But when Flick and her Resistance leader husband try a direct, head-on assault, her world turns upside down. Her group destroyed, her husband missing, her superiors unsure of her, Flick has one last chance at the target, but the challenge is nearly impossible. The new plan requires an all-woman team, none of them professionals, to be trained within days. Codenamed the Jackdaws, they will attempt to infiltrate the exchange under the noses of the Germans, but the Germans are waiting for them and have plans of their own.
Filled with powerful storytelling, unforgettable characters, and authentic detail that have become his hallmarks, Jackdaws is Ken Follett writing at the height of his powers.
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"Thoroughly entertaining." (Booklist)
"Both readers do an excellent job." (AudioFile)
With two different readers , I thought it would would slow the progress of the book and I found it more interesting than loss of momentum.
I loved the build up of the cast of characters along with attention to detail. Flick was a wonderful addition to the exciting display of courage and female strength.In fact , all the characters were believable and I felt a part of the book as an added commando. Even though there were some gory descriptions , it can be conceived that those torture chambers really existed and became a viable part of the Gestapo interrogation. I was sorry to see it end but look forward to another of Ken Follett's books, which now numbers three( Hornet Flight and Whiteout).Please keep them coming.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
I didn't realize this was an abridged version. It cuts out too many important details and changes the ending.
The story is well developed and exciting. Kept me on the edge of my seat with many tense moments and situations.
A must listen! After listening to "Flight of the Hornet" and "Pillars of the Earth" (PoE not in audible library), two of my alltime favorites, I was clammering for more Follett.
Jackdaws did not disappoint!! While I did not enjoy them as much as the two mentioned above, it's a terrific book and read well.
I would change the reader Barbara Rosenblat. I find she does not understand the characters and tries too hard to be dramatic. Let the story tell itself.
When the Jackdaws are have infiltrated the German stronghold.
I think the reader tries too hard to be dramatic. She does not seem to understand the characters. I find her very distracting. I will not buy another book that she reads.
I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible
Good short story by Ken Follett narrated by a cast of readers with back ground music to keep you on the edge of your seat. A blotched mission goes wrong and the leader of the group Flick has one more chance. Four girls parachute in behind enemy lines,occupied by the Germans. With every turn and every minute impossible Flick will make sure the mission is finished with this second chance!!! Unless the German Detective Deter has anything to do with it!!
1944~ France and the Secret to D Day is at stake.
Flick (Felicity) Clariet is the head of an elite "all woman"...secret operation. to be dropped into Nazi Occupied France days before D Day. The Stakes are high since most of the PREVIOUS agents were caught.... SOE...special operations executive decided to try with women who speak excellent French. Flick gathers her team and has a mixed bag of dedicated women train for one last high risk mission. Code name the Jackdaws. but the twist is the Germans have tortured NEW information out of agents in France and know Flick and the new scheme. This is a very good story. Flick is fascinating as she instinctively has the ability to change her plans as a moments notice and elude the Germans. Hot on the trail of the Jackdaws is a Nazi Intelligence office who will use any means including torture to stop Jackdaws. This is interesting as we see both the Nazi get wind of the plan and "wait" for them to parachute into France. But Flick who changes the landing zone at the last minutes lives to land in another region of France. Now disguised with a dark wig and new plans Flick and the Jackdaws have one last chance "complete the mission" while the Nazis are nipping at their heels at every turn. This is an excellent story and fascinating female team plot. I liked the story and the readers both keep me glued to the story. I give it 4 out of 5 all the way.
I would listen again as the book is fast paced and there are some details I missed in my first listen. I listened almost start to finish in a day.
The 2nd attack on the communication station was very good. You felt like you were there in the action.
I liked that the two narrators switched off so that it had a more realistic feel like a movie.
Several situations where there was torture definitely were upsetting.
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