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My Dad the Spy

Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Summary

Are our parents really who we think they are?

Drummer with The Police, Stewart Copeland, sets out to uncover the truth about his father, Miles Axe Copeland ll - musician, raconteur, international businessman... and, it turns out, secret CIA operative.

Going back to the 1940s to trace his father’s involvement in the birth of the CIA, Stewart enters a murky world of dictators and dirty tricks. He learns about his dad’s role in overthrowing governments, assassination plots, and befriending an infamous Soviet double agent.

Helped by his brother and sister, and those who knew his dad’s world of politics and espionage, Stewart investigates the impact his spy father had, both on their family and on the world.

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very interesting

narrated through the perspective of the two sons and daughter, as they grew up in the middle East, calling on family friends and looking back with a critical eye at the once seemingly innocent life events with new information on their father's involvement in the CIA

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Had to give up

Really interesting subject matter spoilt by the manner of narration and delivery. Stuart Copeland talks very fast is rather excitable and is overly focused on himself. I really wished his sister had been the narrator. She was calm and measured and a lot easier to listen to.

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interesting insight

How well can you know a loved one that lives in the shadow of the espionage world. This is an inside view of what it's like to be a real 'spy kid's.

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interesting family story and insight into ME

Well put together story that covered a lot of years and provided great insight into American influence in the middle east. Made good use of other sources to give other perspectives.

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Amazing

Absolutely fabulous, loved hearing more about what happened. I knew a bit it was fascinating.

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Diplomatic duplicity.or charming narcissm?

An unexpected family history of a former pop star, based in and around the Middle East in the postwar period, 1950s and 60s. Slightly annoying overlay of music by The Police but I suppose, it keeps it familiar. The occasional interjections of other family members makes it very engaging. But how much of it is based upon the imaginative embroidering of a narcissistic character? Nonetheless, very entertaining and interesting.

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Good Story But Very Annoying Self Obsessed Narator

Interesting to as far as I got before getting so annoyed by the male narator that i gave up. He seemed more interested in telling his story than the one about his father that i had hoped to gain some insight into.
The female narator was excellent but sadly less prominent, I would most likely have continued with the book if she had been the principle.
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Not bad for a freebie

This book was okay. What I particularly liked about it, however, was the historical background it portrayed about the Middle East prior to some of the USA's involvement there. I agree that their influence there did have an adverse effect, although, who knows what would have happened without them anyway or the effect had the Russians got a foothold in the region......

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A Good Listen

Well told story and true, very enjoyable. Nice it is told through family so you get all sides of the person.

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Always good to learn more about this Maestro

I recently noticed how shy he is. You never hear the guy even laugh until maybe 2015, let alone cry, you really don’t. I have to listen to 4 hours of ‘My Dad The Spy’ on Audible. I already had an insight about how perhaps laughing or crying was forbidden due to his mother’s distress about daddy’s dangerous CIA occupation. Stewdaddy was like Spock, he would smile and crack jokes but never heard him laugh. I first heard him laugh in an interview he did somewhat recently. Maybe he feels he finally earned the right to laugh and cry again. I love him, period. So adorable he is now that he is more comfortable expressing his emotions and talking about feelings. I love watching him evolve into that handsome prince he always was, is, and always will be. Stewart, we love you to peaches....