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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Double Cross by Ben Macintyre, read by Michael Tudor Barnes.

D-Day, 6 June 1944, the turning point of the Second World War, was a victory of arms. But it was also a triumph for a different kind of operation: one of deceit....

At the heart of the deception was the 'Double Cross System', a team of double agents whose bravery, treachery, greed and inspiration succeeded in convincing the Nazis that Calais and Norway, not Normandy, were the targets of the 150,000-strong Allied invasion force. These were not conventional warriors, but their masterpiece of deceit saved thousands of lives. Their codenames were Bronx, Brutus, Treasure, Tricycle and Garbo. This is their story.

©2012 Ben Macintyre (P)2012 Soundings Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Utterly gripping." (Anthony Beevor, Daily Telegraph)

"I have seldom enjoyed a spy story more than this one, and fiction will make dreary reading hereafter." (Max Hastings, Sunday Times)

"Macintyre is a first-class narrative historian...as pacy as a thriller and better written than most." (Sunday Telegraph)

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Great story but...

The foreign language accented passages of English dialogue were as excruciating as the attempts to speak German. Better to get another voice for these parts. It seems to be endemic in this type 9f book.

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Another winner

Ben MacIntyre consistently writes spy histories in style that makes me want to turn the page, taking so many pieces of information and stringing them into an enticing exhilarating narrative spiced with humour.

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fascinating but very, very long.

Ben MacIntyre does a splendid job of shining a light on these vital but little-known corners of history, but in this case detail sometimes overcomes the narrative and becomes tiring.

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Fantastic

Ben MacIntyre is sublime. I so enjoy his audible books. always well delivered and this one doesn't disappoint. It's an amazing story of crops and double cross. So many plots and sub plots by extremely brave individuals. Read or listen to this story it won't disappoint.

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I have learned so much

astonishing story, there's alot the modern human could learn from everyone in this true story of world war two

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Could only listen for 15 minutes before deleting. The narrator spoilt it for me by doing stupid accents. Such a shame as I like Ben Macintyre's books.

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Okish

I have found all previous Ben Macintyre books fascinating and gripping. But this I found boring for some reason. It just seemed to lack the captivating characters and colourful espionage plots of his other accounts. I don’t know if the actual topic of the D Day Spies isn’t that interesting or if he uncharacteristically made it uninteresting. The narration wasn’t as good as when he reads his own work and the whole thing just droned on really. I couldn’t finish it.

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Fascinating story

If you’re interested in World War 2 history then you’ll enjoy listening to this. I haven’t given 5 stars just because at times it’s a bit heavy going and it’s hard to keep track of all the different spies and their code names, but the buildup to D day is handled very well.

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Another wonderful Ben Macintyre book

A thoughtful and typically gripping story form Ben McIntyre perfectly read. It’s rare to find such an accessible history book that mixes necessary detail with a story that, if it were fiction, would be hard to believe. I would thoroughly recommend this, as all his other books. I must admit I knew nothing at all about this important episode in WW2 and it’s undoubted importance in the success of the D-Day landings.

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Fascinating

Although I’ve read other books about the War, this one really brought home the danger and life of a Double Cross spies and the precarious nature of intelligence work. Ben M has an easy going, clear style that accurately conveys his subject matter and also displays an understanding of what his audience is interested in. Michael Tudor Barnes, although not as engaging as Ben M himself at narration of his books, keeps the narration clear and interesting. Really recommend this book!