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Spymistress Audiobook
Spymistress
Written by: 
William Stevenson
Narrated by: 
Nicholas Camm
Spymistress Audiobook

Spymistress: The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II

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Publisher's Summary

A rousing tale of espionage and unsung valor, this is the captivating true story of Vera Atkins, Great Britain's spymistress from the age of 25. With her fierce intelligence, blunt manner, personal courage, and exceptional informants, Vera ran countless missions throughout the 1930s. After rising to the leadership echelon in the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a covert intelligence agency formed by Winston Churchill, she became head of a clandestine army in World War II. Her team went deep behind enemy lines, linked up with resistance fighters, destroyed vital targets, helped Allied pilots escape capture, assassinated German soldiers, and radioed information back to London. As the biographer of her mentor in the SOE, William Stevenson was the only person Vera Atkins trusted to record her story.

©2007, 2011 William Stevenson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Glenn 03-29-14
    Glenn 03-29-14
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    "Great Story - Unfortunately Monotone Performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Spymistress the most enjoyable?

    The story itself. And the writing was brisk and informative.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why, the Spymistress, of course


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Really a one tone narrator. Very little inflection. It was, literally, mono-tonous. It is really too bad because the story is very interesting, and one that needs to be told. It is quite remarkable that this performance was 'approved' by editors/directors. Sentence after sentence delivered with the same intonation contours. It becomes almost impossible to distinguish given and new information.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Only a strong reaction to the performance. I like the narrator's accent, but his lack of any kind of variation in delivery made listening a challenge.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished the book because I wanted to hear the story. And it was well told, just not narrated very well at all.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Kenilworth , IL, USA 03-28-14
    Kathleen Kenilworth , IL, USA 03-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    "THE NARRATION IS A MONOTONE RACE"
    How could the performance have been better?

    An editor who listened and directed the narrator to -SLOW DOWN- ADD INFLECTION-AND TONAL CHANGES. This is a very interesting book which I have started 3 times and simply can't follow much less think while listening. Having listened to 1000s of audiobooks, this is the most incomprehensible.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger- at the narrator who seems to make no effort to communicate-only to prove- he can read fast (without breathing?).


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder if it is possible to slow this file technically.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    david houlton, wi, United States 08-18-14
    david houlton, wi, United States 08-18-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed"

    The disappointing part of this book is that it doesn't live up to it's title. Lots of info on the WWII spy network, but little about Vera herself. The narrator's fast talking and british accent made difficult to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Noble 08-10-14
    B. Noble 08-10-14
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    "Better read as a novel than as history"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I read a lot of WW II history and I did enjoy reading this. It's full of anecdotes I've never seen. However, it is not a serious history. The author seems more interested in name-dropping than telling a coherent story about Vera Atkins.


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Stevenson again?

    No.


    Did Nicholas Camm do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    If there is any dialog, i missed it. No need to differentiate. I think he did a good job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spymistress?

    NA. The book needs footnotes and sources. I am not sure what the Audible does when footnotes are encountered.


    Any additional comments?

    According to other reviews, CIA, goodreads, etc., the book is full of inaccuracies.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsty Maciver Maryland 07-17-16
    Kirsty Maciver Maryland 07-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Too hard to follow - no storyline"
    Would you try another book from William Stevenson and/or Nicholas Camm?

    Probably not


    What was most disappointing about William Stevenson’s story?

    This promised to be a fascinating story but I never felt like I got to know any of the characters and, as the book went on and more and more characters were introduced, I found it increasingly difficult to follow what was happening. I didn't feel like sufficient context was being given as the chapters continued. I didn't know enough about Vera or the other characters to have any emotional response to what was happening to them. I really wanted to like this book but I had to give up on it after about chapter 12.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reading was monotonous. I don't know if it was the book or how it was being read, but it put me to sleep :(


    What character would you cut from Spymistress?

    none


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Go Steelers 07-05-16
    Go Steelers 07-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Powerful tale, poor narration"

    I'm going to read the book. This is a fascinating account of a woman who ran spy networks for the British in Nazi-occupied Europe. I've read quite a lot about World War II espionage and had never before heard of Vera Atkins. Her life, her work and the heroism of her agents is astounding.
    Unfortunately the narrator does not do it justice. He has a pleasant voice and a charming accent, but reads in a virtual monotone. It was easy to lose focus. My recommendation on this one is to buy the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marisa G. 06-06-16
    Marisa G. 06-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "to hard to follow"
    What disappointed you about Spymistress?

    The story seemed interesting but it was to hard to follow, there were to many characters.
    It was to hard to listen to.
    Not sure if reading would have been better but I'm not interested in trying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Larsen 05-13-16
    D. Larsen 05-13-16

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    "Just another WWII story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book is just ok. Listening to British English took some getting use to. If you put all the references to Vera Atkins together, the book would be 10 pages and 30 minutes long. The rest is all about World War II and other stuff.


    What could William Stevenson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The author could have actually written a book about Vera Atkins.


    What three words best describe Nicholas Camm’s voice?

    so so so


    Did Spymistress inspire you to do anything?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read a lot of non-fiction spy books and I expected a lot from this book so I was very disappointed overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Murphy 08-15-15
    R. Murphy 08-15-15
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    "Narrator speaks too fast"
    If you could sum up Spymistress in three words, what would they be?

    The content of the book is fascinating, but the narrator speaks too fast. It takes such concentration to follow the book because of the fast reading and the jam-packed content. Generally I prefer audiobooks to actually reading a book, but in this case, I'd prefer to read the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Margaret Peyton
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    2/10/16
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    "excellent thrilling read"

    a great account of a truly amazing women and shows how women helped the war effort outsiide of munitions factories well narrated

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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