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Summary

Two weeks before D-day, the French Resistance attacks 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....

From Ken Follett, the master storyteller and best-selling author of Eye of the Needle and Code to Zero, comes this exciting thriller, set against the menacing backdrop of the Second World War and crackling with suspense and action.

Jackdaws is an irresistible novel of the Resistance and of love, courage and revenge.

©2018 Ken Follett (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Gripping listen

I am not sure how one enjoys a book that at times is quite brutal, but this book greatly exceeded my expectations and I found it quite gripping. I loved the way the author switched between telling the story from different angles, so that the same scene could be reflected from opposing sides. Extremely well read by Emilia Fox.

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Excellent

A must listen for any lover of WW2 drama. Very well written and incredibly well read.

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Very poor

Clumsy , clunky writing, shockingly bad editing, terrible, cliche-ridden characterisations, laughable, unnecessary expositions in respect of obvious, telegraphed plot developments, utterly cringeworthy attempts at romance and sex, topped off by “allo-allo” comic accents and a vocal style which served to distract and irritate.
Apart from that, it was ok...
A basically interesting premise utterly spoiled by the above.
I’d hesitate before considering any of The author’s other works, or any other narrations by Ms Fox.
Oddly, I have in the past read one of his books, set in wartime Denmark, and I don’t recall it being this terrible.

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A good listen but...

I was a little disappointed; the story line and its setting all suggested an entertaining listen. However, I was not as gripped with this book as I have become accustomed to from a Ken Follett book, the story line became too predictable and the narrator, for me, didn't quite inject the right dramatic effect nor character individualism.

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oh for a good narrator

I was very disappointed with Emelia Fox's narration. I felt sure that she would be very good but foŕ the first several chapters I was struggling to get a sense of the characters as her intonation was very odd and out of sync with the prose. Her pronunciation of the words Rheims and cinquecento, used frequently, really grated. Perhaps she used the received pronunciation of the world war participants but with multilinguists galore I doubt it. Shame because it was a very good story when I read the book.

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  • anne
  • Bedford, United Kingdom
  • 03-09-18

Dirty Dozen, ladies style.

A very enjoyable action tale set in WWII, just before D Day. The main protagonists are female and it’s good to have a cast of strong women doing the action bits and not simpering in the corner being rescued by the strong men in the story. I especially like the main character, Flick. She took the unpleasant decisions in her stride as you would think it should be in war. My only quibble with this audiobook was the narration. As an actress you can’t fault Emilia Fox , but as a narrator she has no real talent for voices, accents and characterisation. She sounded less than interested in some of the dialogue and her portrait of the French would have been laughable if it wasn’t so strange. So I could only stretch to four stars for her efforts. However This is not a reason to miss this exciting book.

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