I enjoyed the succinct plot and the way it is delivered. I would recommend this book to any who wish an extremely accurate portrayal of events from the not so distant past.
Very well done, historically based fiction. Keeps you on the edge waiting for the next development. So realistic sounding it could have easily been a true story.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
This was a daily special I picked up because of the familiar name... not knowing anything about French history, Charles de Gaulle, Frederick Forsyth or the movie... and I didn't take time to read the reviews.
I tried to read the book several times and got lost in the first chapter... this time I finally made it to the second chapter where the story becomes interesting and I couldn't stop. While reading I began to wonder if I was reading a very well researched historical crime or fiction, but refused to check it out on Wikipedia until I finished the book. I think my lack of knowledge made the book better because I didn't know how it was going to end. That said, the book might be a little dated but it grew on me and I'm glad I read it. Certainly the movie couldn't begin to cover the complicated plot.
A bit of sex and some violence, but then the Jackal is a paid assassin... I wasn't sure who I was hoping would come out on top, the brilliant assassin or the quiet and determined policeman.
I first read the"Day of the Jackal" in the early 70's, in its paperback release. I recall that after a few chapters I put the novel down, where it sat for months. One night I decided to give it another try, and finished it in 1 sitting.
This audiobook version is my first revisiting of the novel in almost 40 years, and to say it held up is an understatement. If it where possible, I would have listened for 11+ hours - it was that good. Simon Prebble's reading was highly enjoyable and his facility with accents added necessary color to the story. If you haven't read/listened to this novel, do so. If you haven't done so in a great while, do so again. It's that good.
Great story that begins with a fair amount of historical context and explanation. I bought this in a BOGO promo and almost moved on to another book, but I'm glad I didn't.
There's a great cast of characters here, played by a strong narrator, and a compelling story. It's definitely worth a listen!
This book will keep you listening to the very end!! It started out a little slow as it set the stage but then it was off and running...keeping you on the edge of your listening chair. Great ending. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator was superb! You won't waste a credit on this book.
As is often the case, patience pays off. I can't say that I grew to love the characters, but I grew to love the story. Forsyth's ability to methodically lay out the different characters way of thinking grew my interest and anticipation. From history, I knew how Charles de Gaulle would die, but I didn't know the outcome of the Jackal. Since I only knew half the story, the filling in of the details was fun.