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Publisher's Summary

"Of all the variously talented women SOE sent to France, Nancy Wake was perhaps the most formidable." - Sebastian Faulks

This is the incredible true story of the greatest spy you’ve never heard of - as told to the author by the woman herself.

At the outbreak of World War Two, Nancy Wake’s glamorous life in the South of France seemed far removed from the fighting. But when her husband was called up for military service, Nancy felt she had just as much of a duty to fight for freedom. By 1943, her fearless undercover work even in the face of personal tragedy had earned her a place on the Gestapo’s "most wanted" list.

Mixing armed combat with a taste for high living, Nancy frustrated the Nazis at every turn - whether she was smuggling food and messages as part of the underground Resistance or being parachuted into the heart of the war to lead a 7,000-strong band of Resistance fighters.

The extraordinary courage of this unequalled woman changed the course of the war, and Russell Braddon’s vividly realised biography brings her incredible story to life.

©1956, 2019 The Estate of Russell Braddon (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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One incredible woman!

I simply can't believe I hadn't heard about Nancy Wake before. Incredible story & well read. A great & exciting read. Years tick by & nearly everyone alive at this time in history has died. I hope memories like this help keep our eyes on current events, lest similar horrors ever happen again.

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Wonderful story and book.

Loved this book and the performance. Excellent story especially for students of World War Two.

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Best storyline about the war I have read.

Loved this book! Nancy Wake is a no nonsense hero. it was so nice to have a story without filler words, phrases or nonsensical back stories.
straight up bad ass hero's.
loved the narrator's voice also.
I wish I could read this for the first time again.

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Good book.

This is one passionate individual! Love her commitment to her friends, family and country. Wish we had more patriots like her.

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Excellent retelling of other war heroes

We need these stories especially in light of today’s news events that in many ways are repeating history. Will we ever learn?
World War II resistance fighters will never receive all the accolades they deserve but this story is another retelling of the sacrifices they made, of their bravery, and of their losses.
Simply reading or listening to this story will give them more of the recognition they deserve. While historical in the telling, the narrative is interesting and well worth the time spent reading/listening.

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Inside story of the French Resistance

Nancy Wake was an amazing woman who I had never heard of until I read this book. That's criminal. Her story should have been told as part of the teaching of World War II when I was in high schooll or at the very least in college. Her courage, her bravery, and her resourcefulness, her are things to be admired by persons of any era.

We hear about the French resistance, we hear about what happened in Paris, but we so rarely hear about what happened in the countryside and how many fetch l French citizens were involved. This story reveals more detail about the day-to-day life of the people who won the war behind enemy lives than any other is any other "history" I have read.

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LOVED this book!

I loved everything about this audio book. First of all I love this subject, Nancy Wake. What an amazing woman! Such a great true story by the author who interviewed her. Secondly I love the reading of the story. He did such a wonderful job with all the different characters. I will highly recommend this book to anyone I know who has audible.

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What a Story - What a Woman

Fascinating story of one courage woman’s role in WWII. The characters are well developed and you
will enjoy getting to know them, as I did. Charm, gutsy, beautiful, amazing story of an amazing woman

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A story that should never be forgotten

A brilliant recap of resistance work in France and the UK during the war. Didn't know much about this part of the war and glad that I do now. People and stories that should be heard and never forgotten. Makes you appreciate what we have today much more. Thank you.

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  • 02-01-20

We have a job to do!

What a fantastic book of bravery and humility. This is worth a read for those of you who enjoy hearing the real “matter of fact” stories about WW2.

The fact that Nancy survived so much and contributed so greatly to the effort for the Allies is enough to make me thankful that I listened to this audiobook.

Well worth a read/ listen.

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  • 01-19-22

A truly amazing story.

Superb storytelling of the life of an amazing woman who was trained as a secret agent and who lived and fought with French resistance during world war two and helped hundreds of people back to safety.
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survived the war.

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  • Miss S Childs
  • 09-23-21

Not the best Nancy Wake story

I have listened to a number of Nancy Wake stories and this was my least favourite. The narrator was truly awful whether with the Australian accent or the Inspector Clouseau faux French.

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  • Terryr
  • 12-29-20

Truly inspiring

Well worth a read, what an incredible story of bravery I would recommend this book

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