• The Secrets of Station X

  • How the Bletchley Park codebreakers helped win the war
  • By: Michael Smith
  • Narrated by: Patrick Molyneux
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-01-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (3 ratings)

Regular price: $33.35

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Publisher's Summary

Bletchley 1945: a place where nearly 10,000 people would contribute decisively to the Allied war effort. Their role? To decode the Enigma cypher used by the Germans for high-level communications. It is an astonishing story. A melting pot of Oxbridge dons, maverick oddballs and more regular citizens worked night and day at Station X, as Bletchley Park was known, to derive intelligence information from German coded messages. That they succeeded, despite military scepticism, is testament to an indomitable spirit that wrenched British intelligence into the modern age, as the Second World War segued into the Cold War.
©2014 Michael Smith (P)2014 Oakhill Publishing
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By Nick on 12-23-14

Great story spoilt by performance

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The story of Bletchley Park is so fascinating that any history of the accomplishments is worth reading. Highly recommended.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There really is no "star" in the book. Everyone contributed in their own way.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The reading was very disappointing. Whether it was the fault of the performer or his direction is difficult to say. Although the various accents were commendable, the need to read the quotes in a conversational mode lead to very uneven sentences and some very uncalled for pauses.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither! It is a factual book of which the history is only now being detailed.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful story that could benefit from being re-recorded.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Gizmo on 01-31-15

Ruined by poor narrator

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Good book, interesting read, but the narrator was very poor.

How could the performance have been better?

Poor accents, not interested in the story, read as though the best thing was to get through it as quickly as possible.

Any additional comments?

Read the paper copy!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Chusan Services Ltd on 06-13-15

Great True Story Spoiled by the Reader

What disappointed you about The Secrets of Station X?

The 'reader' - Patrick Molyneux - has the reading skills of a nine year old. Poor phrasing, lack of continuity, lack of English vocabulary and laughable attempts at accents.

What other book might you compare The Secrets of Station X to, and why?

The House at Poo Corner because Patrick Molyneux would be the ideal reader!

How could the performance have been better?

Patrick Molyneux has no German. This could be forgiven if he'd asked someone about pronunciation and, by the way, he could also have asked someone about pronouncing English words like Cholmondeley.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger that the book had been published with such a bad reader and disappointment that such an interesting book has been spoiled.

Any additional comments?

It should be done again with a better reader.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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