Amazing story. Great narration. Peter Fitzsimons has done a fantastic job of writing a biography of a truly heroic woman. Couldn't stop listening.
Nancy Wake was an amazing woman - a spy in WWII. There was so much detail in this book - historically, emotionally. I really felt there with her - such a strong and very brave woman - a inspiration to us all. Makes you feel grateful for the life you do have.
Say something about yourself!
I simply can't figure why other reviewers didn't give this book five stars -- times three! It is well written, tells a wonderful story about a most interesting woman, and the narrator is top drawer! I had heard of Nancy Wake but had not had a chance to learn more about her. For sure she was not just another pretty face. We know from the book that -- beauty aside -- she was extremely bright, she could hold liquor better than most men, and she had tremendous physical vitality. Many of us are pretty or want to leave home. Many of us are disciplined, neat, methodical. There was a lot more to Nancy, however. She was brilliant with languages. I studied Spanish but certainly had no smart comments when while standing in the Madrid Metro during the mini-skirt era I endured a young Spaniard putting his cold hands up my legs! Nancy would have come up with some pithy saying. She could tell a Frenchman in his own language "how the cow ate the cabbage"!
I really felt for Nancy when she made her terrible bicycle trip. So tired she could not pedal another turn. And yet she did. Somehow. I also admired her devotion to "her" men. I have some basis for comparison. As a junior officer, I used to give 19-year-old troops their security briefing like a big sister telling them where not to go in town, not to brag, not to blab, etc. etc. I was privy to the incident reports, some of which were sickening and gruesome. They had tested high and were being trained for special jobs. I reminded them of this, that each was valuable! But Nancy took this so far, and not as a big sister or mom, but as their leader! In a time decades before women's lib, she did her job without any sexy business. According to the book, she adored some of the men in particular, but drew a clear line through the murk. I came along three decades after Nancy and found it difficult to do a job without worrying whether I was thought pretty! Amazing lady!
The male author supplies delicious details, and the female narrator enjoys relating them. I want to say, too, that the narrator's French and German sound virtually native to me. I have lived in Germany and studied both languages through my school years. It is painful to hear an otherwise quite good narrator struggle with a foreign language. Certainly not here.
It's a beautiful book, a great listen. I only wish we could be shown the pictures of Nancy with her husbands and comrads. Pictures would complete the story. I have friends who are hard of hearing and don't own a kindle. The print book is nearly impossible to acquire. How about it, Amazon?????