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.
©2011 Frederick Forsyth (P)2011 Random House Audio Go
Finally! One of the books I hoped to see on Audible has appeared at last.
Frederick Forsyth writes tightly plotted thrillers based on real world events and people - some are better than others. This one is one of his earlier efforts and remains his best to date. What might be a formulaic sniper story is fleshed out with a history of modern France and her forays into North Africa, a cast of superb supporting characters and at the middle of it all the mysterious Jackal. In some hands the background might slow the book down but Forsyth is a master of the page-turner and through all of it the plot continues to move forwards.
This is helped by a superb narrator. His basic narration is carefully intoned, expressive but restrained, matching the tone of the novel impeccably. He handles the various characters well, without difficulty or caricature. I never had any trouble discerning who was talking, neither was I distracted by silly overblown accents that some narrators resort to when faced with a large cast. What really sets him apart from me is that although his voice is slightly posh English, he handles the French pronunciation and accents flawlessly, important in a book almost entirely set in France and populated with mainly French characters.
If you listen to one Frederick Forsyth book, make it this one
43years old, biker, teacher, dad.
It's quality story telling from start to finish. I've listened to it at least 20 times...still keeps me engrossed.
The tall, blonde, Englishman
Interesting voice, enjoyable, engaging
You root for the bad guy...
This book has really set me on the path for audio books. The Day of the Jackal is a masterpiece of story telling. It's multi layered and set in a world that did exist.
I listen when I commute to work and home again, it turns a journey into an adventure. Well worth a listen.
This would be on of my desert Island disks list.
BRILLIANT THRILLING ENGROSSING
The policeman Claude Label
This book makes you wonder what might have happened if The Jackal had succeeded in his mission to kill de Gaulle.
Yes I would, it's quite possibly the best hit man story I've read or seen. It gives the right amount of detail, merging fact with fiction leaving you wondering if it ever really happened.
The attention to detail, building the characters into people that are alive in the listeners imagination. It's believable, and more than that, totally gripping.
He gives the emphasis to the points that matter really well, his voice can be light or carry the menace that a character needs, and it's not a voice that sends you to sleep either!
One president, one killer, one bullet, one country.
Listening to this book took me back about 30 years to when I read the book.this is an excellent performance and the narrative moves at a good pace - I stayed up till three in the morning to listen to the end.
If you like a good story, The Day of the Jackal will not disappoint.
read the book 25 years ago. saw the film with Edward Fox and Michael Lonsdale at least that many times over the years, which makes me a veteran consumer of the plot. listening to the audio version - the narration is commendable - along with some fine wine, during two consecutive summer afternoons, left me in the state of blissful contentment. on the other hand, it's an intoxicating story of a "lone hunter" who almost made it. now that is good entertainment!
"The Best Political Thriller of All Times"
I am seldom inclined to say that the audio rendition of a book is better than the book itself ... however I find this (new) audio version very enjoyable.
Claude Lebel, the French detective - he came to have a good feel of who he was after, and, somehow, became able
Superintendent Bryn Thomas of Scotland Yard's Special Branch.
In my opinion, this new (Random House) audio version offers a better narration by David Rintoul compared to the first (Blackstone Audio) version read by Richard Brown.
A must read, listen, and even view (Fred Zinnemann's film adaptation) for all mystery, espionage, and political thriller fans !
"Wish I could shoot French presidents for a living"
David Rintoul is a genius. Frederick Forsyth is brilliant in his writing but David brings it to life with such style.
I liked the Welsh, British Secret Service guy. He is what you think these public servants are really like.
The Jackal of course. Why, well because he makes him so real, so cold, so good and so bad. Oh, if I could be so wicked.
No, just wish I was in this underworld with such skill and adventure.
Boys own adventure stuff. No nationalities were cliché or made to look stupid. All done in good taste without any cartoon characters rearing their ugly heads. Great stuff. Must read The Afghan now.
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