Regular price: £19.99

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – choose any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • Free, unlimited access to Audio Shows
  • After your trial, Audible is just £7.99/month
OR
In Basket

Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Fox by Frederick Forsyth.

The 18th novel from best-selling thriller writer Frederick Forsyth, the man who defined the genre.

The Fox is based on the stories of British hackers Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love and centres around an 18-year-old schoolboy with Asperger’s Syndrome who is able to penetrate intricate firewalls to access the secrets at the highest level of foreign governments and other major organisations.

©2018 Frederick Forsyth (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Forsyth is a magnificent storyteller." (Daily Mail)

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    52
  • 4 Stars
    24
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    3

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    59
  • 4 Stars
    19
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    41
  • 4 Stars
    22
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    3
Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Not Quite Such a Cunning Fox!

For once, with this author, when a publisher puts extravagant claims in their blurb it's hard to argue. Frederick Forsyth has written some of the all-time thriller greats so deserves the ultimate respect. They suggest he defined the thriller genre so is he still at the leading edge all these years later? He certainly throws a lot at this book to make it up to date and relevant with everything from Novichok to computer hacking being cast into the mix!

For me David Rintoul was more the star here with his superbly smooth narration which I always enjoy. The story itself relies on the now well-used super teenage hacker who can do things that no-one else can and in fact the first way they use his skills made me smile. However, I never felt that the characters came to life and the story was a fairly repetitive re-hash of the same thing happening in different ways.

It still felt that it had some of Forsyth's classy writing and one or two of the various secret service types made for good characters so with that excellent narration it's certainly not bad but Forsyth is no cyber security expert and this won't go down as one of his greatest hits.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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

Don't Waste a Credit

This is a truly badly written book, and then he suddenly lost his skill??? Sadly Frederick Forsyth has lost his skill.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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

Good story.

Very up to date plausible,well told and always interesting.Absorbing read.i listened to it all through in two sittings. Unstoppable.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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

The end of a genre?

Ever since the fall of the Berlin wall , the old masters of the cold war espionage novel have been struggling for a credible plot line. The cyber era seems to have dealt a death blow. Even the most skillful writer cannot spin a gripping story out of ia computer screen. FF does his best with speculation wrapped around recent events, but the book left me with same experience as seeing a 70 year old pop star still trying to perform the hits of his youth.

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

The Fox another cunning one.

I know many reviews did not praise this but although agreeing it was not his best work I still found it an enjoyable listen. It is not as long as some of his other books but I have to say it kept me listening with interest. A really first class reader helped too.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • D
  • 19-10-18

Poor. Relies solely on his reputation as an author

Give this a miss. Unimaginative and easy to stop listening. Characters lack depth and are uninteresting

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

A good predictable Forsyth

A good uncomplicated story but missing some of the old Forsyth. Very well read by the narrator. Forsyth gives a good argument on the character of Putin.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • JEREMY
  • Chippenham, United Kingdom
  • 15-10-18

I don’t think he wrote this?

Oh dear. Predictable and bland., just run of the milll techno thriller. Like a Clancy ghosted novel.

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

Vintage Forsyth

He’s has a superior knowledge. Makes you feel you are there in the thick of the action

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • C I H
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • 09-10-18

Frederick Forsyth delivers!

Remember Day of the Jackal,well this brings it up to date and beyond get prepared for an adventure because you will need to put everything on hold as this storyline will keep you on the edge of your seat right to the end, superb Forsyth at his best delivered by David Rintoul in excellent form.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Alex
  • 21-09-18

Disappointing effort from a capable author

I view FF as a really capable author, which is why I'm so disappointed with this book. All the contemporary aspects of this book rang hollow. He still did a good job on the traditional aspects of it, e.g. tradecraft and the overall plot. But it fell apart in a few critical areas:

Technology - for a book about hacking, the tech side of it needs to be at least passable. In this book the tech is so wrong that it's just nonsense.

The Ending - Without putting any spoliers in, if you're Frederick Forsyth it is not okay to have an ending that a high school student would get in trouble for.

Contemporary Characters - This is more of a minor gripe, but there were a couple of times when a character was given some really old-fashioned stereotypical traits that just felt disconnected from reality. Also, FF decided to put Trump in the book (which is fine), but for plot reasons he couldn't make him live up to his reputation. It would have been so easy to have omitted the direct reference to "the president's book, the Art of the Deal", and not have had that contradiction. It's just sloppy.

As far as the performance went, at the start I found the narrator's accents a bit jarring, other than that it was okay.

To sum it up, I think FF did the bare minimum and is relying on his reputation to sell this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-18

Truly fantastic!!

Frederick Forsyth is a master writer and this book is further proof of his excellence!!