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France, July 1944: In the Pas de Calais, Nathalie Mercier, a young British special operations executive secret agent working with the French Resistance, disappears.

In London her husband, Owen Quinn, an officer with Royal Navy Intelligence, sets off on a perilous hunt through France in search of his wife. With the help of the Resistance, he finds Nathalie, but then the bitterness of war and its insatiable appetite for revenge catch up with them in a dramatic fashion.

©2012 Alex Gerlis (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

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"Intriguing novel full of extraordinary insights into the human stories behind the great struggle against Hitler. Fascinating read." (Gavin Esler)

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  • Raven Mad
  • 07-07-16

Wow! What a book!

Started so I had to finish! Compulsive, Enveloping. Found myself living the life. Just brilliant!

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  • Lucy
  • 06-29-17

A really absorbing listen

Where does The Best of Our Spies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top, perhaps even first.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I can't chose one individual. A range of complex characters developed through the context of the war they were part of. Very absorbing and interesting, at times unexpected.

What does Stephen Critchlow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I found his delivery added to to the atmosphere of the book.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Don't know.

Any additional comments?

I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys plots around espionage/ Second World War themes. It is a really good listen, and I found it really drew me in to the reality of living, and working during the Second World War, the traumas and dilemmas faced by its central characters. This is a boook I will remember and well worth a listen.

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  • Nike
  • 06-02-16

Good experience

I really enjoyed this book.Very good description of characters and the local show was brilliant. Thanks very much for a few hours of oblique intrigue.

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  • Joanna
  • 10-19-17

But sadly not the best listen

The story is a surprising new take on an old theme, the research impressive but all the same I wasn't drawn in.

Perhaps it's just the flatness of the narrator who gives the German and French characters virtually interchangeable accents (which doesn't do a lot for dramatic impact ) and whose frequent emphasis on wrong words in sentences gives the impression he's discovering the book for the first time.
His mispronunciation of French words also manages to give one of the resistance fighters a sex change (from Françoise to François.)

But it's not just the reader, the writing is quite flat too. Does anyone else get as irritated as I do by repetitions of the same adjective in a sentence, people who are sat or stood - not sitting or standing, armchairs only ever slumped into? Probably not. And if the story's good perhaps I shouldn't care about these minor points of style. But for me these things get in the way to such an extent that in the end I'm not even listening to the story. I'm just tensed for the next fumbled sentence so I can yell at the narrator or the writer like some sad old git shouting at the telly.

I hung on till the end. It passed the time and I recommend it to more tolerant and easy-going listeners who just want a good spy yarn.