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  • The True Story of the Spy Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Woman
  • Written by: Larry Loftis
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    5 out of 5 stars 8
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The year is 1942. World War II is in full swing. Odette Sansom decides to follow in her war hero father’s footsteps by becoming an SOE agent to aid Britain and her beloved homeland, France. Five failed attempts and a plane crash later, she finally lands in occupied France to begin her mission. It is here that she meets her commanding officer, Captain Peter Churchill. As they successfully complete mission after mission, Peter and Odette fall in love. All the while, they are being hunted by the cunning German secret police Sergeant Hugo Bleicher, who finally succeeds in capturing them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating from start to finish!

  • By Ron on 2019-01-27

Captivating from start to finish!

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Reviewed: 2019-01-27

World War 2 history is my passion. Especially stories of brave women and men who operated behind enemy lines. This audiobook is excellent! Great narration by Kate Reading. Just the voice for this incredibly exciting true story. This is the story of Operative Odette Sansom who after undergoing specialized training and after several abortive attempts to parachute her into France, is finally linked up with her Commander and Wireless Operator. Her commander is Captain Peter Churchill(No Relation to the Big Man!), and He and Odette fall in love over time. They are betrayed to a German trying to break up their cell and arrest them all.(Hugo Bleicher). He is crafty and Odette is continually matching wits with him as it is move against counter move in a life and death situation. How Odette suffered had me in tears and I won't give away the ending of the excellent true story; only to say both her and Peter Churchill are captured, tortured and sent from horrid prison conditions to even worse conditions. How Odette fools the Nazis into believing Peter Churchill is Winstons' nephew is amazing. The book is extremely well researched and written and a compelling listen(or Read I would imagine.) I recommend Mr. Loftis' book to all fans of this genre. Truth certainly is so much more exciting than fiction in this instance. As always I carefully listen to the voice before I consider a purchase. Cheers to Kate Reading for a superb job! - Ron L.

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  • Lonely Vigil

  • Coastwatchers of the Solomons
  • Written by: Walter Lord
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

From the best-selling author of Day of Infamy: In the bloodiest island combat of WWII, one group of men kept watch from behind Japanese lines. The Solomon Islands was where the Allied war machine finally broke the Japanese empire. As pilots, marines, and sailors fought for supremacy in Guadalcanal, Bougainville, and the Slot, a lonely group of radio operators occupied the Solomon Islands' highest points. Sometimes encamped in comfort, sometimes exposed to the elements, these coastwatchers kept lookout for squadrons of Japanese bombers headed for Allied positions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just watchers & Spotters!

  • By Ron on 2018-10-17

Not just watchers & Spotters!

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Reviewed: 2018-10-17

This has to be one of the most exciting listens of all my 10 yrs. with Audible! I had read Eric Feldts book on Coastwatchers back in 1979 and it stuck with me as an exciting read. Eric is acknowledged as the 'leader' of these courageous groups of men & women in Walter Lord's book as well. Not only did they keep a jump ahead of the enemy, but they took the offense, hitting them and hitting them hard. They also rescued and evacuated downed pilots & shipwrecked sailors as well. Their info helped the allied forces turn the tide in the Solomans, continually hammering the Japanese who had no idea why they were being intercepted at every turn. What an amazing cast of characters; including Priests and Nuns and some very resourceful courageous Islanders. Every chapter was exciting, and I loved Norman Dietz superb narration. If you like ACTION behind enemy lines, then this audiobook hits on all cylinders! Listening a second time as I write this review. So amazing lying in the dark with the earphones in and feeling like you are there on the various missions with them!(Because I have severe chronic pain, I listen in bed a lot, & these exciting stories are better than anything a Dr. can prescribe!) Thanks, Audible! - Ron L.

  • Sisters, Secrets, and Sacrifice

  • The True Story of WWII Special Agents Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne
  • Written by: Susan Ottaway
  • Narrated by: Catherine Harvey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

> Sisters, Secrets and Sacrifice is the incredible true story of British special agents Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne, two sisters who risked everything to fight for our freedom during the Second World War. The death of an eccentric recluse is rarely an event to be given more than a few lines in a local newspaper. But when, in September 2010, police were called to a tiny, cluttered flat in Torquay and discovered the body of local "cat lady" Eileen Nearne, they also found a small bundle of possessions that told an amazing story....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary courage of Ordinary people!

  • By Ron on 2018-09-17

Extraordinary courage of Ordinary people!

