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!
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.
Enjoyed this portrayal of the human potential under extreme circumstances contrasted with the adjustment to normal life. Great listen.
I am a glass artist, working from my studio at home. Audio books keep my mind stimulated while my hands are busy.
written from Nancy's point of view as well as the biographer's, refreshing kind of biography, without guile. the post script is just as refreshing, as we are allowed a short glimpse of the descent, life after the mountain peak has been reached. WHAT A STORY!
Inspiring, funny, sad.
Telling the Australians to keep their medals. (She uses more colorful language.)
Nancy learns that her husband has died in a concentration camp and that he had refused to give her up.
A memorable book.
I loved that the reader was Australian and so was Nancy Wake, so it helped put you inside Nancy's head.
I really enjoyed it when she ran away from home and how she enabled herself. She was very brave, and a take charge person. I also liked it when she met her husband, and even though he was rich you could tell she really loved him. She didn't just use him for money to fight against the Nazis. I think her childhood prepared her for this part of her life - to be fearless in the face of the Nazis. My most favorite moments were when, on two separate occasions, she confronted a man because she heard they were going to kill her. They were so shocked they didn't know what to do. I was very sad to hear about her husband being murdered by the Nazis. I'm sure it was a very difficult time for her.
No, I haven't had the pleasure of listening to Stephanie Daniel's other performances.
Would you be that brave?
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this time period, WWII, Nancy Wake, or just a good read/listen!