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The Day of the Jackal Audiobook

The Day of the Jackal

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Publisher's Summary

One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

France was infuriated by Charles de Gaulle's withdrawal from Algeria, and there were six known attempts to assassinate the general that failed. This novel dramatizes the seventh, mostly deadly attempt, involving a professional killer for hire who would be unknown to the French Police. His code name was Jackal, his price half a million dollars, and his demand total secrecy, even from his employers.

Step by painstaking step, we follow the Jackal in his meticulous planning, from the fashioning of a specially made rifle to the devising of his approach to the time and the place where the general is to meet the Jackal's bullet. The only obstacle in his path is a small, diffident, rumpled policeman, who happens to be considered by his boss the best detective in France: Deputy Commissaire Claude Lebel.

©1971 Frederick Forsyth; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A masterpiece tour de force of crisp, sharp, suspenseful writing." (Wall Street Journal)
"Compelling, utterly enthralling....Some of the tensest thriller writing I can remember reading." (Sunday Express, London)

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    Michael 08-18-16
    Michael 08-18-16 Member Since 2013
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    "overrated!!!"

    completely unrealistic. give me a break. France in the 60s knows every person checking into a hotel. they also can track down all passport applications on command. this is far fetched in today's tech environment nevermind 60 years ago when computers didnt exist. this is a spy novel for the simple minded.

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    David Burke Grenfell 08-11-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid book"

    Logical. Straight forward. Authenticity. Great narration.

    A very pleasant change after listening to a number of books in which the didn't dot the I's and cross the T's.

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    H.C. Trapper 08-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Narration for a Great Story"
    What did you love best about The Day of the Jackal?

    That this is a classic novel of the genre and a masterful movie to boot is well known. What makes this audiobook special is the narration and the ease with which the novel lends itself to being read aloud. Forsyth wrote the book like a journalist, and Simon Prebble lavishes his voice on every detail at an unhurried pace, slowly building tension at every step along the way. Definitely worth your monthly credit.


    What other book might you compare The Day of the Jackal to and why?

    The Eagle Has Landed


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    Teodor Georgiev 08-05-16
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    "Excellent narrator"

    great story and good performance overall, but the narrator gets bonus points from me for his handling of Scottish accents.

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    Daniel Colorado, USa 07-27-16
    Daniel Colorado, USa 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "good story poor rendering"

    so put up with bad French. poor attempts at accents. mispronunciations. and maybe you too can settle into the story which is great and try not to picture either movie version

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    Damon vancouver, WA, United States 07-27-16
    Damon vancouver, WA, United States 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good but not great "

    Too many times the police came up with clues about the assassin but it didn't go into detail of how they got them. Halfway thru the book I started rooting for the assassin because of that.

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    PETER J. HERNANDEZ 07-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very entertaining. Great story."
    Where does The Day of the Jackal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very entertaining. Great story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Very entertaining. Great story.


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very entertaining. Great story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Very entertaining. Great story.


    Any additional comments?

    Very entertaining. Great story.

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    Suzie 07-22-16
    Suzie 07-22-16
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    "What's all the hype about?"

    I thought the story move very slowly, the characters were never developed to a point where I felt attached to any of them. This crazy intense cat and mouse part of the book that other people mentioned their reviews never got that intense. That part of the book did not even really start until three fourths of the way through it. I know I can get my money back but I wish I could have the time back I spent listening.

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    Pinaki Bose 07-09-16
    Pinaki Bose 07-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story and fantastic voice acting"

    As one of the great classics and the tale that almost defines the genre of spy/action stories, this book was a thrilling read as expected. However, what truly made this audiobook such a good listen is the truly commendable voice acting that endowed each character with a memorable and distinct personality appropriate with their respective roles in the story. I highly recommend giving this audiobook a listen.

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    Kristi McClain 07-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Too slow for me"

    A decent story & excellent narration, but too much detail bored me. Found myself constantly drifting away.

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