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A good book that perhaps should have been great. In my view its length counted against it. Forsyth simply doesn't write bad books or even mediocre ones; this is simply to detailed but unquestionably worth a listen
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How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrators has a pleasant voice but his halting style continually detracts from the content or loses the point.
I read this as I had heard of Mr Forsyth before and my downloading this came as a result of 2 things, I had reached my maximum credit overspill and I had read all of the books by Mr Ryan and Mr McNab. I. Saw the running time of this and thought, why not, it had good reviews.
What I found was nothing short of a masterpiece, well written, explains all details as far as Military tech goes, humorous (...an umbrella that sends messages...!) and several plots that overlap and culminate in a final one that I doubt any reader would have predicted. What is totally amazing is the fiction that is so deftly aligned with fact, you cannot tell which is which. The running time, whilst long, kept you hooked the whole time. Whilst the books of Mr McNab and Mr Ryan are action packed, this was too, but involved a master of a plot, to which the 2 SAS men deployed plots that were very easy to follow, having said that, it is easy to see that Mr F seems to have had a distinct influence on these two writers and having not read Any FF books before, can see where. Mk 1 human eyeball etc.
I am now going to read The Afghan and I hope that it is as good as this, if anyone reading this can recommend another FF book, I would be very grateful.
Quite simply, having read some great books by AM and CR, such as The Watchman, Tenth Man Down and pretty much all of McNabs (except perhaps Aggressor and Deep Black) this could well be the best book I have read.
The narrators don't get said much in reviews and I thought him very stuffy to begin, but as the story went on, he emerged as a fantastic compliment to this great book. Witty, where he needed to be, and serious where required. When you begin, you wouldn't think that this narrator could be capable of making you laugh out loud but he does, several times.
Listen out for the part where the Soviet neighbour is "questioned" and where the MIMI question the Soviet's handyman. Brilliant.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
The Frederick Forsyth mixture-as-before, served ice-cold, well-garnished and brimming over. Contains complete detailed instructions for refuelling a Boeing F-15 Eagle in-flight, seducing a prim Viennese spinster in order to burgle her employer, teaching college students to blow up an Iraqi patrol with semtex, keeping your boss happy when it's Saddam Hussein, separating uranium isotopes without anyone finding out, torturing someone to death in a well-equipped interrogation centre, contacting a top-level mole in Baghdad, searching a Middle Eastern mountain range for a concealed WMD, and pronouncing "Allah" with a convincing Arab accent. Obsessively authentic on all these essential skills, with the possible exception of the last.
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Where does The Fist of God rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
A good book so 7 out of 10 based on those i have listened to.
What aspect of John Franklyn-Robbins’s performance might you have changed?
The narrators accent was distracting for me (posh old school English) while this was appropriate for some of the characters for many it just didn't fit. the attempts at an american accent were horrid and at times when reading as the English SAS hero (who was speaking Arabic) the narrator tended to sound like the wicked witch of the north! Finally i found the use of the less popular and old fashioned pronunciation of covert (cuvet) quite annoying as it is used quite a lot in this book.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
no its a long book but i was interested all the way through.
Any additional comments?
Overall i enjoyed the book but for the points i have noted above.
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