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Jackdaws

Narrated by: Emilia Fox
Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (143 ratings)
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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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Captivating

With perfect narration by Emilia Fox and Ken Folletts amazing ability to create engaging characters to share history with such clarity. Loved every minute of it.

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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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Not at all one of Ken Folletts best books

I normally love Ken Folletts books, this is clearly not one of them. started well, but went down hill as the book unfolded. didn't enjoy the narration which didn't help.

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  • Luton Beds, United Kingdom
  • 10-02-19

Worth ten stars

If i could give ten stars I would. Thoroughly gripping, realistic characters with immense courage: as shown by the real SOE heroes of WW2.
Thank you for writing this.

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Jackdaws

Slow to begin and the narrator didn't help but totally changed as it went on. Emily Fox became very interesting and the book excellant!! Wonderful detail as usual and really brought home how brave people can be, working secretly to help save lives. Ken Gillett excellent as usual.

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powerful and wonderful

a good paced thriller with enough intrigue and guessing to keep you glued to the audio to the end

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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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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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