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Spandau Phoenix | [Greg Iles]

Spandau Phoenix

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?
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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.

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    Amazon Customer 09-12-14

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    "Engaging story of intrigue"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Spandau Phoenix to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was intricate and had many plot twists, and the narrator did a remarkable job intoning the various accents, and emphatically voicing the tension of the story


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

    yes


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    Amazon Customer 09-02-14
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    "Reasonably entertaining"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    While it had many elements of a good thriller, it was overlong for the story and felt padded. Its huge cast of characters was too huge, maybe; many of the characters felt pretty peripheral. A thriller, yes. A taut thriller, no.


    Any additional comments?

    DIck Hill, as usual, provided excellent narration and pulled me along through the less compelling parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Assegai 08-11-14
    Assegai 08-11-14
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    "Irritating"
    What did you like best about Spandau Phoenix? What did you like least?

    The plot is very good and grabs attention but soon the story becomes dis-jointed with characters flitting about everywhere. Serious credibility situations such as secrets being discussed on an airplane where the probability of being overheard is obvious, and so on. This just gets worse and halfway through the book I was wishing for it to end. The characters, especially Hans and his wife are so pathetic one has no pity for their circumstances. The "bad guy's" - Nazis and Afrikaners - so stereotypical!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spandau Phoenix?

    Not many.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrators efforts at adopting the German, British and South African accents becomes very irritating - in fact, soon they all sound the same.


    Do you think Spandau Phoenix needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No - enough already


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed. This plot had good potential - the incredible situations and "whiney" heroine faced with the stereotyped villains spoiled it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Aliso viejo, CA, United States 07-21-14
    Martin Aliso viejo, CA, United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Gripping Story"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was complex and involved a great many characters and subplots. The Author was very creative and was able to weave this complex story into a cohesive plot. There was significant action and suspense up to the very end and the fact that the author wove actual history events into the story made it even more interesting. I listen to audiobooks when I work out and this book was so gripping that I looked forward to working out so I could listen and it made my workout much more enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donald 07-12-14
    Donald 07-12-14
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    "The story of the Nazi Hess"
    Would you listen to Spandau Phoenix again? Why?

    Probably no - It is a long book , interesting, but too long


    What other book might you compare Spandau Phoenix to and why?

    I feel this book is unique unto itself. The book follows the mystery of Hess flight to England and his escape to South Africa. Hess's reason for his "escape" to England and the potential over through of England to prevent a war in the East and West was the mission. As a student of that time period , fascinating.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    The conversations between Hitler and Hess and the planning of the trip was of interest. Hitler trusted Hess the most and the insight of his distrust of his other leaders was I think key. the book gave a behind the scenes view of the think of the Nazi leadership.


    Any additional comments?

    There are many theories of why Hess flew to England and most people thought he was captured and died in prison. That was his double . I behind the scenes look at intrigue of a important time in history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Moorhead, MN, United States 06-30-14
    J. Moorhead, MN, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    ""Nazis, I hate those guys!""

    This is right in line with the back-to-life Nazi conspiracy stories we've seen in Indiana Jones or the Boys from Brazil. Interesting spin on the mystery surrounding Hess' flight to England and Nazi sleeper cells in West Germany and South Africa. Enjoyed the first 2/3, but the final shoot out scene involving so many strange alliances slipped into farce.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim Mentone, CA, United States 02-26-14
    Tim Mentone, CA, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Simply Awesome!!!"
    Where does Spandau Phoenix rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is, by far, one of the best stories I've listened to


    What other book might you compare Spandau Phoenix to and why?

    Any other book by Greg Iles.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Hitler dialogue.


    Any additional comments?

    Once again, Dick Hill provides a masterful performance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Warren Westchester, NY USA 01-06-14
    R. Warren Westchester, NY USA 01-06-14
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    "Long But Engrossing"

    This audiobook is over 26 hours and it is surprisingly engrossing. The story has many threads and the author keeps them flowing. My only problem with this audiobook was the narrator. He does many things well but he makes all women and all foreigners (particularly Germans) sound as though they are whining and crying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 06-12-13
    Adam LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Melodramatic protagonist distracts"

    I got this book right after stumbling across Black Cross which I very much enjoyed. This story actually is very solid and has a lot of good characters throughout. The reason I am writing this is to issue a warning.

    The main protagonist is just so melodramatic. Its weird to say because I get that he is being placed under extreme stress, but somehow I just don't buy into it. Maybe I don't get the drama so his reaction seems very excessive and unusual and that is the problem. Maybe he really is acting like a whiny little brat for most of the book. Either way, I really was put off by the seeming over reaction and lack of any kind of human thought he demonstrated. He just keeps shouting, screaming and crying while everyone else tells him to "get a hold of himself". I believe this is his entire role in the story, it creates fluff not drama.

    Other then that the other characters are solid, the performance is wonderful and the plot is interesting. I'm only giving such a poor review because he is presented as the main protagonist. If he was just a secondary character I would be fine with it as a sideshow.

    If you find hysterical main characters annoying you may want to skip this one.
    (That is hysterical as in the definition prone to having hysterics. He is not in any way funny.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    joan laporte, MN, United States 11-29-12
    joan laporte, MN, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great listen."
    Where does Spandau Phoenix rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Close to the top.


    What other book might you compare Spandau Phoenix to and why?

    Not sure if I can compare it to another. I enjoy long books with a detailed plot.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators. He has a great timbre and quite a varied range.


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting for more from Greg Iles. Have enjoyed not only the Phoenix book but the Black Cross book as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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