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.
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.
Frederick Forsyth is a masterful writer. This is as much a police procedural as a thriller. It never bores or flags in its pace. To listen to this is to understand why it was the perfect subject for a movie (twice) with its straightforward story. The only mystery is how he hid the rifle and the only twist is one of identity and yet the plot engrosses totally.