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.
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The story itself. And the writing was brisk and informative.
Why, the Spymistress, of course
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.
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.
I finished the book because I wanted to hear the story. And it was well told, just not narrated very well at all.
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.
Anger- at the narrator who seems to make no effort to communicate-only to prove- he can read fast (without breathing?).
I wonder if it is possible to slow this file technically.
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.
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.
If there is any dialog, i missed it. No need to differentiate. I think he did a good job.
NA. The book needs footnotes and sources. I am not sure what the Audible does when footnotes are encountered.
According to other reviews, CIA, goodreads, etc., the book is full of inaccuracies.
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.
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