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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (14,638 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frederick Forsyth Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781455170111
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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 which 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 tale of suspense.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A carefully thought-out, meticulously researched, documented…highly suspenseful work of  fiction.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A highly superior combination of real-life facts and suspense fiction.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Intriguingly fact-packed with relentless exporting, a protagonist propelled by an unstoppable force as suicidal as that of a lemming, and a time-factored chase ticking off to an explosive climax.”

    Cleveland Press

  • “Every bit as exciting as its noted predecessor and even eerie.”

    Cosmopolitan (UK)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Satish pitchikala | 2/15/2014

    " Disappointing is what I would say about this novel! The narration is at best described as ordinary and the plot predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 FiveBooks | 2/10/2014

    " A story of Nazi-hunting, it is brilliant as both a conspiracy and action thriller, drawing on real historical events and turning them into a compelling story. With it intensive research and tightly engineered structure, it set the template for the modern, lightening-paced thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 1/30/2014

    " A spy novel based in truth, and it was a great read, too. If you like Nazi hunting, then you'll like this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rae | 1/23/2014

    " This fiction reads like a non-fiction book. It has to do with an organization called Odessa and Hitler's Final Solution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Soumik Sen | 1/23/2014

    " Flowing story and good adventure.Very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 1/12/2014

    " First read when I was 13 or so. Re-reading for the first time since then. Interesting... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Indika | 1/10/2014

    " Loved it. Wish I had read it in English. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/18/2013

    " Thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel. Nothing beats a good old fashioned detective story with a good start, middle and end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nigel Beale | 12/17/2013

    " Read this as a teenager...may have to re-read to see if the rating stands. Movie was great too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bayu Probo | 12/5/2013

    " Buku lama yang kisahnya mudah ditebak "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Foster | 12/5/2013

    " Loved reading the book and watching the movie simultaneously. Easily found on Netflix. Enjoyed seeing the changes that were made to the original story to write the screenplay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ardita | 12/1/2013

    " I saw the movie like dozens of years before finally reading the book. Never realized that Forsyth's account of Wiesenthal is real.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Boris | 11/24/2013

    " Kind of primitive but still an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Indra samsie | 7/30/2013

    " spionase is every where. wacth your back "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerome | 5/29/2013

    " Could not have been that good. Here it is four years later and I have completely forgotten what it was about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sergio | 4/18/2013

    " Read the book first, the movie can be skipped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 1/6/2013

    " Amazing, painful, gripping. Not to be missed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa Crooks | 5/27/2012

    " very suspenseful. an interesting, thrilling twist to the rundown of the nazis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig | 3/26/2012

    " A German reporter in the 60's gets a lead on German concentration camp officers who have escaped detection, many of whom hold prominent industrial and political positions. For personal reasons, he tracks them down. It is a thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 2/3/2012

    " Very good read and enteratining. Nice idea that could be true and possible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Monti | 11/1/2011

    " Forsyth is one of my favorite fiction writers who, like John Grisham, creates characters you love spending time with. I've read this book 3 times so far and I know I'll pick it up again someday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 5/11/2011

    " Very good read like this author would be still reading a few books that I have not had time to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 5/9/2011

    " More Forsyth -- one of his classics. Fun and thrilling read (as usual). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 5/4/2011

    " I liked the Day of the Jackal much more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suby | 5/1/2011

    " This must be one Forsyth's earlier books. He balances the view of Holocaust victims, SS and Germany's younger generation beautifully. Gripping reading..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 2/8/2011

    " Forsyth includes a lot of characters which I found confusing at times (I had to keep flipping back). Although the book is fiction, he ties in a lot of historical figures. I enjoyed this quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sergio | 2/7/2011

    " Read the book first, the movie can be skipped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kurt | 11/19/2010

    " A photojournalist attempts to infiltrate the super-secretive O.D.E.S.S.A. in order to confront an unrepentant SS officer infamous for his posting as a concentration camp commandant. Tons of good stuff about Nazis and where you might have found them in the years following WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy | 11/14/2010

    " Read many years ago and wanted to read again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 10/6/2010

    " I wasn't sure what to make of this book at first but once I got into it, it proved difficult to put down. A fantastic twist at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 9/28/2010

    "
    A great thriller. If I had to choose a favorite Forsyth novel, it would be a tough call between *The Odessa File* and *The Day of the Jackal*. Hard to decide, so I'll just say that it's a photo-finish, a two-way tie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Declan | 9/8/2010

    " I love this,a great story.I recently heard that the real Edouard Roschmann died of a heart attack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Quinn | 5/31/2010

    " The idea that many of Nazi SS elite escaped to live out regular lives after World War II is amazing. How could that happen? This was a very interesting read and I really enjoyed it but I felt the ending was a little bit lacking. "

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About the Author
Author Frederick Forsyth

Frederick Forsyth was born in England in 1938. He settled on a career in journalism, working as a reporter in Norwich and then as the Reuters News Agency’s correspondent in Berlin and Paris, which provided the background for his bestselling novel The Day of the Jackal. He worked for the BBC for several years and then as a freelance journalist.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.