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A Woman of No Importance

The Untold Story of WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy, Virginia Hall
Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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The incredible true and untold story of Virginia Hall, an American woman with a wooden leg who infiltrated Occupied France for the SOE and became the Gestapo's most wanted Allied spy, by acclaimed biographer Sonia Purnell.  

The remarkable double life of an American-turned-British spy, Virginia Hall, a 'bolshie' woman from Maryland who, determined to overcome a physical disability that threatened to define her life, successfully infiltrated Vichy France for England's SOE before America's entry into WWII and then, three years later, for the SOS, providing crucial intelligence and logistics for the mounting French Resistance and, later, Allied troops.  

This is a compelling and inspiring tale of resistance, heroism, spycraft and overcoming prejudice, based on brand-new and extensive research, for anyone who loves reading Ben Macintyre, Rick Stroud's Lonely Courage or Sarah Helm's A Life in Secrets.

©2019 Sonia Purnell (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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  • andrew james lilley
  • 05-04-2019

Outstanding story of a remarkable woman

One of the most riveting and remarkable stories of courage and ingenuity in the face of incredible adversity.
Virginia Hall was a truly astonishing woman whose accomplishments put legions of her contemporary Male
collaborators and bosses to shame. She deserves to be celebrated and I volunteer to make a statue to commemorate her.I will ,listen to this book again and again for inspiration.
Since writing g the above review I have listened to this twice more.It is an amazing story that is very well written and beautifully read.It is the best audio book in my collection and believe me I have many hundreds.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-2019

An astonishing, humbling story.

Brilliantly told, brilliantly read. The scale of Virginia Hall’s achievement is remarkable and the book is biography, history and thriller all at once.

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  • Ellen
  • 02-04-2019

Wonderful account of an amazing woman

Virginia Hall was an amazing woman, an effective and trailblazing SOE operative. Deapite being ruthlessly hunted by the German authorities continued to evade them all whilst organising effective networks and sabotage raids. Her work in Lyon turned her to the go to problem solver of many allied operatives, often compromising her own safety she helped them in whatever way possible. Often facing discrimination from top brass and resistance operatives on the ground due to being a woman but she was indefatigable.
At one point Virginia was forced to escape France via the Pyrenees when the Nazis seized the free zone. This would have been a feat of endurance for anyone let alone someone who had lost one of their legs.
As with most true hero’s Virginia was never given the respect or opportunities she deserved and had indeed earned after the war.
The book is very well written, much better than other books I have listened to. Highly recommend

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  • Andrew Durston
  • 14-08-2019

superb from start to finish .

Will live long in the memory. outstanding. led a life to the full . Thank you.

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  • MRS
  • 21-04-2019

A remarkable story.

A remarkable story, a 'must' read executed brilliantly by Juliet Stevenson. Unbelievable but sadly believable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-2020

Extraordinary story

This is an amazing tale of courage and extreme bravery, the problems women face as men find it difficult to take orders from them,excellently read, as always, by Juliet Stevenson. I highly recommend it.

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  • Richard
  • 25-04-2020

brave lady

a story about a brave and strong lady o had never heard off. a great read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-04-2020

Astonishing

Well worth listening too, such a courageous, determined, intelligent lady Virginia was. A story that needed to told, heard and respected. Narrator was excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-04-2020

fantastic book

absolutely fantastic book, well read and the story gives fantastic insight into a phenomenal woman

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  • AlisonF
  • 18-03-2020

A fantastic book wonderfully narrated

This is an wonderful book about Virginia Hall who was a secret agent in wartime France. Hair raising tales of incredible bravery. It really brings to life the horrific years living under the Nazis. It’s a real page turner and Juliet Stevenson is the most brilliant reader. I could hardly ‘put it down’.
Highly recommended.