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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
Categories: History, Military
4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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The remarkable story of one of WWII's greatest spies.

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.

©2005 Judith Pearson (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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loved it

Inspirational story written well and. read. wonderfully i highly recommend this story of courage and honor

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Very educational story

I found this story very interesting portraying an amazing lady who dedicated her life to helping others so unselfishly. Also enjoyed the fact the story was accurate historically and I learnt many facts about World War II that I never knew.

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  • Datoms
  • 02-11-2015

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?

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  • Penni Khandi
  • 19-06-2014

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.

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  • Rosemary
  • 07-08-2018

America’s Greatest Female Spy

This is a wonderful biography about Virginia Hall, an unsung WWII spy. What courage she possessed! Her story should be required reading for all Americans.

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  • johnnyoak
  • 21-02-2016

A truly inspirational story

I cannot lie that I am very impressed with the woman this biography centers on. She overcomes extreme personal challenges of a physical nature and exemplifies heroism. The book provides enough historical background to make the story relevant with even just a basic understanding of the second world war. That said, I have a better than working knowledge of WWII and there were many interesting points that I was personally unaware of.

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  • Karen
  • 30-07-2017

Wonderful History Lesson

This was an amazing review of WWII history for me. I enjoyed the story very much. The narration, however, was wrong for the tone of the narrative. This narrator would be better suited for narrating juvenile fiction.

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  • Anthony
  • 13-01-2016

Splendid book, fascinating, couldn't put it down.

Reader was hard to understand at times. But the story was wonderful. Perhaps if a man had read the book it would have work to the stories advantage.

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  • KB
  • 10-05-2020

Underwhelmed

Despite the narrator speaking incredibly slowly (I had to listen to it at 1.2x the speed), the story seemed rushed. This book seems more like a summary of Virginia’s life in the war instead of telling the story of all that happened. There weren’t a lot of details or conversations, just “this happened, then this happened...” For example: a harrowing trek across the mountains into another country was told in just a couple couple of paragraphs. This was more of a vague biography than a real story.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-04-2020

Wrong Narrator

I looked forward to reading another book about a female spy in WWII. I listened for about 15 minutes and am now writing this review because I find this narrator's voice much more appropriate for a Winnie the Pooh tale than this one. Her voice is too soft and altogether too weak for telling a story about a WWII spy. Further, the writing leaves much to be desired. It reads like a romance novel, instead of a true story of a woman who survived longer than most in her occupation. It might get better, but I'm not going to find out. I LOVED A Woman if No Importance, also about Virgina Hall, and I highly recommend it instead of this book.

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  • Shirley Hays
  • 02-03-2020

Great Woman in history

I did not expect to love this book, not sure learning about war would keep my attention, turned out I loved learning about the human-ness during this horrific World War, and admiring this woman and all the people whose bravery, strength and determination really led to winning the war. Really enjoyed it.

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  • reader mother
  • 23-02-2020

another excellent WWII espionage woman saga

I found this book after having read Laura Helm's books on Ravensbruck (concentration camp for women) Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent, Vera Atkins. Virginia Hall was an amazing driven person the Allies were blessed to have working on their side in WWII. Like Vera Atkins, I am sure she took many details to her grave, but what is known is impressive. She is the subject of several recent books & a possible upcoming movie. The narrator is good, but over dramatic at times.

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  • Colette Frank
  • 31-05-2019

Inappropriate narration

This is a remarkable story of a most extraordinary woman, however the tone, emphasis and overall performance of the narrator would suggest we’re listening to ‘Little Ginny’s Day Out With The Pixies’ and even then a toddler would feel patronised.