very intricate and winding but not as engaging or interesting as his others. Not bad though. Well read. If you want something g better try his earlier ones or icon or fist of god.

  • The Ipcress File

  • By: Len Deighton
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Len Deighton's classic first novel, whose protagonist is a nameless spy - later christened Harry Palmer and made famous worldwide in the iconic 1960s film starring Michael Caine. The Ipcress File was not only Len Deighton's first novel, it was his first best seller and the story that broke the mould of thriller writing. For the working class narrator, an apparently straightforward mission to find a missing biochemist becomes a journey to the heart of a dark and deadly conspiracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great classic

  • By H. Tollyfield on 05-04-14

Good but convoluted.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-16

Good story but difficult to follow and very convoluted. Great narration though and the book is quite engaging. Deightons SSGB is a better read.

  • Dogs of War

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

An astonishing discovery is made in the remote African republic of Zangaro, one which could change the course of a nation's history forever. But such a discovery cannot be kept secret for long and Sir James Manson will stop at nothing to protect this find. A ruthless and bloody-minded tycoon, Manson immediately hires an army of mercenaries and with this deadly crew behind him he sets out to topple the government and replace its dictator with a puppet president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forsyth at his best!

  • By Andy on 15-07-11

Excellent, slow burning thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-14

A Classic Forsyth novel, takes its time to build up the setting, story and the characters so you really get involved in what is going on. As ever, excellently well written and researched. David Rintoul's narration is, in my opinion, the best out there and I was gripped after a fairly slow start. By the end I felt that that all the build up was worth it. Not one for action fans but still a very taut and tense book. Very good

  • Dominion

  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

The Great Smog. London. A dense, choking fog engulfs the city and beneath it, history is re-written…1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraints.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dominion: Fantastic and Atmospheric Novel!

  • By David on 21-11-12

A fantastic what if thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-14

Set in an alternate 1954 where Britain had surrendered in 1940 and the Nazis have essentially taken over the country. The main story about the resistance movement and trying to hide a terrifying secrete from the Germans is, although excellent, a bit overshadowed by a really well portrayed and terrifying vision of what could have been. Although this involves a lot of explanation and exposition about how things have changed, it really sets the scene and feels very authentic. Really enjoyed the book and if you're willing to take the time to sit through a slow build up and learn the characters back stories then you'll really get invested in the story. If you love early Frederic Forsyth,Highly recommended.