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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 Morton 03-15-15
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    "Very engaging."

    The story was a little slow in the beginning as the author set the stage. However once it got going it was a great read and hard to put down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PAUL surprise, az, United States 11-15-13
    PAUL surprise, az, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2011

    my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....

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    "One of the best..."

    somewhere, sometime...I remember someone telling me that the book couldn't be published until after the death of de Gaulle....because it would have been so reasonable for this to happen....one of the best books of its type...I read the paper version years ago....and after recently listening to "The Cobra"...decided to listen again to the "Jackal"...and I'm glad I did....even knowing the outcome and all the plot...it kept me on the edge of my seat....

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    LifetimeRoad 01-02-13
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    "Dated."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Too slow moving.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Taken out the sexual references.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    I get weary of choosing classic/highly rated books only to stop after less than an hour because of bad language or content.

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    Brian Roanoke, TX, United States 01-01-13
    Brian Roanoke, TX, United States 01-01-13

    Listening while I run.

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    "Several Days of Audible Pleasure"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a great listen. I like the perspectives from both sides of the story. The author takes a complex story and weaves it together brilliantly. Nice touches of humor along the way. Simon Prebble is a perfect choice and keeps the story moving. The bits of history are an added bonus.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Portland, OR 12-03-12
    Paul Portland, OR 12-03-12 Member Since 2017

    I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.

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    "A great detective novel"

    I had read this book 40 years ago when it first came out and loved it then. Except for the basic story, I had forgotten most of the detail of the book. Listening to this book was a great experience and, as always with a great reader, better than the written text. It's hard to imagine that the author wrote this book in 35 days. In these days, it seems that author's do years of research so that they can accurately document the detail in the novel. When I think about it, who cares whether the gun used is a P-24 semi-automatic rifle with a 10mm short stroked bored and blah, blah blah. I guess this is to satisfy readers of "Rifle Today" magazine. This story was so realistic and so engaging that the specifics of the gunnery were show to be irrelevant. There were several plot holes that I found annoying. For example, having the mistress of the Minister of Air Force in position to relay information seemed contrived. Forsyth needed this desperately to keep the Jackal one step ahead so I understand this need. The second gripe is the negative attitude of the Council when Lebel couldn't find this unknown assassin in three days. This was really hard to accept. This book reminded me of Martin Booth’s 1990 novel A Very Private Gentleman. I could easily see the Jackal as the protagonist in this book. I made me wish that George Clooney had played the Jackal instead of Bruce Willis in the movie remake. Of course, Clooney would not have gone along with the ridiculous plot rewrite. Why mess with a great story? The ending of this book was so fantastic that it deserves to be remade. Was George Smiley of John LeCarre fame the basis for Lebel?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CJFLA 03-01-12
    CJFLA 03-01-12
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    "This book is a far better "read" than "listen to""
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Great, great book, but Mr. Forsythe puts so much detail into every line that it is difficult to follow the book and watch the road at the same time! I found myself backtracking over and over again to re-listen to what had just been read. The story is great, but all its detail calls for much more attention tha one can give while also paying attention to the road.


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    Matthew 09-20-16
    Matthew 09-20-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Spy Thrillers Translate Better On Film"

    I love spy thrillers. James Bond, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., even Angelina Jolie's Salt is in my top favorites. So I figured that my loves for those kinds of movies would translate to a love of the spy novel. Instead I found a mixed bag.

    The Day of the Jackal is meticulously planned out and executed. Forsyth knows his details and sticks to them, sometimes to the detriment of the story. Pages and pages were devoted to the smallest thing, and this really killed the momentum of the book. And let's talk about that for a moment -- what would have been excitingly fast-paced in a two hour movie is instead spread out over a thirteen hour book. I never had any fear that the Jackal would be caught before the finale, because what would be left for the story? This made tertiary characters even less interesting when they were disposed of.

    Do not misunderstand me, though -- I enjoyed this book. Especially because I picked it up as a whim, and had no expectations to go into. (It wasn't until halfway through the book that I learned this is somewhat of a classic.) That made this find something more natural and refreshing than I would have found if I was told this was an important book.

    Simon Prebble's narration is inoffensive, if a little boring. I had to switch it off and find other entertainment at times, but it became a good groggy distraction with my morning tea.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Abel Ragen St. Louis, MO USA 05-18-17
    Brian Abel Ragen St. Louis, MO USA 05-18-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Reading! Great Story!"

    One of the great thrillers. The Day of the Jackal is gripping, involving, and exciting. Great escapist entertainment.

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    Sher from Provo Utah 05-17-17
    Sher from Provo Utah 05-17-17 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    "Disappointing"

    I was looking forward to a good thriller/suspense novel, but this one is too brutal and frankly pointless for my taste. Darn. I wanted to like it. Even Simon Prebble's narration couldn't save it for me. I made it half way and decided I didn't want to spend any more time on it.

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