The Spandau Diary - what was in it? Why did the secret intelligence agencies of every major power want it? Why was a brave and beautiful woman kidnapped to get it? Why did a chain of deception and violent death lash out across the globe, from survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in this new conflict about to explode? Why did the world's entire history of World War II have to be rewritten as the future hung over a nightmare abyss?
©1994 Greg Iles (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I got lost in this story more than once. It is convoluted and there are a LOT of characters. That said it was engrossing and the presentation was excellent. It had to be good to get through that many hours of the same story. I still didn't want to leave these people after it was all over. I recommend it.
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In order to understand this book, you have to read Black Cross. Witch is very good to.
I'd read a few of Greg Iles' Natchez series of books before picking up "Spandau Phoenix" and was not disappointed with the change of subject matter. Iles definitely did his research on the history of the Third Reich and the strange flight of Deputy Fuhrer Rudolf Hess to Britain in 1941. And, while the story here is fictionalized, it offers a version that, while fanciful, fits the evidence on hand to Iles in 1993.
While it may be looked down on by those who believe "great" literature the only type worth reading, if you are looking for a gripping tale of the most horrific and intense periods in all of human history then you this won't disappoint. It's a solid 4-stars and DIck Hill's narration is amazing as usual.
Retired Engineer; living in Bend, OR . I enjoy listening to Audible books while I hike and bike in the great trails here.
Very Complex Tale
The confluence of most of the characters, each with different goals, in or near Horn House
His ability to modulate his voice to suit different characters
Fun listen. 20+ hours, lots of historical references weaved into an action filled story with plenty of heroes, villains, and bystanders made this a fun listen.
Greg Iles truly did his research in writing the story and weaving a tale that is absolutely captivating. This story does not disappoint on any level and I found myself completely engrossed and attached to even the most peripheral of characters.
I may not be fair to Greg Iles but although this is not my usual genre of book, I was surprised that I enjoyed it as much. Typically Nazi based stories have not been my choice but good story line and the excellent performance by Dick Hill brought this home.
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It was different from most I read. I enjoyed it, but it was too long.
Dick Hill is my favorite reader. I often choose books because of him, not necessarily because of story.
This is a pretty good book but not up to Illes' standards. While some of his other works, e.g.the Penn Cage series, are comparably long, they are so well written that it's hard to put them down. Unfortunately Spandau Phoenix does not meet this standard.
Very little. I cannot understand why Dick Hill is so popular. When he is reading in a normal tone, he's OK, but his attempts at foreign (and female) accents are insufferable and annoying. Unlike John Lee (Century trilogy) whose accents and pronunciations are superb, Hill's are amateurish and exaggerated.
I wish Illes would either continue the Penn Cage series or begin another one.
I love Greg Iles, I have read almost all of his books. This one was disappointing because the plot became so bogged down with to many characters and to many countries. I just couldn't keep up with all of if. But can't wait to read his next book.
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