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Lonely Courage

Narrated by: Sarah Borges
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: History, Second World War
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Summary

The Special Operations Executive (SOE), set up by Winston Churchill in 1941, saw its role in France as helping the Resistance by recruiting and training guerrilla fighters. Thirty-nine female agents were trained alongside the men, learning how to disappear into the background and how to kill a man with their bare hands.

Once trained they were infiltrated behind the lines. Some of the women went on to lead thousands of Resistance fighters while others were arrested, brutally interrogated and sent to concentration camps.

©2017 Rick Stroud (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"A fascinating, superbly researched and revelatory book." (William Boyd, best-selling author of Any Human Heart and Sweet Caress)
"Stroud has a storyteller’s eye for human detail." ( Independent on Sunday)
"Written with genuine vigour, this book pays tribute to truly outstanding female bravery." ( The Lady)

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Poor narration

I should have believed an earlier review that was critical of the narration that spoilt the listening experience.

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Ruined by narrator

I brought this book in hardback some months ago but due to a hectic schedule had not had time to read much of it. I was so pleased when audible released it. The story charts many SOE female agents, some extracts are hard to hear but I feel we should all know their story. The women made this story, they were brave beyond belief, larger than life, charismatic but the narrators delivery was flat, bland and there seemed to be inserts made on occasions when a time or place name was mentioned that made her sound like a automated phone message recording. I enjoyed the book and wanted to hear it however if it wasn't for the strength of the story the narrator would have spoilt it. Won't be buying a book she has narrated again.

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Excellent book but almost spoilt by narrator

I had to give up on listening to this book because the narrator was simply terrible. I finished reading it instead. Her voice was stilted and strange, and almost sounded computerised. And her attempts at accents were dreadful too. Wonderful book though about astonishingly brave people.