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I just couldn't imagine a better narration. Such a pleasure just listening to Rintoul's genius. Forsyth's real world understanding of spycraft and politics makes for a wonderfully believable adventure.
What did you like best about The Devil's Alternative? What did you like least?
the closer to the end the story got better it is a litttle longwinded at the start slow going nearly stopped listening
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
yes a lot more action at start
What three words best describe David Rintoul’s performance?
slow to go
Could you see The Devil's Alternative being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
matt damon and donald sutherland and anthony laparlia
Published in 1979 this book is redolent with the suspicion and hostility between the Soviet Union and the West that prevailed at the time. I listened in the early 1990s (when audiobooks came on numerous tape cassettes) and recall thinking that although the book was exciting it was less convincing owing to the new rapprochement between the old adversaries. As many years had passed and I’d forgotten most of the story I thought I’d download the book and see how it played in the current climate of renewed tensions. It couldn’t be more topical as the story involves Ukrainian freedom fighters, the importance in saving face for Soviet leaders and tussles between hawks and doves on either side of the Atlantic.
Apart from its renewed relevance to today’s world it remains a first class thriller. As with other books by the author, there is quite a bit of technical detail about, for example, guns, tankers, aircraft, the SAS that I would normally find boring but somehow in these books adds authenticity. Though largely a book about men wielding power and manipulating events the book, unlike, say, those by Wilbur Smith, avoids misogny and the few women characters are not clichés.
David Rintoul narrates with perfect manly authority making the characters seem believable as they save the world from disaster.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Devil's Alternative to be better than the print version?
It's probably on a par. It was easy to follow as an audio book - the characters were distinct from one another and there weren't so many that it confused.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Devil's Alternative?
To be honest it was a bit formulaic and while I can remember key points, they would seem trivial, for instance the captain of the tanker receiving a visit from his wife was quite poignant but hardly a pivotal moment.
What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
David Rintoul brought the characters to life by 'doing' their accents. I also thought he pronounced the various place names correctly and I liked that he had taken the effort to do that. The performance was the best part.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Not at all. It was a good listen but not outstanding. Steady, innocuous stuff.
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