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4.00002778626803 out of 54.00002778626803 out of 54.00002778626803 out of 54.00002778626803 out of 54.00002778626803 out of 5 4.00 (35,989 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frederick Forsyth Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 to assassinate General Charles de Gaulle.

France was infuriated by Charles de Gaulle’s withdrawal from Algeria, and there were six known attempts to assassinate the general that failed. This novel dramatizes the seventh, mostly deadly attempt, involving a professional killer for hire who would be unknown to the French Police. His code name was Jackal, his price half a million dollars, and his demand total secrecy, even from his employers.

Step by painstaking step, we follow the Jackal in his meticulous planning, from the fashioning of a specially made rifle to the devising of his approach to the time and the place where the general is to meet the Jackal’s bullet. The only obstacle in his path is a small, diffident, rumpled policeman, who happens to be considered by his boss the best detective in France: Deputy Commissaire Claude Lebel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Day  Of The Jackal makes such comparable  books that The Manchurian Candidate  and The Spy Who Came In From The  Cold seems like Hardy Boy mysteries.”

    The New York Times

  • “A masterpiece tour de force of crisp, sharp, suspenseful writing.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “In a class by itself. Unputdownable.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Compelling, utterly enthralling…Some of the tensest thriller writing I can remember reading.”

    Sunday Express (London)

  • “Immensely entertaining.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “If ever there was a book that fits the can’t-put-it-down category, this is it.”

    Minneapolis Tribune

  • “I was spellbound, riveted to this chilling, superbly researched story.”

    Guardian (Manchester)

  • “Frederick Forsyth’s pulse-quickening first novel is going to leave a wake of bleary-eyed readers.”

    Saturday Review

  • “This classic thriller translates well to audio…Narrator Simon Prebble is the perfect complement to Forsyth’s matter-of-fact style of writing. Prebble’s steady delivery allows the plot to unfold without descriptive sections becoming boring, and his subtle characterizations are all that is required to distinguish the key players. Prebble’s clipped English accent helps to conjure the atmosphere of Europe in the 1960s.”


  • “Exciting…A paraprocedural documentary which you can read at 140 kilometers per hour.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 1972Edgar Allan Poe Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sampatkar | 2/18/2014

    " Read when I was younger.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David Berdon | 2/16/2014

    " 2nd fav spy novel afer bourne identiry "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mayank | 2/9/2014

    " One more amazing suspense book. It totally tied me up till end. And, once I reached the end, I was asking myself whether I really understood what I read. I thought of reading it again, but never got the chance to do it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jim Guigli | 1/31/2014

    " A true classic of the type. "

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