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The Woman Who Smashed Codes
- A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies
- By: Jason Fagone
- Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
- Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
In 1912, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the US government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the Adam and Eve of the NSA, Elizebeth's story, incredibly, has never been told.
An important biography, perfectly told
- By sarah brown on 10-25-17
Great Read; feminist history
The forgotten history of women is extended in this biography of Elizebeth Friedman. Patterns, words, books - this was her life. Oh! and there were secret spy years. Hoover took all the credit for this important work, but history always has the last word. I really enjoyed the audio version of the book.
- My Myth Trilogy, Volume 1
- By: Jane Alvey Harris
- Narrated by: Jane Alvey Harris
- Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
Which reality would you choose? Seventeen year-old Emily's dad is in prison for securities fraud and her mom's strung-out on pain meds, leaving Emily to parent herself and her younger brothers and sister. She's got things mostly under control until a couple weeks before Dad's release, when voices start whispering in her head, and Gabe, the hot lifeguard at the pool, notices the strange brands engraved on her arm...the ones she's trying desperately to hide.
Intriguing story. Easy to listen to.
- By Amazon Customer on 08-16-17
Savor and enjoy the world presented in Riven
I loved the story telling, the pace, the suspension of truth, and the quality of metaphor. For me the journey through Emily's pain and past was sometimes hard to witness, but I was always rooting for her. I love the relationship between the siblings, the truth in their conversations, and the love all around the book. There are tough subjects in the book, and Harris deals with them with a delicate hand. You become part of the Emily's journey into her own pain and you are cheering her on to triumph like the Faeries. I am so excited for part 2. I emailed the author almost immediately to beg her to finish the book.
Lovely descriptions are wound throughout the book. Savor and enjoy the fantasy and the reality presented in Riven.
I want to know what happens? Who is bad? Who is good? I trust Emily to navigate this world (and her own pain), but I really want to know.