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The Day of the Jackal | [Frederick Forsyth]

The Day of the Jackal

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.
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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

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    Jernau Gurgeh Leeds UK 13/01/2012
    Jernau Gurgeh Leeds UK 13/01/2012 Member Since 2007
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    "The best Forsyth novel meets a great narrator"

    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

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    michael LINCOLN, United Kingdom 18/09/2013
    michael LINCOLN, United Kingdom 18/09/2013 Member Since 2012

    43years old, biker, teacher, dad.

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    "A genuine classic"
    What did you like most about The Day of the Jackal?

    It's quality story telling from start to finish. I've listened to it at least 20 times...still keeps me engrossed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The tall, blonde, Englishman


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    Interesting voice, enjoyable, engaging


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    You root for the bad guy...


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen1958thorne portsmouth, United Kingdom 19/08/2013
    Ellen1958thorne portsmouth, United Kingdom 19/08/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant From Start to Finish"
    If you could sum up The Day of the Jackal in three words, what would they be?

    BRILLIANT THRILLING ENGROSSING


    Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favourite?

    The policeman Claude Label


    Any additional comments?

    This book makes you wonder what might have happened if The Jackal had succeeded in his mission to kill de Gaulle.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    H. Mears uk 08/07/2013
    H. Mears uk 08/07/2013 Member Since 2013

    Blunder 9

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    "A cracking good read is also a cracking listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    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!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One president, one killer, one bullet, one country.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew G. Robson Edinburgh 23/12/2012
    Andrew G. Robson Edinburgh 23/12/2012 Member Since 2008

    Overworked, overweight

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    "Wonderful!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    peter Szentendre, Hungary 01/11/2012
    peter Szentendre, Hungary 01/11/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "afternoon delight"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harvey St Albans, Herts, United Kingdom 26/09/2012
    Harvey St Albans, Herts, United Kingdom 26/09/2012 Member Since 2006
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    "The Day of the Jackal"

    This book may be old but it a great read and the adventure does not stop until the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Wylie 07/07/2014
    Ian Wylie 07/07/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. Even though I've read the book and seen the movie on several occasions, the story is still gripping. The story is so well crafted around historical characters and events that you can easily believe that the events described could actually have happened. I will definitely listen to this audio book again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The french police chief Lebel for the methodical way he organises what was an impossible task - tracking the assassin without any details to start with.


    What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The pronunciation is clear and perfect for listening to in the car.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have only seen the film and never read the book then download this audio book. The film was excellent but the book is better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Emil
    Matawan, NJ, United States
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    "The Best Political Thriller of All Times"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Day of the Jackal to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claude Lebel, the French detective - he came to have a good feel of who he was after, and, somehow, became able


    Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favorite?

    Superintendent Bryn Thomas of Scotland Yard's Special Branch.


    Any additional comments?

    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 !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
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    "Wish I could shoot French presidents for a living"
    What made the experience of listening to The Day of the Jackal the most enjoyable?

    David Rintoul is a genius. Frederick Forsyth is brilliant in his writing but David brings it to life with such style.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the Welsh, British Secret Service guy. He is what you think these public servants are really like.


    Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, just wish I was in this underworld with such skill and adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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