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The Fox

Written by: Frederick Forsyth
Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
4 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's 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

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

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Very well narrated. This was the audio equivalent of an 'un - put - downable' book

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Riveting. Not to be missed spy thriller

Great narrator and a great book. Spy thriller fans will really love it. Vintage Forsyth.

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  • 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.

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  • mvwijland
  • 08-08-19

Love the narrator

The story is great, although the hacking part is a byline, hardly explained. But the idea of the story is well crafted. Love the details, political viewpoints on issues.

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  • Chad Morrison
  • 03-05-19

Interesting lead, failure in execution.

The leading character Sir Adrian Western had me looking forward to future books, but the ending in this novel made me think of a student hitting a word limit in an academic essay. Well read by the narrator.

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  • Mr. R. A. Forrest
  • 17-12-18

A lively romp, but a but clunky...

Really enjoyed this story with all the ingredients of a good espionage tale. But, thinly veiled references to current government members, and a professor Baron Cohen were faintly ridiculous. David Rintoul's sonorous reading gave extra gravitas that the narrative really needed. His soft Scottish accent had echoes of the Flemming readings he has done. A pleasure to listen to. I say listen, have fun and enjoy. It's like a movie you are glad you watched, but really don't take away too much and will probably never watch again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-18

Truly fantastic!!

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

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  • Simon
  • 21-09-18

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.

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  • susan
  • 29-09-18

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.

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  • Robert Precious
  • 24-09-18

Good story.

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

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  • C. Whitehair
  • 25-06-20

A master storyteller and great narration

The master storyteller on top form, weaving fact and fiction. Hard to "put down"!
Enjoyed the narration. A great listen

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  • Moorcroft
  • 15-06-20

A Gripping Tale

I couldn't put it down after I'd started it. Very satisfying tales of intelligence and intrigue

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  • Mr. G. J. Tregilgas
  • 18-05-20

Ok

Not quite up to the usual level, but to be honest that is an incredibly high bar to meet. Worth a read.

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  • Dan norman
  • 10-05-20

short and swift

I preferred Frederick's older longer novels this seemed to lack something of substance like his others

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  • Mr. F
  • 09-05-20

eerily relevant

A captivating and eerily relevant story of cyberspace espionage occuring in a typical British suburb.

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  • Jonny Wright
  • 21-04-20

I read this one on paper

I found this story was bland. the premise sounded great but the story was pretty much a rinse and repeat of same actions over and over again.

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  • Charlie
  • 09-03-20

Didn't really like the reader,

First time listening to a book not impressed. The reader didn't have the best voice.

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  • Peter Gray
  • 07-10-18

As ever, only the best from Frederick Forsyth

Frederick Forsyth never fails to hold his audience. The plot, the detail and the gripping conclusion are all up to the highest standard. David Rintoul has a voice perfectly fitted to maintaining tension while keeping the listener wanting more. A great combination.

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  • Michael
  • 05-06-19

Classic Forsyth

Great tale, in Forsyth's memorable style. Excellent performance by the reader. I wonder if the fictional ending will, like so much fiction, be prophetic.

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  • Mario LAROCCA
  • 17-04-19

One too many

The outline plan for the story was potentially good. It was timely and exciting. The writing lacked any new ideas, and a number of previously used lines (in other books by the same author) were reused. Overall disappointing .

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  • Hamish
  • 14-03-19

Fantastic As Usual

I've noticed Fred Forsythe has actually become a more economical writer over the years. Around about the time of The Cobra especially, and now this book, he's much more, sort of, 'blockbuster thriller'. But it works because of his superior research and attention to detail and character, and the subsequent ability for the reader to suspend disbelief. All the way back in the days of The Day of the Jackal and other such books, he was a lot less sparing with his prose, and it sometimes appeared (to me at least) to be OVERLY concerned with details not necessarily connected to the main narrative. I'd find myself glossing over whole sections, searching for where the story reengaged. But he's 'reverse mellowed' now, so to speak. His work pumps along at a great pace and he doesn't concern himself with any unnecessary dross. Better and better. And David Rintoul is fantastic as ever. What a great pair.

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  • David
  • 18-12-18

Amazing, very satisfying, great

Frederick Forsyth has surpassed himself with this little tome! Coupled with the superb narration of David Rintoul, they have delivered a rather smooth story. Even the terrible minefield of alphabet security soup is well laid out with enough background without trying to reinvent the wheel of acronyms. This present day tale well held my interest to the very last line, the characters from the Kremlin to West Wing to the hallowed halls of Westminster, yes even the Scots have a great showing, all without fail are definitely well drawn and fit together so well. The central figure portrays just so well, he leans ever so gently on your shoulder. This is the most well enjoyed and pleasurable book to me of recent times. I lift my cap to both you Frederick and David, excellent!