• D-Day Girls

  • The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II
  • By: Sarah Rose
  • Narrated by: Sarah Rose
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, Women
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (226 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

National Best Seller

The dramatic, untold history of the heroic women recruited by Britain's elite spy agency to help pave the way for Allied victory in World War II

“Gripping. Spies, romance, Gestapo thugs, blown-up trains, courage, and treachery (lots of treachery) - and all of it true.” (Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake)

In 1942, the Allies were losing, Germany seemed unstoppable, and every able man in England was on the front lines. To "set Europe ablaze," in the words of Winston Churchill, the Special Operations Executive  (SOE), whose spies were trained in everything from demolition to sharpshooting, was forced to do something unprecedented: recruit women. Thirty-nine answered the call, leaving their lives and families to become saboteurs in France. In D-Day Girls, Sarah Rose draws on recently de­classified files, diaries, and oral histories to tell the thrilling story of three of these remarkable women. There’s Andrée Borrel, a scrappy and streetwise Parisian who blew up power lines with the Gestapo hot on her heels; Odette Sansom, an unhappily married suburban mother who saw the SOE as her ticket out of domestic life and into a meaningful adventure; and Lise de Baissac, a fiercely independent member of French colonial high society and the SOE’s unflap­pable “queen”. Together, they destroyed train lines, ambushed Nazis, plotted prison breaks, and gathered crucial intelligence - laying the groundwork for the D-Day invasion that proved to be the turning point in the war.

Rigorously researched and written with razor-sharp wit, D-Day Girls is an inspiring story for our own moment of resistance: a reminder of what courage - and the energy of politically animated women - can accomplish when the stakes seem incalculably high.

Praise for D-Day Girls

“Rigorously researched...[a] thriller in the form of a non-fiction book.” (Refinery29

“Equal parts espionage-romance thriller and historical narrative, D-Day Girls traces the lives and secret activities of the 39 women who answered the call to infiltrate France.... While chronicling the James Bond-worthy missions and love affairs of these women, Rose vividly captures the broken landscape of war.” (The Washington Post)

“Gripping history...thoroughly researched and written as smoothly as a good thriller, this is a mesmerizing story of creativity, perseverance, and astonishing heroism.” (Publishers Weekly

©2019 Sarah Rose (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Inspiring and empowering - there were countless moments that gave me full-body chills. I have never read a book like this. Even if you think you don’t like nonfiction, pick up this book.” (Sarah J. Maas on NBC’s Today)

“Comprehensive and compelling... Readers get to know these amazing women as individuals as their duties unfold against the backdrop of the war.... Rose smoothly integrates developing events with biographical details and glimpses into French wartime society, creating a digestible and easy-to-follow story. This satisfying mix of social history and biography...should engage a wide audience.” (Booklist)

“Rose delivers a swift moving...expert blow-by-blow account.... A readable spy thriller that fights against the idea of ‘the original sin of women at war.’” (Kirkus Reviews)

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an excellent story ruined by horrible narration

I get why authors want to narrate their own work, but in this case they could not have chosen a worse reader. the nasal monotone and Prim delivery makes this book a wretched experience. add to this the fact that many of the characters are British and the author has absolutely no idea of how to render what the characters are saying and you wind up with a terrible mess. Only a handful of authors are able to narrate their own work. Audible should know better at never do this again. I wasted a credit on this

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Horribly narrated-

I can't stand it when I like a book but the narrator is horrible. Have someone new do this book.

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Probably better to read

Although I really enjoyed this book, I would recommend reading it as there are so many characters and code names that it was hard for me to keep everyone straight.

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Authors tell stories, Performers present them

I broke a rule I have about audio books to get this story.
I almost never like to listen to the author telling their story. Why? It's not because they don't know the story, it's usually because they do a pretty lousy "reading" of the book. As in, pauses and inflections that aren't well planned or even sound like a surprise even to them. So I prefer to have an actual performer/actor presenting the story. This is the case here. I Listened to the Sample! I took a chance and I'm finding at chapter 3 it's tedious to listen to.
So be careful out there.

To Sarah Rose, you can get better if you practice your presentation. Or hire a production crew because a good story deserves the best audio version you can give. And you are in good company, I've been "fooled" by a few other notable authors reading their own work.

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Overall good

Overall a great story and performance but the quality of the recording is lacking. It’s very quiet so it needs to be turned up rather loud to listen to, normally not an issue but if you are listening on a phone and get an alert it’s going to be way loud.

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D Day Girls

I’ve always been interested in World War II specially the part the people played to sabotage the Nazis and the resistance but this book is a very boring couldn’t even get through it do not recommend

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Mediocre story made worse by the narrator

How could the producers release this horrible narration? It's as if the author hadn't read her own work. Reading every compound sentence. As if she didn't know there was more. Words in the sentence. I usually like hearing the author reading their own work, but I wound up hate-listening to this one just to honor the subjects by following the story to its end.

The story itself could have been okay, but it jumped around too much, trying to weave disparate story lines into a coherent narrative.

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Inspiring, infuriating and compelling

This story, long untold and documented is important for contemporary circumstances. The bravery of these ordinary women with a little hope of recognition or survival is inspiring to all women and men that in the face of evil and distruction women rise to the occasion, fight like hell and do whatever is necessary to provide a better world for all of us. Highly recommended to those interested in war and in women’s studies.

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A story that needs to be remembered

Well written and well performed, this a story that needs to be remembered and women who need to be honored.

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I don't know

I only write reviews if a book is marvelous, however: I will make an exception....The narrator needs to find another career. I felt like I was in school and my teacher was reading out of my history book. Normally I am very patient with story lines and narrators, but in this case I've tried to listen 4-5xs and I just can't do it. I am 2hrs in and I can't even tell you what this book is about. I've never been this disappointed with an audible book. I do a lot of research before buying a book, when I purchase a book I want it to be semi interesting, I can not find anything good about D-Day Girls. Take my advise from a 5yr audible member choose another book!!!