The Wolves at the Door
- The True Story of America's Greatest Female Spy
- Narrated by: Patrice O’Neill
- Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 16-06-14
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
Virginia Hall left her comfortable Baltimore roots in 1931 to follow a dream of becoming a Foreign Service Officer.
After watching Hitler roll over Poland and France, she enlisted to work for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), a secret espionage and sabotage organization. She was soon deployed to occupied France where, if captured, imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Gestapo was all but assured. Against such an ominous backdrop, Hall managed to locate drop zones for money and weapons, helped escaped POWs and downed Allied airmen flee to England, and secured safe houses for agents. And she did it all on one leg: Virginia Hall had lost her left leg before the war in a hunting accident.
Soon, wanted posters appeared throughout France, offering a reward for her capture. By winter of 1942, Hall had to flee France via the only route possible: A hike on foot through the frozen Pyrnes Mountains into neutral Spain. Upon her return to England, the American espionage organization, the Office of Special Services, recruited her and sent her back to France disguised as an old peasant woman. While there, she was responsible for killing 150 German soldiers and capturing 500 others. Sabotaging communications and transportation links and directing resistance activities, her work helped change the course of the war. This is the true story of Virginia Hall.
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By Penni Khandi on 19-06-14
The narrator is ruining the book for me
What disappointed you about The Wolves at the Door?
I think the story may be interesting but the narrator is SO BAD that I can not listen to it. She sounds like she is reading Nancy Drew to 10 year-olds. It is so overy dramatic I am expecting her to say "OK childeren, can you say Nazi". I am barely into the first chapter of what may be a good book but I can not get past this narrator's inflection.
Has The Wolves at the Door turned you off from other books in this genre?
No, but I will make sure I never read anything with this narrator
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
I am disappointed that I can't finish the book and insulted that the reading is so condescending.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
By Datoms on 02-11-15
Amazing story, somewhat blunted by narration
This is a thrilling narrative. At least, I think it is. I found the narration to be too matter of fact or light or something. It would be perfect for Jane Austen; it did not work for true spies and nazi atrocities. Plus, much of the story takes place in France, so having the French names mispronounced was incredibly distracting. Surely that is something the narrators could be better prepared for by the producers?
9 of 9 people found this review helpful