Thursday, October 29, 2015

THE OUTSIDER by Frederick Forsyth Audio Edition

    As an author who has given us amazingly true to life tales of intrigue for a number of years one would expect his memoir to hold extraordinary revelations, and The Outsider does just that.   Frederick Forsyth as most know is one of the most acclaimed writers of our time with such titles as The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War and The Odessa File to his credit.  His has been a life well lived as he is a former pilot and print and television reporter for Reuters and the BBC.  Need I mention all of his 15 novels and the fact that five movies and a television series have been made from his works?  Prepare yourself for a fascinating listen!

    We learn that he was the RAF’s youngest pilot at the age of 19 and was strafed by a MiG during the Nigerian Civil War and that’s just a sampling of his adventures.  Basically The Outsider is a series of vignettes which reveal how to a great extent his real life shaped his work.  He seems to have had an insatiable curiosity which took him from place to place, even during his correspondent days to France to cover the uprising against President Charles de Gaulle.  He relates these experiences frankly and ofttimes with a bit of self-effacing humor.

    In addition to the global history his life has covered there are also personal reflections - but, that’s for you to find out.

    English stage, film and television actor Robert Powell is an apt choice for narrator.  His delivery is flawless.

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