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Reviewed: 2018-09-17

This story is so incredible, because it is a true story. It is about two sisters; Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne who went undercover for the SOE(Special Operations Executive). Churchill's specially trained agents who were sent behind enemy lines. These are my absolute favourite stories to read and listen to. WW II history has been my hobby since grade school. I can't think of two family members who undertook such dangerous work, as it generally was NOT allowed. The two sisters spoke French well, and knew customs and mannerisms etc. having been raised in France. Their dangerous adventures are well written by Susan Ottaway and the narration by Catherine Harvey is excellent.(Being a musician-drummer-singer), the voice is most important to me, and I listen carefully and often before I choose. It is great when one finds an amazing, true story with a narrator made for it! This book was thrilling, as the Gestapo was hard on their trail from the moment they landed in France. If caught the penalty was most often torture and death. Eileen was actually caught by the Gestapo; roughly handled(tortured), and sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp at one point. In their early twenties these two brave souls risked everything for their love of both countries. Their courage, resourcefulness and patriotism were remarkable, and I would wish that their stories and similar ones would be taught in high schools on a regular basis. 5 Stars across the board. So thankful to have been able to find this audiobook at Audible. Can't wait for my next listen(Ron Larocque-Audible Member since 2010(US & UK), and now Canada for a year.)-#Audible1

  • Been So Long

  • My Life and Music
  • Written by: Jorma Kaukonen, Grace Slick - foreword, Jack Casady - afterword
  • Narrated by: Jorma Kaukonen, Grace Slick - foreword, Jack Casady - afterword
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

“Music is the reward for being alive”, writes Jorma Kaukonen in this candid and emotional account of his life and work. In a career that has already spanned a half-century - one that has earned him induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors - Jorma is best known for his legendary bands Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. But before he won worldwide recognition he was just a young man with a passion and a dream. Been So Long is the story of how Jorma found his place in the world of music and beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my heroes story in HIS own words!

  • By Ron on 2018-08-31

One of my heroes story in HIS own words!

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Reviewed: 2018-08-31

Jorma has been a hero of mine since I started playing in local bands here in Ottawa in 1966! I noticed his distinctive guitar solos on songs like Greasy Heart; Young Girl Sunday Blues & Wild Tyme to name a few. Bands were playing top 30, dull & without letting their LEAD players rip out some decent solos. Jorma changed all that. When I saw him and Airplane do ' The Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil', Jorma pulling feedback out of his amp that was it for me. He is a great picker if you listen to JAs early more folksy stuff. He tells his own story in his own words. No apologies, and no regrets. It is entertaining & interesting, as the Kaukonens lived all over, Jormas' Dad being a diplomat who was smart & fluent in several languages. Great insight into what motivated him and his bandmates. Interesting that in his high school band he played rhythm guitar & sang, while Jack(Cassidy), played lead! He doesn't embellish his role, just tells it. He was there at that time, and at times I feel I'm there with him, having lived thru the Summer of Love up here in Canada.(1967)! And it was a strange time as those of us in our mid 60s can tell you. I am really pleased with this BIO, as the only other one I have read of the Band, was Graces' back in the mid 90s. Highly Recommended, to players & listeners alike. - Ron L.

  • The Game

  • 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Written by: Ken Dryden
  • Narrated by: Ken Dryden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Widely acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written and lauded by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top 10 Sports Books of All Time, The Game is a reflective and thought-provoking look at a life in hockey. Intelligent and insightful, former Montreal Canadiens goalie and former President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ken Dryden captures the essence of the sport and what it means to all hockey fans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I very poignant account for the casual hockey fan.

  • By Steve on 2018-03-06

The Canadiens Dynasty Period.

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Reviewed: 2018-03-04

I met Ken Dryden at a dinner for Larry Robinson, my favourite player growing up. When I heard he would be in Ottawa years later to sign his new book, I was outside the bookstore before it had opened. I had him to myself for a while(as things started slow and folks didn`t arrive right away). I relayed to him that I cried when I read the chapter about Larry no longer being the commanding presence he had been in his glory years on the ice. Mr. Dryden actually said: `You know Ron, I have been in doubt as to whether or not I am a decent writer & I can`t tell you how your comments make me feel. Then we discussed Larry; who grew up on a farm near where my mom was raised.(She knew the family; The Robinsons well). We shook hands and Mr. Dryden said thanks for praising his writing of his first book. The audiobook read by Ken Dryden is really good, and a must for anyone, like me who grew up in the 60s-70s watching those teams which won 5 & 4 Cups in a row. It`s full of great anecdotes of all your favourite players from that era. Lafleur; Lambert; Tremblay; Lemaire; & the whole crew. For a first effort it is really well done and a delight to read & re-read. Thanks, Ron L. Ottawa.

