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.
CPA, CFP, and serial audiophile.
I have always had a big interest in WWII, but happened to read about Nancy Wake while browsing for history books. What? Who? Huh? This incredible Australian's life reads like fiction, but it's absolutely true. Why did I not learn about her in school?
Nancy may have been able to get down and dirty with the best of them, but what really makes this story unbelievable is that she was a beautiful woman who could play any part necessary to get what she wanted. And what she wanted was justice for the jews and the WWII Allies. Incredible. The author does a great job of telling Nancy's story, including her formative childhood years - always a rebel. The Australian accent sounds spot on to my American ears, but you may want to take that with a grain of salt.
As they said about Margaret Thatcher, she was many times the only man in the room. For why I did not learn about her in school 40 years ago, that's still a mystery, but her story needs to be told. Highly recommended.
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!
Nancy Wake's story is astounding. If this were a fiction book, I might say the character was over the top, but plenty of witnesses have contributed to the claims of this book. Granted, war stories can be exaggerated, but this one rings (mostly) true. Perhaps the most unbelievable point in the story for me was Nancy's transition from an amateur courier to a professional resistance soldier. It seems to happen so easily for her. Don't listen to the appendices unless you want to be let down. Like all of us, Nancy is only human and has her faults. Kudos to the author, however, for not sugar-coating her character.
The flippancy of the writing, and reading, of the book matched the tone very well, overall.
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,
My husband and I brought this book along on our 1000 mile trip with my 87 year old parents. We couldn't wait to get on the road after our rest stops to find out what happens to Nancy. The story was truly inspirational, the reader was easy to understand and her accents and characters were spot on. There aren't many books that I can listen to that interest my husband (a history buff) and my parents (the WWII generation). This was great. This book is in my top 10 list.
The solo bike ride through Nazi-held country was a physical and mental ordeal. I can't think of many people who could have accomplished this.
Her voice is clear and her style fit the atmosphere of the book, from funny moments to the ordeals of warfare - equally wonderful.
Nancy Wake's life was amazing full of life and death and every emotion in between.
Don't miss this amazing story. I did some research while we were listening to this book which added to our admiration of this woman and all those who struggled against the Nazis.