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Anti-Hero

The Spy Who Masterminded the Largest Espionage Ring in USA History
Narrated by: Michael C. Gwynne
Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
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Summary

Many terms were bestowed upon the mysterious Fritz Duquesne throughout his colorful life, but perhaps the most fitting ever attributed to him was: "the most dangerous prisoner to have ever lived."

But before this Boer warrior-turned-spy reached the heights of infamy that awarded him such acclaim, Fritz Joubert Duquesne lived a life of adventure that many people wouldn’t experience in a hundred lifetimes. From a young age, Fritz harboured a burning resentment toward the British army, stemming from the brutal treatment suffered by his family during the Anglo-Boer wars.

Fritz vowed revenge against the nation that took from him those he held dear, leading to his own enrollment in the military of whichever side fought opposite the British forces.

Through complex prison escapes, destructive acts of sabotage, and heroic feats that are even too far-fetched for fiction, Fritz Duquesne exacted revenge in the most daring, unbelievable, and all-round theatrical manner possible.

His life crossed oceans and continents, assuming multiple aliases and personas along the way. Eventually, Fritz Duquesne found himself a crucial cog in the Nazi machine, ultimately being responsible for the largest spy ring ever uncovered in the United States.

©2018 Ethan Quinn (P)2019 Ethan Quinn

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  • Teresa
  • 28-01-19

Fritz Duquesne The Anti-Hero

Anti-Hero was an incredible audiobook. At first I thought this was fiction until I discovered this man was a real person. Fritz Joubert Duquesne was truly an anti-hero although he was deemed as "the most dangerous prisoner to have ever lived." The life he lived or perhaps endured was simply jaw-dropping. This book was cleverly written as to reveal an intricate timeline of this man's life. There's no filler here. This book was attention holding from start to finish. Ethan Quinn is a terrific author who I'll keep an eye out for new books by him.

Couple a terrific audiobook with an also terrific narrator and you can't go wrong. Michael C. Gwynne had perfect voice inflections with a sort of deep tone that complimented this story. He had the perfect voice for this book.

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 24-02-19

Fascinating Made for the Movies Biography

This was an incredible story and hard to believe it's true... Spy, espionage, prison breakouts and so much more. It's a story that I had not heard anything about and in a way reminded me of "Catch Me If You Can" and James Bond. Even though this man is far from a hero you do find yourself understanding how he became the man he did. It's a great listen and I definitely recommend it but I would caution that does have some graphic violence and a little bit of language and sexual content - it talks a little about the rapes of his mother and sister but there are no actual sex scenes. As a parent I would let my 7th grader and older listen to it but I will talk to them before and after.

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  • Kay
  • 19-02-19

Excellent biography of an interesting man

As someone who likes history...I admit I hadn't heard of Fritz Duquesne. A man whose early years shaped the hatred and lifelong obsession with revenge. Fritz's ability to escape capture and reek havoc on his enemy, the British, is almost hard to believe but this biographic is well grounded in research. The author portrayed Fritz as multi-dimensional rather than a flat character from history. At first, I wasn't sure if I would like the somewhat theatrical reading of this book by the narrator Michael C. Gwynne (who has starred in a variety of films) as it was a departure from the usual style of the non-fiction narrators I had listened to until now. Shortly after the first few chapters, I was hooked on not only the story but the narration as well.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 12-02-19

Another missing chapter in history

I love history. There are so many things that are glossed over in school. One gets a general picture of what happens but no details. What you learn in school in regards to history is like learning about a country from looking at a globe. A broad perspective with a few details but nothing that truly teaches you anything about it. This is a story of a man who became a spy and saboteur. How he came to be and the one man war he waged against Britain and its allies. What a phenomenal piece of history. Well written and well read. Highly highly highly recommend. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Matt Paauw
  • 07-02-19

Fantastic story that could be fiction... But Isn't

I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review. This is an excellent TRUE story about spies, capture, escape, war and the horror of it, and a man who used strategy, planning, and spur of the moment thinking that Ethan Quinn puts together masterfully with just the right amount of time and detail. This never once lost my attention, and I eagerly listened the entire time, and when it was over, my only thought was "Wow!"

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  • Rayc
  • 07-02-19

Fascinating

Anti-Hero, Is a fascinating true story of an extrodinary man, a man who hated the British Empire. This is real history the kind that gets overlooked. This audio book was a one sitting listen - it is gripping.
A must read for fans of little history, the history of people.
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  • Dave
  • 01-02-19

What a life!!

I don't say "wow" often, but . . . wow. If Fritz Duquesne and his life story were fiction, it might be criticized for being too wildly implausible. If the events in this 3 1/2 hour audio book were made into a movie, it would need to be a trilogy. This very interesting account of one man's incredible lives --- you can't call it "a life," because the next 20 men couldn't live in 20 lifetimes the events this one guy fit into one --- grabbed me from the opening pages, and I swallowed the whole book in one large, satisfied gulp. It is not one of those boat anchor bios that wander across 500 pages and tell you every detail about the subject and everyone they ever met. This is more of a terse docu-thriller, a chronology of a remarkable, complicated and conflicted man told in a journalistic voice, without filler. I found it intriguing that the real-life historical characters you might have previously regarded as "good guys" are often the bad guys in Fritz Duquesne's life, and the titular hero of the story is practically the textbook definition of an anti-hero. In other words, despite the outrageous, impossible things that Duquesne did and had done to him, the story rings true throughout. Because real good guys and bad guys are never all one thing or the other. They're . . . complicated.

If I had one minor complaint, it was that the book was a bit short, and I wanted more detail (although I accept that there may not be much more detail available on a man who spent much of his life in the shadows). But that is also a compliment to the author and the story he told --- I appreciate a writer who can tell a complicated story quickly and leave the reader wishing the story wasn't over. I was a bit put-off by the narration at first, feeling it was perhaps a bit melodramatic and intentionally mellifluous. But I quickly came to appreciate, then genuinely enjoy the narrator's deep, silky voice and intonations. By the end of the book I was a fan of both the author and narrator, in addition to wanting to know everything I could about the man they introduced us to. These are the things that make a book worth 5-stars to me, whether I bought it, received it as a gift, or requested and received a review copy in exchange for an honest review, which is how I came to listen to Anti-Hero. So if the title and description of this book sound as interesting to you as it did to me, give it a try. I believe that initial interest will be richly rewarded.

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  • J. Paul
  • 31-01-19

A Truly Extraordinary Spy Story

In this page-turner, Quinn introduces us to a man who is probably the most extraordinary spy in world history. Very well written and Michael Gwynne’s narration was perfect. This is not the first spy biography that I’ve read, but it was definitely the most entertaining.

I highly recommend it to anyone interested in spies, espionage, especially in the context of WWI, WWII, and the Anglo-Boer war. I’d like to see the publication of the story behind the FBI agent who pursued Fritz Duquesne, I know it would be a great story.

This audiobook was offered to me for free, at my request, and I’m voluntarily offering this unbiased review.