The remarkable story of one of WWII's greatest spies.
Virginia Hall left her comfortable Baltimore roots in 1931 to follow a dream of becoming a Foreign Service Officer.
After watching Hitler roll over Poland and France, she enlisted to work for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), a secret espionage and sabotage organization. She was soon deployed to occupied France where, if captured, imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Gestapo was all but assured. Against such an ominous backdrop, Hall managed to locate drop zones for money and weapons, helped escaped POWs and downed Allied airmen flee to England, and secured safe houses for agents. And she did it all on one leg: Virginia Hall had lost her left leg before the war in a hunting accident.
Soon, wanted posters appeared throughout France, offering a reward for her capture. By winter of 1942, Hall had to flee France via the only route possible: A hike on foot through the frozen Pyrnes Mountains into neutral Spain. Upon her return to England, the American espionage organization, the Office of Special Services, recruited her and sent her back to France disguised as an old peasant woman. While there, she was responsible for killing 150 German soldiers and capturing 500 others. Sabotaging communications and transportation links and directing resistance activities, her work helped change the course of the war. This is the true story of Virginia Hall.
©2005 Judith Pearson (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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"The narrator is ruining the book for me"
I think the story may be interesting but the narrator is SO BAD that I can not listen to it. She sounds like she is reading Nancy Drew to 10 year-olds. It is so overy dramatic I am expecting her to say "OK childeren, can you say Nazi". I am barely into the first chapter of what may be a good book but I can not get past this narrator's inflection.
No, but I will make sure I never read anything with this narrator
I am disappointed that I can't finish the book and insulted that the reading is so condescending.
"Amazing story, somewhat blunted by narration"
This is a thrilling narrative. At least, I think it is. I found the narration to be too matter of fact or light or something. It would be perfect for Jane Austen; it did not work for true spies and nazi atrocities. Plus, much of the story takes place in France, so having the French names mispronounced was incredibly distracting. Surely that is something the narrators could be better prepared for by the producers?
"A truly inspirational story"
I cannot lie that I am very impressed with the woman this biography centers on. She overcomes extreme personal challenges of a physical nature and exemplifies heroism. The book provides enough historical background to make the story relevant with even just a basic understanding of the second world war. That said, I have a better than working knowledge of WWII and there were many interesting points that I was personally unaware of.
"Splendid book, fascinating, couldn't put it down."
Reader was hard to understand at times. But the story was wonderful. Perhaps if a man had read the book it would have work to the stories advantage.
The story was ruined by a terrible reader. She read the story as if she was a grade school teacher reading to her 3rd grade class. If one cannot do accents, then don't do it. I, the poor listener was subjected to the anguish of listening to her poor attempts at French and German accents.
"Worst narration ever"
The narrator. I have read the hard copy of this book many years ago. It was selected for my bookclub so I thought I would refresh my memory with the audible version. This narrator speaks slow, very slow. It as if she is teaching children to say words or just learning herself. I tried to speed up the tempo and is still wasn't fast enough.
Very unfortunate, I know the book is great.
Virginia is an amazing woman.
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