The Day of the Jackal

  • by Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by David Rintoul
  • 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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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
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- Jernau Gurgeh

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Would you listen to The Day of the Jackal again? Why?

Film was very good, book is fantastic


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Day of the Jackal?

the Story


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

he was very good


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No but I could have if I had the time


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- Brian J Taylor

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-12-2011
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks