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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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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Based on previously unpublished research, George Washington's Secret Six is a gripping history of these amazing, anonymous Patriots who risked their lives for our freedom.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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    kevin East Setauket, NY, United States 11-07-13
    kevin East Setauket, NY, United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2003
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    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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    Joe Forman Westlake Village, CA 01-26-14
    Joe Forman Westlake Village, CA 01-26-14 Member Since 2006

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    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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy mankato, MN, United States 01-24-14
    Timothy mankato, MN, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2008
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    "WISH I COULD GET A REFUND..."
    What would have made George Washington's Secret Six better?

    Professional narration


    Has George Washington's Secret Six turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


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

    Absolutely not


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

    Not many.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the authors decided to speak the narration. Big mistake. The writing isn't all that good, but the narration is downright terrible. The reader has bad diction, makes awkward, disturbing pauses at random, and mispronounces words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Birmingham, AL, United States 01-20-14
    Lawrence Birmingham, AL, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2004
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    "What a shame"

    The author should have had enough sense to let a professional read the book. The delivery distracts so badly it nearly ruins what otherwise is a fascinating part of the Revoluniary War. The writing is mediocre and the imagined aspects are clumsy, but I had not known anything about this group of spies and the history seems well researched.

    1 of 1 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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    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 UTICA, MI, United States 12-08-13
    Thomas UTICA, MI, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2012
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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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    Robert Downingtown, PA, United States 12-30-13
    Robert Downingtown, PA, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Worst Purchase on Audible"
    Would you try another book from Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger and/or uncredited?

    Never again. The book was filled with factual inaccuracies.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Ancient History


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Awkward pauses in the middle of sentences.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't finish the book. This is the first time I've regretted an Audible purchase.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Milton St. Louis, MO, United States 04-07-14
    Milton St. Louis, MO, United States 04-07-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Sorry, but I didn't like it much."

    The narrator just wasn't a great reader. Often times, there were pauses in a sentence that you realized changed the meaning from what was expected. Certainly they were distracting. Kind of like the sentence was spread over two pages and it took too long to turn the page and find your place. Made it hard to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James columbus, OH, United States 03-26-14
    James columbus, OH, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2006

    sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.

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    "Not what I was hoping"

    this was not what I was hoping it would be, I did not finish the book. Not recommended

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    Mortimer Lewisburg, WV United States 03-25-14
    Mortimer Lewisburg, WV United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to George Washington's Secret Six again? Why?

    No. From the first sentence, I knew that the author's narration was going to be a problem for me. I really appreciate his enthusiasm for the story, and especially the discussions, but his method of making the story "live" removed me from the equation. That is, I did not have the opportunity to make the action fit my imagination, my perspective. What I want from a book reading is good, clear delivery of the text, not an interpretation from the narrator. You have some great narrators who could have done justice to the text as written. I forced my self to listen to about 1/3 of this before I just gave up and bought the book.


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

    Nope, not unless he was willing to just narrate.


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

    I'm afraid the book in it's entirety is too long. I often listen to books while I am working around the house or in my shop (using my smartphone), and that dictates the amount of time I spend at one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    No need for more narrator bashing. I've made my point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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