• by Ken Follett
  • Narrated by Samantha Bond
  • 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

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


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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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- Frank

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

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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- Simone "Follow me on Goodreads too!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-07-2007
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.