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George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved America | [Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger]

George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved America

From the cohost of Fox & Friends, the true story of the anonymous spies who helped win the Revolutionary War. Among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution, six names are missing. First and foremost, Robert Townsend, an unassuming and respected businessman from Long Island, who spearheaded the spy ring that covertly brought down the British
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Publisher's Summary

From the cohost of Fox & Friends, the true story of the anonymous spies who helped win the Revolutionary War.

Among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution, six names are missing. First and foremost, Robert Townsend, an unassuming and respected businessman from Long Island, who spearheaded the spy ring that covertly brought down the British…before they, or anyone else, could discover their names.

Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger finally give Townsend and his fellow spies their proper due, telling the fascinating story of how they passed information to George Washington that turned the tide of the war. Using a network of citizen operatives that included a longshoreman, bartender, newspaper editor, housewife, tailor, and femme fatale, and employing a series of complex codes, the so-called Culper Spy Ring used sophisticated tactics to subvert the British.

Based on previously unpublished research, George Washington's Secret Six is a gripping history of these amazing, anonymous Patriots who risked their lives for our freedom.

©2013 Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Charlene Philadelphia, MS, United States 07-07-14
    Charlene Philadelphia, MS, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst Reader Ever!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No One!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of George Washington's Secret Six?

    Have no clue, I could not listen to the reader.


    Would you be willing to try another one of uncredited’s performances?

    No!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't know, I couldn't listen to this horrible reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I waited for this book to come out on audio from the first I heard of it. The reader ruined it. I tried 2 different time to listen and could not. Please get some one else to read it. I would still love to hear it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kevin 11-07-13
    kevin 11-07-13
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    "Great Read"
    What did you love best about George Washington's Secret Six?

    It's amazing to hear this piece of American and local history presented in a comprehensive form. I now currently live in the Setauket area, and only learned of the Culper Spy Ring from the road signs posted by the local historical society. Thanks for illuminating this most important piece of American History.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Six Patriots !


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Charles A. Jacobson Moscow, Id United States 06-27-14
    Charles A. Jacobson Moscow, Id United States 06-27-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Horrible narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Good basic story, but hard to follow at times.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This is the worst Audible narrator I've listened to. Break-neck speed most of the time, and very choppy delivery. Really detracted from the book.


    Could you see George Washington's Secret Six being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Burlingame, CA, United States 03-09-14
    Andrew Burlingame, CA, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Interesting story. Poor narrator"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Story is intriguing and historically relevant. A bit dis jointed on how it is flows but interesting non the less. It made me revisit my basic knowledge of the revolutionary war and its players.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of uncredited?

    The narrator was one of the worst I have ever encountered. I almost stopped listening as a result but ultimately got through it as the story was interesting. The narration tone is very sensational and leading. I would have liked a narrator who honored the seriousness of the story and the risks the spies and the continental army had to take.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Phoenixville, PA, United States 07-11-14
    David Phoenixville, PA, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book"

    This is the story of 6 spies (after Nathan Hale was hung in NYC for spying on the British during the Revolutionary War). It gives great background on why they were chased, how they fit into the storyline of the war as well as shows great research and attention to the details. Kilmeade and Yaeger do a great job of telling the story and Kilmeade of the reading. I recommend this for anyone interested in American history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 06-20-14
    Jason 06-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow Down, Dude!"
    What made the experience of listening to George Washington's Secret Six the most enjoyable?

    The story is interesting. Would love to engage more in the story but I have to really concentrate to hear the narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger ’s story?

    Brian, slow down. Even though I was able to slow you down to .75 on my iphone app, it got distorted. It sounded as if you went into the studio with no time to waste and just recorded it as fast as you could record it. Very disappointed. This slow brain couldn't keep up.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and it was so fast, I did.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Forman Westlake Village, CA 01-26-14
    Joe Forman Westlake Village, CA 01-26-14 Member Since 2006

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    "Worst Reader Ever"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is an interesting story performed by a reader who is so over the top as to ruin the entire presentation. Couldn't finish it by audio and had to go to the written version


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    L. Neumar LI, NY 12-10-13
    L. Neumar LI, NY 12-10-13 Member Since 2006

    craft lover

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    "Great Historical Review"
    If you could sum up George Washington's Secret Six in three words, what would they be?

    New surprising information


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All 6 were important, but the "unknown" female was intriguing - could have been rich; could have been poor. But was dedicated to the cause.


    What three words best describe uncredited’s performance?

    Great guy, but he mispronounced some words and overlooked some punctuation which serve to define better the meaning of a sentence.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Living on Long Island, it was interesting to discover a lot of history here that was crucial to the success of Washington and the group's success, and having taken place in neighboring villages but not well publicized. I think many residents both young and old will find this quite a revelation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 12-08-13
    Thomas 12-08-13
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    "Great Expectations Left Unfulfilled"
    Would you try another book from Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger and/or uncredited?

    No, I wouldn't. This book could have been exciting and had a great underlying story. However, it was written in a lifeless fashion and I was never pulled into the story. I found it boring.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think it would have needed different writers and most certainly a different narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was terrible. The reader spoke much too fast and did not enunciate clearly.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The best part of the book was the hype leading up to it. I couldn't wait to hear more about these men.


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of money.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James 10-15-14
    James 10-15-14 Member Since 2014

    Addicted to reading traditional books. Overwhelmed by backlog of books to read. If it's early Americana then I want it.

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    If you could sum up George Washington's Secret Six in three words, what would they be?

    Could be better


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger ? Why or why not?

    It would try another book, however, I would hesitate slightly between the audible or printed book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Since I live in Nathan Hale's backyard, so to speak, in Connecticut, and love early American history, I wanted a bit more than the book offered. I recognized that the research was quite thorough throughout the book. I was not a fan of the style of voice, however, as the reader seemed to be overly-excited while speaking. It seemed as though certain words were being shouted or over emphasized.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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