The story of Nancy Wake is amazing, and deserves a better telling.
I found it a very hard slog to get through this--and I blame the writing rather than the content or the narrator. I was mildly irritated by the regular intrustion of French (not because I didn't understand it, but because I think it's pompous, distracting and unnecessary, especially when it's followed immediately by an English translation); more than that, I felt like hitting my head against the wall every time the narrator read "secreted", meaning hidden. I suppose if you're reading that, it's not so annoying (although, see above: pompous, distracting and unnecessary, since hidden is a perfectly good word). When you're hearing it (over and over and over again) it's just gross.
This is an amazing story of an amazing woman, but it's the worst audiobook I've listened to so far.
The amazing Nancy Wake lived life LARGE. But unlike a tale of simple heroics, Peter Fitzsimmons doesn't shy away from the trouble she had reintegrating into a world not at war, how she never felt at home in Australia, her financial worries, her failure at politics and her tumultuous relationship with her mother, amongst other things that made her seem terribly human. I admired her bravery and her cleverness, but I felt for her because of her faults. But she had the last laugh! Well played, Nancy. Recommend.
My favourite audiobook of all time! What a character she was!
Her escape from Nazi - occupied France into Spain, this woman wasn`t taking any nonsense from anyone!
Unfortunately I haven`t listened to any of Stephanie Daniel`s performances before, but will look out for in the future.
Nancy`s treatment after the war, after all the challenges she faced and overcame during it, how could she manage after? Life would seem dull to anyone.
Thoroughly enjoyed this historical story about Nancy Wake. What an amazing woman. So sad that after all her bravery that she lost the one she so loved though. Highly recommended
Yes, This is the history and one brave womens fight for our country.
Nothing but extreme pride in what this woman did for our country
There was so much that we didn't know about how horrific that war was and the brutality of the German Soldiers. It make's me wonder if History will repeat it's self. It sure looks like it.
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.