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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
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
The amount of research from Frederick Forsyth is just amazing.
And the narration brings so much to the listening experience! Its a long time since I last read this book or listened to it it wont be so long till the next time.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book!!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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
Story was absolutely riveting and the narration by David Rintoul makes you feel like you are seeing the events happen.