Bletchley 1945: a place where nearly 10,000 people would contribute decisively to the Allied war effort. Their role? To decode the Enigma cypher used by the Germans for high-level communications. It is an astonishing story. A melting pot of Oxbridge dons, maverick oddballs and more regular citizens worked night and day at Station X, as Bletchley Park was known, to derive intelligence information from German coded messages. That they succeeded, despite military scepticism, is testament to an indomitable spirit that wrenched British intelligence into the modern age, as the Second World War segued into the Cold War.
©2014 Michael Smith (P)2014 Oakhill Publishing
The story of Bletchley Park is so fascinating that any history of the accomplishments is worth reading. Highly recommended.
There really is no "star" in the book. Everyone contributed in their own way.
The reading was very disappointing. Whether it was the fault of the performer or his direction is difficult to say. Although the various accents were commendable, the need to read the quotes in a conversational mode lead to very uneven sentences and some very uncalled for pauses.
Neither! It is a factual book of which the history is only now being detailed.
Wonderful story that could benefit from being re-recorded.
"Interesting content, but not without its problems"
It was okay, but could have been so much better
The insight into what happened at Bletchley
The reader was little short of awful. He read the book much too fast, but what grated most for me was his lack of research and insight. References to Lord Dacre (pronounced Daker) as Dacree, Caen as Cayenne, and Balliol as Bal e ol are to my mind indicative of the slap dash production of this audiobook it ought to be deleted and re-recorded to bring it up to an acceptable standard.
The book was very interesting, but its structure was not one I found helpful. Rather than going back and forth through the years over each element of different codes being broken a more informative and ultimately better book could have been written by outlining the history and development of Bletchley park chronologically, so the reader could get a much better idea of how all the different cyphers and codes were read and dealt with as the war progressed together with summarising the overall impact each year. As it is written the book is disjointed and highly repetitive. It isn't an easy task to pull this subject together, but this book although informative, felt like a missed opportunity. For the audiobook, this problem was compounded by a very poor reader and very poor production. Overall disappointing which is a great pity given the nature of the subject and how interesting it could have been and deserves to be.
"Ruined by poor narrator"
Good book, interesting read, but the narrator was very poor.
Poor accents, not interested in the story, read as though the best thing was to get through it as quickly as possible.
Read the paper copy!
"Great True Story Spoiled by the Reader"
The 'reader' - Patrick Molyneux - has the reading skills of a nine year old. Poor phrasing, lack of continuity, lack of English vocabulary and laughable attempts at accents.
The House at Poo Corner because Patrick Molyneux would be the ideal reader!
Patrick Molyneux has no German. This could be forgiven if he'd asked someone about pronunciation and, by the way, he could also have asked someone about pronouncing English words like Cholmondeley.
Anger that the book had been published with such a bad reader and disappointment that such an interesting book has been spoiled.
It should be done again with a better reader.
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