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Publisher's Summary

It is May, 1944: a time of international tension in which nothing is certain.

Two weeks before D-Day, the French Resistance attack a chateau containing a telephone exchange vital to German communications. But the building is heavily guarded, and the attack fails disastrously.

Flick Clairet, a young British secret agent, proposes a daring new plan: she will parachute into France with an all-woman team known as the "Jackdaws", and they will penetrate the chateau in disguise. But, unknown to Flick, Rommel has assigned a brilliant, ruthless Intelligence colonel, Dieter Franck, to crush the Resistance. And Dieter is on Flick's trail.

©Ken Follett; (P)Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Written in Follett's...riveting style and with his penchant for historical detail." (Publishers Weekly)
"Thoroughly entertaining." (Booklist)

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  • Frank
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 07-31-08

Exciting and Riveting

This is a great story - it's riveting listening. I couldn't put it down once I started. The narrator is excellent and very easy to listen to. The pace is fast and exciting in the typical Ken Follet fashion. I've listened to 3 of Ken Follets novels on audiobook and this has been the best so far.

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  • lerone
  • ST-CATHARINES, ontario, Canada
  • 12-17-17

Simple enjoyment

Very easy book to listen to.
the narrative was excellent and plot flowed smoothly. The characters were cartoonish but enlightening about the roles of women during the war.

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Good Parts Version

There are 3 Ken Follett books that have been in my Audible Wish List since the end of 2012! That’s about 3 ½ years now.

Modigliani Scandal
Paper Money
Jackdaws

I did not buy the books because only the abridged versions were available and I generally don’t care for condensed books, but after three years of waiting, plus a sale, I decided why not! It’s time to plunge.

I just finished Jackdaws, the last of the 3, and I have to say that THIS is how a book should be abridged! I never felt like I was missing information or that we had jumped around in time leaving inexplicable holes in the plot. It was like the good-parts version of a story as opposed to the confusing or downright terrible mess of the previous too.

I’m glad I read this one last, it has helped to restore my faith in abridged books… good ones do exist!

Regarding the narration, Lady Rosamund Painswick is great!

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  • ben
  • Coquitlam, BC, Canada
  • 10-31-11

Short but sweet. Predictable but worthwhile

Ken Follett can do no wrong in my books. This was an extremely light read, and I enjoyed it. Im a big WW2 fan, and , although predictable, was fun.
I didnt regret the credit to purchase this book.
I figure you can't go wrong with Ken!

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  • Ian
  • 10-19-16

Short but sweet

Great story, fast moving, very enjoyable. Just a little short for the price of a full credit .

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  • Diane Watson
  • 01-19-18

Follett does it again

A short rollercoaster of a story told the way only Ken Follett can. As you recover from one twist you are catapulted into the next right up to the explosive end. What a sad/happy ending,in the entire story it was the only bit I saw coming,or was that what l wanted at the end? Samantha Bonds voice and beautiful diction was perfect to tell this story.

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  • Acracia
  • 02-06-17

lgbt people are killed off

In traumatic, historically real and traumatic, ways. queer lives are not valued. one of the queer women is the child of 'traveling people', and a woc. two white, cisgender, straight women, one a murderer, the cis male character, and the Nazi survive.