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Jackdaws

Narrated by: Samantha Bond
Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
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Publisher's Summary

It is May, 1944: a time of international tension in which nothing is certain.

Two weeks before D-Day, the French Resistance attack 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.

©Ken Follett; (P)Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Written in Follett's...riveting style and with his penchant for historical detail." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Thoroughly entertaining." ( Booklist)

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  • Frank
  • 31-07-2008

Exciting and Riveting

This is a great story - it's riveting listening. I couldn't put it down once I started. The narrator is excellent and very easy to listen to. The pace is fast and exciting in the typical Ken Follet fashion. I've listened to 3 of Ken Follets novels on audiobook and this has been the best so far.

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  • lerone
  • 17-12-2017

Simple enjoyment

Very easy book to listen to.
the narrative was excellent and plot flowed smoothly. The characters were cartoonish but enlightening about the roles of women during the war.

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  • Simone
  • 14-04-2016

Good Parts Version

There are 3 Ken Follett books that have been in my Audible Wish List since the end of 2012! That’s about 3 ½ years now.

Modigliani Scandal
Paper Money
Jackdaws

I did not buy the books because only the abridged versions were available and I generally don’t care for condensed books, but after three years of waiting, plus a sale, I decided why not! It’s time to plunge.

I just finished Jackdaws, the last of the 3, and I have to say that THIS is how a book should be abridged! I never felt like I was missing information or that we had jumped around in time leaving inexplicable holes in the plot. It was like the good-parts version of a story as opposed to the confusing or downright terrible mess of the previous too.

I’m glad I read this one last, it has helped to restore my faith in abridged books… good ones do exist!

Regarding the narration, Lady Rosamund Painswick is great!

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  • ben
  • 31-10-2011

Short but sweet. Predictable but worthwhile

Ken Follett can do no wrong in my books. This was an extremely light read, and I enjoyed it. Im a big WW2 fan, and , although predictable, was fun.
I didnt regret the credit to purchase this book.
I figure you can't go wrong with Ken!

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  • Ian
  • 19-10-2016

Short but sweet

Great story, fast moving, very enjoyable. Just a little short for the price of a full credit .

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  • Diane Watson
  • 19-01-2018

Follett does it again

A short rollercoaster of a story told the way only Ken Follett can. As you recover from one twist you are catapulted into the next right up to the explosive end. What a sad/happy ending,in the entire story it was the only bit I saw coming,or was that what l wanted at the end? Samantha Bonds voice and beautiful diction was perfect to tell this story.

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  • Acracia
  • 06-02-2017

lgbt people are killed off

In traumatic, historically real and traumatic, ways. queer lives are not valued. one of the queer women is the child of 'traveling people', and a woc. two white, cisgender, straight women, one a murderer, the cis male character, and the Nazi survive.

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