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Into the Lion's Mouth

The True Story of Dusko Popov: Word War II Spy, Patriot, and the Real-Life Inspiration for James Bond
Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

James Bond has nothing on Dusko Popov. A double agent for the Abwehr, MI5 and MI6, and the FBI during World War II, Popov seduced numerous women, spoke five languages, and was a crack shot, all while maintaining his cover as a Yugoslavian diplomat....

On a cool August evening in 1941, a Serbian playboy created a stir at Casino Estoril in Portugal by throwing down an outrageously large baccarat bet to humiliate his opponent. The Serbian was a British double agent, and the money - which he had just stolen from the Germans - belonged to the British. From the sideline, watching with intent interest, was none other than Ian Fleming.

The Serbian was Dusko Popov. As a youngster he had been expelled from his London prep school. Years later he would be arrested and banished from Germany for making derogatory statements about the Third Reich. When World War II ensued, the playboy became a spy, eventually serving three dangerous masters: the Abwehr, MI5 and MI6, and the FBI.

On August 10, 1941, the Germans sent Popov to the United States to construct a spy network and gather information on Pearl Harbor. The FBI ignored his German questionnaire, but J. Edgar Hoover succeeded in blowing his cover. While MI5 desperately needed Popov to deceive the Abwehr about the D-day invasion, they assured him that a return to the German secret service headquarters in Lisbon would result in torture and execution. He went anyway....

Into the Lion's Mouth is a globe-trotting account of a man's entanglement with espionage, murder, assassins, and lovers - including enemy spies and a Hollywood starlet. It is a story of subterfuge and seduction, patriotism, and cold-blooded courage. It is the story of Dusko Popov - the inspiration for James Bond.

©2016 Larry Loftis (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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A boring account of exciting events.

The real life adventures of the "real" James Bond as told in quite possibly the most boring way. The writing was bad enough, it reads like a history book, the monotone presentation completely ruins it. I finished it only because I wanted to learn about the subject, not because the author engaged me.

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Great listen and inspired story

Superb telling of an amazing life. Thank you. He was the man needed for that time in history.

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in-depth understanding world war II double agent<br />

I was totally fascinated with this book. it opened up a whole new thought pattern for how spies worked during world war II. it also opened up the idea double-crossing one's country, in ways that I have never even contemplated. gives me a lot of understanding of why the the u.s. Democrats act the way they do. this book opens a political avenue that I never even thought existed and needs to be read by every single Republican in the United States. the Democrats are the Nazis in to USA. and if you look at the parallel of tricycle and the totalitarian regime in Germany and compare it to the Democrats of Nancy pelosi you have an in-depth learning experience.

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I didn't get past the introduction..

The narrator's voice is soooo annoying. I couldn't get past the introduction, which made me very disappointed.

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Narrator

I could imagine this book being read with a calmer, deeper voice. A little too animated a narration for my taste. The book itself is written with fine drama.
I didn’t see the need to amp it up with narration

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Narrator is unlistenable

This guy is bizarre. He reads every single sentence in the book with the same intonation pattern, which happens to be completely unnatural and not how anyone actually talks. Rise in pitch for the beginning of sentence, dip down low at the end, doesn’t matter what the meaning of the words are, just use the same robotic intonation for every single sentence.

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Held my interest

Good story, well read. The story Held my interest from beginning to end. It is a true spy story

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Tantalizing History

Extraordinarily detailed with non stop intrigue. I couldn't stop listening. Never had I thought about the sacrifices and difficulties that a spy would have to endure. Also, found the sections concerning J. Edgar Hoover both facinating and infuriating. I wish all history was a thrilling as this book.

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very dry ....

Would you try another book from Larry Loftis and/or Eric G. Dove?

no.

Would you be willing to try another book from Larry Loftis? Why or why not?

this was too dry of a read, not interesting.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I dunno but I couldn't keep my attention on it. I read War and Peace, no problem, but this was a real bore

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Amazing Spy Story

If you ever read a true life spy story, make it this one. This man was incredibly courageous, intelligent and highly skilled at his craft. The James Bond comparison doesn't do him justice but is a good indication of his life. The story is a bit hard to follow at times but well worth it. The narrator did a great job and made it easy to listen to. This book is highly recommended to anyone who likes true life stories.

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very insightful

I found the book very informative and anyone interested in Spy's, World War 2 history and James Bond fame need to read this!