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The Day of the Jackal

Written by: Frederick Forsyth
Narrated by: David Rintoul
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
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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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Anatomy of a Hit

Frederick Forsyth had served as a military pilot and a journalist before he tried his hand at writing a novel. His story started with an account of the real-world assassination attempt on French president Charles de Gaulle in 1962; and proceeded to narrate a fictional plot to finish the job by giving the contract to a British assassin: the titular Jackal. Forsyth finished writing it in 35 days. Remarkably, this manuscript was rejected by no less than four publishers. After all, what's interesting about reading the story of a hit on de Gaulle when, SPOILER ALERT, the real de Gaulle was still very much alive in 1970.

The answer to that question is Forsyth's unique masterful technique. His background as a soldier (and also possibly a spy) gave him detailed inside knowledge, the kind a regular novelist simply isn't privy to. His background in investigative journalism inspired him to approach the narrative as a research project. All of this infused the story with a level of verisimilitude not seen in a thriller, before or since, at least in my opinion.

The details is what draws you in. The Jackal makes a meticulous, layered plan... along with backup plans. The authorities inevitably learn of the plot and launch a manhunt to intercept him. The Jackal never loses his cool, even when forced to drastically improvise and veer away from his plan. All of this plays out in a tightly-written narrative that keeps you on the edge at all times. The pacing never feels slow, despite Forsyth describing even mundane things like the Jackal packing his suitcase in elaborate detail. It's like watching an enormous and beautiful Rube Goldberg machine with all its cogs and gears and levers falling into place one by one for thirteen glorious hours. It is one of the most fascinating stories I've ever come across.

This book was adapted into a movie of the same name in 1973. It was brilliantly produced and directed for the most part, and is held in high regard by both contemporary and modern critics. However, the screenplay is objectively inferior than the novel, which is the reason I wouldn't recommend it. Not to mention I didn't quite like Edward Fox's performance as the Jackal.

David Rintoul, the narrator of this audiobook, deserves credit for a job that couldn't have been easy. The narrative includes frequent mentions of names, places and phrases that are to be spoken in French and other European languages. Since I don't speak any of these languages, it's not my place to judge, but his confidence and diction gave me the feeling he was pretty accurate. A warning is warranted here for those unfamiliar with French: it is possible to lose track of the French names, especially early on. However, it is less of the problem once the Jackal is introduced and the actual story starts. Although it's definitely a disadvantage, exacerbated by the audio format, I'm refusing to take any stars off my rating because neither the author nor the narrator is to be blamed for this.

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Perfect naration of a classic thriller

Its one of the best thriller written, with its little details, and edge of seat quality thrills. Story grips you from word go and doesn't let you of till the end. David Rintoul has narrated it a way you are mesmerized into world of 60s Europe and just go on this roller coaster ride till the end. Narration keeps you engaged with story. Audio book should have the narration and performance that keeps you attached with story. Its like oral tradition of our ancestors that have old tales and legends that circulate for generations.

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  • Emil
  • 25-03-12

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 !

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  • Carlos
  • 10-06-19

Best thriller ever!

Well written, well paced, great characters, great story, great descriptions. In a class by itself. Do not miss! My only complaint is the subpar performance.

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  • Beru
  • 14-05-19

Great story... Narration can be a problem

The story is great, period. The problem of this audiobook is the narration. The voice goes up and down in volume and it's impossible to find the right balance if you are not listening to the book in a quiet space. You put the volume high and you can get deaf when the narrator decides to increase the voice. I like his voice but someone should have told him to try to speak in a more regular volume to avoid these problems.

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  • Vaidyanathan
  • 02-05-19

Easily one of the best Audible I've heard

A gripping story with a really catchy narration that keeps you at the end of your seat. Strongly recommended !

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  • Libin M.
  • 22-07-18

No one writes like this anymore...

You sit and listen in awe at Frederick Forsythe thinking how can he know all these things. It's an amazing book, one I know I am not qualified to comment on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-03-18

Riveting story and gripping narration.

Story was absolutely riveting and the narration by David Rintoul makes you feel like you are seeing the events happen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-17

great thriller

narrator whispers a lot which makes it difficult to listen to without headphones, because you'll constantly have to adjust the volume.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-07-16

Jaw dropping

one of the best thrillers one has ever read. absolutely unputdownable. Frederick Forsythe is a rare breed

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  • Adaline
  • 09-09-15

As good as, if not better, than the movie.

I love reading Frederick Forsythe and listening to one of his books was a real treat. It was well narrated and spell binding. It kept me on the edge right to the end.

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  • Miriam Majome
  • 07-07-15

Worth every letter of its fame

Where does The Day of the Jackal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 3

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

Almost every moment. The meticulous planning, the plotting, the detail and never one dull moment. Reason I took so long to finish it is I kept rewinding so I wouldn't miss a single word

Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not yet but I will

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

Obviously when he was cornered in the end. You root for him the bad guy so much that you want him to succeed so much in his wicked mission

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book to anyone looking to bury themselves in a good well written and narrated story. I will read this book again.

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  • Jernau Gurgeh
  • 13-01-12

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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  • Geoffrey
  • 12-05-16

Absolutely brilliant.....

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!!!

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  • michael
  • 18-09-13

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.

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  • Harry The Spider
  • 08-07-13

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.

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  • Andrew G. Robson
  • 23-12-12

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.

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  • Brian J Taylor
  • 06-06-15

Classic

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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  • peter
  • 01-11-12

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!

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  • H S.
  • 26-09-12

The Day of the Jackal

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

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  • Chris Overs
  • 29-08-19

a great story

well read, a good story. have enjoyed listening to it all unfolding. the narration is very well done.

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  • Elsa Griggs
  • 16-07-19

I really didn’t remember watching it before.

This another amazing story by Frederick Forsyth notwithstanding the40th anniversary waytogo.

I most enjoyed this tale.

He’s not let me down yet.

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  • Hugo
  • 03-09-19

Stunning Thriller

Still one of the very best thrillers read by the outstanding David Rintoul.
An intelligent story without the need for explosions and action on every page.
Gives an idea of how such an event might actually be planned and how a real detective would go about the investigation.

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  • David Hann
  • 20-08-19

Excellent suspense and drama

Frederick Forsyth is a brilliant writer. The story is a classic and holds the reader from page 1. David Rintoul is an excellent reader and his accent matches the story and location perfectly. Highly recommended for lovers of suspense, drama and events of modern politics and history.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-18

Gripping story

Thoroughly enjoyable read. I was engrossed through the entire book, and look forward to exploring this genre further

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  • kevinplee@hotmail.com
  • 01-01-18

Gripping and believable

Enjoyed listening to this well renown classic. I don't know the facts or history so now need to know is this just well written history or based on historical facts and if so how much is true.

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  • Michael
  • 05-05-16

Good voice, inconsistent volume

Love the story, performer was great. However, the volume varies too much, between inaudible and too loud. Constantly needed to adjust level to be able to hear clearly.