Summary

In June 1952, a woman was murdered by an obsessive colleague in a hotel in South Kensington. Her name was Christine Granville. That she died young was perhaps unsurprising, but that she had survived the Second World War was remarkable. She was one of Britain’s most daring and highly decorated secret agents, and the intelligence she gathered was a significant contribution to the Allied war effort.
©2012 Clare Mulley (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
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"Engrossing…as thrilling as any fiction" (Mail on Sunday)
"Compulsively readable... Clare Mulley…has written a thrilling book, and paid overdue homage to a difficult woman who seized life with both hands" (Sunday Telegraph)
"A stunning biographical achievement." (Alison Weir)
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3 out of 5 stars
By iris on 27-04-14

Marred by the narration

This tells the story of a Polish born woman with a Jewish mother finds herself entangled in dangerous courrier work during the Second World War and it also recounts her somewhat chaotic love life. The story is interesting in itself and when the narrator contents herself to read the biography in her normal voice it is an enjoyable listen and she reads well. Unfortunately she finds it necessary to 'enliven' the direct quotes from various sources with a number of grating imitations of Polish, French and other accents which are very inaccurate and her impersonations of gruff male voices are extremely irritating to say the least. Whenever she attempts to characterise the female lead she also uses a sort of high pitched whine which makes listening unbearable.
I think narrators should retain a neutral tone when reading biographies. Had this narrator done so the book would have been a five star rating for me.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Andrea on 08-02-14

Fascinating life story

Where does The Spy Who Loved rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was fascinated by the story and all the events of this amazing womans life. I also learnt so much about Poland that I had not realised before. I think the style might be harder work to read than to listen to but I was so interested in all the details, maybe partly because I have Polish family.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Spy Who Loved?

The occasions where she faced down dangerous situations so calmly.

Have you listened to any of Maggie Mash’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I though it was very well read

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The horrors of war are always hard to listen to, so there are some very disturbing passages.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Robyn on 24-05-14

Remarkable woman, remarkable life

Christine Granville was a fascinating and captivating woman (at least to the men who knew her), but her outstanding characteristics were patriotism, courage, and determination. Her courage was amazing: some of her exploits had me on the edge of my seat and she narrowly escaped with her life several times, as well as saving the lives of many others. She attracted the loyalty of the men to whom she was close both in her private life and undercover work (with much overlap between the two), so much so that much of her story remained hidden until Clare Mulley conducted the painstaking research which forms the basis of this book. The Spy who Loved is interesting from the beginning to the sad end and, as well as detailing Christine's extraordinary life, it presents a lot of information about Poland, undercover operations, relationships during wartime, sexism in that era, and what happened to secret agents after the war. Maggie Mash is a very competent reader and does a fine job with this book.

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