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What did you like about this audiobook?
I love history, especially anything related to WWII. The history of Mi5's Double Cross program was a part of the story that I had never hear. The exploits of this motley crew of misfits reads like a dark comedy, but it all really happened.
Some moments are as delightfully absurd as a Monty Python sketch, but they are tempered by accounts of amazing acts of heroism that changed the course of history.
How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?
It left me wanting to find more history books that tell these kinds of stories - the anecdotal, very human side of history.
Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?
His personal descriptions of the players and their quirks really make the book. Some of the details he recounts in the first person quotes are priceless. 'he was a complete shit'
What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?
Nothing, it was spot on with perfect timing to deliver the best lines with bone-dry english irony.
Do you have any additional comments?
If you have an interest in WWII history, spy novels or biographies, you are going to love this one.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Definitely an intriguing look at a lesser known part of WW2 history. One comes away with the impression that the British were vastly better at the spy game during WW2 than the Nazis, which the facts seem to support. You begin to understand why while reading this book. It showcases some colourful characters whose proclivities made them somewhat undesirable in everyday life but well-suited for the duplicitous life of a double agent. Occasionally I found the story dragged, but only until it shifted to a different character or situation. If you like spy stories or stories from WW2, this is a must.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful