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The kidnapping of a young man on a country road in Oxfordshire is but the first brutal step in a ruthless plan to force the President of the United States out of office. If it succeeds, he will be psychologically and emotionally destroyed. Only one man can stop it - Quinn, the world's foremost Negotiator, who must bargain for the life of an innocent man, unaware that ransom was never the kidnapper's real objective...

The Negotiator unfolds with the spellbinding excitement, unceasing surprise and riveting detail that are the hallmarks of Frederick Forsyth, the master storyteller.

©1990 Frederick Forsyth (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Great story! Amazing narration!

I believe this to be one of Forsyth’s best books and the narrator, Steven Pacey, did an incredible job! He managed a different voice for each character, male, female, English, American, French, Russian, Dutch, German, perfect accents! Well done! A really good listen!

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  • Rob
  • 29-08-2019

Fred Forsyth at his best

masterfully told, with all the exquisite, obsessive detail that is so the marque of FF this tale pits the skill and determination of a lone ex Green Beret against the combined with of Scotland Yard, the CIA and FBI. There's the unavoidable romance, classic maniacal genius on the manipulator side and bombastic Washington beaurocrats. In many respects reminiscent of later James Bond stories, but with more colour and detail. Told with skill and engagement, certainly caught my attention, even if the plot was ever so slightly predictable. Perhaps not as spellbinding as "Day of the Jackel" but better than " The Forth Protocol", this ranks highly on the Forsyth library.

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Still Good After All These Years

i read this book when it was first published, about thirty years ago. Now I listened to the audiobook and the story is still a good plot, well written. The performance was very good. An enjoyable audiobook.

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Amazing & epic story.

Loved the globe encompassing storyline where the fate of whole nations can be affected by actions of few people.
All seemingly small situations around different parts of the world combine to form a cohesive thriller, where the suspense & will keep you reading till the end.
Excellent book.

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  • Mike
  • 10-12-2016

More "novely" than some of his other books

Excellent writing as always from Forsyth. Detailed descriptions of real world politics and spycraft as background to a believable fiction. I think this was written to please more of a US audience, with an American lone wolf protagonist and a more standard fiction formula than Jackal and some other earlier work. Still we'll worth the listen! Oh and all the other books I've heard have been read by David Rintoul who is a master actor. At first the recording quality and new actor put me off, but after a while he grew on me, and his range of completely different character voices is amazing!

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  • Ashutosh Deuskar
  • 03-07-2018

Amazing

Really amazing even after so many years. Great narration as well. Frederick Forsyth is very good

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  • R. M. Ingram
  • 17-10-2016

more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing

leaves you with a lump in your throat, a tear in your eye. ..and unlike his usual books. ...a smile on your face

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  • Rob
  • 28-01-2015

Loved it

I had never read or listened to a FF novel before the Negotiator so didn't really know what to expect, so this really surpassed my expectations. I find that a lot of modern novels are too graphic or violent with excessive bad language, this story manages to keep all of these elements to an acceptable level. Narrator also excellent.

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  • derek whittle
  • 17-02-2019

Slow Start

If I had not persevered, I would have closed the book less than a 1/3 in. there is a lot of plot setting, before you get to the interesting bits, however once past the plot setting, the book picks up pace, and turns out to be a good read. A couple of good unexpected twists in the story. Worth persevering.

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  • goodbookreader2901
  • 23-01-2015

Pacey thriller

It's an auditory equivalent of a Liam
Neeson fast moving thriller. Lose yourself in the action, the equivative backdrops and the likeable hero.

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  • Kirstine
  • 27-03-2015

Variably gripping

Most of the author’s books I’ve read/listened to have been engrossing and the voluminous descriptive stuff has added to the authenticity of the story. However, in this book the narrative dragged in places and the details sometimes felt like padding. It’s a complicated story, particularly at the beginning, but it does come hurriedly together towards the end. The best part is the middle third as the negotiator and kidnappers play cat and mouse with tension mounting until the kidnap ends. The remaining third of the book, involving the negotiator tracking down the kidnappers, is too long-drawn out and somewhat repetitive.

Steven Pacey is a good narrator but I have a preference for David Rintoul reading this author's books.

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  • Smith
  • 23-03-2019

One of the best

Listened to this about 25 years ago on cassette tape and was so good I had to listen again. One of the best plot twists ever!

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  • Jen
  • 09-07-2018

OK

First 4 chapters put me to sleep! I never learned to luv this: wishy washy!

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  • Tobias
  • 08-04-2020

Give it time and it will grab you

Overall I enjoyed this a great deal. Did take an hour or so to get going but then it grabbed me. I hardly noticed I had done all the gardening by the time it was done.

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  • ScottyGGTTH
  • 14-01-2019

Good story awful narration

Really enjoyed story even though there is too many characters. The Saudi plot is just not necessary Narrators accents had me laughing at inappropriate times. The DA sounds like Vito Corleone

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  • MR
  • 20-02-2015

Very enjoyable old school novel.

Good book, easy listen with enough going on to keep me interested in the story to the end. An enjoyable listen. Recommend.

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