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Iron Spy

The True Story of The Greatest Double Agent in World War II
Narrated by: Guy Mott
Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
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Known as Fritz to his German spy-handlers and Zig-Zag to the British secret service, Eddie Chapman was a man of many faces. While his early life was rife with petty crime, gang activity and a dishonorable discharge from the British military, Chapman’s unique skills were eventually sought out by Nazi Germany, and after convincing them he could use his criminal contacts to sabotage the English forces, he was quickly recruited.

But Chapman’s loyalty to his country knew no limits. A talented, handsome, and reckless Englishman, Chapman was a traitor on the surface but a fearless patriot on the inside. After cracking Germany’s military code, the British sought Chapman for their own affairs, and Chapman was happy to oblige.

Eventually being awarded the prestigious Nazi Iron Cross for services to Germany while acting as a double agent for Britain, Chapman’s espionage efforts involved masterful deceit and feats which few men alive could ever boast of.

Eddie Chapman’s life story is an unbelievable journey of crime, jail-breaks, treachery, and love. He was responsible for saving countless lives during his career, cementing himself as the ultimate double agent during World War II.

©2019 Ethan Quinn (P)2019 Ethan Quinn

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the reality of this era

it was very very interesting book Eddi was a very interesting character and I think that in his situation he was very strong and very brave man. the story was written very well and the narrator was good enough it was an interesting listen and another piece of History of the most horrible time in the world

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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True Crime Spy Story

I found this a very interesting book because I really enjoyed the history side of it and was looking forward to the 007 stories. I have to admit it was a little hard for me to get through at times mainly because I felt it read more like a paper then a book so I would find myself not paying attention to the story and having to go back and re-listen. The narration was a bit slow at times too, which didn't help to keeping me actively listening. I probably should have bumped the speed up a bit but didn't think about until after I finished it. Overall, I did like it and found it very interesting but I do wish it was a bit more engaging like his Anti-Hero book. It does have some more mature content (no sex scenes) but it does to into his philandering and womanizing. I would recommend high school and up level read.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Interesting story

I was given a free copy of this book for a honest review.

This book reads more like a research paper. It has lots of names and dates, and no dramatization.

The first chapter rambles a bit, and the author tends to read into motivation a little more than I think was needed, especially in the early portions when the book reiterates about four times that Eddie was not a hero or villain proper.

The story of Eddie is interesting, and certainly worth the listen. I did find the narrator to speak a little slow, so I listened to it on 1.25 and had no issues.

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Agent Zigzag: A Genuine 007

Eddy Chapman was Germany’s first British spy during WWII, but as it turns out, his loyalty was to Britain.

Eddy was skilled with explosives, wireless communications, codes, parachuting, and oh, did I forget to mention, bank robbery?

With keen intelligence and a tremendous sense of adventure, combined with an innovative optimism and winsome personality, Eddy Chapman’s story is nothing short of legendary, complete with a James Bond type charm with the ladies.

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A Comprehensive Story of a Real Life Spy

Iron Spy was an interesting and satisfying listen. It was about the life of Eddie Chapman, aka Fritz, aka Zig Zag, a double agent during World War ll. It's not exactly the glammed up spy stories we see on television. It's the truth of a man who started out as a petty criminal and turned into the greatest double in the war. This was an overall well-written book.

The narration by Guy Mott was very well done. He had a nice tone and gave a quality performance.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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Incredible Story

They say that truth is stranger than fiction and this is really does describe the life of Eddie Chapman. His skills as a con artist and petty criminal served him well as a double agent for the German and British forces in World War Two. The book is well written and feels more like a non-fiction book with all the intrigue, twists and adventures. The narrator's voice blends well with the text, never distracting from it. Highly recommend this audiobook, particularly if you enjoy biographies.

I received this audiobook for free at my request and chose to leave this review because I enjoyed it!

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Good Read

Iron Spy: The True Story of the Greatest Double Agent in World War II (Espionage) was a good read by Ethan Quinn. Eddie Chapman was a double agent during World War II. To the Germans he was kn own as Fritz and to the British Secret Service he was known as Zig-Zag. This book was a good life story of a man who had an incredible journey of crime, treachery and love. This was a great read by Ethan Quinn.

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True story of a double agent that is finally being told

Fan of James Bond? Meet the man the myth the legend that Ian Fleming most likely modeled James Bond after. Eddie Chapman a career criminal, womanizer and master spy for the Germans and MI5. Meet the man who for years couldn’t tell his whole story and so was reviled by his countrymen as a German spy who betrayed his country. Meet the man who saved thousands of lives through his actions during ww2. The only British citizen to ever have been awarded the German wartime medal of the iron cross. This is the 2nd novel I have listened to by this author that details the lives of spies that the world has never been properly introduced to. He has the knack to pull from history the lost chapters and shine a light in them. Truly a wonderful retelling of what occurred and very well narrated too. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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A Good read

Iron Spy: The True Story of The Greatest Double Agent in World War II..
A great read for anyone interested in hidden history, interesting and sometimes amazing life story of petty criminal who became a double agent during WW2.
This is a very readable biography. Highly recommend it.
Narration is clear & concise, Just as it should be in a non fiction book.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • Dave
  • Glenview, IL, United States
  • 04-21-19

Enjoyable WWII Crime & Spy Story

This is a briskly-paced, engaging story about Eddie Chapman, a British petty criminal-turned-German spy-turned-double-agent during WWII. I appreciated that the author wasted no time with long passages about Chapman's childhood before pulling us right into the action. Instead; he gives us just enough early detail to understand how and why Chapman got started down the strange, treacherous path that led him to become one of the greatest unheralded legends of WWII. The man's story really is remarkable, and Iron Spy gives you just enough of it to make you want to watch a 3-part BBC mini-series about it. I don't know if they ever made one, but I suddenly very much want to watch it. The writing is precise and workmanlike without flowery descriptions or unnecessary, peripheral details, and the narration was perfectly suited to the material. It left me satisfied but wanting more, and I always appreciate that after reading too many bios that tend to leave you unsatisfied and wanting them to be over. If you're at all interested in true crime or WWI spy stories (and this story ends up being both), Iron Spy is a good bet.