Reviews for Double Cross : The True Story of the D-day Spies: Library Edition


Library Journal Reviews 2012 November #1

Macintyre recounts the fascinating story of the Allied spy team that saved thousands of lives by successfully deceiving the Germans into thinking the D-Day invasion would happen in Calais and Norway instead of Normandy. Macintyre smartly focuses his attention on the key personalities who risked their lives, including a variety of British MI5 spies, double agents inside Nazi intelligence, and the primary agents--a Serbian playboy, a Polish fighter pilot, a bisexual Peruvian party girl, an eccentric Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming, and a volatile Frenchwoman. Hollywood probably could not make up more odd, memorable characters. Unfortunately, playwright and actor John Lee's otherwise solid reading is sadly marred by the unnecessary effort to emulate the different accents of the multiethnic operatives as he conveys their comments in stilted, broken English, which only makes the characters sound like caricatures. VERDICT The strength of the story still will make this offering alluring to history lovers, especially the numerous devotees of all things World War II. ["Macintyre's book will appeal to general readers and espionage buffs who love…true spy stories," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Crown hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 7/20/12.--Ed.]--Dale Farris, Groves, TX

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 December #4

It would be hard to imagine any narrator doing a better job with the rich material contained in this true-life thriller than John Lee does in this audio edition. Macintyre is a master of the art of digesting massive amounts of material and winnowing out the details that matter. He's done just that in this riveting account of the British Double-Cross System, which waged a covert disinformation campaign against the Nazis to maximize the chances of victory on D-Day. The account proves that truth is stranger than fiction, and the twists in the story and the eccentricities of the characters present the narrator with a serious challenge: he must convince the listener to accept that these events and people were real. For the duration of the audiobook, Lee knocks it out of the park, proving equally adept in voicing action scenes and bizarre incidents. His deadpan, dry delivery allows the material to speak for itself. The result is an entertaining and unforgettable listen. A Crown hardcover. (July)

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Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews

It would be hard to imagine any narrator doing a better job with the rich material contained in this true-life thriller than John Lee does in this audio edition. Macintyre is a master of the art of digesting massive amounts of material and winnowing out the details that matter. He's done just that in this riveting account of the British Double-Cross System, which waged a covert disinformation campaign against the Nazis to maximize the chances of victory on D-Day. The account proves that truth is stranger than fiction, and the twists in the story and the eccentricities of the characters present the narrator with a serious challenge: he must convince the listener to accept that these events and people were real. For the duration of the audiobook, Lee knocks it out of the park, proving equally adept in voicing action scenes and bizarre incidents. His deadpan, dry delivery allows the material to speak for itself. The result is an entertaining and unforgettable listen. A Crown hardcover. (July)

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