• Churchill's Secret Messenger

  • A WW2 Novel of Spies & the French Resistance
  • By: Alan Hlad
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (185 ratings)

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Churchill's Secret Messenger

By: Alan Hlad
Narrated by: Simon Vance
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Publisher's Summary

A riveting story of World War II and the courage of one young woman as she is drafted into Churchill's overseas spy network, aiding the French Resistance behind enemy lines and working to liberate Nazi-occupied Paris.

London, 1941: In a cramped bunker in Winston Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms, underneath Westminster's Treasury building, civilian women huddle at desks, typing up confidential documents and reports. Since her parents were killed in a bombing raid, Rose Teasdale has spent more hours than usual in Room 60, working double shifts, growing accustomed to the burnt scent of the Prime Minister's cigars permeating the stale air. Winning the war is the only thing that matters, and she will gladly do her part. And when Rose's fluency in French comes to the attention of Churchill himself, it brings a rare yet dangerous opportunity.

Rose is recruited for the Special Operations Executive, a secret British organization that conducts espionage in Nazi-occupied Europe. After weeks of grueling training, Rose parachutes into France with a new codename: Dragonfly. Posing as a cosmetics saleswoman in Paris, she ferries messages to and from the Resistance, knowing that the slightest misstep means capture or death.

©2021 Alan Hlad (P)2021 Tantor

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I loved this book from the very first sentence

Ww2 historical fiction is my favorite genre and this book doesn’t disappoint. Sometimes I had to pause the recording to give myself a chance to breathe , those situations I didn’t have a clue how they would get out of it Simon Vance is such a good narrator. He never lets me down. Looking for more books by mr.Hlad

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A remarkable book about the SOE and French Resistance roles during WWII

This is a stunning story about the courage, resilience and tenacity of the men and women of both Special Operations and French Resistance in France during the terrifying and brutal Nazi occupation during WWII. Simon Vance is a brilliant narrator. Having lived in Germany I was so impressed with his with truly believable French and German accents. I highly recommend this book and will remember it as one of the best audible books I’ve ever heard.

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Not what you think

The title of the book is a bit deceptive. You hear very little about Churchill and mostly of the lives and romance of an SOE agent and the resistance.
I can’t say this was a unique story. I have read quite a few historical fiction WWII books with this theme/narrative but it was presented well and kept my interest once I got into it.
I would say it was worth the read and or the credit.

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Thank you Simon Vance for narrating this book.

Thank you Alan Hlad for writing this outstanding story. Thank you Veterans and spies for the work you did during World War 2.

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Simply Marvelous!

I read a lot of historical novels, history and biographies. This is one of the most compelling of the former, well written, well researched and hosting characters that were realistic but not obnoxious as so often happens. I will look for additional books by this author.

The narrator was also excellent, providing credible accents and differentiating the characters without being distracting.

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Story interesting, but book way too long.

My husband and I listened to this book on a long car trip. We both really enjoyed it until the author got about 3/4 way through, then it dragged. We both think the book was at least 100 pages too long and should have ended sooner. The does she-doesn't she question was frustrating, and after all they'd been through, the characters would have ended up together much easier and sooner. The narration was excellent with many dialects and voices, but we wondered if the narrator was the author's friend and wanted to give him different parts to audition for. Frankly, it seemed that the author didn't know how or when to end the book.

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Enjoyable Enough

Never really dipped my toe to much into this type of fiction, and probably won’t again for a long while.

Definitely enjoyable, some fun spy shenanigans and general WW2 misery stuff.

But the romance, a genre I’m not interested in really, was just… there, and I always wanted to get back to the spy things when it popped up.

Still, don’t regret my credit spent on this, and if this particular branch of fiction is your thing, you’ll probably enjoy it well enough.

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Accent took some time but the historical fiction fantastic

The transitions between characters and accents were a challenge at first. Once adjusted it is a story that you can not put down. It challenged me to look up historical facts and stayed true to the history. Several pivots but outcomes were better than anticipated.

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Wonderful story full of information about World War ll

I continue to be intrigued and learn more with each book I read or documentary I watch about World War ll and the ordinary people who saved lives at their own risk. A must read (or listen to).

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Powerful.

Loved this book. The story of this courageous woman and all of those she worked with was inspirational. Amazing story