Yes, I know espionaging is not a word, but you get my point. I would've liked a more in-depth narrative of Chapmans most daring and dangerous experiences. This book seem to just scratch the surface of everything, yet missed the chance to really capture my full attention to the point where I couldn't put the book down. The author talked too in depth about his love life, which no one read this book to learn about. With about five chapters left I realized all the action was over and the only thing talked about was tying up loose ends and terminating his espionage duties. I wouldn't recommend this book to anybody. There are better espionage novels to be read first.
A true story that reads like the best spy novel. There are twists and turns throughout. The epilogue is touching. The narration is perfect. Anyone interested in WWII or MI5 should definitely read this book.
This is a true story, and much better than any fiction spy thriller. Excellent writing and equally as good narration. Buy it. You will not regret listening to this one!
If you enjoy real spy stories then none can beat the story of agent zigzag. A villain, compulsive liar and thief who turned into one of the most successful double agents after being caught by the Germans doing the Second World War. In short a highly exciting and well told spy story.
This was a god story. The primary character was likable, and the story was entertaining and surprising. This was worth the time investment, but as is usually the case with true stories . . It drags at times. Stil, I would recommend this purchase. The performance was good as well.
I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.
The cohesive account, the narrator and the pacing.
The Great courses book, Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History.
It is all real accounts and deals in some of the same times. The tone in which they are presented are both with enough respect to appreciate the grave undertakings but not so awe-inspired as to make it feel like fantasy.
The last bit about the interview. Quite literally the last sentence. Perfect bow on a perfect package.
No. Not because it was uninspiring but because ZigZag's life was so crazy that you never really got to come down. The writing is not at fault for this. Describing an explosion doesn't allow for alot ups and downs. It is what it is. I did have a big smile at the last line of the book though.
My only "complaint" is that alot of the intensity and intimacy is lost. ZigZag did SO much at such a pace that we get some (albeit justified) broad strokes. It felt like the Power Rangers or something. You get to know the central character but the amazing feats of each episode are muddied because they are shoulder to shoulder with more amazing feats and only so much time (or so many words) to describe each one. There are many parts of the book that couldve been their own book. This is not a fault of poor execution on anyone's part. There is just too much that goes on for it to be any more intimate. But its not fiction and their werent cameras rolling every second of his life.
I usually avoid both war stories and spy stories. If this book hadn't been selected for my favorite book club I never would have picked it up. It is a great read and I enjoyed every page. The Agent Zig-zag of the title was a double agent the British sent to spy on Germany in WWII. He began his career as a safe-cracker and thief. He was in prison when he was selected as a spy. I don't want to tell you the entire story -- get the book and listen for yourself. This is a true story. Most of the events could be made up. It is excellently written and beautifully read.
I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!
Maybe it was the time period (WWII), or the location (Channel Islands), but mostly likely, it is Eddie Chapman himself who makes his story of being a double agent (for England and Germany) so arresting and compelling.
Eddie is little more than a petty criminal with a strong knowledge of how to perform these acts of crime when he is pulled from prison in the Channel Islands (which have been taken over by the Germans) and forced into becoming an agent for them. They like the fact that he's a criminal with a past...it helps them keep him in line.
After months of training, Eddie's first assignment is to go back to England and blow up one of their factories. He parachutes into his homeland and goes directly to the authorities, offering to become an agent for England. After days of questioning by British officers, they accept his offer. Eddie is now an official double agent.
The book goes into detail about the training Eddie received from both countries and explains how good he was at memorizing names, faces and places. We learn about the relationships he had with both the German and British officers. And, we learn plenty about Eddie's personal life -- he was pretty good at charming the ladies.
I found the book -- and, particularly, the subject of the book -- quite fascinating. It was interesting to see the strategizing and behind-the-scenes plotting going on between the two countries. And, it was particularly intriguing to see how this one petty criminal became such a successful double agent.
The narrator was fantastic -- easy to understand and good with the different accents. A real tour de force performance.
I enjoyed this book tremendously.
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The second half of the book seemed slower than the first half. The use of the passwords: "he he ha", "he he ho:, "FFFFF" etc... seemed a bit overkill.
no, I have not read a book by this author before.
John Lee does a great job telling the story. I recommend Mr. Lee for any book reading.
Yes. Some stories are stranger than fiction. This is one of those stories. Its a great look into a small window of the 22nd World War.
If you enjoy history and espionage, look no further.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
The tittle was very attractive to me, but I don't like books in which the story is narrated all the way through. I like to connect with the author, the narrator and the characters, but here I couldn't find space for that and I just couldn't finish it.
It might have been a good story, but I guess I'll never know