The Odessa File

  • by Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by Frederick Davidson
  • 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Frederick Forsyth's spellbinding novels are the natural outgrowth of an adventuresome career in international investigative journalism.Written in Austria and Germany during the fall of 1971, The Odessa File is based on its author's life experiences as a Reuters man reporting from London, Paris, and East Berlin in the early 1960s.The "Odessa" of this title is an acronym for the secret organization that has protected the identities and advanced the destinies of former members of Hitler's dreaded SS since shortly before the end of World War II. One of its rare major defeats came in the spring of 1964, when a packet of dossiers arrived anonymously at the Ministry of Justice in Bonn.How and why a once carefree young German freelance journalist came to send the packet is told in this brilliant new extrapolation from reality into terror.

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good tension, great characters, engaging reading

i've heard several books, audible and elsewhere. some i read first, but never read this one or saw the film. the story has excellent character descriptions and actions, believable and character specific dialogue, a well crafted plot with twists that kept pulling me along and details that made the story very engaging and a twist at the end that shifted the focus, for me, of the whole story, actually kind of shocked me.
i found the reader exceptional, able to shift dialects between characters, which kept them, in my minds eye, visually present, clarified who was speaking and gave the words emotional context. this guy is a good reader/actor, in my opinion, and an excellent choice for German, British English and Israeli dialect.
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- writerly

Classic SS Thriller of (fictionalized) History

That most of the S.S. were not only able to get away but even come back and live peaceful lives in Germany is a tragedy.

When this book was originally released many decades ago it was likely created the scandalous outrage Forsyth intended and it still packs a punch as good investigative journalism should.

(I'm certain the book has been re-narrated at more listenable speed now MP3 players rule the day before too many cassettes or CDs were cumbersome and cut into profits so narration was so fast it took much of fun out of listening and led to many "abridged versions") e.g. I once heard (at a book store one of the Harry Potter books (still on the old C.D. format) and think... "Wow... that narrator is reading aloud FAR TOO quickly to enjoy.)

The book is well narrated with a sophistication befitting the people who will buy this book having a much better sense of history than much of the modern "pop culture" generation.

If you once saw it as a crummy movie (as I did long ago as a child) you can be certain, as usual, the book is far.. far.. BETTER! (Isn't it always?)

This is a "must read" as Forsyth in his forward lists all the research he did. I have no doubt that there is a similar organization even if its members are now rapidly dying of old age. Why they were/are able to go to their graves without any legal action or accountability for their many vicious war crimes is the reason is why one needs to read this book... especially if you believe in the phrase "Never again."
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- Scott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-24-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.