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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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By Richard on 12-05-10

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.

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By Ian on 05-24-14

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.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By Wil on 12-08-10

A Classic that never gets old

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!

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By Amazon Customer on 07-14-12

Rogue Male - An intrigue

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!!

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