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.
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.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
but for all of that, a wonderful life and reasonably well read. You need to ignore the exaggerated Australian accent at the beginning but, for all of that a wonderful life and reasonably well read. It is a pity that the author sugar coated some of Nancy's cruel (but perhaps necessary) actions during the war. I personally believe that Nancy was an incredible woman, not a nice woman, but an incredible woman of her time. I think perhaps this author liked her a little too much to talk about some of the "not nice" things?
I expected to like the book. I like biographies in general and biographies of strong women in particular. I generally knew the story about Nancy Wake and I was in the Navy during the Vietnam war era. But what I was not prepared for was how gripping the story would be! Even though I knew the ending, even though I knew that she survived the war, it is an incredible story. The combination of the vivid writing and the top-notch narration made me feel like I was watching a movie of Nancy Wake's life. I was riding right along beside her in that airplane when she was dropped into France. And when she finally got her bus I laughed out loud. Imagine trying to hide something in the woods like that from German patrols! By the time I reached the end of the book I was trembling with emotion.
For anyone who wants to carry this a bit further there is a BBC series which is available on amazon video (no, I don't work for Amazon) called Wish Me Luck which is about the SOE and the work they did with the French Resistance in WWII.
Many other reviewers have better put into words what I am endeavoring to do. Nancy Wake was an incredibly brave young woman during World War II, leading a platoon of soldiers in the middle of nowhere, facing gunfire, no communication, and the deprivation of war.
Peter Fitzsimons obviously researched her life, spoke with her at length, and got to know his subject well.
Stephanie Daniel, with the exceptionof some awkward pronunciations ("Es-cuh-peees"), did a wonderful job narrating this book. I have read some unfavorable views of her narrating novels, but found as a biography narrator, she did an excellent job.
I am very glad I read this book, and will be looking for more Peter Fitzsimons, and Stephanie Daniel narrations (biographies) in the future.
I would listen to this story again because it was so rich in detail. Nancy is worth getting to know really well. The history is true and came alive in my head; it was incredibly well written.
I have not listened to Stephanie Daniel before but would look for her again. Especialy if it had a European setting. Her pronounciation of the French words (which I would have had to glide right over had it been a book in print) really added to the story.
Not knowing about Nancy ahead of time, I was "on the edge of my seat" throughout her adventures. I laughed and cried and cheered. It would be difficult to pick any one moment.
What a herione!!! Amazed I had never heard of her before! When I started it, I thought it was a novel. When I realized it was a biography, I went to the internet to find out more. I LOVED it!
The story lacked intrigue
Nancy Wake - for me a great Australian whose history is intriguing. The book did not capture this for me.
I think the story suffered from the style of Peter FitzSimons' writing. Very pedestrian style.
This story gripped me from the beginning. Couldn't stop listening! The courage and tenacity of Nancy and other members of the resistance was inspiring. The characters came to life.
I truly enjoyed listening to this biography of a most extraordinary woman/person. It was a great listen about the life and heroism of a woman who often seemed to "stumble" onto the amazing and fascinating path her life followed. She was a woman of great tenacity, perseverance, and courage as well as flair and wit. The book spans her entire life but is primarily focused on the period prior to and during WWII. I am glad the book covered her early and later life as well. I highly recommend this book and would enjoy reading more books about similarly extraordinary real women during WWII and otherwise.
I would recommend this a friend. The story is another incredible tale of WWII, one with which I was not familiar. I wish the writer created more story and less telling about the story.
Yes, I would try another book, but I didn't think his approach to writing this book did the story justice. Without the amazing story to build on, I wouldn't have enjoyed listening as much. It got a bit long.
Good reading, no complaints.
I enjoy discovering new stories from this time period, It is quite amazing just how many interesting events happened to "ordinary" people. Reading stories about WWII from different perspectives, county locations, and different people's jobs or involvement helps round out my overall understanding and appreciation of how much was happening concurrently in so many different places and to so many different people.