Haven't been able to finish this one as it seems to repeat itself a great deal. Really enjoyed learning about Nancy Wake and her adventures; will seek out other media about her. If you can find this book for free, in a library or from a friend, then check it out. It may be better in hard copy because you can flip past the repetitive and boring parts. I got about halfway through the audiobook so I suppose it's worth the credit, but I'm hoping there are better books and movies out there about Nancy Wake. Actually, I think she should be the subject of the next big superhero movie!
Nancy was a spy during WWII. She had never imagined she would do such a thing. But she was in the right places at the right times to be recruited for this job. She had a distinctive flare and was quite good at misleading the enemy. This book presents Nancy as almost an urchin growing up in Australia, but with great intelligence and drive. She was glad to give up her childhood and eagerly embraced the glamorous prewar life in Europe. With her looks and love of fashion, she was attractive and met many notable people. In her role as spy, she accomplished a great deal for the Allies and for the role of women in the military.
I had never heard of Nancy Wake before picking this title up on sale, but it was a very interesting story. She led a courageous life in France during WWII, although it sounds like she may have been underappreciated after the fact for what she did. It also seems like she was one of those people made for adventure and she had some trouble adapting to "boring" civilian life after the war and I feel bad for her for that. I really enjoyed the story though & recommend it.
I enjoyed listening to Trapeze, but it was fictional. I wanted to find a real story about a real British SOE in France. Nancy Wake came up in Google. A great find. Like Trapeze, the main figure did not display Judeo-Christian moral principles as it pertains to her love life/relationships. Yet her moral principles in all other respects were very tenaciously high. Her conviction in freedom and justice for all was her drive. She says she did not believe in God because her over zealous mother who suffered from depression and always had her nose in the Bible continued to tell Nancy she was going to go to Hell for not being more obedient etc.It was the best book I have read in a while.
Peter Fitzsimmons has written this remarkable story with a great understanding of Nancy as a forthright gusty Australian woman of her time. She also had a great appreciation of French and British culture. Most unusual for her day as an Australian, she was so obviously bilingual speaking French fluently. Stephanie Daniel reads this story beautifully.
It is not surprising that Nancy was well recognised by the French, Americans and British for her courage and valuable service in WW2 with the Resistance in France under extremely dangerous circumstances.
As an Australian whose father fought in WW2 and mother did a "man's" job of management during the War, I found this story fascinating and inspiring. I had not been aware of what Nancy actually did until I came across this book. It is so well written, just a joy to hear.
Highly recommended, most worthwhile.
A very powerful story of the courage and bravery of a very determined woman during a time that many wish that we could remove from our history entirely.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
I enjoyed the Audio version but did not read the print, so it's hard to say. The only problem I had with the audio was some mispronunciation, which could be a cultural thing. I am American and I know the British tend to pronounce words different than I am used to. I listened to this book with great pleasure and thought it quite exciting, I can only say that the print version would probably be the same.
I enjoyed her training in Scotland the most and I also liked the part where she actually had to use her hands as killers when she confronted some Nazi's.
Never listened to her before that I can remember. She did a fine job other than the facts I listed above about some words I would pronounce differently.
When she found out the fate of her beloved husband, Henri. I was as emotionally spent as she must have been.
This is a wonderful book about a colorful woman that I had never heard about before. I would love to see Nicole Kidman make a movie based on this book. She would be brilliant!
Fine art photographer, retired English professor, dog mom to an adorable Maltese mix, long-time Californian, genealogist, what else?
Wow. I totally enjoyed this book, the true story of Nancy Wake, a New Zealand-born Australian who was a major figure in the French Resistance in WWII. The story of how she got there and her activities during the war is riveting; I enjoyed every minute of it. What an amazing woman. Read it. You'll hardly be able to believe it.
I used my credit based on the multiple positive reviews. What I discovered was a true story of a truly amazing woman, flawed like the rest of us, but also with amazing courage, integrity, and resolve to do what was right, in unimaginable circumstances. I am so glad I purchased this book, or I never would have known of this amazing story. In our current society, where people tend to worship celebrities, it is so sad that people do not read about true heroism and those people, like Nancy Wake. It is these people, that we should all be aware of, and look up to, as our role models. The story of an amazing woman who saved many during World War II through her work in the French Resistance.
Unbroken, because Nancy never quit, just like Mr Zamperini.
I don't think I would describe it as having scenes, as it was more of a biography.
Many of them,
I did not previously know about Nancy Wake. And it had been a good long time since I learned much about WWII history. So reading about her story and the role of France in the war was probably the only thing that made me finish this book. I found the constant french pronunciation of words to be very distracting. And the narrator does a lot of very audible swallowing at the end of many of the longer sentences.
If you like history, especially when a woman is the subject of the story then maybe this is for you. So many others seemed to have loved this book but for me, it was just too drawn out and hard to listen to.