A fascinating story about a fascinating person. I learned so much from this book about what went on behind the scenes to liberate France during World War II.
What a compelling story! The Netflix special does not do it justice. In this case, the book is definitely better than the film!
Loads of fascinating historical information. Feels tedious as it is a long narration. Narrator did a decent job, but some of the accents she attempted brought a smile to my face. Definitely recommend if you are interested in WWII history.
Great book of a unique area of history
This book completely gripped me. It kept me on the edge of my seat until the end. Highly recommend!
Great, loved the bravery in this character!
Long, but inspiring.
What an amazing story of spectacular effort by this American hero! It is wonderful that women are finally hearing stories of significant contributions in many fields by so many women. Reminds me of the women in “Hidden Figures” and what they went through for a higher purpose.
It is important that the stories of accomplished women continue to be told so progress for equal rights is not abandoned. ALL roles for women are to be respected, especially Motherhood. But the civil rights for women are still not complete. I hope authors like Sonia Purnell continue unabated in their efforts to enlighten society.
Somewhat of a long slog. Amazing woman. It’s not explained how she did what she did. It’s just a lot of the amazing things she accomplished. A real feather in the cap of the United States no thanks to the cia. I didn’t finish the book but got through to the end of her career in espionage.
This was an incredible story. I appreciate the research and well written account of what Virginia Hall did before and during WWII. Her personality comes across in her correspondence. I'm impressed with her ability to find people willing to risk their lives for freedom and her ability to build effective networks from scratch. When roadblocks stopped her because of her disability, gender, politics, or other people's egos -- she found a way around them, "the backdoor" as the author puts it. Virginia's entire service was never about her, it was about how she could make a difference in winning freedom. I enjoyed learning of the part she played in France during WWII, and also the stories of her contacts, agents, and friends, as well as how the overall events of the French resistance and Allied forces played out. I also loved the narrator -- she is enjoyable to listen to. She has a pleasant British accent and does a great job with the French and American accents.
I loved this book! I had not checked the name of the narrator and thought for sure it was Emma Thompson! It was not, but Juliet Stevenson was great.
Impressive story of fortitude, endurance and bravery — Virginia had many challenges and obstacles to overcome which she did with cunning, pluck and a bit of luck.
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