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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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    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.

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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.

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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.

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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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    Susan ATLANTA, GA, United States 11-19-12
    Susan ATLANTA, GA, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2005
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    "OMG! What were they thinking with the performance!"

    I can't figure out which was worse in this book, the accents of the narrator or the violence. In either case it is very rare for me to take this long to get through an audio book, much less be considering not even finishing it. The story is too convoluted. The characters are not interesting to the point that you care about them and want to see what happens to them, as often happens in a good mystery or thriller. And it isn't that I mind violence in a story, but in this case it is too much for too many different reasons and the thought behind why it happens became absurd in some cases.

    So you get the point that I'm not enjoying this book. Often when I read an audio book (and I read a lot of them) I try to think about whether or not I would have enjoyed the story more or less if reading it in print instead. In this case I honestly think that it could have been a much better book if it weren't for how dreadful the performance is. I have read other books by the same narrator and didn't find anything amiss with them. This one was just awful.The accents he was using were harsh, inconsistent and largely sounded fake. Sorry, this one is a no for me. Now I have to go figure out if I'm going to bother finishing it or move on to another one. So much for my anticipated WWII history review lesson for this year.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Tariffville, CT, United States 09-27-12
    Thomas Tariffville, CT, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A Good Read, or Listen...."

    I tend to read Science Fiction and Fantasy regarding wizards, warlocks and magic. I need to change it up and found this book.

    I thought the book was well done, the story flowed well and did not linger.

    Plausible, I guess not given what we know now about the survivors of WWII, but the book does put an interesting spin on the Hess mystery.

    The book is fast paced, and the narrator does a great job, every once and awhile he slips up on the German accented voices and the English accents, but not annoying.

    I enjoyed that the characters were not purely good and evil except for of course one character I will not mention.

    Given when this book was written the funny passage about chaos in the work if Gas reached $98 a barrel was pretty funny given the price today.

    If you like to read about fantasy and a different take on post WW2 history this one is worth the money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ciociosan Lousiburg, NC, United States 08-06-12
    ciociosan Lousiburg, NC, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Terrific listen!"

    Iles is one of my favorite authors. Listening to Spandau Phoenix after all these years was a real treat. The narrator does a fantastic job, considering that he had to change accents rapidly---German, American, British, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Russian, South African...whew! Great job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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