  • Jail Busters

  • The Secret Story of MI6, the French Resistance, and Operation Jericho
  • Written by: Robert Lyman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

In February 1944, the French Resistance in the Amiens area was in turmoil. Its strength had been decimated by German aggression and the work of a number of traitors in their midst, and hundreds of its members languished in the city's formidable jail, awaiting an almost certain death at the hands of their captors. When two Allied intelligence officers were incarcerated alongside them it became clear that immediate action was imperative.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Operation Jericho:The Raid On the Amiens Prison.

  • By Ron on 2018-03-02

Operation Jericho:The Raid On the Amiens Prison.

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Reviewed: 2018-03-02

Robert Lyman's book is very well written. It follows the planning phase of the Mosquito Squadrons & gives great background detail of MI6 & The French resistance for that area. As well as the background of the men flying into danger on this mission. The Gestapo had captured many key resistance personnel along with some downed pilots & their execution was imminent. The Mosquito Squadrons(The RAFs Elite 2nd tactical Air Force) commanded by British veteran pilot Group Captain Charles 'Pick' Pickard was to pinpoint Bomb the walls of the Prison at Amiens, so that the key Resistance people & pilots had a chance to escape. D-Day was just days way so time was of the greatest importance. This book was detailed, organized & comprehensive. I will NOT give away the details, but there was some tragic 'collateral' damage & not all the raiders made it home. Truly one of the best listens I have obtained. Since we are new here in Canada(the site), I am listing a few great listens I have gotten over my 8 yrs. with audible. I saw where several people were looking for a great Submarine warfare from WWII listen, & I highly recommend Gene Fluckey's 'Thunder Below' about his Sub the USS Barb. Exciting action from start to finish! Also if you like action behind enemy lines like I do "American Guerilla" by Mike Guardia is excellent. Also Ross Kemp's 'Raiders' & "Warriors" are really great listens with excellent narration. Hope I helped my fellow Canadians. - Ron L. Ottawa.

  • She Landed by Moonlight

  • The Story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington
  • Written by: Carole Seymour-Jones
  • Narrated by: Catherine Harvey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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On the night of the 22 September, 1943, Pearl Witherington, a 29-year-old British secretary and Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent, was parachuted into Occupied France. Pearl had a dual mission: to fight for her beloved France and to find her lost love who had been taken prisoner. Her wartime record is unique. She became a legendary guerrilla leader training 3,800 Resistance fighters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Agent 'Paulina' gets the job done!

  • By Ron on 2018-02-05

Agent 'Paulina' gets the job done!

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Reviewed: 2018-02-05

Carole Seymour-Jones book is brilliant. I love WWII history, especially action behind enemy lines by courageous resistance fighters. This is a really comprehensive look at Pearl Witherington's escape from & return to France. After she manages to get her mother and two sisters out of Enemy occupied France, it follows her training & drop back into France. The SOE saw some qualities in her besides her flawless command of both French & English. She ended up taking command of an entire Maquis operation; sorting things out & obtaining the trust & devotion of her group of French Resistance fighters. The only woman to do so. Also there is the true back story of her finding & re-uniting with her fiancé Henri, whom she had to leave behind while escaping to Britain with her family. This book is one of my faves. As we are behind on the Canada site.(Because it is so new), I would like to recommend a few titles in the same genre. The Jedburghs by Will Irwin-narrated by Patrick Lawlor who is excellent!;The Phantom Major by Virginia Cowles with great narration by Robert Whitfield; & my fave to date: Operation Kronstadt by Harry Ferguson & narrated by the most excellent Gideon Emery(Post WWI British agents in Russia.) An exquisite true thriller! I have been with Audible since May 2010, and hope I helped a few fellow Canucks new to this. Hope that the NAFTA publishing wars will be dealt with soon, as a lot of WWII Titles are currently not available here, which is a bit frustrating. Also a tip of the hat to Catherine Harvey's narration of 'She Landed By Moonlight' it is awesome. She goes to my Top 10 list of narrators! - Thanks, Ron L. Ottawa.