I love this book and re-read it every few years. It was one of the first audible titles I bought but the narrator was all wrong (so very slow and monotone). I was so happy to see a new narrator that I bought the book again. Simon Prebble is a much better fit for the story and does a lovely job.
my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....
somewhere, sometime...I remember someone telling me that the book couldn't be published until after the death of de Gaulle....because it would have been so reasonable for this to happen....one of the best books of its type...I read the paper version years ago....and after recently listening to "The Cobra"...decided to listen again to the "Jackal"...and I'm glad I did....even knowing the outcome and all the plot...it kept me on the edge of my seat....
this is one of those books you can point at as a game changer, altering a genre. i read this long ago and loved it, and it is still excellent. if you like a more cerebral spy thriller, more LeCarre style than a shoot-em-up blow-em-up Hollywood mess, then try this. Along with LeCarre's Spy Who Came in From the Cold, and Greene's Human Factor, you have 3 of the best ever written as far as I'm concerned.
Listening while I run.
This is a great listen. I like the perspectives from both sides of the story. The author takes a complex story and weaves it together brilliantly. Nice touches of humor along the way. Simon Prebble is a perfect choice and keeps the story moving. The bits of history are an added bonus.
someone who knows French? or whatever country that was.
It was too difficult to follow...when there are foreign sounding names and places, those are hard to remember. In print, you can go back and review easily, on audible...not possible. I gave up....had no idea what was happening.
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I really enjoyed this novel. Well read, with great attention to the characters, I was pulled into the story from the beginning. Definitely recommend it!
I love (audio)books.
I've heard so much about this book that I had to read it. So, I put all the other books aside and dived deep into the book. It is a good experience, but not great. First of all-- the writer says in the beginning that the Jackal is unfortunate. That cuts the mystery off. And the author lingers too much in some explanations that are irrelevant. So, although I enjoyed the character of the killer, I know how the book ends. 4 stars is good rating.
Thoroughly gripping thriller, extremely well-written, great narration. Can't believe I'd never "read" it until now. Fantastic.
i enjoyed the audio version more than the print version. It seemed to flow like a story that has been told over and over.
listening in one sittting would be optimal.
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I was a little concerned with purchasing this title because I had seen the movie and knew what was going to happen. This genre doesnt always work with this amount of pre-knowledge. This classic thriller was so well written and performed that it didnt matter. It still kept me listening on the edge of my seat, always eager to get back to the story each time I had to break away. The cat and mouse between the Jackal and the Inspector is classic. Things have changed a bit since this was written so some things are a bit dated but that doesnt detract from the quality of this story.