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.
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.
I highly recommend this book.
Probably no - It is a long book , interesting, but too long
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is, by far, one of the best stories I've listened to
Any other book by Greg Iles.
The Hitler dialogue.
Once again, Dick Hill provides a masterful performance!
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.
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.)
Close to the top.
Not sure if I can compare it to another. I enjoy long books with a detailed plot.
Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators. He has a great timbre and quite a varied range.
Waiting for more from Greg Iles. Have enjoyed not only the Phoenix book but the Black Cross book as well.
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.
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.
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!
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